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St. Louis high school students teach refugees how to swim

Feb. 14, 2020 1:01 AM EST

AFFTON, Mo. (AP) — Joyful shouts and laughter, the universal language of childhood, echo across the Affton High School pool on Saturday mornings when American teenagers teach dozens of refugee children how to swim. The 12 volunteer coaches from Lutheran High School South, many from the school’s swim...

FILE - In this Jan. 18, 2020 file photo, migrants line up behind an Honduran flag at the border crossing between Guatemala and Mexico in Tecun Uman, Guatemala. The European Union said on Thursday, Feb. 13, that it's donating 4 million euros ($4.3 million) to help refugees in Mexico, Costa Rica and Honduras find living-wage jobs and better integrate into society. The announcement in Mexico City on Thursday came as the number of asylum seekers in Mexico in particular has skyrocketed. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte, File)

EU, others work on refugee job development in Latin America

Feb. 13, 2020 6:11 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The European Union says it is donating 4 million euros ($4.3 million) to help refugees in Mexico, Costa Rica and Honduras find living-wage jobs and better integrate into society. The announcement in Mexico City on Thursday came as the number of asylum seekers in Mexico in particular...

FILE - This June 24, 2018 file photo, released by the Libyan Coast Guard, shows migrants on a ship intercepted offshore near the town of Gohneima, east of the capital, Tripoli, Libya. On Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020, Human Rights Watch, a leading rights group, said that Italy’s renewed support for the Libyan coast guard is putting migrants at risk who are returned to squalid detention centers in the North African country. The group urged that Italy suspend all funding and training for the coast guard until Libya commits to shutting down militant-run detention centers in the country. (Libyan Coast Guard via AP, File)

Rights group: Italy-Libya deal puts migrants in danger

Feb. 12, 2020 9:24 AM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Human Rights Watch warned Wednesday that Italy is endangering migrants by renewing support for the Libyan coast guard, which blocks their flight and sends them back to squalid detention centers in the North African country. Italy sees the Libyan coast guard as key to stemming a huge influx of...

Rescuers cover the bodies of victims of a boat capsize at St. Martin's Island, Bangladesh, Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2010. An overcrowded boat carrying about 125 Rohingya refugees from Bangladeshi camps sank early Tuesday in the Bay of Bengal, leaving at least 16 dead, Bangladeshi officials said Tuesday. The coast guard, navy divers and other rescuers recovered the bodies of more than a dozen people after the wooden boat capsized off St. Martin's Island, the top elected official on the island told The Associated Press. (Joynal Abedin via AP)

Rohingya boat capsizes in Bay of Bengal; at least 15 dead

Feb. 11, 2020 8:38 AM EST

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — An overcrowded boat carrying about 138 Rohingya refugees from Bangladeshi camps sank Tuesday in the Bay of Bengal, leaving at least 15 confirmed dead, mostly women, Bangladeshi officials said. The coast guard, navy divers and other rescuers recovered the bodies after the wooden...

FILE - In this May 15, 2017 file photo, protesters wave signs and chant during a demonstration against President Donald Trump's revised travel ban outside a federal courthouse in Seattle. The Trump administration has agreed to speed up the cases of some former interpreters for the U.S. military in Iraq. The decision also affects hundreds of other refugees whose efforts to move to the United States have been in limbo since he announced his travel bans three years ago. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)

US speeds cases of translators, others blocked by travel ban

Feb. 10, 2020 1:45 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — President Donald Trump's administration has agreed to speed up the cases of some former interpreters for the U.S. military in Iraq and hundreds of other refugees whose efforts to move to the United States have been in limbo since he announced his travel bans three years ago. The news was...

UN refugee agency: Major rise in migrants stopped off Libya

Feb. 9, 2020 2:32 PM EST

CAIRO (AP) — The U.N. refugee agency reported Friday that the total number of migrants intercepted by the Libyan coast guard in the past month rose 121% from the same period last year. The UNHCR said in January alone, it registered 1,040 refugees and migrants the coast guard stopped and brought back to...

Russia repatriates 26 children from Syrian refugee camp

Feb. 7, 2020 6:16 AM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia has repatriated 26 Russian children from Syria and plans to take dozens more home in the future, a Kremlin official said Friday. Presidential children's rights ombudswoman Anna Kuznetsova visited Syria to organize the effort and met with Syrian President Bashar Assad's wife, Asma, in...

Migrants and refugees gather at a border crossing between Serbia and Hungary in Kelebija, Serbia, Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020. About two hundred migrants, including children, gathered Thursday at Serbia's border with Hungary to demand to be allowed entry into the European Union country. (AP Photo/Marko Drobnjakovic)

Some 200 migrants at Serbia-Hungary border seeking entry

Feb. 6, 2020 5:24 PM EST

KELEBIJA, Serbia (AP) — About 200 hundred migrants, including children, gathered Thursday at Serbia's border with Hungary to demand to be allowed entry into the European Union country. Braving freezing evening weather and biting winds, the migrants camped at the Kelebija border crossing, blocking traffic....

Phakiso Mochochoko, director of the Jurisdiction, Complementary and Cooperation Division of the ICC Office of the Prosecutor, speaks during a press conference in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020. Investigators from the International Criminal Court have begun collecting evidence for a case involving alleged crimes against humanity by Myanmar against Rohingya Muslims causing them to flee to neighboring Bangladesh, Mochochoko said Tuesday. He said justice will be delivered whether Myanmar cooperates or not. (AP Photo/Al-emrun Garjon)

International court gathering evidence in Rohingya case

Feb. 5, 2020 2:00 AM EST

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Investigators from the International Criminal Court have begun collecting evidence for a case involving alleged crimes against humanity by Myanmar against Rohingya Muslims causing them to flee to neighboring Bangladesh, a court official said Tuesday. Phakiso Mochochoko, director of...

Man arrested in al-Qaida killings ran Arizona driving school

Feb. 2, 2020 5:39 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — A man that federal authorities say was a leader of al-Qaida in Iraq and is suspected in the killing of two in Fallujah 14 years ago ran an Arizona driving school and was described by friends and acquaintances in Phoenix as an outgoing, friendly member of the city's Iraqi community. The ...