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Eritrean refugees under attack in Ethiopia's Tigray war

Jul. 23, 2021 04:05 AM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Thousands of Eritrean refugees are increasingly caught in the middle of the conflict in Ethiopia’s Tigray region, where witnesses and U.N. officials say forces have attacked their camps, abducted or killed some of the residents, and stolen their food and possessions....

Refugee defector from Iran to face Iranian at Tokyo Olympics

Jul. 22, 2021 08:15 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — A defector from Iran who competes in taekwondo for the refugee team at the Tokyo Olympics was drawn on Thursday to face an Iranian opponent in the qualifying round. Kimia Alizadeh, who left Iran citing institutional sexism, will face Nahid Kiyani Chandeh in...

Tennessee immigrant youth shelter sues state over suspension

Jul. 21, 2021 16:43 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A group that runs a Tennessee shelter for unaccompanied immigrant youth has sued the state over its decision to suspend the facility's license after an employee was arrested following abuse allegations. Baptiste Group filed the lawsuit Tuesday in...

UN migration official: 20 migrants drown off Libya's coast

Jul. 21, 2021 13:30 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Libya's coast guard intercepted Wednesday four boats in the Mediterranean Sea carrying migrants trying to reach Europe, a U.N. official said. According to the migrants, 20 people from one of the vessels had gone overboard earlier in the day and were presumed to have drowned. ...

Record number of migrants make risky Channel crossing to UK

Jul. 20, 2021 05:48 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Figures compiled by Britain's Press Association show that at least 430 migrants made the perilous journey across the English Channel to the U.K. on Monday, a new record for a single day. PA reported Tuesday that the figure surpasses the previous high of...

Turkish operation on Iran border halts over 1,450 migrants

Jul. 19, 2021 13:28 PM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — Security forces in eastern Turkey have conducted a major operation against people traffickers bringing migrants across the Iranian border, the provincial governor’s office said Monday. More than 1,450 migrants were found in abandoned buildings around...

'He was our eye': Reuters photographer killed in Afghanistan

Jul. 16, 2021 20:20 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — A Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer for the Reuters news service was killed Friday as he chronicled fighting between Afghan forces and the Taliban near a strategic border crossing amid the continuing withdrawal of U.S. and NATO troops. Danish Siddiqui,...

Judge weighs sending US citizen accused of killings to Iraq

Jul. 15, 2021 20:17 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — A U.S. prosecutor trying to send a Phoenix driving school owner to Iraq to face charges in the 2006 killings of two Iraqi police officers acknowledged Thursday that statements made by people claiming to have witnessed the crimes contained inconsistencies but still urged a...

Italy OKs more aid for Libyan coast guard amid alleged abuse

Jul. 15, 2021 12:04 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Italian lawmakers approved renewed funding to train the Libyan coast guard as a human rights group released a report Thursday outlining fresh accusations that the coast guard returns the migrants it rescues at sea to horrific detention camps in the North African nation. ...

Syrian refugee swimmer makes his mark at the Paralympics

Jul. 14, 2021 07:23 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — When Ibrahim Al Hussein fled Syria in 2012 after being wounded by an explosion during his country's civil war, his life was turned upside down. Nearly a decade later, Al Hussein is preparing for his second Paralympic Games in Tokyo and credits...