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Refugee team of 29 athletes picked for Tokyo Olympics

Jun. 08, 2021 13:15 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — The refugee team for the Tokyo Olympics will have 29 athletes competing in 12 sports, including a medalist at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games who left Iran citing institutional sexism. The team selected by the International Olympic Committee on Tuesday was...

Spirituality underpins migrant activism in US borderlands

Jun. 08, 2021 11:04 AM EDT

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Alvaro Enciso plants three or four crosses each week in Arizona’s desert borderlands, amid the yellow-blossomed prickly pear and whip-like ocotillo, in honor of migrants who died on the northbound trek. Each colorful wooden memorial denotes where...

Spirituality underpins migrant activism in US borderlands

Jun. 08, 2021 10:16 AM EDT

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Alvaro Enciso plants three or four crosses each week in Arizona's desert borderlands, amid the yellow-blossomed prickly pear and whip-like ocotillo, in honor of migrants who died on the northbound trek. Each colorful wooden memorial denotes where a...

Greece says many migrants in Turkey could seek asylum there

Jun. 07, 2021 10:52 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece on Monday designated neighboring Turkey as a safe country in which to seek international protection for the majority of asylum-seekers departing its shores for Greece. A joint decree from the Greek foreign and migration ministries said the...

Born in Kenya refugee camp, grad is bound for NC State

Jun. 05, 2021 00:06 AM EDT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — On the surface, Faduma Osman can seem like a typical American teenager. Her favorite musical artists are people many grown-ups have never heard of, including Polo G, and Olivia Rodrigo, and Jack Harlow. She drives a 2015...

Biden taps groups to help pick asylum-seekers to come to US

Jun. 04, 2021 19:26 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The Biden administration has quietly tasked six humanitarian groups with recommending which migrants should be allowed into the United States to pursue asylum as it faces mounting pressure to lift public health rules that have barred people from seeking protection. ...

UN agency withdraws director from Gaza after threats

Jun. 04, 2021 14:38 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — The U.N. agency for Palestinian refugees says it has recalled its Gaza director after he faced threats over remarks in which he appeared to praise Israel's “huge sophistication” in carrying out precision strikes during last month's Gaza war. UNRWA,...

Boat carrying 81 Rohingya found stranded on Indonesia island

Jun. 04, 2021 07:08 AM EDT

BANDA ACEH, Indonesia (AP) — Villagers in Indonesia's Aceh province on Friday discovered a stranded boat carrying 81 Rohingya Muslims, including children, who had left a refugee camp in Bangladesh, officials said. Miftach Cut Adek, the leader of the local tribal fishing...

US envoy announces new Syria aid, seeks delivery access

Jun. 03, 2021 13:12 PM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — The U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations announced on Thursday nearly $240 million in humanitarian funding to support the people of Syria, Syrian refugees and countries hosting them, and called for access through international crossings to allow the delivery of aid. ...

US envoy heads to Turkey seeking to ensure aid to Syrians

Jun. 01, 2021 20:20 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.S ambassador to the United Nations headed to Turkey late Tuesday seeking to ensure that humanitarian aid can be delivered to Syria across borders, a program Russia has severely limited in recent years while insisting the Syrian government should control all...