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FILE - In this Nov. 16, 2018, file photo, immigrants who entered the United States illegally wait to board a plane for a deportation flight. More than 2,000 unaccompanied children have been expelled since March under an emergency declaration enacted by the Trump administration, which has cited the coronavirus in refusing to provide them protections under federal anti-trafficking and asylum laws. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)

Seeking refuge in US, children fleeing danger are expelled

Aug. 6, 2020 12:18 AM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — When officers led them out of a detention facility near the U.S.-Mexico border and onto a bus last month, the 12-year-old from Honduras and his 9-year-old sister believed they were going to a shelter so they could be reunited with their mother in the Midwest. They had been told to sign a...

A gas station workers gestures as he saying no fuel at the station, in Beirut, Lebanon, Wednesday, July 29, 2020.  Lebanon is hurtling toward a tipping point at an alarming speed, driven by financial ruin, collapsing institutions, hyperinflation and rapidly rising poverty _ with a pandemic on top of that. The collapse threatens to break a nation seen as a model of diversity and resilience in the Arab world. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

Analysis: Often on brink, Lebanon headed toward collapse

Aug. 3, 2020 4:39 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Power cuts that last up to 20 hours a day. Mountains of trash spilling into streets. Long lines at gas stations. It may seem like a standard summer in Lebanon, a country used to wrestling with crumbling infrastructure as it vaults from one disaster to another. Only this time, it's different,...

Migrants from Niger jump atop a pickup after being offered a job in the outskirts of Tripoli, Libya, Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

UN report finds migrants face violence by African officials

Jul. 28, 2020 6:10 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — A new U.N. refugee agency report on migrants who braved long and often-deadly land routes to Libya has found that government officials, such as border guards, police and soldiers, in the African countries they crossed were responsible for nearly half of all cases of physical violence against...

UN says Libyan authorities shot dead 3 Sudanese migrants

Jul. 28, 2020 3:40 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Libyan authorities shot dead three Sudanese migrants in a western coastal town who tried to escape after they were intercepted by the coast guard in the Mediterranean Sea and returned to shore, the United Nations said Tuesday. The three were among over 70 Europe-bound migrants, mostly from...

In this photo taken Sunday, July 26, 2020, by the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency, shows rescued Rohingya refugees on a beach on Rebak Island off the resort island of Langkawi, Malaysia. Malaysian authorities say 26 Rohingya refugees, who were feared to have drowned after jumping off their boat off the northern resort island of Langkawi, have been located alive hiding on an islet nearby. (Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency via AP)

26 Rohingya feared drowned found hiding on Malaysian islet

Jul. 27, 2020 8:25 PM EDT

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysian authorities said Monday they found 26 Rohingya Muslims, including women and children, hiding on a northern islet after they were initially feared drowned after jumping off a fishing boat. The Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency launched a search for the group after...

UN refugee agency to install housing units in Mexico

Jul. 27, 2020 4:15 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The U.N. refugee agency said Monday it is setting up 48 temporary pre-fab housing units for refugees and asylum seekers in Mexico. Thousands of asylum seekers have had to stay in Mexico while they await hearings on U.S. asylum claims. Migrants have been caught between the twin dilemmas...

Malaysia searches for 24 Rohingya feared drowned off island

Jul. 26, 2020 8:50 AM EDT

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysian authorities said Sunday that they were searching for two dozen Rohingya refugees who are feared to have drowned after jumping off their boat off the northern resort island of Langkawi. Zawawi Abdullah, a senior official with the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency,...

FILE - In this Nov. 19, 2019, file photo, Behrouz Boochani, the Kurdish film-maker, writer and refugee who has documented life inside the Australian offshore immigration camp on Manus Island, poses for a portrait in Christchurch, New Zealand. New Zealand immigration on Friday confirmed that Boochani, who fled Iran and then exposed Australia’s degrading treatment of asylum-seekers while being held against his will for six years, has been granted refugee status in New Zealand. (AP Photo/Mark Baker, File)

Journalist held for 6 years gains New Zealand refugee status

Jul. 24, 2020 12:34 AM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — A journalist who fled Iran and then exposed Australia's degrading treatment of asylum-seekers while being held against his will for six years has been granted refugee status in New Zealand. Immigration New Zealand on Friday confirmed that Behrouz Boochani had been given the...

FILE - In this Aug. 7, 2017, file photo, Royal Canadian Mounted Police officers greet migrants as they enter into Canada at an unofficial border crossing at the end of Roxham Road in Champlain, N.Y. A Canadian court on Wednesday, July 22, 2020, invalidated the country's Safe Third Country Agreement with the United States. Under the agreement, immigrants who want to seek asylum in Canada at ground ports of entry from the United States are returned to the U.S. and told to seek asylum there. But if they request asylum on Canadian soil at a location other than an official crossing, the process is allowed to go forward. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)

Canadian court invalidates asylum agreement with the US

Jul. 22, 2020 7:09 PM EDT

A Canadian court Wednesday invalidated the country’s Safe Third Country Agreement with the United States, ruling elements of the law violate Canadian constitutional guarantees of life, liberty and security. But Federal Court Justice Ann Marie McDonald delayed the implementation of her decision for six...

Afghan families receive a body of their relative drowned after their boat sank in Turkey's Lake Van, at the Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, Wednesday, July 22, 2020. The boat sank last month while ferrying dozens of migrants across a lake in eastern Turkey. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)

Bodies of young Afghans who died seeking asylum brought home

Jul. 22, 2020 8:35 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The bodies of five Afghans who died when their boat crowded with migrants capsized in stormy weather in a lake in eastern Turkey last month were returned home to Afghanistan on Wednesday. The five were among 29 Afghans whose bodies have been recovered after their boat sank in Lake...