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Rwanda says it is aware of the UK's intention to terminate contentious deportation scheme

Jul. 08, 2024 16:34 PM EDT

KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) — Rwanda's government says it is aware of the United Kingdom's intention to terminate its plan to deport asylum-seekers to the East African country. In a statement late Monday, the office of the Rwandan government spokesman said the deal had been initiated by...

New UK Prime Minister Starmer says controversial Rwanda deportation plan is 'dead and buried'

Jul. 06, 2024 12:08 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Keir Starmer said Saturday that he is scrapping his predecessor's controversial policy to deport asylum-seekers to Rwanda as he vowed to deliver on voters' mandate for change, though he warned it will not happen quickly. “The Rwanda scheme was...

UK Prime Minister Starmer says he is scrapping a controversial Conservative policy to deport asylum-seekers to Rwanda

Jul. 06, 2024 08:28 AM EDT
LONDON (AP) — UK Prime Minister Starmer says he is scrapping a controversial Conservative policy to deport asylum-seekers to Rwanda.

Who are the main players in the UK's upcoming national election?

Jul. 02, 2024 07:15 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Millions of voters in Britain are going to the polls Thursday to choose a new House of Commons and a new government. Voters will elect 650 lawmakers representing as many constituencies, or local areas, and the leader of the party that returns the most lawmakers will...

Thousands of refugees in Indonesia have spent years awaiting resettlement. Their future is unclear

Jun. 20, 2024 03:21 AM EDT

TANJUNGPINANG, Indonesia (AP) — Morwan Mohammad walks down an old hotel corridor on Batam Island in northwestern Indonesia before entering a 6-square-meter (64-square-foot) room that has been home to him and his growing family for the past eight years. Mohammad, who fled war in...

Aspects of US restrictions on asylum-seekers may violate international protections, UNHCR chief says

Jun. 13, 2024 13:01 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — The head of the U.N. refugee agency said Thursday he understands that the Biden administration enacted new restrictions on asylum-seekers entering the United States, but cautioned that some aspects of the executive order may violate refugee protection required under international...

UK's glum Conservatives try to shift the mood with a promise of tax cuts as polling day nears

Jun. 11, 2024 10:09 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Prime Minister Rishi Sunak on Tuesday implored British voters, and his own party, to throw him a lifeline in the U.K.'s election, pledging to cut taxes and reduce immigration if his Conservative Party is reelected on July 4. With the Conservatives trailing the...

Hundreds of asylum-seekers are camped out near Seattle. There's a vacant motel next door

Jun. 07, 2024 08:59 AM EDT

KENT, Wash. (AP) — Kabongo Kambila Ringo stood outside the tent where he has been staying with his pregnant wife and ate from a clear plastic tray of Girl Scout cookies melting in the midday sun. He was one of around 240 asylum-seekers camping in a grassy lot along a highway south...

Italy's premier visits Albania as controversial plan to hold Italy-bound migrants nears its start

Jun. 05, 2024 10:27 AM EDT

SHENGJIN, Albania (AP) — Italian Premier Giorgia Meloni traveled to Albania on Wednesday to thank its government for its unique role in agreeing to host thousands of asylum-seekers while Italy processes their claims, and to tour migrant centers she said will be ready in August. ...

Asylum-seekers looking for shelter set up encampment in Seattle suburb

Jun. 04, 2024 23:01 PM EDT

BELLINGHAM, Wash. (AP) — Asylum-seekers who have been looking for shelter in Washington state, mainly from Angola, Congo and Venezuela, have set up an encampment in a Seattle suburb. The asylum-seekers moved to the site next to an empty motel south of Seattle in Kent, on Saturday,...