Political refugees

FILE - In this Oct. 23, 2018 photo, Borey Ai pauses outside of the Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Asian Law Caucus in San Francisco. Ai spent 19 years in prison before parole officials decided he'd turned his life around and he walked out of San Quentin and into the waiting arms of federal immigration agents. In a rare step, the California Supreme Court has blocked Gov. Jerry Brown's attempt to issue a pardon to a 37-year-old man Cambodian refugee facing deportation for killing and robbing a woman when he was 14 years old. The court offered no public explanation for its rejection on Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018 of Borey Ai's pardon. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)
December 14, 2018 - 7:45 pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — In a rare step, the California Supreme Court has blocked Gov. Jerry Brown's attempt to issue a pardon to a 37-year-old Cambodian refugee who killed a woman when he was 14 years old. The court gave no reason for the rejection, but earlier noted it only had the authority to do so...
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FILE - In this Oct. 23, 2018 photo, Borey Ai pauses outside of the Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Asian Law Caucus in San Francisco. Ai spent 19 years in prison before parole officials decided he'd turned his life around and he walked out of San Quentin and into the waiting arms of federal immigration agents. In a rare step, the California Supreme Court has blocked Gov. Jerry Brown's attempt to issue a pardon to a 37-year-old man Cambodian refugee facing deportation for killing and robbing a woman when he was 14 years old. The court offered no public explanation for its rejection on Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018 of Borey Ai's pardon. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)
December 14, 2018 - 6:31 pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — In a rare step, the California Supreme Court has blocked Gov. Jerry Brown's attempt to issue a pardon to a 37-year-old Cambodian refugee who killed a woman when he was 14 years old. The court gave no reason for the rejection, but earlier noted it only had the authority to do so...
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In this Nov. 9, 2018 photo, unaccompanied minors from Morocco seeking shelter, stand outside a police station in Barcelona, Spain. Slouched on a bench at a Barcelona police station, five teenagers waited patiently on a recent Friday evening to find out where they would sleep that night: a shelter for young migrants or on that bench. (AP Photo/Renata Brito)
December 13, 2018 - 9:32 am
BRUSSELS (AP) — Hopelessly divided over how to improve the European Union's asylum system, EU leaders are set Thursday to underline their intention to keep beefing up Europe's borders and outsource their migrant challenge to the countries of northern Africa. The arrival in Europe of well over a...
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FILE - In this June 5, 2014, file photo, a man rides a bicycle through a part of Homs, Syria, devastated by the country's civil war. Climate Change is more than rising thermometers, wildfires, droughts and storms; it even has a hand in altering whale songs, flowering plants and civil war. Numerous studies have said it was a factor in record setting drought in Syria- one of several causes of the country’s civil war that triggered a massive refugee crisis. (AP Photo/Dusan Vranic, File)
December 11, 2018 - 2:00 pm
MOSCOW (AP) — Nearly 114,000 Syrian refugees have returned home this year, the Russian military said Tuesday, a mere fraction of the nearly 6 million who have fled the country since the start of the seven-year conflict. U.N. agencies said they need $5.5 billion in the coming year to support Syria's...
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December 11, 2018 - 8:56 am
MOSCOW (AP) — Nearly 114,000 Syrian refugees have been repatriated this year, the Russian military said Tuesday, a fraction of the estimated 6 million who have fled since the start of the conflict. Col. Gen. Mikhail Mizintsev said that over 177,000 internally displaced people have also returned to...
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The empty seat of the US representative is seen during the opening session of a UN Migration Conference in Marrakech, Morocco, Monday, Dec.10, 2018. Top U.N. officials and government leaders from about 150 countries are uniting around an agreement on migration, while finding themselves on the defensive about the non-binding deal amid criticism and a walkout from the United States and some other countries. (AP Photo/Mosa'ab Elshamy)
December 10, 2018 - 2:18 pm
MARRAKECH, Morocco (AP) — Defying fierce opposition from the U.S. and a few other nations, nearly 85 percent of U.N. member states agreed Monday on a sweeping yet non-binding accord to ensure safe, orderly and humane migration. The debate over the Global Compact for Migration, the first of its kind...
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U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, 2nd left, and Moroccan Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Nasser Bourita, center, chair the opening session of a UN Migration Conference in Marrakech, Morocco, Monday, Dec.10, 2018. Top U.N. officials and government leaders from about 150 countries are uniting around an agreement on migration, while finding themselves on the defensive about the non-binding deal amid criticism and a walkout from the United States and some other countries. (AP Photo/Mosa'ab Elshamy)
December 10, 2018 - 1:30 pm
MARRAKECH, Morocco (AP) — The Latest on the U.N. migration conference (all times local): 7:25 p.m. Morocco's King Mohammed VI says "repressive" migration policies only serve to slow the movement of people — not stop it — and insists no country can go it alone in dealing with waves of migration. The...
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In this Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2018, a migrant from Syria rests at a refugee camp in Kokkinotrimithia outside of Nicosia, Cyprus. The Cyprus Refugee Council, a nonprofit group, said there is now a backlog of about 8,000 asylum applications as of late 2018, and it takes three to five years to process each claim, including appeals.(AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)
December 10, 2018 - 7:59 am
NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — On the final leg of his journey from Iraq to Europe, Hawye Rasool Saleh paid 400 euros ($457) borrowed from his best friend to a smuggler who would help him across the cease-fire line of ethnically split Cyprus. The transaction was sealed in anonymity. "You don't know me, I...
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U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, 2nd left, and Moroccan Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Nasser Bourita, center, chair the opening session of a UN Migration Conference in Marrakech, Morocco, Monday, Dec.10, 2018. Top U.N. officials and government leaders from about 150 countries are uniting around an agreement on migration, while finding themselves on the defensive about the non-binding deal amid criticism and a walkout from the United States and some other countries. (AP Photo/Mosa'ab Elshamy)
December 10, 2018 - 7:23 am
MARRAKECH, Morocco (AP) — The Latest on the U.N. migration conference (all times local): 1:15 p.m. German Chancellor Angela Merkel says a U.N. accord on migration is "about nothing less than the foundation of our international cooperation." Merkel, who welcomed hundreds of thousands of refugees...
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German Chancellor Angela Merkel addresses delegates during the opening session of a UN Migration Conference in Marrakech, Morocco, Monday, Dec.10, 2018. Top U.N. officials and government leaders from about 150 countries are uniting around an agreement on migration, while finding themselves on the defensive about the non-binding deal amid criticism and a walkout from the United States and some other countries. (AP Photo/Mosa'ab Elshamy)
December 10, 2018 - 7:13 am
MARRAKECH, Morocco (AP) — Defying fierce opposition from the United States and a few other nations, nearly 85 percent of the countries at the U.N. agreed Monday on a sweeping yet non-binding accord to ensure safe, orderly and humane migration. The debate over the Global Compact for Migration, the...
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