Political refugees

European Union Foreign Policy chief Federica Mogherini, center, talks to journalists during a joint news conference with UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filipo Grandi, left, and UN Migration Agency Director General Antonio Vitorino at the EU headquarters in Brussels, Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2019. The European Union says a "solidarity conference" has raised around 120 million euros ($133 million) for Venezuelans fleeing their crisis-wracked country and to help countries who are hosting them. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)
October 29, 2019 - 12:35 pm
BRUSSELS (AP) — Governments, aid agencies and charity groups vowed Tuesday to boost their efforts to help Venezuelans fleeing their crisis-wracked country, and to assist neighboring communities struggling to host them, as refugee numbers look set to exceed those caused by the Syrian war. At a "...
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In this photo taken on Saturday, Oct. 26, 2019, migrants stand on a dinghy boat off the coast of Libya. A humanitarian aid group said gunmen on Libya-flagged speedboats threatened the crew of its rescue ship Alan Kurdi and the migrants it was rescuing Saturday, firing shots into the air and water. Sea-Eye's spokesman Gorden Isler told The Associated Press that the unprecedented incident on the Mediterranean Sea was a "total shock" for the rescue crew, but that they managed to bring all the roughly 90 migrants on board. (Sea-Eye via AP)
October 29, 2019 - 12:08 pm
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The Latest on Europe's migrant crisis (all times local): 6:05 p.m. Italy is permitting the humanitarian rescue ship Ocean Viking with 104 migrants on board to land in Sicily. SOS Mediterranee, one of the charities that operate the ship, expressed relief at the decision Tuesday...
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Refugees and migrants take part in a protest outside an overcrowded refugee camp on the Greek island of Samos, on Friday, Oct. 18, 2019. Overcrowding at island camps has continued to worsen despite an effort by the Greek government to move more asylum seekers to the mainland. (AP Photo/Michael Svarnias)
October 29, 2019 - 8:48 am
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — International human rights groups and relief agencies have sharply criticized plans by Greece's government to toughen asylum procedures to try and manage a recent surge in arrivals of migrants and refugees. The groups including Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, and...
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European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini addresses the audience during a high level conference about Venezuela migration crisis, in Brussels, Monday, Oct. 28, 2019. Hundreds of representatives from governments, international agencies and charity groups gathered in Brussels Monday for a "solidarity conference" to drum up support millions of Venezuelans who have fled the political crisis and to help neighboring countries that are taking them in. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)
October 28, 2019 - 2:38 pm
BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union and the U.N. refugee agency appealed Monday for support for millions of Venezuelans who have fled the political crisis, and for help to bolster the poverty-wracked country's neighbors as they strain under the burden of hosting most of them. The South American...
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Opposition protesters sing the national anthem during a protest against president Nicolas Maduro and against the failures of public services in the State of Zulia, in Caracas, Venezuela, Thursday, Oct. 24, 2019. Demonstrators mobilized in support of the inhabitants of the western state of Zulia, which suffers daily power outages that sometimes last more than 20 hours. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)
October 28, 2019 - 10:37 am
BRUSSELS (AP) — Hundreds of representatives from governments, international agencies and charity groups gathered in Brussels Monday for a "solidarity conference" to drum up support for millions of Venezuelans who have fled the political crisis and to help neighboring countries that are taking them...
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A member of Asayish, or the Internal Security Forces, makes a selfie by an Russian military vehicle during a patrol near Syrian and Turkish border in north Syria, Friday. Oct. 25, 2019. (AP Photo/Baderkhan Ahmad)
October 25, 2019 - 12:46 pm
MOSCOW (AP) — Russia has sent hundreds of additional troops to Syria to help patrol the country's Turkey-Syria border after a deal between Moscow and Ankara, the Russian Defense Ministry said Friday. The ministry said about 300 military police have arrived in Syria to patrol the northeastern areas...
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Russian forces patrol near the city of Qamishli, north Syria, Thursday, Oct. 24, 2019. Syrian forces, Russian military advisers and military police are being deployed in a zone 30 kilometers (19 miles) deep along much of the northeastern border, under an agreement reached Tuesday by Russia and Turkey. (AP Photo/Baderkhan Ahmad)
October 25, 2019 - 9:44 am
MOSCOW (AP) — Russia has sent hundreds of additional troops to Syria to help patrol the country's Turkey-Syria border after a deal between Moscow and Ankara, the Russian Defense Ministry said Friday. The ministry said about 300 military police have arrived in Syria to patrol the northeastern areas...
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Russian forces patrol near the city of Qamishli, north Syria, Thursday, Oct. 24, 2019. Syrian forces, Russian military advisers and military police are being deployed in a zone 30 kilometers (19 miles) deep along much of the northeastern border, under an agreement reached Tuesday by Russia and Turkey. (AP Photo/Baderkhan Ahmad)
October 25, 2019 - 8:05 am
MOSCOW (AP) — Russia has sent hundreds of additional troops to Syria to help patrol the country's Turkey-Syria border after a deal between Moscow and Ankara, the Russian Defense Ministry said Friday. The ministry said about 300 military police have arrived in Syria to patrol the northeastern areas...
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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo walks onstage to speak at the Heritage Foundation's annual President's Club Meeting, Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
October 24, 2019 - 3:53 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's schedule usually reads like a list of foreign capitals. But America's top diplomat has been finding ways to swing through his home state of Kansas this year, feeding speculation about a potential Senate run and offering something of a refuge from...
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FILE - In this Sept. 17, 2019, file photo, migrants aboard a blue plastic boat are seen in the Mediterranean Sea. The U.N. refugee agency is investigating why Malta last week allegedly asked the Libyan coast guard to intercept a migrant boat in a zone of the Mediterranean under Maltese responsibility, in possible violation of maritime law, a U.N. official said Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019. (AP Photo/Renata Brito)
October 22, 2019 - 5:31 pm
ROME (AP) — The U.N. refugee agency is investigating why Malta last week allegedly asked the Libyan coast guard to intercept a migrant boat in a zone of the Mediterranean under Maltese responsibility, in possible violation of maritime law, a U.N. official said Tuesday. Vincent Cochetel, the U.N...
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