Political refugees

FILE-- In this Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018 photo Hans-Georg Maassen, center, head of the German Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution, waits for the beginning of a hearing at the home affairs committee of the German federal parliament, Bundestag, in Berlin, Germany. The leaders of Germany's three governing parties are meeting in Berlin on Tuesday to decide the fate of the country's domestic intelligence chief amid calls for him to be fired over his approach to far-right extremism. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn, file)
September 18, 2018 - 1:38 pm
BERLIN (AP) — The head of Germany's domestic intelligence agency lost his job Tuesday after his remarks downplaying anti-migrant violence became a battleground between Chancellor Angela Merkel and her conservative critics. The ouster of Hans-Georg Maassen is the latest political aftershock...
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September 17, 2018 - 9:48 am
ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan has pledged to grant citizenship to Pakistan-born children of Afghan and Bengali refugees who have been living in the country for decades. Khan, in his first visit to commercial hub Karachi city on Monday, said hundreds of thousands of Afghans...
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An Electoral counselor posts an election envelope in a polling station in Malmo, Sweden, Sunday Sept. 9, 2018. Polls have opened in Sweden's general election in what is expected to be one of the most unpredictable and thrilling political races in Scandinavian country for decades amid heated discussion around top issue immigration. (Johan Nilsson/TT via AP)
September 09, 2018 - 12:48 pm
STOCKHOLM (AP) — Voters in Sweden made their views on immigration known Sunday in a general election that could strengthen a party with roots in the white supremacist movement if enough ballots were cast to protest an influx of newcomers to the historically heterogeneous nation. The potentially...
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A woman arrives to cast her vote in Stockholm, Sweden, Sunday Sept. 9, 2018. Polls have opened in Sweden's general election in what is expected to be one of the most unpredictable and thrilling political races in Scandinavian country for decades amid heated discussion around top issue immigration. (AP Photo/Pietro De Cristofaro)
September 09, 2018 - 7:42 am
STOCKHOLM (AP) — Sweden went to the polls Sunday in a general election that is expected to be one of the most unpredictable and thrilling races in the Scandinavian country for decades amid heated debate on immigration. The election will be Sweden's first since the government in 2015 allowed 163,000...
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FILE- In this April 4, 2018, file photo, Iran's President Hassan Rouhani, left, Russia's President Vladimir Putin, right, and Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan lock hands during a group photo in Ankara, Turkey. When the presidents of Russia, Turkey and Iran meet in Tehran Friday, Sept. 7, all eyes will be on their diplomacy averting a bloodbath in Idlib, Syria's crowded northwestern province and last opposition stronghold. The three leaders whose nations are all under U.S. sanctions have an interest in working together, but Idlib is complicated and they have little common ground. (Tolga Bozoglu/Pool Photo via AP, File)
September 07, 2018 - 3:59 pm
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — The Latest on Syria talks in Iran (all times local): 12:30 a.m. Syria's U.N. ambassador says the government is committed to regain Syrian territory and "liberate it from terrorism and foreign occupation," adding that there is no de-escalation zone in rebel-held Idlib because "...
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FILE- In this April 4, 2018, file photo, Iran's President Hassan Rouhani, left, Russia's President Vladimir Putin, right, and Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan lock hands during a group photo in Ankara, Turkey. When the presidents of Russia, Turkey and Iran meet in Tehran Friday, Sept. 7, all eyes will be on their diplomacy averting a bloodbath in Idlib, Syria's crowded northwestern province and last opposition stronghold. The three leaders whose nations are all under U.S. sanctions have an interest in working together, but Idlib is complicated and they have little common ground. (Tolga Bozoglu/Pool Photo via AP, File)
September 07, 2018 - 12:56 pm
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — The Latest on Syria talks in Iran (all times local): 9:20 p.m. Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has met Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday after a trilateral meeting between Iran, Russia and Turkey to discuss the war in Syria. In the Friday report...
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FILE- In this April 4, 2018, file photo, Iran's President Hassan Rouhani, left, Russia's President Vladimir Putin, right, and Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan lock hands during a group photo in Ankara, Turkey. When the presidents of Russia, Turkey and Iran meet in Tehran Friday, Sept. 7, all eyes will be on their diplomacy averting a bloodbath in Idlib, Syria's crowded northwestern province and last opposition stronghold. The three leaders whose nations are all under U.S. sanctions have an interest in working together, but Idlib is complicated and they have little common ground. (Tolga Bozoglu/Pool Photo via AP, File)
September 07, 2018 - 11:35 am
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — The Latest on Syria talks in Iran (all times local): 8:05 p.m. Eight aid agencies have called on world leaders to prevent a humanitarian catastrophe in Syria's northwestern Idlib province, where the Syrian government is threatening a military offensive. The agencies called on...
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FILE - In this Sept. 1, 2018 file photo Bjoern Hoecke, left, leader of the Alternative for Germany, AfD, in German state of Thuringia, and Pegida founder Lutz Bachmann, second from right, participate in a commemoration march in Chemnitz, eastern Germany, Saturday, Sept. 1, 2018, after several nationalist groups called for marches protesting the killing of a German man last week, allegedly by migrants from Syria and Iraq. (AP Photo/Jens Meyer, file)
September 03, 2018 - 4:41 pm
CHEMNITZ, Germany (AP) — German authorities said Monday they're stepping up surveillance of the far-right Alternative for Germany amid growing concern the third-largest party in parliament is closing ranks with extremist groups. Activists for AfD, the nationalist party's German acronym, marched in...
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FILE - In this Sept. 1, 2018 file photo Bjoern Hoecke, left, leader of the Alternative for Germany, AfD, in German state of Thuringia, and Pegida founder Lutz Bachmann, second from right, participate in a commemoration march in Chemnitz, eastern Germany, Saturday, Sept. 1, 2018, after several nationalist groups called for marches protesting the killing of a German man last week, allegedly by migrants from Syria and Iraq. (AP Photo/Jens Meyer, file)
September 03, 2018 - 2:50 pm
CHEMNITZ, Germany (AP) — German authorities plan to step up surveillance of the far-right Alternative for Germany amid growing concern the third-largest party in parliament is closing ranks with extremist groups. Activists for AfD, the nationalist party's German acronym, marched in the eastern city...
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FILE - In this Sept. 1, 2018 file photo Bjoern Hoecke, left, leader of the Alternative for Germany, AfD, in German state of Thuringia, and Pegida founder Lutz Bachmann, second from right, participate in a commemoration march in Chemnitz, eastern Germany, Saturday, Sept. 1, 2018, after several nationalist groups called for marches protesting the killing of a German man last week, allegedly by migrants from Syria and Iraq. (AP Photo/Jens Meyer, file)
September 03, 2018 - 1:30 pm
CHEMNITZ, Germany (AP) — German authorities announced efforts Monday to tighten their surveillance of the far-right party Alternative for Germany, or AfD, amid growing concern that it is closing ranks with extremist groups. Those fears were heightened over the past week, when AfD activists marched...
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