Political refugees

FILE - In this Oct. 7, 2018, file photo, Grace Meng, the wife of missing Interpol President Meng Hongwei, who does not want her face shown, consults her mobile phone in the lobby of a hotel in Lyon, central France, where the police agency is based. The wife of Meng Hongwei, the former Interpol president jailed in China for what she believes are political reasons, says France has granted asylum to her and their two young boys. (AP Photo/John Leicester, File)
May 13, 2019 - 10:13 am
PARIS (AP) — The wife of Meng Hongwei, the former Interpol president jailed in China for what she believes are political reasons, said Monday that France has saved her life and the lives of their two young boys by granting her asylum request. The French government office that rules on asylum...
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May 10, 2019 - 11:31 am
TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — As many as 70 migrants trying to reach Europe from Libya drowned Friday when their boat capsized in the Mediterranean Sea, and at least 16 other people from the boat were rescued, according to U.N. migration officials and Tunisia's state news agency. The International...
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This frame grab from video provided by the activist-operated Thiqa News Agency, shows residents displaced from the latest violence that hit the last rebel stronghold, taking refuge in olives orchids near the town of al-Atmeh, in northern Idlib, Syria, Thursday, May 9, 2019. Syrian government troops captured the village of Qalaat al-Madiq, a northwestern village known for its medieval fortress, on Thursday as they move deeper toward Idlib province, the last major rebel stronghold, activists and pro-government media said. (Thiqa News Agency via AP)
May 10, 2019 - 4:41 am
GENEVA (AP) — A leading advocacy group for refugees estimates a record 41 million people have been displaced within their countries, with many forced to flee conflict, violence and internal tensions in several African countries and Syria. The Norwegian Refugee Council said a global report on...
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A family are transported to a transit zone for asylum seekers by police bus, in Roszke, Hungary, Tuesday, May 7, 2019. Hungary has deported a family of six asylum-seekers to Serbia, making them cross a gate in the border fence in the dark, with no one waiting for them on the Serbian side. A Hungarian human rights group said they had secured an interim measure to stop the deportation of one of two other families awaiting a similar fate. (AP Photo/Pablo Gorondi)
May 07, 2019 - 6:09 pm
ROSZKE, Hungary (AP) — Hungary deported a family of six Afghan asylum-seekers to Serbia on Tuesday, making them cross through a gate in the border fence in the dark, with no one waiting for them on the Serbian side. The nighttime deportation was considered very unusual and was witnessed by staff...
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Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan listens, Wednesday May 1, 2019, during a House Appropriations subcommittee on budget hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
May 07, 2019 - 3:21 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon says a U.S. Navy hospital ship is preparing to deploy to Latin America to provide medical services in countries where several million Venezuelans have taken refuge. Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan said Tuesday that before the USNS Comfort can be deployed...
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Pope Francis looks at children singing for him during his visit to a refugee center on the outskirts of Sofia, Bulgaria, Monday, May 6, 2019. Pope Francis is visiting Bulgaria, the European Union's poorest country and one that taken a hard line against migrants, a stance that conflicts with the pontiff's view that reaching out to vulnerable people is a moral imperative. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
May 06, 2019 - 5:01 am
SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Pope Francis met Monday with refugees in Bulgaria's showcase refugee center and told them they are bearing the "cross of humanity," after he urged the migrant-skeptic government to not close its eyes to their suffering. Children from Iraq, Pakistan and elsewhere sang for...
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Pope Francis smiles as he gets to Alexander Nevsky square in Sofia, Sunday, May 5, 2019. Pope Francis is visiting Bulgaria, the European Union's poorest country and one that taken a hard line against migrants, a stance that conflicts with the pontiff's view that reaching out to vulnerable people is a moral imperative. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)
May 05, 2019 - 6:23 am
SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — The Latest on Pope Francis' trip to Bulgaria (all times local): 1:20 p.m. Pope Francis is seeking to build new paths of dialogue with the Bulgarian Orthodox Church, noting Christianity's shared history of martyrdom and mission. Francis met Sunday with Patriarch Neofit at the...
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Pope Francis is welcomed by children wearing traditional dresses upon his arrival in Sofia, Bulgaria, Sunday, May 5, 2019. Pope Francis is visiting Bulgaria, the European Union's poorest country and one that taken a hard line against migrants, a stance that conflicts with the pontiff's view that reaching out to vulnerable people is a moral imperative. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
May 05, 2019 - 3:40 am
SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Pope Francis is visiting Bulgaria, the European Union's poorest country and one that has taken a hard line against migrants, a stance that conflicts with the pontiff's view that reaching out to vulnerable people is a moral imperative. On a two-day trip that began Sunday,...
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President Donald Trump speaks as he welcomes members of the Baylor women's basketball team, who are the 2019 NCAA Division I Women's Basketball National Champions, to the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Monday, April 29, 2019. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
April 30, 2019 - 7:38 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is proposing charging asylum seekers a fee to process their applications as he continues to try to crack down on the surge of Central American migrants seeking to cross into the U.S. In a presidential memorandum signed Monday, Trump directed his attorney...
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April 29, 2019 - 3:29 pm
ROME (AP) — A group of 146 asylum-seekers have arrived in Italy as part of a U.N.-backed humanitarian evacuation from Libya. The U.N. refugee agency says it's the fifth such evacuation since 2017, though previous airlifts have taken migrants to Niger and elsewhere. The group arrived Monday at a...
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