migrants

Les Misérables

Are aid agencies in Lebanon profiting off the back of refugees? BY Martin Jay Huddled under makeshift ‘tent houses’ nestled in Lebanon’s Bekaa valley, Syrian refugees are braced for a winter of bitter cold. Night falls on land bequeathed by the United Nations, where the tents are pitched. But the organisation itself appears to be

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Afghan Bank Governor Says Migrants Create Strain on Currency

By Robert Birsel and Mirwais Harooni KABUL, Nov 24 (Reuters) – An exodus of people seeking a better life in Europe has put pressure on Afghanistan’s currency, already weakened by a sharp reduction in foreign funds and sliding confidence in the country’s prospects, the central bank governor said on Tuesday. Nearly 150,000 Afghans have left

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Egypt Border Forces Fatally Shoot Five Sudanese Migrants

CAIRO, Nov. 23 – Egyptian border forces shot dead five Sudanese migrants trying to cross from Egypt’s turbulent North Sinai region into Israel on Monday, the military said in a statement. “Law enforcement tasked with protecting the border spotted at dawn today a group of Africans trying to sneak though the international border in cooperation

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Stranded Migrants Block Railway on Greek Border, Call Hunger Strike

By Yannis Behrakis IDOMENI, Greece, Nov 23 – Moroccans, Iranians and Pakistanis on Greece’s northern border with Macedonia blocked rail traffic and demanded passage to western Europe on Monday, stranded by a policy of filtering migrants in the Balkans that has raised human rights concerns. One Iranian man, declaring a hunger strike, stripped to the

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EU Migration Chief Visits Pakistan Following Suspension of Deportee Deal

By Kay Johnson ISLAMABAD, Nov 23 (Reuters) – The European Union official in charge of migration was in Pakistan on Monday for talks after the country last week suspended a deal to accept deportations from mainland Europe. Pakistan’s rejection of deportees comes at a time when European leaders facing an influx ofmigration are desperate to

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Honduras Detains U.S. Bound Syrians with Fake Greek Passports

By Gustavo Palencia TEGUCIGALPA, Nov 18 – Honduran authorities said on Wednesday they had intercepted six Syrian nationals traveling on doctored Greek passports in the past week, including five who had been trying to reach the United States. Police said there were no signs of any links to last week’s deadly attacks in Paris that

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Pakistan Suspends Deal to Accept Deportations from Europe

By Katharine Houreld ISLAMABAD, Nov 18 – Pakistan will refuse to accept any citizens deported from mainland Europe, halting repatriations at a time when European leaders facing an influx of migration are desperate to streamline procedures, the interior ministry said on Wednesday. Globally, around 90,000 people were deported back to Pakistan last year for a

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Terrorism Is Faithless

Extremist groups resort to brainwashing and bribery to gain followers  By Rami G. Khouri  The brutal nature and wide geographic scope of the terror attacks by Daesh in recent weeks that killed over 400 innocent people in Sinai, Beirut, Baghdad and Paris have once again sparked a frantic quest by befuddled intelligence agencies and analysts

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German Police Chief Plays Down Security Threat From Refugees

BERLIN, Nov 17 – There is no sign that Islamist militants have entered Germany posing as refugees to commit an attack, the head of the police has said, responding to concerns following the attacks in Paris that an open-door refugee policy poses a security risk. Holger Muench, president of the BKA federal police, told the

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Refugees Drown After Boat Sinks In Kos

ATHENS, Nov. 17 – Eight migrants drowned and at least another three were missing after their inflatable boat sank off the Greek island of Kos early on Tuesday, the coastguard said. Seven people were rescued, and emergency crews were still trying to recover all the bodies of the people who died from the capsized vessel,

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