refugee crisis

Refugees Must Return Home After War – Germany’s Merkel

By Andreas Rinke NEUBRANDENBURG, Germany, Jan 30 – German Chancellor Angela Merkel tried on Saturday to placate the increasingly vocal critics of her open-door policy for refugees by insisting that most refugees from Syria and Iraq would go home once the conflicts there had ended. Despite appearing increasingly isolated, Merkel has resisted pressure from some

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U.N. Envoy: Syria Talks May be Delayed

By John Miller and Stephanie Nebehay ZURICH/GENEVA, Jan 21 – Internationally brokered talks between Syria’s government and opposition groups due to start on Jan. 25 may be delayed, but major powers must keep up the pressure to bring participants to the table, the United Nations envoy said on Wednesday. A Syrian opposition council backed by

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Two Pakistanis, Syrian Man Injured in Gang Attacks in Cologne

BERLIN, Jan 11 – Two Pakistanis and a Syrian man were injured in attacks by gangs of people in Cologne, German police said late on Sunday, the city where the vast majority of dozens of New Year Eve assaults on women took place. Local newspaper Express reported that the attackers were members of rocker and

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Turkey Finds Bodies of 27 Migrants on Aegean Coast

By Melih Aslan ISTANBUL, Jan 5 – Turkish authorities said they found the bodies of 27 migrants, at least three of them children, at two separate locations on the Aegean coast on Tuesday after a migrant boat apparently capsized as it tried to reach the Greek island of Lesbos. The flow of mostly Syrian refugees

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Refugee Crisis Could Shake Up Germany’s Political Landscape

By Noah Barkin BERLIN, Jan 3 – For the past decade, German politics has been a relatively dull affair, with Angela Merkel dominating at the national level and the major parties in agreement on all the big issues, from euro zone bailouts and refugees to the phase-out of nuclear energy. But that may change in

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Refugees

LENDING HAND: Asylum seekers reach Lesbos in an overloaded rubber dinghy on the coast near Skala Sikaminias. An estimated 100,000 refugees and migrants arrived on the Greek islands in August, according to the Hellenic Coast Guard. Spurred by public anger over the humanitarian crisis, the European Union has turned its attention to helping Syrian refugees escaping

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Turkish Police Round Up Syrian Refugees

By Melih Aslan ISTANBUL, Dec 27 – Ghada’s five children cried out in terror when police broke into their run-down Istanbul flat at dawn and ordered the 36-year-old Syrian’s family onto a bus, without saying why. The family of seven from the northern Syrian city of Aleppo was among a group of refugees rounded up

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EU Sees Little Drop in Migrants Since Turkey Deal

BRUSSELS, Dec 17 – The European Union has seen little evidence that Turkey has managed to reduce departures of migrants for Greek islands in the two weeks since it signed an agreement to do so, an EU document showed on Thursday. The report by the Luxembourg government, in its current capacity as president of EU

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An Unrelenting Exodus

Jordan’s border faces a new wave of Syrian refugees BY Maysa Zureikat Jordan’s northernmost desert is an unforgiving terrain. As far as the eye can see, rocks and sand disrupt the horizon, with no natural shelter against the elements. But here squat elderly, infirm and wounded Syrian refugees, who are trapped on the border in

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