syrian refugees

U.N. Agency Says Syria Kurds Block Civilians Fleeing Near Aleppo

BEIRUT, May 31 – Civilians fleeing a Daesh offensive in northwestern Syria have been prevented by Syrian Kurdish authorities from entering areas under their control in response to rebel shelling of a Kurdish-held area of Aleppo, the United Nations said. The civilians have been fleeing fighting between Syrian rebels and militant group Daesh that advanced

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Middle East Refugees Help Europe Prosecute War Crimes

By Thomas Escritt THE HAGUE, May 27 – European authorities are seeking testimony from some of the hundreds of thousands of refugees fleeing Middle East violence as they try to build war crimes cases linked to the conflicts in Syria and Iraq. As witnesses to atrocities, they are invaluable to prosecutors preparing trials in European

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Merkel’s Coalition Partner Accuses Her of About-Turn on Refugees

BERLIN, May 14 – German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s junior coalition partner accused her of doing an about-turn on her refugee policy since she opened Germany’s borders to thousands of migrants in September. German Vice Chancellor and Social Democrats (SPD) leader Sigmar Gabriel told Germany’s Der Spiegel magazine that Merkel had made the right decision to

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German “Godfathers” Reunite Syrian Families

By Joseph Nasr BERLIN, May 12 – Three days after an emotional reunion with his younger son in Berlin, a 71-year-old Syrian handed a bar of olive oil and laurel soap, a hand-made wall hanging and a box of pistachio sweets to a 56-year-old German he had never met before. The gifts were from Aleppo,

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Migrants Freed from Greek Detention, Trapped in Limbo on Islands

By Karolina Tagaris ATHENS, May 9 – Migrants and refugees are being freed from detention centres in Greece but remain trapped on its islands until their asylum requests are processed, exposing them to dire living conditions and even the risk of people smugglers, human rights groups say. At least 1,100 people have been released from

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Air Strikes Hit Camp in Syria, U.S. Condemns Assad Statement

By Suleiman Al-Khalidi and Lisa Barrington AMMAN/BEIRUT, May 6 – Air strikes on a camp housing Syrians uprooted by war killed at least 28 people near the Turkish border on Thursday, a monitoring group said, and fighting raged in parts of northern Syria despite a deal to cease hostilities in the city of Aleppo. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights

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Far-Right Crimes Rise Sharply in Austria Amid Migrant Crisis

VIENNA, May 2 – Austria saw a sharp increase last year in the number of incidents involving xenophobia, Islamophobia and anti-semitism, a report showed on Monday, following the arrival of large numbers of mostly Muslim migrants and refugees. Authorities pressed charges in about 1,690 cases related to right-wing extremism in 2015, the highest number to

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Brawls in Turkish Parliament Delay Legislation on EU Migrant Deal

ANKARA, April 28 – Brawls between lawmakers from Turkey’s ruling AK Party and the pro-Kurdish opposition have delayed efforts to pass legislation on a migration deal with the European Union and parliament has been adjourned until Monday. Deputies threw punches, pushed and tried to restrain each other in the assembly late on Wednesday in a

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Migrants Trickle Back to Turkey from Greece Under EU Deal

By Karolina Tagaris ATHENS, April 26 – Two ferries left Greece for Turkey on Tuesday with 18 migrants on board, as a government spokesman said Athens was doing all it could to process returnees under a deal with Turkey intended to stem a huge refugee influx into Europe. Just over 340 people have so far

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