syrian refugees

Macedonia Dumps Migrants Back in Greece as EU-Turkey Deal Falters

By Ognen Teofilovski and Michele Kambas IDOMENI, Greece/NICOSIA, March 15 – Macedonia dumped about 1,500 migrants and refugees back into Greece overnight after they forced their way across the border, as European nations continued to pass the buck in a migration crisis that risks tearing the European Union apart. The police action was part of

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Syrian Refugees in Iraq Lose Hope as Conflict Enters Sixth Year

By Sofia Barbarani KAWERGOSK, Iraq, March 15 – Women nudge their way through a throng of customers to buy freshly baked bread as children laden with books scurry to school. Down the road a man sits in a barber’s shop, waiting for a shave. Life appears to be almost normal in Kawergosk camp, home to

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War in Syria Creates Child Refugees and Child Soldiers: Report

By John Davison BEIRUT, March 14 – Syria’s five-year-old conflict has created 2.4 million child refugees, killed many and led to the recruitment of children as fighters, some as young as seven, U.N. children’s fund UNICEF said on Monday. Its report “No Place for Children” said more than 8 million children in Syria and neighbouring

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EU Ministers Cautious on Easing Visa Rules for Turkey Under Migration Deal

By Tom Körkemeier and Alastair Macdonald BRUSSELS, March 10 – European Union interior ministers expressed reservations on Thursday over easing visa requirements for Turkey, a key element of a tentative deal with Ankara that Brussels and Germany hope will halt the mass influx of refugees and migrants to Europe. EU and Turkish leaders agreed in

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Macedonia Closes Border to Illegal Migrants

SKOPJE, March 9 – Macedonia has closed its border “completely” to illegal migrants after Slovenia, Croatia and Serbia announced tight new restrictions on migrant entry, a police official said on Wednesday. Thousands of migrants have built up on the Greek side of the Macedonian border. Macedonia had been allowing small numbers of Syrians and Iraqis

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Besieged Syrian Children Run Toward Bombs for Fire Wood: Aid Worker

UNITED NATIONS, March 9 – Instead of fleeing aerial bombings throughout winter, besieged Syrian children ran towards devastated buildings to search for broken furniture that could fuel fires for warmth and cooking, said a Syrian aid worker as the country marks five years of war. The aid worker – who spoke on condition of anonymity

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EU Welcomes Bold Turkey Plan to Stop Migrants, Defers Decision

By Humeyra Pamuk and Gabriela Baczynska BRUSSELS, March 8 – European Union leaders welcomed Turkey’s offer on Monday to take back all migrants who cross into Europe from its soil and agreed in principle to Ankara’s demands for more money, faster EU membership talks and quicker visa-free travel in return. However, key details remained to

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Two Women Stage Gun, Grenade Attack on Police Station in Istanbul

By Murad Sezer and Osman Orsal ISTANBUL, March 3 – Two female militants were killed by police when they fired shots and threw a grenade at a Turkish police bus in Istanbul on Thursday, local media and the Istanbul governor said. Two police officers were lightly wounded in the attack, Governor Vasip Sahin told reporters

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Yemen: Sweet Spot

Syrian refugees left for Yemen, and then war broke out. Some have turned their new home into a success story By Nasser Al Sakkaf The scent of the food that wafts from Mat’am Souriya (Syria’s Restaurant) attracts passersby in Hada Street in the middle of the Yemeni capital of Sanaa, where Sobhi Al Marei and

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Lebanon Struggles to Help Syrian Refugees With Mental Health Problems

By Dana Halawi BEIRUT, March 1 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Syrian refugee Fatmeh fled to safety in Lebanon in 2011 after militants raided the family home, beat her up and tried to rape her. But her problems were far from over. Two months after the attack Fatmeh—then aged about 12—developed Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

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