syrian refugees

Dutch Find 10 Syrian War Crime Suspects Among Thousands of Migrants

AMSTERDAM, Feb 29 – Dutch authorities identified about 30 war crimes suspects, a third of them Syrians, among the 59,000 people who applied for asylum last year, the immigration minister said on Monday. Klaas Dijkhoff released the data in a letter amid an increasingly heated debate over immigration, stoked by an increase in arrivals from

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Australia Accused of Dragging Feet on Syria Refugee Intake

By Matt Siegel SYDNEY, Feb 18 – Australian Immigration Minister Peter Dutton on Thursday rejected charges his country was dragging its feet in resettling refugees from Syria and Iraq, having resettled just 26 in the same time it took Canada to process 26,000. Former Prime Minister Tony Abbott last September pledged to accept 12,000 refugees

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U.S. Judge Again Denies Texas Request to Bar Syrian Refugees

By Jon Herskovitz AUSTIN, Texas, Feb 9 – A U.S. judge denied for the second time a request by Texas to bar relief agencies from bringing Syrian refugees into the state, a decision that could have a bearing on the attempts of 30 other governors to block refugees from their states. U.S. District Judge David

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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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Some 200,000 at Risk in Turkey’s Fight Against Kurdish Militants

By Ayla Jean Yackley ISTANBUL, Jan 21 – Security operations in Turkey’s mainly Kurdish southeast have put up to 200,000 people at risk, placing them in the crossfire or cutting them off from emergency and basic services such as water, rights group Amnesty International said on Thursday. Round-the-clock curfews amid clashes between security forces and

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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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A Talented Life

One Syrian refugee recycles pieces of garbage into works of diorama BY Mostapha Raad Four years ago, Miteib Suleiman was forced to flee his hometown of Nabek in Syria because of the ravaging war. Along with his family, he moved to Koura in northern Lebanon where he currently works in the construction sector laying tiles.

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Angry Bavarian Politician Sends Bus Full of Refugees to Merkel

BERLIN, Jan 14 – An irate local politician in Germany’s southern state of Bavaria has dispatched a bus filled with dozens of refugees on a 7-hour journey to Chancellor Angela Merkel’s office in Berlin as a protest against her open-door refugee policy. A spokesman for Peter Dreier from the southeastern town of Landshut confirmed to

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In Turkey, Syrians Show Refugees’ Economic Potential

GAZIANTEP, Turkey, Jan 6 – Sitting in the bare office above his factory where thousands of baby rattles and plastic bottles are cranked out every hour, Saad Chouihna believes that if you can make it in Turkey, you can make it anywhere. “The Turkish market is the hardest,” said the 28-year-old Syrian from the city

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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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