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Stories with subject: Political refugees
  • Rohingya seek better life in Malaysia, but reality is stark 
    Updated: May-25-15 9:56 am

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia - Malaysia has been a sort of promised land for Rohingya Muslims fleeing persecution in Myanmar. The tens of thousands who endured perilous journeys to get here find more work opportunities than in Indonesia and a more Muslim-friendly environment than in Thailand.

  • Malaysia: Human traffickers' camps had 139 suspected graves story has photos
    Updated: May-25-15 7:16 am

    WANG KELIAN, Malaysia - Malaysian authorities said Monday a cluster of abandoned jungle camps used by human traffickers contained 139 suspected graves as well as barbed-wire pens likely used to cage migrants, shedding more light on a regional trade that preyed on some of Southeast Asia's most desperate people.

  • CANNES WATCH: Going out In style story has photos
    Updated: May-23-15 8:38 pm

    CANNES, France - The 68th Cannes Film Festival was going out in style this weekend, with Marion Cotillard drawing raves on both carpet and screen at the "Macbeth" premiere and the very cool entourage from the LA indie "Dope" continuing to wow the fest as anticipation grew for Sunday's Palme d'Or finale.

  • At Mideast forum, officials seek world's help 
    Updated: May-23-15 3:07 pm

    SOUTHERN SHUNEH, Jordan - Mideast-weary though it may be, the international community has a duty and an interest in helping the countries of the region both rebuff violent extremists and fix the refugee crisis that in part has resulted from the fight with them - that was the message coming from the regional World Economic Forum Saturday.

  • Joyful Burundi refugees leave disease-stricken camp story has photos
    Updated: May-23-15 2:23 pm

    LAKE TANGANYIKA, Tanzania - Hundreds of women, many with children strapped on their backs alongside their few belongings, sing melodious tunes expressing their joy as their small boats approach the ferry M.V. Liemba.

  • Love battles revenge in Audiard's refugee drama 'Dheepan' 
    Updated: May-23-15 10:55 am

    CANNES, France - For much of its running time, Jacques Audiard's new film, "Dheepan," is a gritty and naturalistic depiction of Tamil refugees trying to build a new life in France.

  • Cholera infects 3,000 Burundian refugees, UN calls for help 
    Updated: May-22-15 1:27 pm

    KAMPALA, Uganda - An outbreak of cholera has infected 3,000 people in a Tanzanian border region where refugees fleeing political unrest in Burundi have massed, the U.N. Refugee Agency said Friday.

  • Aspiring Asia leader China takes no role in Rohingya crisis 
    Updated: May-22-15 10:14 am

    BEIJING - Malaysia has begun searching for thousands of boat people believed stranded in the Andaman Sea. From a hemisphere away in Washington, the U.S. said it will send navy planes. Even the small African nation of Gambia has offered help, saying it could take in the migrants.

  • The Latest on Rohingya: US envoy says address root causes story has photos
    Updated: May-22-15 9:01 am

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  • Fleeing Yemen war, thousands stuck in Djibouti 
    Updated: May-22-15 4:43 am

    OBOCK, Djibouti - Fleeing the war at home, thousands of Yemenis have made it across the Gulf of Aden to find refuge in Djibouti, a sleepy Horn of Africa nation where the United Nations has set up a staging hub for aid for the conflict-torn Arab country.

  • Cambodia accepts 4 refugees under Australia agreement 
    Updated: May-21-15 11:37 pm

    CANBERRA, Australia - Four refugees rejected by Australia who have agreed to resettle in Cambodia will likely become examples that other refugees will follow, an Australian minister said Friday.

  • Rohingya migrant crisis eases, but hard questions remain story has photos
    Updated: May-21-15 7:43 am

    BANGKOK - The decision by Indonesia and Malaysia to give temporary shelter to thousands of migrants stranded at sea appears to have defused a potential Southeast Asian humanitarian catastrophe, but the root causes of the crisis remain. Here's a look at still-unanswered questions surrounding the Rohingya Muslim migrants who are persecuted at home in Myanmar and have found scant welcome anywhere else.

  • US says willing to take in Rohingya boat people story has photos
    Updated: May-20-15 6:21 pm

    WASHINGTON - The United States is willing to take in Rohingya refugees as part of international efforts to cope with Southeast Asia's stranded boat people, the State Department said Wednesday.

  • The boat people crises in Europe and Asia - a comparison 
    Updated: May-20-15 1:58 pm

    BRUSSELS - They may be separated by thousands of miles and vast expanses of sea but those people risking their lives in the Mediterranean and the Andaman Sea in southeast Asia seem to come from the same script.

  • Indonesia, Malaysia to help Muslim migrants stranded at sea 
    Updated: May-20-15 3:11 am

    PUTRAJAYA, Malaysia - Indonesia and Malaysia agreed Wednesday to provide temporary shelter to thousands of migrants believed to be stranded at sea, a potential breakthrough in the humanitarian crisis confronting Southeast Asia after weeks of reluctance by the region's nations to take responsibility.

  • Rohingya crisis highlights toothless nature of ASEAN story has photos
    Updated: May-19-15 11:53 am

    BANGKOK - The Southeast Asian grouping known as ASEAN has made a point of not pressuring member nations over internal issues such as rights abuses, and in the case of Myanmar's persecuted Rohingya minority, the policy has come back to haunt it.

  • Syrian refugees struggle amid aid cuts, lack of labor rights 
    Updated: May-19-15 3:50 am

    SALHIYEH, Jordan - A Syrian refugee couple and their baby boy were recently dropped from a U.N. food voucher program and live on $9-a-day jobs on a peach farm in northern Jordan. In a town nearby, a 16-year-old boy quit school to work as a mechanic's helper because his refugee family needs the extra $21 a week.

  • Jordan unemployment soars in areas with high refugee influx 
    Updated: May-17-15 4:13 am

    AMMAN, Jordan - The International Labor Organization says unemployment in areas of Jordan with high concentrations of Syrian refugees rose from 14.5 percent to 22.1 percent between 2011 and 2014.

  • German FM says EU member states need to share refugee burden 
    Updated: May-16-15 2:40 pm

    AMMAN, Jordan - Germany's foreign minister says the European Union needs to find a way to share the burden of taking in Syrian war refugees.

  • Hungary rejects EU quota plan for Mediterranean immigrants 
    Updated: May-14-15 11:19 am

    BUDAPEST, Hungary - The Hungarian government has reiterated its "firm opposition" to a plan by the European Union to require countries to share the burden of immigrants who are arriving in Europe by crossing the Mediterranean Sea.

  • How Southeast Asia has created its own humanitarian crisis story has photos
    Updated: May-13-15 11:32 pm

    BANGKOK - The waters off some of Southeast Asia's most pristine beaches are the focal point of a regional humanitarian crisis. Yet nobody is rushing to solve it.

  • Turkey's Erdogan calls on Europe to welcome more migrants 
    Updated: May-13-15 9:51 am

    TIRANA, Albania - Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called on Europe Wednesday to take in more migrants and refugees from Syria and Iraq, saying his own country has borne the brunt of the refugee crisis and has been sheltering about 2 million people.

  • Another refugee boat located off Penang, Malaysia 
    Updated: May-13-15 6:17 am

    LANGKAWI, Malaysia - A boat crammed with more than 500 refugees, likely Rohingya and Bangladeshis, was found Wednesday off the coast of Penang island in northern Malaysia, a person involved in the situation said.

  • AG sues landlord for unsafe homes, some rented to refugees 
    Updated: May-12-15 6:58 pm

    PITTSBURGH - A western Pennsylvania landlord rented unsafe and uninhabitable apartments, many of them to Bhutanese refugees, and violated state consumer protection laws in the process, the state attorney general said in a lawsuit filed Tuesday.

  • US to give Jordan $25 million worth of wheat for resale 
    Updated: May-10-15 10:05 am

    AMMAN, Jordan - The United States is giving Jordan about $25 million worth of wheat for resale, with the money to be used for improving agricultural productivity.