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Stories with subject: Political refugees
  • Dead migrants found in abandoned truck near Austrian capital story has photosstory has video
    Updated: Aug-27-15 4:50 pm

    VIENNA - As regional leaders met Thursday to tackle Europe's refugee crisis, a gruesome discovery unfolded a short drive from the Austrian capital: An abandoned truck was found with at least 20 - and possibly up to 50 - decomposing bodies of migrants piled inside.

  • Record migrant flow reported on Hungary's razor-wire border story has photos
    Updated: Aug-27-15 1:11 pm

    ROSZKE, Hungary - Hungary deployed police reinforcements to rein in an unrelenting flow of migrants across its porous border Thursday, but refugee activists said the effort appeared futile in a nation whose migrant camps are overloaded and barely delay their journeys west into the heart of the European Union.

  • Balkan summit on migrants overshadowed by migrant deaths 
    Updated: Aug-27-15 11:13 am

    VIENNA - Austrian Chancellor Werner Faymann had just finished telling other European leaders that there was an urgent need to crack down on human traffickers when the news came: at least 20 migrants - possibly up to 50 - have been found dead in a truck just miles away.

  • UN refugee chief seeks better EU cooperation on migrants 
    Updated: Aug-26-15 4:18 pm

    GENEVA - The Europe Union's asylum system is "completely dysfunctional," the head of the U.N. refugee agency said Wednesday, urging the bloc to better coordinate its response to the influx of thousands of refugees fleeing violence in Africa and the Middle East.

  • Merkel travels to far-right heartland to defend refugees story has photos
    Updated: Aug-26-15 3:04 pm

    HEIDENAU, Germany - Chancellor Angela Merkel was met with jeers Wednesday as she traveled to a German town at the center of a recent wave of far-right anti-foreigner violence, delivering a message of support for refugees as many look to her for leadership in handling the European migrant crisis.

  • Greek coast guard rescues hundreds of refugees, migrants 
    Updated: Aug-26-15 7:38 am

    ATHENS, Greece - Greece's coast guard says it has rescued hundreds of refugees and migrants in operations off the coasts of eastern Aegean islands, as a wave of people fleeing conflict and poverty in the Middle East, Asia and Africa toward Europe continues unabated.

  • Israel releases African migrants from detention center 
    Updated: Aug-25-15 1:22 pm

    HOLOT DETENTION FACILITY, Israel - Faysal Hussein from Sudan walked out of Israel's desert detention center Tuesday already sweating with just a backpack, barely enough cash for bus fare and lunch, and after 19 months in custody, no idea where to go.

  • Syrian refugee mothers care, fear for newborns story has photos
    Updated: Aug-25-15 5:47 am

    MAFRAQ, Jordan - Here among the tents of this informal camp for Syrian refugees in Jordan, pregnant mothers have given birth to children they struggle to care for amid sandstorms and crushing poverty.

  • Thousands of migrants rush past police into Macedonia story has photos
    Updated: Aug-22-15 3:02 pm

    GEVGELIJA, Macedonia - Thousands of rain-soaked migrants on Saturday rushed past Macedonian riot police who were attempting to block them from entering Macedonia from Greece. Police fired stun grenades and dozens of people were injured in the border clashes.

  • Britain and France crack down on economic migrants story has photos
    Updated: Aug-20-15 12:10 pm

    CALAIS, France - Britain and France on Thursday announced tougher security tools to guard the Channel Tunnel, a new joint police command to target human traffickers and 10 million euros ($11.2 million) in new British government money to help asylum seekers - and send others back home.

  • Jordan's second-largest Syria refugee camp gets school, well 
    Updated: Aug-19-15 11:44 am

    AZRAQ REFUGEE CAMP, Jordan - Jordan's second-largest refugee camp for Syrian refugees now has a water well and a new school.

  • In Greece, red tape, typos add to Syrian refugees' ordeal 
    Updated: Aug-19-15 9:16 am

    IDOMENI, Greece - According to their Greek travel papers, the two young Syrian brothers are both 110 years old, born to different parents. The officials who processed them upon arrival were so overwhelmed by the crush of migrants entering Greece that they botched the paperwork.

  • EU border agency: Migrants hit new monthly record in July story has photos
    Updated: Aug-18-15 1:38 pm

    BRUSSELS - U.N. and European border agency officials urged the European Union on Tuesday to step up measures to help thousands of people who have fled violence in Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq and are pouring into Greece and other EU countries in record numbers.

  • Welcome mat fraying as more migrants reach Greek island story has photos
    Updated: Aug-18-15 1:14 pm

    LEROS, Greece - The islanders bring food, drinks, clothing and necessities like diapers and toothpaste to the migrants huddled on this tiny outcrop in the Aegean Sea. The generosity comes naturally to residents of Leros: The island once took in political prisoners banished here by Greece's former military rulers, a tradition that breeds a sense of duty to welcome migrants fleeing war and poverty in the Middle East and Africa.

  • Togo refugees: On the run for 10 years, no peace in sight 
    Updated: Aug-18-15 11:25 am

    LAGOS, Nigeria - Asylum seekers who fled political violence in Togo 10 years ago are now seeking refuge in Lagos, Nigeria's commercial capital.

  • Syrian rebel leader seeks Europe - fleeing gov't and jihadis 
    Updated: Aug-17-15 12:38 pm

    KOS, Greece - In the jostling chaos of a crammed refugee center, one man tries to introduce order - forming migrants into lines and collecting names for overwhelmed Greek police clerks.

  • AP Interview: Jordan says Syria militants try to sneak in 
    Updated: Aug-16-15 1:58 pm

    ON THE SYRIA BORDER, Jordan - Militants have tried to sneak into Jordan from Syria by blending in with Syrian refugees, while smugglers have stepped up efforts to bring weapons and drugs into the kingdom, the commander of Jordan's Border Guard said in an interview Sunday.

  • Attacks on refugees tempered by strong support in Germany story has photos
    Updated: Aug-13-15 8:46 am

    BERLIN - The burning newspapers placed outside the home of five asylum seekers in Brandenburg an der Havel, a small town near Berlin, prompted a swift response. Germany's foreign minister called the incident last month, in which nobody was injured, a "cowardly act of arson."

  • Uzbek refugee convicted of terrorism conspiracy charge in US 
    Updated: Aug-12-15 8:26 pm

    BOISE, Idaho - A federal jury in Idaho has convicted an Uzbek refugee of three terrorism-related charges after prosecutors said he worked to support a terrorist organization and gathered explosive materials in his Boise apartment.

  • AP Interview: UN food aid chief says Syria funding 'bleak' story has photos
    Updated: Aug-11-15 3:37 am

    AMMAN, Jordan - Funding prospects are "bleak" and impoverished Syrian refugees face more cuts in food aid, the head of the World Food Program said in an interview, after inspecting the bare refrigerator of a refugee family and meeting boys forced to swap school for work to help their families survive.

  • Migrant crisis alarms Britain - but fears clash with facts 
    Updated: Aug-10-15 10:01 am

    LEYSDOWN-ON-SEA, England - This summer, Britain's headlines have been dominated by one story - thousands of migrants massing in France, aiming to get to England through the Channel Tunnel. Britain's jingoistic tabloids say it's an invasion. Prime Minister David Cameron has called the Syrians, Afghans, Eritreans and others "a swarm" headed for British shores.

  • Chaldean charter school coming to Madison Heights 
    Updated: Aug-10-15 4:19 am

    MADISON HEIGHTS, Michigan - Iraqi-born Dunia Hormez has always tried to pass on her Chaldean culture to her children even as they have attended public schools.

  • Iraqi Christians who fled IS living in limbo while in exile 
    Updated: Aug-09-15 9:59 am

    FUHEIS, Jordan - A year after tens of thousands of Iraqi Christians fled communities overtaken by Islamic State militants, their lives are on hold in exile: They won't go back to Iraq, saying it's not safe for Christians, but as refugees they're barred from working in temporary asylum countries such as Jordan. Expectations of quick resettlement to the West have been dashed.

  • Austrian police find 86 refugees in truck, driver flees 
    Updated: Aug-08-15 9:34 am

    FRANKFURT, Germany - Austrian police who stopped a small truck that appeared overloaded have found 86 refugees crammed inside during sweltering heat.

  • Germany tries to stem migrant stream from Balkans with video 
    Updated: Aug-07-15 11:58 am

    BERLIN - Migrants from the Balkans have very little chance of winning asylum in Germany and risk being billed for the cost of being deported, according to a video released Friday by German authorities hoping to stop a stream of applicants from southeastern Europe.