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  • Kerry says he'll discuss pause in Yemen war with Saudis 
    Updated: May-06-15 7:31 am

    DJIBOUTI - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Wednesday he'll discuss with Saudi Arabian officials how to implement a "humanitarian pause" in Yemen's civil war, citing increased shortages of food, fuel and medicine that are adding to a crisis that has already caused thousands of people to flee to neighboring countries.

  • Two decades after 'Black Hawk Down,' Kerry visits Somalia story has photos
    Updated: May-05-15 1:08 pm

    MOGADISHU, Somalia - Two decades after dead American soldiers were dragged through the streets of Mogadishu, John Kerry on Tuesday became the first secretary of state to set foot in Somalia, a symbolic visit to show support for the African nation's fledgling government and the United States' readiness to move past a dark chapter in its history.

  • US gives $45 million to help Kenya with refugee crisis story has photos
    Updated: May-04-15 12:56 pm

    NAIROBI, Kenya - The United States said Monday it will give $45 million to help Kenya deal with an increasingly complex refugee crisis in a region long defined by Somalia's endemic violence, but where war in nearby Yemen is now creating conditions so dire that some people are even fleeing to Somalia.

  • Republic of Congo gov't bans face veils, sleeping in mosques 
    Updated: May-02-15 10:31 am

    BRAZZAVILLE, Republic of Congo - The Republic of Congo's government is banning women from being fully veiled in public to allow easy identification to prevent extremist violence, the president of the Islamic High Council said.

  • In Iraqi malls, Syrian women work jobs spurned by locals 
    Updated: May-02-15 3:00 am

    IRBIL, Iraq - Two years after fleeing from her home in Damascus, 22-year-old Rahaf Abdullah is working at a gleaming mall in Iraq's Kurdish region, selling sweets to local women who largely refuse to take such jobs.

  • Kobani still a ghost town, months after liberation from IS story has photos
    Updated: May-01-15 2:26 pm

    SURUC, Turkey - The battle for the Syrian border town of Kobani was a watershed in the war against the Islamic State group - Syrian Kurdish forces fought the militants in rubble-strewn streets for months as U.S. aircraft pounded the extremists from the skies until ultimately expelling them from the town earlier this year.

  • A year on, 'model' camp for Syrian refugees has mixed record 
    Updated: May-01-15 3:47 am

    AZRAQ REFUGEE CAMP, Jordan - A year after opening, a camp in Jordan billed as an improved model for sheltering Syrian refugees has a mixed record: Azraq offers safety and a sense of order, with its close to 10,000 prefab shelters arranged in tidy rows, but refugees say life is tough because of lack of electricity, jobs and freedom of movement.

  • EU leader: Too little too late to deal with migrant crisis story has photos
    Updated: Apr-29-15 2:52 pm

    BRUSSELS - A top European Union leader conceded in unusually candid comments Wednesday that the EU response to the deadly Mediterranean migrant crisis was too little, too late, and said offers to do more in the immediate future are inadequate.

  • Obama honoring Texas teacher who works with war refugees 
    Updated: Apr-29-15 12:39 pm

    WASHINGTON - A high school English teacher from Amarillo, Texas, who works with refugees from war-torn countries was honored Tuesday at the White House as America's Teacher of the Year.

  • Vietnamese-Americans recall losses, gains since Saigon fell story has photos
    Updated: Apr-29-15 3:08 am

    SANTA ANA, California - In the chaotic final days before the Vietnam she knew collapsed in 1975, Bang Van Pham was rushed onto a U.S. military plane with her newborn son, headed to a land she had learned about in school but never seen.

  • UN: Israeli military killed 44 Palestinians at UN shelters 
    Updated: Apr-27-15 3:53 pm

    UNITED NATIONS - A U.N. inquiry has found that at least 44 Palestinians were killed and at least 227 injured by direct mortar strikes and other "Israeli actions" while sheltering at U.N. locations during last year's Gaza war. The Palestinians said they would give the findings to the International Criminal Court.

  • Cash handoffs, extortion fuel Mediterranean trafficking 
    Updated: Apr-27-15 1:53 pm

    PALERMO, Sicily - Fleeing war, persecution and poverty, migrants desperate to reach Europe are paying thousands of dollars apiece to become pawns in a multimillion-dollar trafficking network that stretches from the Sahara to Sweden.

  • Refugees increase ethnic diversity in Wichita public schools 
    Updated: Apr-25-15 1:40 pm

    WICHITA, Kansas - The Wichita school district, which already has one of the most ethnically diverse student bodies in the state, is trying to respond to the challenges presented by an influx of non-native English speaking children from the Middle East and Africa.

  • Angelina Jolie rips world powers on Syria's refugee crisis story has photosstory has video
    Updated: Apr-24-15 6:31 pm

    UNITED NATIONS - Actress Angelina Jolie pleaded with world powers Friday to help the millions of Syrian refugees, sharply criticizing the U.N. Security Council for being paralyzed by its division over Syria's four-year conflict.

  • Refugees from Burundi flow into Rwanda as tensions mount 
    Updated: Apr-24-15 12:52 pm

    GASHORA, Rwanda - More than 10,000 people from the East African nation of Burundi have crossed into neighboring Rwanda amid threats of violence ahead of elections, with many arriving here saying they have been intimidated by thugs who support President Pierre Nkurunziza who may seek a third term.

  • EU doubles emergency aid to nations dealing with migrants 
    Updated: Apr-24-15 11:10 am

    BRUSSELS - The European Union has doubled the emergency aid to frontline member states Italy, Greece and Malta which have to deal with the massive influx of migrants coming across the Mediterranean to 50 million euros ($54 million) a year.

  • Southeast Asian leaders to push for South China Sea code 
    Updated: Apr-24-15 7:16 am

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia - Southeast Asian leaders will seek to speed up plans for a binding code of conduct with China governing behavior in the disputed South China Sea at a summit next week, Malaysia's foreign minister said Friday.

  • After rescue, a long, agonizing wait for migrants in Italy 
    Updated: Apr-24-15 2:10 am

    MINEO, Sicily - Silla Zelia, a 23-year-old from Ivory Coast, is stuck in Italy's largest migrant center with nowhere to go after her asylum application was twice rejected and she lost contact with her family in Abidjan.

  • For asylum seekers, a novel (and odd) solution: Cambodia story has photos
    Updated: Apr-23-15 11:01 pm

    BANGKOK - Still haunted by the Vietnam War next door and the 1970s genocide that followed, Cambodia is not exactly the place that the world's refugees dream of reaching.

  • EU leaders commit ships, aid to address migrant crisis story has photosstory has video
    Updated: Apr-23-15 7:08 pm

    BRUSSELS - Late to the rescue, European leaders came through Thursday with pledges of big ships, aircraft and a tripling in funds to save lives in the Mediterranean after the deaths at sea of more than 1,300 migrants over the past three weeks, and agreed to lay the groundwork for military action against traffickers.

  • Lawsuit: Upstate school district segregated refugee students 
    Updated: Apr-23-15 2:59 pm

    UTICA, New York - An upstate school district allegedly segregated refugee students with low English ability in inferior alternative programs that offer no chance to earn a high school diploma, according to a federal lawsuit filed Thursday.

  • Erdogan slams European plans to destroy traffickers' vessels 
    Updated: Apr-22-15 1:16 pm

    ANKARA, Turkey - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday condemned what he said were suggestions in Europe to sink human traffickers' vessels, insisting the plans would leave migrants "to their deaths."

  • Southeast Asian leaders urged to act on Rohingya crisis 
    Updated: Apr-22-15 10:10 am

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia - Southeast Asian lawmakers on Wednesday urged their leaders to discuss Myanmar's Rohingya crisis at their upcoming summit in Malaysia, saying it has led to the highest outflow of asylum seekers by sea in the region since the Vietnam War.

  • Migrants take long, winding road to reach EU gateway Hungary 
    Updated: Apr-22-15 6:54 am

    BUDAPEST, Hungary - From a Budapest hilltop overlooking a panorama of central Europe, Jean-Paul Apetey reflects on how far he's come, how improbable and unexpected his journey has been - and yet how many miles he still must go.

  • Afghan deportees from Iran return to a home they barely know 
    Updated: Apr-22-15 2:17 am

    ISLAM QALA, Afghanistan - Tajigul Haidary had overstayed her residents' visa in Iran and was expecting just a hefty fine when she went to renew it, she said. Instead, she was arrested as an illegal immigrant, imprisoned, held in a transit center with hundreds of other Afghans and, early this week, deported at a dusty border point back to Afghanistan.