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Stories with subject: Political refugees
  • Hungary blocks migrants from trains; 11 drown off Turkey story has photos
    Updated: Sep-02-15 9:11 am

    BUDAPEST, Hungary - Hundreds of migrants chanted defiant slogans outside Budapest's main international train station Wednesday as Hungarian police blocked them for a second day from seeking asylum in Germany and other wealthy European Union countries.

  • Afghan migrant hopes to complete father's flight from war 
    Updated: Sep-02-15 5:59 am

    MORIA, Greece - Three decades after his father fled war in Afghanistan to seek safety in Iran, Abdullah Bakhshi is now on the next leg of his family's long journey to a better life, and part of the largest tide of migrants since World War II.

  • Chaos in Budapest train station amid Europe's migrant crisis 
    Updated: Sep-01-15 4:42 pm

    BUDAPEST, Hungary - Chanting "Freedom! Freedom!," angry migrants demanded to be let aboard trains bound for Austria and Germany after Hungary temporarily suspended all rail traffic Tuesday from its main Budapest terminal and brawny police forced hundreds of migrants out of the train station.

  • The Latest: Trafficking surges in fake Syrian passports story has photosstory has video
    Updated: Sep-01-15 10:10 am

    BUDAPEST, Hungary - The latest developments as tens of thousands of migrants flood into countries across Europe. All times local (CET):

  • Australian, Thai journalists acquitted of defaming Thai navy 
    Updated: Sep-01-15 12:23 am

    PHUKET, Thailand - An Australian journalist and his Thai colleague were acquitted Tuesday in a criminal defamation lawsuit filed by Thailand's navy over an online news report about the trafficking of refugees from Myanmar.

  • Austria inspects trucks for migrants, creates 18-mile backup story has photos
    Updated: Aug-31-15 5:28 pm

    BUDAPEST, Hungary - Austria stepped up vehicle inspections Monday at its Hungarian border after 71 migrants apparently suffocated in a truck, creating a huge traffic jam on the main Budapest-Vienna highway.

  • AP Interview: IOM chief slams Hungary over migrant policies story has photos
    Updated: Aug-31-15 1:14 pm

    GENEVA - Countries like Hungary that have blocked desperate migrants from traveling by train in Europe "push them right into the hands of smugglers," with potentially deadly consequences, the head of the International Organization for Migration said Monday.

  • German leader presses for EU to share migrant burden story has photos
    Updated: Aug-31-15 10:37 am

    BERLIN - German Chancellor Angela Merkel pressed fellow European nations Monday to share the burden of the influx of migrants, arguing that the European Union will betray its values if it fails to get a grip on the crisis.

  • Court nixes assembly ban in German town hit by violence story has photos
    Updated: Aug-29-15 11:29 am

    BERLIN - Germany's highest court on Saturday overturned a weekend ban on assemblies in an eastern town where anti-foreigner violence a week ago shook the country.

  • As asylum-seekers flood in, Germany struggles to house them 
    Updated: Aug-29-15 5:46 am

    BERLIN - Twenty-three-year-old Leila, her husband and two small children spent their first week in Germany in a temporary shelter, an austere but desperately needed haven after a traumatic flight from Syria that began when her husband was told to fight for the government.

  • Europe's migrant crisis brings new death by land and sea story has photosstory has video
    Updated: Aug-28-15 4:28 pm

    VIENNA - Death and desperation mounted in Europe's migrant crisis Friday as Austrian police said 71 people appeared to have suffocated in the back of an abandoned truck, while an estimated 200 people were feared drowned off Libya when two overloaded boats capsized.

  • 200 feared dead in latest migrant disaster off Libya's coast story has photos
    Updated: Aug-28-15 9:50 am

    ZUWARA, Libya - Libyan authorities were collecting the bodies of migrants who drowned off the coastal city of Zuwara, with some 200 feared dead on Friday in the latest disaster involving desperate people trying to reach Europe across the Mediterranean.

  • The Latest: Red Crescent: At least 105 dead in sea off Libya story has photosstory has video
    Updated: Aug-28-15 8:47 am

    GENEVA - Here are the latest developments Friday regarding the tens of thousands of migrants trying to reach Europe.

  • Refugees or migrants? Debate over words to describe crisis story has photos
    Updated: Aug-28-15 7:04 am

    STOCKHOLM - Day after day, images of soaked and exhausted parents clutching their glassy-eyed children as they arrive on Europe's shores make their way around the world.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.