Political refugees

FILE - In this file photo dated Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018, Rohingya refugees shout slogans during a protest against the repatriation process at Unchiprang refugee camp near Cox's Bazar, in Bangladesh. Sexual violence carried out by Myanmar's security forces against the country's Muslim Rohingya minority was so widespread and severe that it demonstrates intent to commit genocide as well as warrants prosecution for war crimes and crimes against humanity, according to a U.N. report released Thursday Aug. 22, 2019. The Rohingya refugees still live in squalid camps in Bangladesh, and a planned effort Thursday to repatriate an initial large group to Myanmar collapsed when none showed up to be taken back. (AP Photo/Dar Yasin, FILE)
August 24, 2019 - 10:12 pm
COX'S BAZAR, Bangladesh (AP) — Thousands of angry and frustrated Rohingya refugees marked the second anniversary of their exodus from Myanmar into Bangladesh on Sunday by demanding their citizenship and other rights in the country they fled from. The event came days after Bangladesh with the help...
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FILE - In this Aug. 20, 2019, file photo, Italian Deputy-Premier Matteo Salvini kisses a rosary as Premier Giuseppe Conte addresses the Senate in Rome. For months now, Salvini, a divorced father of two children by two different women, has been kissing rosaries, invoking the Madonna and quoting St. John Paul II at political rallies in a bid to rally Italian Catholics behind his nationalist message. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia, File)
August 22, 2019 - 8:35 am
ROME (AP) — Matteo Salvini slipped the rosary out of his pocket right before Premier Giuseppe Conte began his speech to Parliament. He took it out and kissed it again midway through the address, just as Conte began admonishing him for exploiting his Catholic faith for political ends. The interior...
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A Rohingya refugee displays to journalists a demand letter about Rohingya repatriation at Nayapara camp in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh, Thursday, Aug.22, 2019. Bangladesh's refugee commissioner said Thursday that no Rohingya Muslims turned up to return to Myanmar from camps in the South Asian nation. (AP Photo/Mahmud Hossain Opu)
August 22, 2019 - 6:02 am
COX'S BAZAR, Bangladesh (AP) — No Rohingya Muslims staying in crowded refugee camps in Bangladesh turned up for a planned repatriation to Myanmar on Thursday because they want to be guaranteed safety and citizenship first, officials said. Bangladesh refugee commissioner Abul Kalam said none of the...
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FILE - In this Jan. 22, 2018, file photo, Rohingya children and refugees raise their hands and shout that they won't go back to Myanmar during a demonstration at Kutupalong near Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh. Officials from the U.N. refugee agency and Bangladesh's government say few Muslim Rohingya refugees have responded to plans for their repatriation to Myanmar, and all who did say they don't want to go back. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup, File)
August 21, 2019 - 6:30 am
COX'S BAZAR, Bangladesh (AP) — Members of about 200 Rohingya Muslim families interviewed Wednesday by officials from the U.N. refugee agency and the Bangladesh government all said they do not want to return to Myanmar unless their citizenship and safety are ensured, an official said. Khaled Hossain...
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August 16, 2019 - 12:10 am
BANGKOK (AP) — The U.N. refugee agency says Myanmar and Bangladesh are making a second attempt to start repatriating Rohingya Muslims after more than 700,000 of them fled a security crackdown in Myanmar almost two years ago. Agency spokeswoman Caroline Gluck said Friday that the Bangladesh...
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Migrants sit aboard the Open Arms Spanish humanitarian boat as it arrives near Lampedusa coast in the Mediterranean Sea, Thursday, Aug.15, 2019. A Spanish aid boat with 147 rescued migrants aboard is anchored off a southern Italian island as Italy's ministers spar over their fate. (AP Photo/Francisco Gentico)
August 15, 2019 - 5:02 am
ROME (AP) — A humanitarian boat carrying 147 migrants rescued at sea was anchored in choppy waters Thursday near a southern Italian island while the country's interior and defense ministers sparred over its fate, reflecting Italy's escalating political crisis. Two weeks after rescuing migrants in...
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FILE - In this June 2, 2009, file photo, the Statue of Liberty stands in New York harbor. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)
August 14, 2019 - 3:53 pm
Long before a Trump administration official suggested the poem inscribed on the Statue of Liberty welcomed only people from Europe, the words captured America's promise to newcomers at a time when the nation was also seeking to exclude many immigrants from landing on its shores. A biographer of...
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Andreas Kalbitz the Alternative for Germany, AfD, top candidate for the regional election in the German state of Brandenburg attends a news conference in Berlin, Germany, Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2019. On Sunday Sept.1, 2019 regional state elections will take place in the eastern German state of Brandenburg. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)
August 13, 2019 - 2:08 pm
BERLIN (AP) — A quarter-century since his first foray into Germany's far-right movement, Andreas Kalbitz is poised to lead it to one of its biggest triumphs. Kalbitz, 46, could be the big winner in next month's state elections in Brandenburg, where he heads the anti-migrant Alternative for Germany...
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In this photo taken Saturday and released Sunday, Aug. 11, 2019, a rubber dinghy with over 80 migrants off the Libyan coast has received life vests from a rescue team of the Ocean Viking ship, operated by the NGOs Sos Mediterranee and Doctors Without Borders. The Ocean Viking was already carrying over 80 people rescued earlier, and is blocked at sea while it waits to be assigned a safe port. Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini, who has triggered a government crisis in Italy, signed Friday a ban on the ship's entry into Italian waters. (Hannah Wallace Bowman/MSF/Sos Mediterranee via AP)
August 13, 2019 - 6:49 am
BRUSSELS (AP) — The United Nations refugee agency urgently appealed to European governments Tuesday to let two migrant rescue ships disembark more than 500 passengers who remain stranded at sea as countries bicker over who should take responsibility for them. The people rescued while attempting to...
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Actor Richard Gere gestures as he speaks during a press conference he held along with Open Arms founder Oscar Camps, in the island of Lampedusa, Southern Italy, Saturday, Aug. 10, 2019, the day after he visited the Spanish humanitarian ship that has been stuck at sea with 121 migrants on board for over a week, after Italy and Malta have denied it entry. The Open Arms boat has rescued 39 more migrants on Saturday morning. (AP Photo/Valerio Nicolosi)
August 10, 2019 - 7:27 am
LAMPEDUSA, Italy (AP) — A private rescue ship that has remained at sea with 121 migrants after being denied permission to enter ports in two European countries rescued 39 more people Saturday, further complicating conditions on board, a Spanish aid group said. The Open Arms made its latest rescue...
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