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War-torn Syria braces for lockdown after first virus case

Syrians rushed to stock up on food and fuel Monday amid fears that authorities would resort to even stricter measures after reporting the first coronavirus infection in the country, where the health care system has been decimated by nearly a decade of civil war.

GU fans’ good works make Sin City better

One day before they planned to pack the Orleans Arena, several dozen Gonzaga fans were stuffing backpacks for refugees. They also toured a shelter for the homeless and the kitchen that serves them, which begs the question: Is this any way to spend a vacation day in Las Vegas?

Thousands of migrants look for way around shut Greek border

Thousands of migrants and refugees searched for ways to cross Greece’s border with Turkey on Tuesday, as Athens ramped up its diplomatic efforts for help from the European Union to seal off its eastern land and sea frontiers.

Bangladesh says once-submerged island ready for Rohingya

An island in Bangladesh that was regularly submerged during monsoon seasons is ready to house 100,000 Rohingya refugees, but no date has been announced to begin relocating people from crowded and squalid camps on the country’s border with Myanmar, officials said Thursday.

Relief group: 216,000 have fled homes in northwest Syria

More than 200,000 men, women and children fled their homes in northwest Syria in buses, trucks and cars in recent weeks, amid intense air and ground bombardment by government forces, a Syrian relief group said Wednesday.

Commissioners vote to allow refugee settlement in Spokane County

Spokane County Commissioners found themselves in a position Tuesday none of their predecessors had faced before: deciding whether refugees should be allowed to settle in their community. They unanimously voted to consent to refugee resettlement in Spokane County.

North Dakota county may become first in U.S. to bar new refugees

If a local commission votes to bar refugees, as expected, North Dakota’s Burleigh County – home to about 95,000 people and the capital city of Bismarck – could become the first local government to do so since President Donald Trump issued an executive order making it possible.

World Relief Spokane troubled by lowered refugee cap

The Trump administration proposed Thursday capping the number of refugees allowed into the United States to 18,000, a 40% decline from 2019, the Washington Post reported. This is terrible news for refugees who have family members still in dangerous areas, said Mark Finney, director of World Relief in Spokane.