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UPDATED: Sun., Jan. 28, 2018, 10:05 a.m.

Angelina Jolie calls for end to Syria war, meets refugees

Movie star Angelina Jolie visited a camp for Syrian refugees in Jordan on Sunday, calling for a political solution to Syria’s long-running civil war and saying that “humanitarian aid is …


Mark Finney: One year later, refugees still drastically reduced without reason

On Jan. 27, 2017, our president issued an executive order cutting refugee admissions from 110,000 people to only 50,000. At the beginning of the new federal fiscal year (October 1), …


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 24, 2018, 8:44 p.m.

Richardson resigns from Rohingya refugee panel

Former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson has resigned from an advisory panel on the massive Rohingya refugee crisis, calling it a “whitewash and a cheerleading operation” for Myanmar leader Aung …


Rohingya Muslim refugee return to Myanmar likely delayed

The gradual repatriation of more than 680,000 Rohingya Muslim refugees back to Myanmar from Bangladesh, scheduled to begin Tuesday, has been delayed amid widespread fears that they are being forced …


After year of separation, Congolese refugee family reunited in Spokane

For the past year, sisters Florance Mawazo and Mahirwe Solange Kobwa – refugees from the Democratic Republic of Congo who spent nearly two decades in a Ugandan United Nations camp …


UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 8, 2018, 10:46 a.m.

‘Stressful. Overwhelming. Confused’: Whitworth, EWU students undergo refugee resettlement simulation

A teaching simulation at Whitworth, EWU is helping students understand the complicated road refugees must take on their way to the United States.


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 2, 2018, 8:03 a.m.

Spokane has become a refugee resettlement destination under Mark Finney’s leadership of World Relief

Under Mark Finney’s leadership, World Relief has been more public, hosting celebrations and welcoming Spokane’s 10,000th refugee.


U.N. refugee chief urges the world to spend more on Africa

The world must do more to help millions of refugees across sub-Saharan Africa, which hosts more than a quarter of the world’s refugees, the United Nations said Tuesday.


Pope demands ‘decisive measures’ to resolve Rohingya exodus

Pope Francis demanded Thursday that the international community take “decisive measures” to resolve the causes of the mass exodus of Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar, breaking his recent silence over what …


UPDATED: Mon., Nov. 27, 2017, 9:55 a.m.

Syrian refugees struggled to communicate until they learned American Sign Language at Ferris High School

Three deaf Syrian children have gone most of their lives without language, their education truncated by years of turmoil and flight. Now they are beginning to learn their first comprehensive …


Refugees thank adoptive North Dakota city by feeding hungry

She and a group of other students, most from poor refugee families, spent the Thursday before Thanksgiving handing out turkey and cranberries to the hungry of Fargo, which welcomed their …


Myanmar, Bangladesh sign agreement on Rohingya refugees

Myanmar and Bangladesh signed an agreement on Thursday covering the return of Rohingya Muslims who fled across their mutual border to escape violence in Myanmar’s Rakhine state.


UPDATED: Sun., Nov. 19, 2017, 10:36 p.m.

With 10,000 refugees welcomed, World Relief Spokane marks important milestone

World Relief Spokane recently passed an important milestone, successfully relocating their 10,000th refugee. It’s a milestone they hope to pass again.


Terrified Rohingya Muslims await chance to enter Bangladesh

It’s a scene that has played out over and over again with heartbreaking regularity as hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims have fled persecution in Myanmar and escaped to neighboring …


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 25, 2017, 9:12 p.m.

Refugee advocates denounce Trump’s latest order

President Donald Trump’s latest executive order on refugees is, in effect, a continuation of his ban on a majority of applicants, according to refugee advocates. They say the continued restrictions …


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 24, 2017, 4:21 p.m.

Trump allows refugee admissions to resume with new screening

President Donald Trump’s four-month worldwide ban on refugees ended Tuesday, officials said, as his administration prepared to unveil tougher new screening procedures.


UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 23, 2017, 6:54 p.m.

Conference addresses U.S. role in creating, solving current worldwide refugee crisis

The United States has helped create the current worldwide refugee crisis, former Idaho Supreme Court Justice Jim Jones said Monday, and it needs to step up to help solve it.


UPDATED: Sun., Oct. 22, 2017, 5:44 p.m.

India says Myanmar must take back Rohingya Muslims

India’s foreign minister told Bangladesh’s government that Myanmar must take back Rohingya Muslims to resolve one of Asia’s largest refugee crises in decades, the government said.


Guest Opinion: Megan J. Ballard: Trump’s refugee rationale is a ruse

Reducing refugee admissions to a trickle is not justified by humanitarian concerns nor is it in the national interest.


Eye on Boise: Record suggests Risch could surprise

What might Idaho Sen. Jim Risch be like as chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, one of the most powerful committees in Congress? Jim Weatherby, BSU professor emeritus and …


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 28, 2017, 8:56 p.m.

U.N. chief urges Myanmar to halt anti-Rohingya operations

Secretary-General Antonio Guterres urged Myanmar’s authorities on Thursday to immediately end military operations that have sent over 500,000 Rohingya Muslims fleeing to Bangladesh, calling the crisis “the world’s fastest developing …


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 26, 2017, 6:16 p.m.

Trump plans to slash U.S. refugee admissions

The Trump administration will allow no more than 45,000 refugees into the United States next year, officials said Tuesday, in what would be the lowest admissions level in more than …


Trump administration considering even lower refugee limits

President Donald Trump is considering a further reduction in the number of refugees allowed into the United States as the administration works to re-shape American immigration policy, officials said Wednesday.


From Rwanda to Spokane: Couple reunified after two years apart

Khalfani Ramadani and his wife, Josephine, were reunified in Spokane this week. It was the first time they’d seen each other in the two years since Ramadani came to the …


UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 16, 2017, 12:33 p.m.

Congo forces shoot dead at least 18 Burundi refugees: UN

Congolese forces have shot and killed at least 18 Burundian refugees near Burundi’s border, officials said Saturday.


370,000 Rohingyas flood Bangladesh as crisis worsens

The number of Rohingya refugees fleeing a military crackdown in Myanmar has now topped 370,000, a crisis that the United Nations human rights chief called “a textbook example of ethnic …


Supreme Court agrees to temporary block on new refugees

Justice Anthony M. Kennedy granted a request from Trump administration lawyers Monday and temporarily blocked a 9th Circuit Court order that would have allowed more refugees to enter the United …


In the hands of homeless teens and refugees, cameras offer a different view of Spokane in Terrain’s ‘Snapshot’ exhibit

Does art have the power to soften hostility? Can pictures provide a window for understanding?


Fleeing Rohingya face hunger, little hope in Bangladesh camp

In a corner of a room in a sprawling expanse of squalid shanties and tents, Zahida Begum holds in her arms the tiny boy she gave birth to just hours …


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 7, 2017, 7:26 a.m.

Migrants still risking Mediterranean’s perils as rescues dip

While the number of Europe-bound migrants rescued on the main Mediterranean Sea route has dropped off dramatically this summer, hundreds are still risking their lives in hopes of reaching Italy …