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Aid groups struggle as more Rohingya flood into Bangladesh

Aid agencies were struggling to cope with a nonstop flood of Rohingya refugees into Bangladesh, where some 146,000 have arrived hungry and terrified after fleeing renewed violence in Myanmar – …


Europe still ‘hasn’t done homework’ on refugees, German leader says

Chancellor Angela Merkel said Tuesday she did the right thing by allowing large numbers of migrants into Germany two years ago and that Europe hasn’t done enough to develop long-term …


Libya says boats carrying 700 migrants have been intercepted

Libya’s navy says it has intercepted and brought to shore vessels carrying nearly 700 migrants trying to cross the Mediterranean to Europe over the past two days.


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 25, 2017, 6:58 p.m.

Half of trapped Raqqa population are children, U.N. official says

Half of the estimated 20,000 people trapped in Syria’s northern city of Raqqa are children, an official with the U.N. children’s agency said Friday, describing the traumatizing experiences of children …


UPDATED: Fri., July 28, 2017, 9:34 p.m.

Gonzaga language program for ESL students grows in popularity

The Gonzaga Summer Language Program wrapped up its 19th year on Friday. The program, which teaches English-language skills to children and adults from immigrant and refugee communities, faces the challenges …


13,000 girls in Germany at risk of genital mutilation following refugee influx, report warns

After taking in more refugees than any other European nation over the last three years, German doctors and activists warn that inhumane traditions with foreign origins are on the rise. …


Feds appeal judge’s travel ban ruling to Supreme Court

The Trump administration is seeking to close a legal window opened for tens of thousands of refugees to enter the United States, appealing a federal judge’s order directly to the …


UPDATED: Thu., July 13, 2017, 11:06 p.m.

Judge grants Hawaii’s request on refugees, expands list of relatives exempted from travel ban

A federal judge in Hawaii on Thursday expanded the list of family relationships needed by people seeking new visas from six mostly Muslim countries to avoid President Donald Trump’s travel …


UPDATED: Thu., July 13, 2017, 12:34 p.m.

Trump’s first six months saw a sharp drop in Muslim refugees entering the US

The Trump administration insists that the restrictions on immigration it proposed shortly after the president took office was not meant to be an implementation of his infamous campaign-trail call for …


U.S. exceeds cap on refugees as resettlement agencies brace for slowdown

The United States surpassed the Trump administration’s 50,000-person cap on refugee admissions Wednesday as a group of about 160 people landed in airports across the country to begin new lives.


UPDATED: Sun., July 2, 2017, 9:16 p.m.

Trump’s travel ban meets law of unintended consequences

President Donald Trump says his travel restrictions are aimed at keeping the U.S. safe from radical Islamic terrorism, while critics accuse him of imposing a Muslim ban. Whatever the short-term …


As thousands seek safe havens, migrant pressures grow in Europe

Italy’s leader pressed his European Union allies Thursday to take in more migrants, saying the relentless arrival of tens of thousands on Italy’s shores is putting his country under enormous …


UPDATED: Wed., June 28, 2017, 10:12 p.m.

U.S. sets new visa rules for six mainly Muslim nations, refugees

The Trump administration on Wednesday set new criteria for visa applicants from six mainly Muslim nations and all refugees that require a “close” family or business tie to the United …


UPDATED: Wed., June 28, 2017, 10:04 p.m.

Idaho Rep. Labrador’s bill to limit refugee resettlement clears House panel on party-line vote

Idaho Rep. Raul Labrador’s legislation to limit refugee resettlement cleared the House Judiciary Committee Wednesday on a 15-11 party-line vote, after Democrats on the panel criticized the measure as heartless …


South Sudanese refugees grapple with honoring their dead

The cemetery for South Sudanese refugees lies between two streams that flood when the rains come, leaving debris scattered across the otherwise unmarked graves. Some people reach safety in the …


UN: Number of global displaced up to 65.6 million last year

The number of people displaced from their homes across the world climbed slightly to 65.6 million last year, with the escalating conflict in South Sudan accounting for the rise, the …


UN believes up to 150,000 civilians are trapped in Mosul

The U.N. humanitarian chief in Iraq says the United Nations believes between 120,000 and 150,000 civilians are trapped in Mosul’s Old City, where Islamic State extremists want to keep them …


European Union to launch action against 3 countries over refugee plan

The European Union warned the Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland on Tuesday that they have 24 hours to start taking in refugees under an EU sharing plan or face legal …


UPDATED: Mon., June 12, 2017, 5:19 p.m.

Idaho’s Simpson wants to reform wildfire funding, Labrador targets refugee resettlement

Both of Idaho’s congressmen introduced legislation late last week, 2nd District Rep. Mike Simpson on reforming funding for fighting the nation’s wildfires, and 1st District Rep. Raul Labrador on limiting …


1,000 migrants rescued in Mediterranean; 2 dead

Two migrants died in the Mediterranean Sea on Saturday during a rescue operation that saved more than 1,000 others who were attempting the dangerous crossing to Europe, according to a …


Spain saves 157 migrants in 5 boats crossing from Africa

Spain’s maritime rescue service has saved 157 migrants from five small boats attempting to cross the Mediterranean Sea.


UPDATED: Sun., May 21, 2017, 9:06 p.m.

At refugee camp, Trump envoy Haley vows more aid for Syrians

It was a theme the outspoken ambassador returned to over and over in Jordan at the start of her first trip abroad since taking office. In her stops here and …


UPDATED: Tue., May 9, 2017, 5:05 p.m.

Cities choosing ‘welcoming’ over ‘sanctuary’ for immigrants

A rural town in south-central Idaho that’s become a hotbed of refugee support and opposition has opted to take a softer stance in affirming its role as a welcoming city …


Head of Anglican church visits Christian refugees in Jordan

The head of the Anglican Church met with Iraqi Christian refugees during a visit to Jordan in which he called on the region’s embattled Christians to remain in the Middle …


UPDATED: Sun., April 30, 2017, 9:50 p.m.

Germany’s Merkel to press Saudi Arabia on refugees, rights

German Chancellor Angela Merkel arrived on Sunday in Saudi Arabia, where she is expected to press royals on a number of sensitive issues, including taking in refugees, while also boosting …


New South Sudan fighting displaces 25,000 people

At least 25,000 people were displaced after fighting in the town of Kodok, according to a spokesman for the humanitarian group Doctors Without Borders, one day after the top United …


UPDATED: Mon., April 24, 2017, 2:05 p.m.

Chobani sues Alex Jones, InfoWars for defamation over Twin Falls, Idaho assault coverage

Chobani, the Greek yogurt maker, is suing Alex Jones, the right-wing conspiracy theorist who says the Sandy Hook Elementary School mass shooting was a hoax, 9/11 was an inside job …


U.N.: Nearly half a million Iraqis have fled Mosul fighting

The United Nations says nearly half a million civilians have fled Mosul since U.S.-backed Iraqi forces launched a wide-scale military operation last October to retake the city from Islamic State …


UPDATED: Sat., April 15, 2017, 6:38 p.m.

Over 100 killed during Syria’s troubled population transfer

A stalled population transfer resumed Saturday after a deadly explosion killed at least 100, including children, government supporters and opposition fighters, at an evacuation point – adding new urgency to …


Officials defend Trump’s travel ban on Syrians as unrelated to chemical weapons

The Trump administration continues to defend itself against accusations that it was hypocritical to conduct an airstrike on behalf of Syrian children while standing behind its proposed temporary travel ban …