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UPDATED: Mon., June 12, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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 …


Syrian refugees see glimmer of hope in Trump’s policy shift

For the millions of Syrian refugees scattered across camps and illegal settlements, the chemical attack on a town in northern Syria and subsequent U.S. strike was a rare moment when …


George Critchlow: Turkey’s refugee policy puts U.S. to shame

Turkey’s willingness to open its borders to millions of refugees and commit scarce national resources to their well-being is remarkable.


Number of Syrian refugees tops 5 million mark, group reports

The number of Syrians who have fled their country after six years of civil war has surpassed the 5-million mark, the U.N. refugee agency said on Thursday.


Trump’s travel ban could remain blocked for weeks

A federal appeals court said Thursday that it would hear arguments in early May over the Trump administration’s appeal of a lower court’s ruling against its travel ban, potentially leaving …


Starbucks CEO stands by pledge to hire refugees

Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz presided over his last annual shareholder meeting as head of the company Wednesday by standing by its pledge to hire refugees and expanding on previously announced …


More than 6,000 migrants rescued in Mediterranean amid surge on dangerous sea route

More than 6,000 migrants have been rescued in the Mediterranean Sea in recent days attempting to make the dangerous crossing from North Africa to Europe, an official said Tuesday.


UPDATED: Sat., March 18, 2017

Somalia blames Saudi-led coalition for deadly strike on boat

Somalia’s government on Saturday blamed the Saudi-led coalition for Friday’s attack on a boat that killed at least 42 Somali refugees off the coast of war-torn Yemen, calling the assault …


US asks Hawaii judge to clarify ruling on Trump travel ban

The government is asking a federal judge to clarify his order blocking President Donald Trump’s revised travel ban, arguing it shouldn’t apply to a global freeze on refugees entering the …


Maryland to join Washington’s lawsuit against Trump travel ban

Maryland’s attorney general says he plans to use newfound power to sue the federal government by joining a Washington state lawsuit trying to upend President Donald Trump’s new travel ban.


‘Cries From Syria’ is an unsparing, must-see documentary

Director Evgeny Afineevsky hopes his new documentary, “Cries From Syria,” which premieres at 10 p.m. Monday on HBO, can revive our collective sympathy.


Between Trump orders, about 60 refugees settled in Spokane

In the month since a federal court ruling halted President Donald Trump’s ban on refugee admissions, about 60 refugees settled in Spokane.


UPDATED: Mon., March 6, 2017

Here’s how Trump’s new order on refugees and immigration differs from the first

President Donald Trump signed a new executive order Monday temporarily banning new visas for citizens of six majority-Muslim countries. Here’s what you need to know.


DHS intel report disputes threat posed by travel ban nations

Analysts at the Homeland Security Department’s intelligence arm found insufficient evidence that citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries included in President Donald Trump’s travel ban pose a terror threat to the …


Amy Goodman: Remember the lesson of Anne Frank

At least 69 bomb threats have been directed at 54 Jewish Community Centers across the United States since the inauguration.


UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 20, 2017

McMorris Rodgers discusses refugees, meets privately with constituents on health care in district visit

Amid calls for her to appear publicly at a town hall event, Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers discussed refugee issues with service groups and held a closed-door meeting with a handful …


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 15, 2017

World Relief to lay off 140 staff, close five locations, citing Trump refugee order

One of the nine organizations that works with the United Nation’s refugee program announced Wednesday it will lay off about 140 staff and close five offices that have resettled more …


World Relief hosts world music concert to benefit refugees

World Relief Spokane will host a benefit concert Friday to showcase music from around the world while raising funds for their work supporting refugees.


UPDATED: Sun., Feb. 12, 2017

Refugees share their stories at packed Spokane rally

After a week in which President Donald Trump tweeted about