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Germans, migrants use new website to break barriers

During the height of the migrant crisis in Europe last fall, Lasse Landt came to a startling realization. Thousands of migrants were pouring into Germany every day, but the 36-year-old …


Russian, Syrian officials deny their planes hit refugee camp

Russian and Syrian officials denied Friday that their aircraft struck a camp for people displaced by fighting in an airstrike that killed 28 the previous evening. The denials came as …


Boise’s refugee resettlement program seen as a success

The success of Boise’s refugee resettlement program has attracted international attention. German professionals, public officials and volunteers kicked off a two-day visit of Boise to learn about how the city …


138,000 people displaced in Darfur fighting, U.N. says

The U.N. peacekeeping chief says an escalation in fighting in Darfur has forced 138,000 people to flee their homes since mid-January and there is no political solution in sight to …


Growing number of students who are learning English poses challenges to schools, families

Spokane Public Schools has had success “clustering” English Language Learners into shared classrooms, but the growing number of students is creating new challenges.


Migrants stuck at closed borders, others seeking new routes through Europe

IDOMENI, Greece – Desperate migrants and refugees piled up Thursday in fetid fields of mud at a closed border crossing as officials warned that a well-trodden route to Europe used …


World pledges $10B for Syrians, but peace prospects bleak

World leaders pledged more than $10 billion Thursday to help fund schools, shelter and jobs for refugees from Syria’s civil war, money that British Prime Minister David Cameron said “will …


Syria advances in Aleppo, breaking siege and cutting off rebels

The Syrian army entered two pro-government Shiite towns outside of Aleppo and advanced against rebel forces in the northern province on Thursday, threatening to entirely encircle the opposition-held parts of …


Editorial: Germany has much to teach U.S. about refugee aid

FREYSTADT, Germany – I have been spending the last few months in Germany, and have been in awe how local volunteers here in a small, Sandpoint-size village near Nuremberg have …


Trudy Rubin: Kurds need support for Mosul assault

Low oil prices are pushing key American ally to financial breaking point.


Few Idaho lawmakers attend anti-Islam Statehouse talk

Fewer than 20 of Idaho’s 105 lawmakers attended a Statehouse presentation Thursday night on refugee resettlement featuring two anti-Islam speakers, as close to 100 protesters lined the hallway outside the …


Editorial: Learning about Islam a wise way to fight fears

Don’t blindly accept anti-Islam messages. Attend a community event designed to allay fears and increase understanding.


Crisp: Admit more, not fewer refugees

Thousands studying in the U.S. will move Islam towards modernity.


Anti-Islam speakers set talk on refugees, invite all Idaho lawmakers

Two anti-Islam speakers have reserved the Idaho Capitol auditorium and invited every Idaho legislator to a talk on refugee resettlement during the opening week of Idaho’s legislative session. Legislative leaders …


Goodman: Refugees are the roadkill of war

Thousands trapped in Europe, some who helped the U.S., desperately seek new homes.


Eye on Boise: Eye on Boise: Idaho reps split votes on transportation, education

Eye on Boise column for Sunday


Charles Krauthammer: Disastrous Syria policy created refugee crisis

Obama ignores his role, but Republican rants on threat from those fleeing Mideast are shortsighted.


Spokane Interfaith Council invites Idaho Rep. Scott to ‘Meet the Neighbors’ at Islamic Center

The Spokane Interfaith Council has invited Idaho Rep. Heather Scott, R-Blanchard, to a “Meet the Neighbors” event at the Spokane Islamic Center in January, in response to her legislative newsletter …


North Idaho Rep. Heather Scott calls for special session on refugees

Eye on Boise column for Sunday


Smart Bombs: Fear of refugees is wretched

America’s post-Paris panic sullies a proud heritage of compassion for refugees.


Sue Lani Madsen: As Syrian refugee crisis brews, remember ISIS doesn’t play by the rules

As we mull whether to accept Syrian refugees, it’s worth keeping in mind that we have rules for war, and ISIS doesn’t play by the rules.


Goodman: Equating refugees with terrorism wrong

Xenophobes lead efforts to shut door to Syrians fleeing bombs from all sides.


House votes for more security checks on Syrian refugees

Syrian and Iraqi refugees would need extra checks from FBI and others to enter country under House plan.


Shawn Vestal: Let’s not repeat history by identifying a type of person as an enemy

After Pearl Harbor, the country did what people often do in times of crisis and fear: We identified a type of person as an enemy, and then treated all people …


Editorial: Blocking refugees because of Paris attack wrong

Syrian passport found near terrorist becoming an excuse for halting refugee processing.


Syrian refugees: Inslee says yes, Otter no

Washington won’t try to keep Syrian refugees out of the state, Gov. Jay Inslee said.


Thousands rush into Croatia as police reopen Serbian border

BERKASOVO, Serbia – Thousands of people trying to reach the heart of Europe surged across Serbia’s border into Croatia on Monday after authorities eased restrictions that had left them stranded …


Germany curbs flow of migrants

BERLIN – A beleaguered Germany announced Sunday that it would temporarily halt free entrance for asylum seekers – a dramatic step likely to exacerbate bottlenecks at other European frontiers to …


Resettling refugees takes time, resources

Images of Syrian refugees streaming into Europe have dominated the news for the past week, but the crisis is more than a European issue. World Relief Spokane settled 527 refugees …


Afghan family targeted by terrorists finds refuge in Spokane

He woke up surrounded by bodies. Wahid Kashify, a native of Afghanistan, was lying in the back of an ambulance, covered in blood.