Political refugees

This undated photo provided by the U.S. Attorney's Office shows Omar Abdulsattar Ameen. The refugee from Iraq was arrested Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2018, in Northern California on a warrant alleging that he killed an Iraqi policeman while fighting for the Islamic State organization. (U.S. Attorney's Office via AP)
August 16, 2018 - 7:41 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — An Iraqi man accused of killing for the Islamic State entered the U.S. as a refugee after claiming to be a victim of terrorism, in a case drawing attention amid the Trump administration's criticism of the resettlement program's vetting process. Omar Abdulsattar Ameen, 45,...
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A federal agent removes items from an apartment following the arrest of Omar Ameen, Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2018, in Sacramento, Calif. Ameen, a 45-year-old Iraqi refugee, was arrested on a warrant alleging that he killed an Iraqi policeman in 2014 while serving with the Islamic State terror organization. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
August 15, 2018 - 9:25 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A refugee from Iraq was arrested Wednesday in Northern California on a warrant alleging that he killed an Iraqi policeman while fighting for the Islamic State organization. Omar Abdulsattar Ameen, 45, and other members of ISIS killed the officer after the town of Rawah,...
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August 13, 2018 - 10:54 am
DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syrian government officials vowed Monday to ensure the safe return of refugees and urged Western countries to encourage the process by lifting sanctions. Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad said the refugees' return is a top priority for Damascus, adding that "the Syrian...
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August 10, 2018 - 5:49 pm
BEIRUT (AP) — Government airstrikes on opposition-held territory in northwest Syria killed at least 22 people, a monitoring group said Friday, as the U.N.'s children's agency warned a new battle in the war-torn country could affect the lives of 1 million children. Government forces unleashed a wave...
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Migrants are led to the Migrants Reception Center near Algerciras, Spain, Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018. A rescue boat operated by Spanish aid group Proactiva Open Arms carrying 87 African migrants and refugees saved in the Mediterranean Sea has docked at the southern Spanish port of Algeciras after other, geographically closer, European Union countries refused to let it dock amid continuing strain between governments about how to respond to the wave of migrants crossing from Africa. (AP Photo/Javier Fergo)
August 09, 2018 - 8:23 am
ALGECIRAS, Spain (AP) — A rescue boat carrying 87 African migrants who were saved in the Mediterranean Sea docked Thursday at the southern Spanish port of Algeciras, but without the welcome offered to previous groups as the political mood in Spain began showing signs of tension about a spike in...
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August 07, 2018 - 9:40 am
MADRID (AP) — The Latest on the migrant crisis in Europe (all times local): 3:25 p.m. A British jury has convicted a gang that was prepared to smuggle Albanian migrants across the English Channel using flimsy boats —or even a jet ski. Plot organizers Artur Nutaj and Sabah Dulaj facilitated the...
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A protetser holds a homemade mortar during a demonstration supporting journalists recently attacked while covering protests demanding the resignation of President Daniel Ortega and the release of all political prisoners, in Managua, Nicaragua, Monday, July 30, 2018. (AP Photo/Arnulfo Franco)
July 31, 2018 - 2:22 pm
PENAS BLANCAS, Nicaragua (AP) — Thousands of people are fleeing political violence and rights violations in Nicaragua following a violent crackdown on anti-government protests. The Office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights called on other nations Tuesday to help Costa Rica, which has...
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A man enters a Red Cross humanitarian organization refugee shelter, in the outskirts of Milan, Italy, Wednesday, July 25, 2018. Italy’s hard-line interior minister is dismissing as mere “charity” the proposal by the European Commission to pay EU member states 6,000 euros ($7,000) to accept and process each migrant saved at sea. Matteo Salvini said “We don’t ask for money, we ask for dignity.” The European Union’s executive said Tuesday that it wants to offer “full financial support” to any member state volunteering to set up so-called controlled centers where people in need of international protection and those who have no right to stay in the 28-nation bloc will be assessed. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)
July 31, 2018 - 1:02 pm
ROME (AP) — Italian officials deflected responsibility Tuesday after 108 migrants rescued in the Mediterranean were returned to Libya, a move that humanitarian groups said could violate international law. The U.N. refugee agency and Amnesty International denounced the decision to take the migrants...
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Syrian refugees prepare to cross into Syria by bus at the Lebanese border crossing point of Masnaa, in Bekaa Valley, Lebanon, Saturday, July 28, 2018. About a thousand Syrian refugees are expected to make the crossing on Saturday, after having requested permission from the Lebanese and Syrian governments. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)
July 28, 2018 - 9:23 am
MASNAA, Lebanon (AP) — Hundreds of Syrian refugees started crossing the border from Lebanon on Saturday, the latest group to return to Syria from its western neighbor. Three buses carrying scores of people crossed the border into Syria in the early afternoon and more than 30 other buses are in...
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In this photo released by Lebanon's official government photographer Dalati Nohra, Russia's special presidential envoy to Syria Alexander Lavrentiev, speaks to journalist at the presidential palace, in Baabda east of Beirut, Lebanon, Thursday, July 26, 2018. The Russian delegation is in Lebanon to discuss Russian proposals for organizing the return of Syrian refugees from Lebanon and Syria to their homes in Syria. (Dalati Nohra via AP)
July 26, 2018 - 12:47 pm
AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Even as Russia pushes to repatriate Syrians who fled their country amid civil war, many of the refugees in Jordan said Thursday they will not return before the war has ended and their safety is assured. Some Syrians interviewed in Amman also said they don't trust Russia as a...
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