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Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau addresses the media in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019. Trudeau's campaign was hit Wednesday by the publication of a yearbook photo showing him in brownface makeup at a 2001 costume party. The prime minister apologized and said "it was a dumb thing to do." (Sean Kilpatrick/The Canadian Press via AP)
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September 19, 2019 - 5:26 pm
TORONTO (AP) — At a time when bigotry seems on the rise around the world and doors are being shut, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has become known as a champion of diversity. Now, amid his bid for re-election, that reputation is under attack in a furor triggered by a photo of him in...
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FILE - In this Aug. 12, 2019, file photo, acting Director of United States Citizenship and Immigration Services Ken Cuccinelli speaks during a briefing at the White House, Monday, Aug. 12, 2019, in Washington. Cuccinelli defended the effort to effectively end asylum at the U.S.-Mexico border for nearly all migrants, saying Frida, Sept. 13 it was necessary to drive down a massive backlog of immigration cases. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)
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September 13, 2019 - 5:37 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — A top Trump administration immigration official defended the effort to effectively end asylum at the U.S.-Mexico border for nearly all migrants, saying Friday it was necessary to drive down a massive backlog of immigration cases. Ken Cuccinelli, the acting head of U.S. Citizenship...
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FILE - In this Thursday, June 8, 2017 file photo, from left, South Sudanese refugees Thomas Wani, 12, brother Peter Lemi, 14, mother Rose Sunday, and father Julius Lezu, cross a wooden bridge from South Sudan to Uganda at the Busia crossing, near Kuluba, in northern Uganda. The representative of the United Nations refugee agency in Uganda says "major gaps" in funding are constraining their work in the East African country sheltering 1.3 million refugees. Joel Boutroue told reporters in the Ugandan capital, Kampala, on Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019 that UNHCR in Uganda is operating at only 35% of the total requirements.(AP Photo/Ben Curtis, File)
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September 12, 2019 - 8:01 am
KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Major gaps in funding are constraining the work of the United Nations refugee agency in Uganda, according to the UNHCR representative in the East African country sheltering 1.3 million refugees. The U.N. agency in Uganda is operating at only 35% of its total funding...
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Rescued migrants rest near the city of Khoms, around 120 kilometers (75 miles) east of Tripoli, Libya., Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2019. At least 65 migrants, mostly from Sudan, were rescued, said a spokesman for Libya's coast guard, with a search halted for those still missing. The coast guard gave an estimate for those missing and feared drowned of 15 to 20 people.(AP Photo/Hazem Ahmed)
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September 10, 2019 - 11:37 am
PARIS (AP) — Rwanda agreed Tuesday to take in 500 refugees and asylum-seekers trapped in Libya under an agreement signed with the United Nations and African Union. The accord comes after repeated allegations of dire conditions for migrants in Libya's detention centers, including beatings and other...
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Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks to his ruling party officials, in Ankara, Turkey, Thursday, Sept. 5, 2019. Erdogan has threatened to allow Syrian refugees in Turkey to travel toward the West unless a so-called safe zone in Syria is established. Erdogan also said Turkey was determined to create a safe zone and would act alone if no agreement is reached on the issue with the United States by the end of the month. (Presidential Press Service via AP, Pool)
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September 05, 2019 - 7:07 am
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's president on Thursday threatened to "open the gates" and allow a flood of Syrian refugees to leave Turkey for Western countries unless a so-called "safe zone" is established inside Syria soon in negotiations with the Americans. Recep Tayyip Erdogan, in a speech to his...
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September 02, 2019 - 6:55 am
THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) — About 1,500 asylum-seekers were being transported from Greece's eastern Aegean island of Lesbos to the mainland Monday as part of government efforts to tackle massive overcrowding in refugee camps and a recent spike in the number of people arriving from the nearby...
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Villagers check their names in the final list of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) at an NRC center in Buraburi village in Morigaon district, in the northeastern Indian state of Assam, Saturday, Aug. 31, 2019. India has published the final citizenship list in the Indian state of Assam, excluding nearly two million people amid fears they could be rendered stateless. The list, known as the National Register of Citizens (NRC), intends to identify legal residents and weed out illegal immigrants from the state. (AP Photo/Anupam Nath)
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September 01, 2019 - 9:03 pm
BERLIN (AP) — The U.N.'s top refugee official urged India to ensure no one is left stateless by the exclusion of nearly 2 million people from a citizenship list in Assam state. "Any process that could leave large numbers of people without a nationality would be an enormous blow to global efforts to...
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FILE - In this Saturday, May 23, 2015 file photo, refugees who fled Burundi's violence and political tension wait to board a UN ship, at Kagunga on Lake Tanganyika, Tanzania, to be taken to the port city of Kigoma. The United Nations refugee agency is urging the governments of Tanzania and Burundi not to forcibly repatriate Burundian refugees sheltering in Tanzania, after Tanzanian authorities said Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2019, that they had reached an agreement with Burundi to send all Burundian refugees back home from Oct. 1, 2019. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay, File)
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August 28, 2019 - 7:53 am
DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania (AP) — The United Nations refugee agency is urging the governments of Tanzania and Burundi not to forcibly repatriate Burundian refugees sheltering in Tanzania. Although security generally has improved in Burundi since violence erupted after the 2015 presidential polls, "...
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FILE - In this file photo dated Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018, Rohingya refugees shout slogans during a protest against the repatriation process at Unchiprang refugee camp near Cox's Bazar, in Bangladesh. Sexual violence carried out by Myanmar's security forces against the country's Muslim Rohingya minority was so widespread and severe that it demonstrates intent to commit genocide as well as warrants prosecution for war crimes and crimes against humanity, according to a U.N. report released Thursday Aug. 22, 2019. The Rohingya refugees still live in squalid camps in Bangladesh, and a planned effort Thursday to repatriate an initial large group to Myanmar collapsed when none showed up to be taken back. (AP Photo/Dar Yasin, FILE)
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August 25, 2019 - 5:36 am
COX'S BAZAR, Bangladesh (AP) — Tens of thousands of Rohingya refugees marked the second anniversary of their exodus from Myanmar into Bangladesh by rallying, crying and praying Sunday as they demanded that Myanmar grant them citizenship and other rights before they agree to return. The rally was...
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A Rohingya refugee displays to journalists a demand letter about Rohingya repatriation at Nayapara camp in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh, Thursday, Aug.22, 2019. Bangladesh's refugee commissioner said Thursday that no Rohingya Muslims turned up to return to Myanmar from camps in the South Asian nation. (AP Photo/Mahmud Hossain Opu)
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August 22, 2019 - 8:53 pm
COX'S BAZAR, Bangladesh (AP) — None of the thousands of Rohingya Muslims living in crowded refugee camps in Bangladesh turned up for a planned repatriation to Myanmar on Thursday, demanding they first be guaranteed safety and citizenship. "Not a single Rohingya wants to go back without their...
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