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Syrian refugee, 21, named as suspect in London train attack

Syrian refugee, 21, named as suspect in London train attack

The second man arrested by police over last week’s bombing in a London train station that left dozens injured has been named as Syrian refugee Yahyah Farroukh. Farroukh, 21, was registered as living in a property in Stanwell in Surrey county, south of London. According to his Facebook page, Farroukh had moved to Britain from […]

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Supreme Court allows broad Trump refugee ban

Supreme Court allows broad Trump refugee ban

San Francisco – The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday allowed President Donald Trump to broadly implement a ban on refugees entering the country from around the world. The justices granted a request from the Trump administration to block a federal appeals court decision that, according to the Justice Department, would have allowed up to 24,000 […]

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Migrant aid group quits Med to help Rohingya refugees

Migrant aid group quits Med to help Rohingya refugees

Rome – A Maltese charity which was the first to launch privately-funded migrant rescue missions in the Mediterranean said Monday it was transferring its resources to help persecuted Rohingya in South East Asia. MOAS launched its lifeline for those attempting the perilous sea crossing from North Africa to Europe in 2014, and said it had […]

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Japan hit over pregnancy clause in Syria refugee programme

Japan hit over pregnancy clause in Syria refugee programme

Tokyo – A Japanese programme aimed at accepting a small number of refugees from war-torn Syria is under fire for implying that pregnant women are not welcome. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced in May that immigration-shy Japan, with a population of about 127 million, would accept up to 150 Syrian students over five years from […]

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No Rohingya refugee landing on Langkawi – MMEA

No Rohingya refugee landing on Langkawi – MMEA

Putajaya – The Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency today confirmed that there has been no landing of Rohingya refugees on Langkawi, contrary to information that four boatloads would be arriving in Malaysia. Director-general Datuk Seri Ahmad Puzi Ab Kahar said the agency was ready for any such possibility. He said on Oct 10 at 9am, MMEA […]

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Malala urges world leaders to act for refugee children

Malala urges world leaders to act for refugee children

New York – Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai on Tuesday urged world leaders gathered for the first-ever UN summit on refugees to not waste time with a “pageantry of sympathy” and act to guarantee schooling for refugee children. The United Nations is hosting on September 19 the first summit on refugees and migrants, which […]

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Syrian refugee crowned ‘wine queen’ in Germany

Syrian refugee crowned ‘wine queen’ in Germany

Berlin – A Syrian refugee has been crowned “wine queen” in Germany, winning a traditional annual honor that used to go to local young women from wine-growing families. Winemakers in the Mosel region selected the 26-year-old Ninorta Bahno to counter growing resentment in Germany against refugees after some 1 million arrived last year. Many wine-producing […]

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I’ll do anything to kill time, says refugee in Germany

I’ll do anything to kill time, says refugee in Germany

Berlin – In the Berlin gym that now serves as his home, Afghan student Yaza sweeps the floor over and over again, just to keep himself from “going crazy with boredom”. The 24-year-old, who spent months on the road after fleeing the Taliban, told AFP: “I’ll do anything to not go mad.” That includes helping […]

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Children drown as refugee boat sinks off Turkey

Children drown as refugee boat sinks off Turkey

Turkey – At least ten migrants, including five children, drowned today when their boat sank in the Aegean Sea while trying to cross from Turkey to Greece, the Turkish coastguard said. An unknown number of people were still missing after the latest in a long list of migrant boat sinkings in the Mediterranean. So far, […]

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Paris police station attacker lived in German refugee shelter

Paris police station attacker lived in German refugee shelter

Berlin – A man who tried to attack a Paris police station last week had lived in a centre for asylum seekers in Germany, German investigators said, a finding likely to fuel criticism of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s liberal stance towards war refugees. The man was shot dead by French police on Thursday after he tried […]