Political refugees

In this Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018 photo, African migrants gather during a protest in front of Rwanda embassy in Herzeliya, Israel. Tens of thousands of African asylum seekers, nearly all from dictatorial Eritrea and war-torn Sudan, fear their stay in Israel is coming to an abrupt end. The Israeli government has given them until April 1 to leave the country for an unnamed African destination -- known to be Rwanda -- in exchange for $3,500 and a plane ticket, or they will be incarcerated indefinitely. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)
February 22, 2018 - 2:27 am
HERZLIYA, Israel (AP) — Even as he faces a potential deportation from Israel, 30-year-old Eritrean asylum seeker Johny Goytiom Kafl brims with satisfaction as he looks out upon thousands of fellow protesters rallying against the impending expulsions, all while peacefully secured by police. It's...
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In this Sunday, Feb. 11, 2018, photo, Eritrean migrant Yohannes Tesfagabr, one of the tens of thousands of African migrants Israel has targeted for deportation, recounts his journey to The Associated Press in Kampala, Uganda. His case highlights the predicament of tens of thousands of Africans in Israel who face jail if they do not accept an offer, allegedly without further assurances of safety, to relocate to an unnamed African country. (AP Photo/Stephen Wandera)
February 21, 2018 - 9:28 pm
KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Inside the immigration office in Tel Aviv, Yohannes Tesfagabr considered his options. He could not dare return to his native Eritrea, a country he risked his life to flee in 2010. He also hoped to avoid the fate of compatriots who languished in a notorious desert jail for...
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FILE- In this Sept. 4, 2017 file photo, a Rohingya woman living in no man's land washes a pot from a stream near Cox's Bazar's Tumbru area, while smoke rises from fires across the border in Myanmar. A Bangladeshi official says Myanmar has agreed to resettle more than 6,000 Rohingya Muslims who have been stranded in a no man's land between the two countries, as plans for the repatriation of hundreds of thousands of others have been delayed over concerns for their safety if they return to Myanmar. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue, File)
February 20, 2018 - 8:28 am
DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Myanmar agreed with Bangladesh on Tuesday to resettle more than 6,000 Rohingya Muslims who have been stranded in a no man's land between the two countries, as plans for the repatriation of hundreds of thousands of others have been delayed over concerns for their safety if...
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FILE - In this Dec. 4, 1950, file photo, residents from Pyongyang, North Korea, and refugees from other areas crawl perilously over shattered girders of the city's bridge, as they flee south across the Taedong River to escape the advance of Chinese Communist troops. Former Associated Press photographer Max Desfor, whose photo of hundreds of Korean War refugees crawling across a damaged bridge in 1950 helped bring him a Pulitzer Prize, died Monday, Feb. 19, 2018. He was 104. (AP Photo/Max Desfor, File)
February 19, 2018 - 5:36 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Associated Press photographer Max Desfor, whose photo of hundreds of Korean War refugees crawling across a damaged bridge in 1950 helped win him a Pulitzer Prize, died Monday. He was 104. Desfor died at his apartment in Silver Spring, Maryland, where he'd been living in his...
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Bangladesh's Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan, second right, receives Myanmar's Home Minister Kyaw Swe, second left, in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Friday, Feb.16, 2018. Kyaw Swe, on a three-day visit to Bangladesh told Bangladesh's president that Myanmar is ready to take back Rohingya Muslims who fled violence, though Bangladesh said it wanted the hundreds of thousands of refugees to have a safe and dignified return. (AP Photo)
February 16, 2018 - 7:33 pm
DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — A Bangladesh Cabinet minister gave a list of 8,032 Rohingya refugees to his Myanmar counterpart to begin repatriations of the Muslim minority under a November agreement between the two countries. Bangladesh Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan said Friday the list contained the...
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In this Feb. 12, 2018, photo, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, speaks in Cairo, Egypt. Despite repeated threats to punish countries that don’t agree with U.S. Mideast policy, the Trump administration is set to boost aid to Jordan by more than a billion dollars over the next five years. Tillerson and Jordan’s foreign minister will sign the aid agreement in Amman on Wednesday, according to the officials who were not authorized to preview the announcement and spoke on condition of anonymity. (Khaled Elfiqi/Pool photo via AP)
February 14, 2018 - 7:27 am
AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — President Donald Trump's rhetoric on punishing countries that don't agree with U.S. policy in the Middle East collided with reality on Wednesday as his administration announced it would boost aid to Jordan by more than $1 billion over the next five years. Despite Trump's...
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In this Jan. 29, 2018, photo, Myanmar Muslim men pray at a mosque in Yangon, Myanmar. Far from the violence and vengeance unfolding in Myanmar’s far west, Rohingya Muslims who once felt relatively safe in Yangon describe a sense of rising persecution and hatred, of vanishing freedoms and opportunities, of Buddhist neighbors and friends who are suddenly much more willing to voice sympathies with the military’s campaign in Rakhine state. (AP Photo/Thein Zaw)
February 12, 2018 - 7:58 pm
YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — For four straight days last month, Rahim Muddinn watched, amazed, as Myanmar's state-run newspapers published special supplements showing Rohingya Muslims accused of being terrorists — nearly 250 photos each day. For the 41-year-old Rohingya man, it was a surreal moment. He...
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U.N. refugee chief Filippo Grandi visits with Syrian refugees during a visit to the Zaatari Syrian Refugee Camp, in Mafraq, Jordan, Monday, Feb. 12, 2018. (AP Photo/Raad Adayleh)
February 12, 2018 - 10:45 am
ZAATARI REFUGEE CAMP, Jordan (AP) — The head of the U.N. refugee agency says the number of Syrian refugees being deported from Jordan to their war-ravaged homeland has "decreased dramatically" in recent months, in part because of his agency's appeal for more careful reviews of cases. Jordan is...
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February 12, 2018 - 7:50 am
VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican says Pope Francis and his deputies thanked Bangladesh for welcoming Rohingya Muslim refugees from Myanmar and expressed hope for a "just and lasting solution to their ordeal" during a meeting with Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. Hasina met with Francis in...
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In this image provided by Ministry of Information, Britain's Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, right, is welcomed by Myanmar's Foreign Minster Aung San Suu Kyi prior to their meeting at Foreign Ministry Office in Naypyitaw, Myanmar, Sunday, Feb. 11, 2018. (Ministry of Information via AP)
February 11, 2018 - 8:28 am
BANGKOK (AP) — British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson met Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Sunday to discuss the Southeast Asian nation's Muslim ethnic Rohingya minority and how almost 700,000 of them can be repatriated safely after fleeing to Bangladesh to escape violence perpetrated largely by...
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