Political refugees

Refugee soccer player Hakeem Al-Araibi, right, arrives in Melbourne, Australia, Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019, flanked by former Australia national team captain Craig Foster. Al-Araibi returned to Australia after the threat of extradition to Bahrain was lifted and three months after he was detained in Thailand. (David Crosling/AAP Image via AP)
February 12, 2019 - 7:15 am
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — A refugee soccer player thanked Australians on his return home Tuesday hours after the threat of extradition to Bahrain was lifted and three months after he was detained in Thailand. Hundreds of supporters carrying welcome signs and singing "You'll Never Walk Alone" were...
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Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban delivers his annual "State of Hungary" speech in Budapest, Hungary, Sunday, Feb. 10, 2019. The inscription reads: "For us Hungary is the first!"
February 11, 2019 - 2:12 pm
BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Hungary is facing "many interconnected human rights challenges," including laws targeting civic groups, backsliding on women's rights and the systematic detention of asylum-seekers, the Council of Europe's human rights chief said Monday. Commissioner Dunja Mijatovic, who...
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Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie addresses a press conference at Kutupalong refugee camp in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh, Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019. Nearly 700,000 Rohingya, a persecuted Muslim minority in Myanmar, are living in refugee camps in coastal Cox's Bazar after fleeing their villages following a military crackdown. (AP Photo)
February 05, 2019 - 12:27 pm
COX'S BAZAR, Bangladesh (AP) — Hollywood star Angelina Jolie has urged Myanmar to show a genuine commitment to ending violence and displacement in its Rakhine state, where hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims have fled to neighboring Bangladesh for safety. Jolie, a special envoy for the U.N...
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Detained Bahraini soccer player Hakeem al-Araibi arrives at the criminal court in Bangkok, Thailand Monday, Feb. 4, 2019. The soccer player who has refugee status in Australia has pleaded for Thailand to not send him home to Bahrain, which is seeking his extradition to serve a prison sentence for a crime he denies. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)
February 04, 2019 - 5:27 am
BANGKOK (AP) — A soccer player who has refugee status in Australia told a Thai court Monday that he refuses to be voluntarily extradited to Bahrain, which has asked for his return to serve a prison sentence for a crime he denies committing. Hakeem al-Araibi's rejection of extradition means a trial...
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FILE - In this Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2018, file photo. Bahraini football player Hakeem al-Araibi answers questions from the waiting journalists as he is brought in to a court in Bangkok, Thailand. Thai prosecutors have submitted a request in court for Thailand to extradite to Bahrain a detained soccer player who has refugee status in Australia. (AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe, File)
February 01, 2019 - 3:16 am
BANGKOK (AP) — Thai prosecutors submitted a request in court Friday for Thailand to extradite to Bahrain a detained soccer player who has refugee status in Australia. Hakeem al-Araibi, a former player on Bahrain's national team, has said he fled his home country due to political repression and...
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January 28, 2019 - 1:41 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The author of a new tell-all book about the White House under President Donald Trump says one of Trump's top policy advisers spoke dismissively about refugees. Stephen Miller, who has pushed Trump to adopt stricter immigration policies, is quoted as saying, "I would be happy if...
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An Italian Coast Guard patroller flanks the Sea-Watch rescue ship off the Sicilian coast where it found shelter, about one nautical mile from Siracusa, from gale winds sweeping the Sicilian Channel, Friday, Jan. 25, 2019. The Sea-Watch is carrying 47 people saved from the sea. Italian Interior minister Salvini yesterday tweeted that the government is "ready to send food, medicine and whatever may be needed, but Italy's ports are and will remain closed". (AP Photo/Salvatore Cavalli)
January 26, 2019 - 1:20 pm
ROME (AP) — Three United Nations agencies appealed Saturday to Italy to allow 47 migrants off a private rescue ship after a week in cold weather and decried a "'boat-by-boat" approach that keeps vulnerable asylum-seekers at sea while European nations squabble. Sea-Watch 3, operated by a German aid...
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Yanghee Lee, U.N. Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in Myanmar, holds a news conference after visiting Rohingya refugee camps in Cox's Bazar, in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Friday, Jan. 25, 2019. (AP Photo)
January 25, 2019 - 7:23 pm
DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — A U.N. human rights envoy said that hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslim refugees won't be able to return to Myanmar soon because of threats to their safety in the Buddhist-majority nation. Myanmar has been criticized by global rights groups and many nations for state-...
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FILE - In this Nov. 19, 2014 file photo, Lithuanian-born director Jonas Mekas attend the Whitney Museum Gala in New York. Mekas, 96, who survived a Nazi labor camp and years as a refugee, died Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2019, at his home, according to the Anthology of Film Archives. He was artistic director of the New York center for film preservation, a leading avant-garde movie theater. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP, File)
January 23, 2019 - 3:57 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Jonas Mekas the Lithuanian-born director, critic, patron and poet widely regarded as the godfather of modern American avant-garde film and as an indispensable documenter of his adopted New York City, has died. He was 96. Mekas, who survived a Nazi labor camp and years as a refugee,...
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Pope Francis boards an airplane on his way to Panama, at Rome's Fiumicino international airport, Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2019. History's first Latin American pope is the son of Italian immigrants to Argentina and is expected to offer words of hope to young people gathered in Panama for World Youth Day. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
January 23, 2019 - 7:06 am
VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Latest on the pope's visit to Panama (all times local): 1:05 p.m. Pope Francis has told reporters traveling with him to Panama aboard the papal plane that he plans to go to Japan in November. Francis had previously said he wanted to go, but this is the first confirmation...
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