Political refugees

Pope Francis looks at children singing for him during his visit to a refugee center on the outskirts of Sofia, Bulgaria, Monday, May 6, 2019. Pope Francis is visiting Bulgaria, the European Union's poorest country and one that taken a hard line against migrants, a stance that conflicts with the pontiff's view that reaching out to vulnerable people is a moral imperative. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
May 06, 2019 - 5:01 am
SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Pope Francis met Monday with refugees in Bulgaria's showcase refugee center and told them they are bearing the "cross of humanity," after he urged the migrant-skeptic government to not close its eyes to their suffering. Children from Iraq, Pakistan and elsewhere sang for...
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A man tries for a selfie with Pope Francis as he arrives in Saint Alexander Nevsky Square in Sofia, Bulgaria, Sunday, May 5, 2019. Pope Francis is visiting Bulgaria, the European Union's poorest country and one that taken a hard line against migrants, a stance that conflicts with the pontiff's view that reaching out to vulnerable people is a moral imperative. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)
May 05, 2019 - 6:45 am
SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Pope Francis urged Bulgarians on Sunday to open their hearts and homes to migrants, arguing that a country like Bulgaria, which is losing so much of its population to emigration, should well understand the forces that drive people to leave their native lands. As he arrived in...
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Pope Francis smiles as he gets to Alexander Nevsky square in Sofia, Sunday, May 5, 2019. Pope Francis is visiting Bulgaria, the European Union's poorest country and one that taken a hard line against migrants, a stance that conflicts with the pontiff's view that reaching out to vulnerable people is a moral imperative. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)
May 05, 2019 - 6:23 am
SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — The Latest on Pope Francis' trip to Bulgaria (all times local): 1:20 p.m. Pope Francis is seeking to build new paths of dialogue with the Bulgarian Orthodox Church, noting Christianity's shared history of martyrdom and mission. Francis met Sunday with Patriarch Neofit at the...
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President Donald Trump speaks as he welcomes members of the Baylor women's basketball team, who are the 2019 NCAA Division I Women's Basketball National Champions, to the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Monday, April 29, 2019. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
April 30, 2019 - 11:16 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is proposing charging asylum seekers a fee to process their applications as he continues to try to crack down on the surge of Central American migrants seeking to cross into the U.S. In a presidential memorandum signed Monday, Trump directed his attorney...
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April 29, 2019 - 3:29 pm
ROME (AP) — A group of 146 asylum-seekers have arrived in Italy as part of a U.N.-backed humanitarian evacuation from Libya. The U.N. refugee agency says it's the fifth such evacuation since 2017, though previous airlifts have taken migrants to Niger and elsewhere. The group arrived Monday at a...
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In this April 5, 2019, file photo, a U.S. Customs and Border Protection vehicle sits near the wall as President Donald Trump visits a new section of the border wall with Mexico in Calexico. Under pressure to show they have solutions, Democrats are honing proposals to address the surge of families entering the U.S. at the southern border, a problem they say Trump’s restrictive immigration policies are enflaming. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
April 10, 2019 - 10:10 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Under pressure to show they have solutions, Democrats are honing proposals to address the surge of families entering the U.S. at the southern border, a problem they say President Donald Trump's restrictive immigration policies are enflaming. House Democrats plan to introduce...
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FILE - In this Feb. 5, 2019 file photo, Angelina Jolie holds a news conference at Kutupalong refugee camp in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh. Jolie is not ruling out running for public office. The 43-year-old actress and U.N. special envoy tells People magazine “never say never!” However, Jolie says she’s “looking to others for leadership.” In her role with the U.N.’s High Commission for Refugees, Jolie recently urged nations to deploy more women peacekeepers in order to prevent sexual violence against refugees. Jolie says “we have to change laws that treat women as second-class citizens.” (AP Photo, File)
April 03, 2019 - 8:00 am
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Angelina Jolie is not ruling out running for public office. The 43-year-old actress and U.N. special envoy tells People magazine "never say never!" However, Jolie says she's "looking to others for leadership." In her role with the U.N.'s High Commission for Refugees, Jolie...
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FILE - In this file photo dated Wednesday, March 20, 2019, Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini at the Italian Senate, in Rome. Migrants hijacked a cargo ship in Libyan waters on Wednesday March 27, 2019, and have forced the crew to reroute the vessel north toward Europe, and Italian Interior Minister Salvini said the ship, was carrying around 120 migrants, but Italian authorities vowed they would not allow it into their territorial waters. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino, FILE)
March 27, 2019 - 6:57 pm
VALLETTA, Malta (AP) — Migrants hijacked a cargo ship in Libyan waters Wednesday and forced the crew to redirect the vessel north to Europe, according to Italian and Maltese authorities. As the vessel headed in a direction leading to the island nation of Malta and Italy's shores, both countries...
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FILE - In this Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2017 file photo, Aquarius the vessel of NGOs, SOS Mediterranee and MSF drifts in the international waters north of Libya. Migrants trying to reach Europe face routine rape and sexual torture throughout their journey _ and especially in Libya _ with men facing abuse nearly as routinely as women, according to a study based on dozens of interviews with aid workers and migrants. (AP Photo/Darko Bandic, File)
March 25, 2019 - 10:04 am
PARIS (AP) — Migrants trying to reach Europe face routine rape and sexual torture throughout their journey — and especially in Libya — with men facing abuse nearly as routinely as women. That's according to a study released Monday by the Women's Refugee Council that is based on dozens of interviews...
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March 22, 2019 - 2:33 pm
MOSCOW (AP) — Russia and Syria have invited the U.S. to have a joint discussion on evacuating a refugee camp in southern Syria. The Russian and Syrian refugee return coordination centers urged the U.S. to hold a meeting next week to allow some 40,000 people to leave the Rukban camp near the...
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