Political refugees

In this picture taken, April 26, 2020, a family album photograph showing Hannelore Fischer Cruz singing is placed on her piano at the house where she used to live in Braga, northern Portugal. Born amid the ruins of wartime Vienna, Hannelore Fischer was sent as a small child to Portugal where her flamboyant manner and outstanding soprano voice would later help her build a life far from her place of birth. She died of COVID-19 on March 25, 2020, after four days on a ventilator at Braga's hospital. (AP Photo/Luis Vieira)
May 01, 2020 - 12:01 am
LISBON, Portugal (AP) — After Adolf Hitler annexed his native Austria and Allied bombs laid waste to Vienna, Hannelore Cruz traveled to Portugal without her parents as a refugee from hunger, cold and postwar deprivation. She arrived with a group of other children when she was 5 years old. A...
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FILE - In this Thursday, March 14, 2019, file photo, a Border Patrol agent talks with a group suspected of having entered the U.S. illegally near McAllen, Texas. The Trump administration has quietly shut down the nation's asylum system for the first time in decades amid coronavirus concerns, largely because holding people in custody is considered too dangerous. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)
April 30, 2020 - 6:58 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration has finalized an agreement with Honduras that would allow some people seeking asylum in the United States to be sent to the Central American country instead. The agreement is similar to one with Guatemala and is part of an administration effort to reduce...
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In this April 17, 2020, photo, Tareke Tesfameachel, a refugee from Eritrea who was resettled in the United States in 2012, harvests vegetables at a refugee-run community garden plot in Phoenix for the International Rescue Committee to distribute to newly arrived refugees with census materials. Advocates are concerned that the coronavirus has added another burden for refugees arriving in the U.S. They worry that the disease threatens refugee participation in the census. (AP Photo/Matt York)
April 25, 2020 - 10:09 am
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — The care packages, left outside closed apartment doors to curb the coronavirus, offer newly arrived refugee families a few items to ease their transition to life in the United States — canned goods, fresh produce and a short lesson in the importance of the census. Refugee...
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Volunteers for the Edible London food project remove the plastic packaging and check the quality of donated bananas to be put in food packs and delivered to residents who need it in the Haringey Council area, at a hub setup as a result of coronavirus inside the Alexandra Palace venue, in north London, Tuesday, April 21, 2020. The highly contagious COVID-19 coronavirus has impacted on nations around the globe, many imposing self isolation and exercising social distancing when people move from their homes. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
April 21, 2020 - 11:08 am
The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. TOP OF THE HOUR: — Countries and U.S. states are moving to reopen...
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In this Sunday, April 19, 2020 photo Syrian Wassim Mukdad poses for a photograph at the Berlin offices of the European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights, Germany. Together with more than a dozen other witnesses, Mukdad will testify before a German court in the trial of Anwar R., a former member of Syria’s secret police suspected of overseeing the abuse of detainees at a notorious jail near Damascus known as Al Khatib, or Branch 251. (AP Photo/Frank Jordans)
April 21, 2020 - 1:49 am
BERLIN (AP) — Six years ago Wassim Mukdad fled Syria, demoralized and fearing for his life as the country spiraled ever deeper into all-out war. This week, the 34-year-old will come face-to-face with the man accused of running a government detention center where Mukdad and thousands of others were...
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In this handout photo released on Sunday, April 5, 2020 by the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency shows a wooden boat carrying suspected Rohingya migrants detained in Malaysian territorial waters off the island of Langkawi, Malaysia. Malaysian authorities said they have arrested a boatload of 202 people believed to be minority Muslim Rohingya refugees after their boat was found adrift Sunday morning near the northern resort island of Langkawi. (Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency via AP)
April 16, 2020 - 7:48 am
DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Bangladesh's coast guard has rescued 396 starving Rohingya refugees who had been drifting at sea for weeks after failing to reach Malaysia, officials said Thursday. The U.N. refugee agency received them from the authorities, UNHCR said in a statement. The refugees,...
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A woman prays in front of the closed Church of the Holy Sepulchre, a place where Christians believe Jesus Christ was buried, as a palm hangs on the door, in Jerusalem's Old City, Sunday, April 5, 2020. The traditional Palm Sunday procession was cancelled due to restrictions imposed to contain the spread of the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)
April 05, 2020 - 1:32 pm
JERUSALEM (AP) — A small group of Franciscan monks and Roman Catholic faithful took to the streets of Jerusalem’s Christian Quarter in the Old City Sunday to distribute olive branches after the traditional Palm Sunday procession was cancelled due to restrictions imposed to contain the spread of the...
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In this Wednesday, April 1, 2020, photo, Rohingya refugees stand at the Kutupalong refugee camp, Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh. Aid workers are bracing for a possible outbreak of the coronavirus in one of the world's largest refugee camps in Bangladesh, but officials are already warning that containing the disease among more than 1 million tightly packed Rohingya Muslims will be a daunting task. (AP Photo/Suzauddin Rubel)
April 02, 2020 - 8:26 pm
DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Aid workers are bracing for a possible outbreak of the coronavirus in one of the world's largest refugee camps in Bangladesh, with officials warning that containing the disease among more than 1 million tightly packed Rohingya Muslims will be a daunting task. With about 40,...
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Raffat Altekrete is battling the coronavirus one shopping cart, or one stroller, at a time as he uses a disinfecting spray outside a supermarket in Ter Apel, north-eastern Netherlands, Tuesday, March 31, 2020. The Iraqi migrant, armed with latex gloves, a cleaning rag and a spray bottle of disinfectant is also aiming to express his gratitude and win hearts in a small Dutch community that hosts the Netherlands' biggest asylum seeker center. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)
April 01, 2020 - 6:51 am
TER APEL, Netherlands (AP) — Raffat Altekrete is battling the coronavirus one shopping cart at a time. The 34-year-old electrical engineer from Iraq is also expressing gratitude and hoping to win hearts in a village that hosts the Netherlands' biggest residential reception center for asylum-seekers...
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March 20, 2020 - 11:01 am
TORONTO (AP) — Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Friday that Canada and the United States have reached a reciprocal agreement under which they will now be sending back back migrants who attempt to cross illegally anywhere at the border. Trudeau called it an exceptional measure that will...
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