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Stories with subject: Political refugees
  • new storyRefugees break through police cordon in Hungary, run west story has photosstory has video
    Updated: Sep-04-15 9:56 am

    BUDAPEST, Hungary - Hundreds of refugees have broken through a police cordon and have begun running westward on a train track leading away from the Bicske railway station in Hungary, interrupting train traffic.

  • updated storyThe Latest: Germany urges European unity in face of crisis story has photosstory has video
    Updated: Sep-04-15 9:47 am

    BICSKE, Hungary - The latest news from the crisis of migrants pouring into countries across Europe. All times local (CET):

  • Drowned Syrian boys buried in hometown they fled story has photosstory has video
    Updated: Sep-04-15 8:59 am

    KUCUK KENDIRLI, Turkey - A Syrian woman and her two young sons who drowned on a desperate voyage from Turkey to Greece were buried Friday in their hometown of Kobani, returning to the conflict-torn Syrian Kurdish region they had fled.

  • Denmark: ex-PM candidates for UN refugee agency top job 
    Updated: Sep-04-15 6:10 am

    COPENHAGEN, Denmark - Danish Prime Minister Lars Loekke Rasmussen says his predecessor is the country's candidate to head the U.N. refugee agency.

  • At a Berlin church, Muslim refugees converting in droves 
    Updated: Sep-04-15 4:32 am

    BERLIN - Mohammed Ali Zonoobi bends his head as the priest pours holy water over his black hair. "Will you break away from Satan and his evil deeds?" pastor Gottfried Martens asks the Iranian refugee. "Will you break away from Islam?"

  • Immigrants, refugees to receive papal blessing in NYC 
    Updated: Sep-03-15 5:02 pm

    NEW YORK - Pope Francis will offer a special blessing to a group of immigrants and refugees in New York, including those who are undocumented, highlighting two contentious issues in American politics.

  • Father of dead boys: 'All I want is to be with my children' story has photos
    Updated: Sep-03-15 3:12 pm

    ANKARA, Turkey - He is one among many, far too many. But the plight of one boy, washed up like a piece of debris on a Turkish beach, has focused the world's attention on a wave of war-and-deprivation-fueled migration unmatched since World War II.

  • Official: 9,500 Nigerian refugees return from Cameroon 
    Updated: Sep-03-15 2:32 pm

    YOLA, Nigeria - At least 9,500 people have returned to Nigeria since the Cameroonian government said last month it will expel unregistered Nigerian refugees as part of the fight against Boko Haram, a Nigerian official said.

  • Q&A: Syria's civil war at the root of migrant crisis 
    Updated: Sep-03-15 1:36 pm

    BEIRUT - A 3-year-old boy washes ashore on a Turkish beach. Seventy-one migrants suffocate in a truck in Austria. Daily scenes of chaos unfolding in European cities as governments try to halt a human tide heading north. There seems to be no letup to the horrors triggered by Syria's civil war.

  • Pakistan corruption lets militants get national ID cards story has photos
    Updated: Sep-02-15 1:49 pm

    ISLAMABAD - Foreign Islamic militants have been able to secure Pakistani national identity cards for years in exchange for bribes as low as $100, giving them vastly greater freedom to operate, according to a report by Pakistan's top intelligence agency obtained by The Associated Press.

  • Afghan migrant hopes to complete father's flight from war 
    Updated: Sep-02-15 5:59 am

    MORIA, Greece - Three decades after his father fled war in Afghanistan to seek safety in Iran, Abdullah Bakhshi is now on the next leg of his family's long journey to a better life, and part of the largest tide of migrants since World War II.

  • Chaos in Budapest train station amid Europe's migrant crisis 
    Updated: Sep-01-15 4:42 pm

    BUDAPEST, Hungary - Chanting "Freedom! Freedom!," angry migrants demanded to be let aboard trains bound for Austria and Germany after Hungary temporarily suspended all rail traffic Tuesday from its main Budapest terminal and brawny police forced hundreds of migrants out of the train station.

  • Australian, Thai journalists acquitted of defaming Thai navy 
    Updated: Sep-01-15 12:23 am

    PHUKET, Thailand - An Australian journalist and his Thai colleague were acquitted Tuesday in a criminal defamation lawsuit filed by Thailand's navy over an online news report about the trafficking of refugees from Myanmar.

  • Austria inspects trucks for migrants, creates 18-mile backup story has photos
    Updated: Aug-31-15 5:28 pm

    BUDAPEST, Hungary - Austria stepped up vehicle inspections Monday at its Hungarian border after 71 migrants apparently suffocated in a truck, creating a huge traffic jam on the main Budapest-Vienna highway.

  • AP Interview: IOM chief slams Hungary over migrant policies story has photos
    Updated: Aug-31-15 1:14 pm

    GENEVA - Countries like Hungary that have blocked desperate migrants from traveling by train in Europe "push them right into the hands of smugglers," with potentially deadly consequences, the head of the International Organization for Migration said Monday.

  • German leader presses for EU to share migrant burden story has photos
    Updated: Aug-31-15 10:37 am

    BERLIN - German Chancellor Angela Merkel pressed fellow European nations Monday to share the burden of the influx of migrants, arguing that the European Union will betray its values if it fails to get a grip on the crisis.

  • Court nixes assembly ban in German town hit by violence story has photos
    Updated: Aug-29-15 11:29 am

    BERLIN - Germany's highest court on Saturday overturned a weekend ban on assemblies in an eastern town where anti-foreigner violence a week ago shook the country.

  • As asylum-seekers flood in, Germany struggles to house them 
    Updated: Aug-29-15 5:46 am

    BERLIN - Twenty-three-year-old Leila, her husband and two small children spent their first week in Germany in a temporary shelter, an austere but desperately needed haven after a traumatic flight from Syria that began when her husband was told to fight for the government.

  • Europe's migrant crisis brings new death by land and sea story has photosstory has video
    Updated: Aug-28-15 4:28 pm

    VIENNA - Death and desperation mounted in Europe's migrant crisis Friday as Austrian police said 71 people appeared to have suffocated in the back of an abandoned truck, while an estimated 200 people were feared drowned off Libya when two overloaded boats capsized.

  • 200 feared dead in latest migrant disaster off Libya's coast story has photos
    Updated: Aug-28-15 9:50 am

    ZUWARA, Libya - Libyan authorities were collecting the bodies of migrants who drowned off the coastal city of Zuwara, with some 200 feared dead on Friday in the latest disaster involving desperate people trying to reach Europe across the Mediterranean.

  • The Latest: Red Crescent: At least 105 dead in sea off Libya story has photosstory has video
    Updated: Aug-28-15 8:47 am

    GENEVA - Here are the latest developments Friday regarding the tens of thousands of migrants trying to reach Europe.

  • Refugees or migrants? Debate over words to describe crisis story has photos
    Updated: Aug-28-15 7:04 am

    STOCKHOLM - Day after day, images of soaked and exhausted parents clutching their glassy-eyed children as they arrive on Europe's shores make their way around the world.

  • Record migrant flow reported on Hungary's razor-wire border story has photos
    Updated: Aug-27-15 1:11 pm

    ROSZKE, Hungary - Hungary deployed police reinforcements to rein in an unrelenting flow of migrants across its porous border Thursday, but refugee activists said the effort appeared futile in a nation whose migrant camps are overloaded and barely delay their journeys west into the heart of the European Union.

  • Balkan summit on migrants overshadowed by migrant deaths 
    Updated: Aug-27-15 11:13 am

    VIENNA - Austrian Chancellor Werner Faymann had just finished telling other European leaders that there was an urgent need to crack down on human traffickers when the news came: at least 20 migrants - possibly up to 50 - have been found dead in a truck just miles away.

  • UN refugee chief seeks better EU cooperation on migrants 
    Updated: Aug-26-15 4:18 pm

    GENEVA - The Europe Union's asylum system is "completely dysfunctional," the head of the U.N. refugee agency said Wednesday, urging the bloc to better coordinate its response to the influx of thousands of refugees fleeing violence in Africa and the Middle East.