Political refugees

FILE - In this May 4, 2017, file photo, Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi, left, is welcomed by Pope Francis at the Vatican. Pope Francis heads to Myanmar and Bangladesh from Nov. 27, 2017 with the international community excoriating Myanmar's crackdown on Rohingya Muslims as "ethnic cleansing" but his own church resisting the label and defending the country's civilian leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, as the only hope for democracy. (Tony Gentile/Pool Photo via AP, File)
November 24, 2017 - 8:41 pm
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis heads to Myanmar and Bangladesh with the international community excoriating Myanmar's crackdown on Rohingya Muslims as "ethnic cleansing" but his own church resisting the label and defending Myanmar's civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi as the only hope for democracy...
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FILE - In this Sept. 27, 2017 file photo Pope Francis poses for a selfie as he meets a group of migrants, during his weekly general audience, at the Vatican. In a message issued by the Vatican Friday, Nov. 24, 2017, Francis is decrying those whipping up fear of migrants for political gain, and is urging people to view global migration as a peace-building opportunity and not as a threat. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini, files)
November 24, 2017 - 10:07 am
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis decried as worrisome those who whip up fear of migrants for political gain as he urged people Friday to view global migration as a peace-building opportunity and not as a threat. His message, which was issued in eight languages, was issued by the Vatican in...
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This image provided by Refugee Action Coalition shows police entering the immigration camp on Manus Island, Papua New Guinea, Thursday Nov. 23, 2017. Papua New Guinea authorities on Thursday ratcheted up pressure on more than 300 asylum seekers to abandon a decommissioned immigration camp, where refugees reported their shelters, beds and other belongings have been destroyed. (Refugee Action Coalition via AP)
November 24, 2017 - 12:33 am
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — The last asylum seekers abandoned a closed immigration camp on Papua New Guinea on Friday, ending a three-week standoff between police and hundreds of men who had been prepared to suffer squalid conditions without power or running water rather than move to other...
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This image provided by Refugee Action Coalition shows police entering the immigration camp on Manus Island, Papua New Guinea, Thursday Nov. 23, 2017. Papua New Guinea authorities on Thursday ratcheted up pressure on more than 300 asylum seekers to abandon a decommissioned immigration camp, where refugees reported their shelters, beds and other belongings have been destroyed. (Refugee Action Coalition via AP)
November 23, 2017 - 9:57 pm
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Papua New Guinea authorities said Friday they had relocated the last asylum seekers who had refused for three weeks to leave a closed immigration camp for fear they would face violence in the alternative accommodations. Police Chief Superintendent Dominic Kakas said...
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In this image provided by Myanmar's Ministry of Information, Myanmar's Union Minister for the Office of the State Counsellor Kyaw Tint Swe, right, and Bangladesh Foreign Minister Abdul Hassan Mahmud Ali exchange notes after signing the Arrangement on Return of Displaced Persons from Rakhine State in Naypyitaw, Myanmar, Thursday, Nov. 23, 2017. Myanmar and Bangladesh signed an agreement on Thursday covering the return of Rohingya Muslims who fled across their mutual border to escape violence in Myanmar's Rakhine state. (Myanmar Information Ministry via AP)
November 23, 2017 - 9:44 am
BANGKOK (AP) — Myanmar and Bangladesh signed an agreement on Thursday covering the return of Rohingya Muslims who fled across their mutual border to escape violence in Myanmar's Rakhine state. Myanmar announced the agreement but provided no details on how many Rohingya refugees would be allowed to...
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FILE - In this Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2017, file photo, Rohingya Muslim women carry blankets and other supplies they collected from aid distribution centers in Kutupalong refugee camp in Bangladesh. The United States declared the ongoing violence against Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar to be "ethnic cleansing" on Wednesday, Nov. 22, putting more pressure on the country's military to halt a brutal crackdown that has sent more than 600,000 refugees flooding over the border to Bangladesh. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E, File)
November 23, 2017 - 12:53 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States declared the ongoing violence against Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar to be "ethnic cleansing" on Wednesday, threatening penalties for military officials engaged in a brutal crackdown that has sent more than 620,000 refugees flooding over the border to Bangladesh...
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November 22, 2017 - 9:44 pm
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — A dozen celebrated Australians on Thursday sent an open letter to their government warning that asylum seekers could die at a decommissioned immigration camp on Papua New Guinea where food, water power and medical care were cut off more than three weeks ago. The 12 former...
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Myanmar Foreign Minister Aung San Suu Kyi, right, speaks during the Asia Europe Foreign Ministers (ASEM) meeting at Myanmar International Convention Centre Monday, Nov. 20, 2017, in Naypyitaw, Myanmar. (AP Photo/Aung Shine Oo)
November 21, 2017 - 6:12 am
NAYPYITAW, Myanmar (AP) — In a Nov. 20 story from Naypyitaw, Myanmar, The Associated Press wrongly transcribed remarks by State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi at a meeting of foreign ministers. According to an official transcript of the speech released a day later, Suu Kyi said: "Conflicts around the...
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FILE - In this June 26, 2014 file photo, Rohingya people push a cart loaded with fire-wood during rain in Thet Kabyin village, close to Sittwe, Rakhine state, Myanmar. Amnesty International says Myanmar has subjected Rohingya Muslims to long-term discrimination that amounts to “dehumanizing apartheid,” raising questions about what those who’ve fled a violent military crackdown would face if they returned home. Hundreds of thousands of Rohingya are living in teeming refugee camps in Bangladesh and world leaders have called for the violence to stop and for Myanmar to allow the Rohingya to return home with their safety assured.(AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe, File)
November 21, 2017 - 2:27 am
BANGKOK (AP) — Myanmar has subjected Rohingya Muslims to long-term discrimination and persecution that amounts to "dehumanizing apartheid," Amnesty International said Tuesday in a report that raises questions about what those who have fled a violent military crackdown would face if they returned...
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Myanmar Foreign Minister Aung San Suu Kyi, right, speaks during the Asia Europe Foreign Ministers (ASEM) meeting at Myanmar International Convention Centre Monday, Nov. 20, 2017, in Naypyitaw, Myanmar. (AP Photo/Aung Shine Oo)
November 20, 2017 - 6:26 am
NAYPYITAW, Myanmar (AP) — Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi said Monday that the world is facing instability and conflict in part because illegal immigration spreads terrorism, as her country faces accusations of violently pushing out hundreds of thousands of unwanted Rohingya Muslims. Suu Kyi did...
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