Political refugees

Bangladesh's Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan, second right, receives Myanmar's Home Minister Kyaw Swe, second left, in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Friday, Feb.16, 2018. Kyaw Swe, on a three-day visit to Bangladesh told Bangladesh's president that Myanmar is ready to take back Rohingya Muslims who fled violence, though Bangladesh said it wanted the hundreds of thousands of refugees to have a safe and dignified return. (AP Photo)
February 16, 2018 - 7:33 pm
DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — A Bangladesh Cabinet minister gave a list of 8,032 Rohingya refugees to his Myanmar counterpart to begin repatriations of the Muslim minority under a November agreement between the two countries. Bangladesh Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan said Friday the list contained the...
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In this Feb. 12, 2018, photo, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, speaks in Cairo, Egypt. Despite repeated threats to punish countries that don’t agree with U.S. Mideast policy, the Trump administration is set to boost aid to Jordan by more than a billion dollars over the next five years. Tillerson and Jordan’s foreign minister will sign the aid agreement in Amman on Wednesday, according to the officials who were not authorized to preview the announcement and spoke on condition of anonymity. (Khaled Elfiqi/Pool photo via AP)
February 14, 2018 - 7:27 am
AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — President Donald Trump's rhetoric on punishing countries that don't agree with U.S. policy in the Middle East collided with reality on Wednesday as his administration announced it would boost aid to Jordan by more than $1 billion over the next five years. Despite Trump's...
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In this Jan. 29, 2018, photo, Myanmar Muslim men pray at a mosque in Yangon, Myanmar. Far from the violence and vengeance unfolding in Myanmar’s far west, Rohingya Muslims who once felt relatively safe in Yangon describe a sense of rising persecution and hatred, of vanishing freedoms and opportunities, of Buddhist neighbors and friends who are suddenly much more willing to voice sympathies with the military’s campaign in Rakhine state. (AP Photo/Thein Zaw)
February 12, 2018 - 7:58 pm
YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — For four straight days last month, Rahim Muddinn watched, amazed, as Myanmar's state-run newspapers published special supplements showing Rohingya Muslims accused of being terrorists — nearly 250 photos each day. For the 41-year-old Rohingya man, it was a surreal moment. He...
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U.N. refugee chief Filippo Grandi visits with Syrian refugees during a visit to the Zaatari Syrian Refugee Camp, in Mafraq, Jordan, Monday, Feb. 12, 2018. (AP Photo/Raad Adayleh)
February 12, 2018 - 10:45 am
ZAATARI REFUGEE CAMP, Jordan (AP) — The head of the U.N. refugee agency says the number of Syrian refugees being deported from Jordan to their war-ravaged homeland has "decreased dramatically" in recent months, in part because of his agency's appeal for more careful reviews of cases. Jordan is...
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February 12, 2018 - 7:50 am
VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican says Pope Francis and his deputies thanked Bangladesh for welcoming Rohingya Muslim refugees from Myanmar and expressed hope for a "just and lasting solution to their ordeal" during a meeting with Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. Hasina met with Francis in...
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In this image provided by Ministry of Information, Britain's Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, right, is welcomed by Myanmar's Foreign Minster Aung San Suu Kyi prior to their meeting at Foreign Ministry Office in Naypyitaw, Myanmar, Sunday, Feb. 11, 2018. (Ministry of Information via AP)
February 11, 2018 - 8:28 am
BANGKOK (AP) — British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson met Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Sunday to discuss the Southeast Asian nation's Muslim ethnic Rohingya minority and how almost 700,000 of them can be repatriated safely after fleeing to Bangladesh to escape violence perpetrated largely by...
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In this Sunday, Jan. 14, 2018, photo, a volunteer carries a malnourished child from a newly arrived Rohingya family to a transit camp in the Kutupalong refugee camp near Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh. The hunger the Rohingya faced at home is evident when they come to the Bangladesh camps, where new refugees, especially children and women, suffer from “unbelievable” levels of malnutrition, according to Dr. Ismail Mehr. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
February 09, 2018 - 11:18 am
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Myanmar's Catholic cardinal says it's likely that Rohingya Muslim refugees in Bangladesh won't ever go home and that "the elements of ethnic cleansing" that drove them out are now apparent. Two months after Pope Francis visited Myanmar and Bangladesh, Cardinal Charles Bo said...
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February 09, 2018 - 1:45 am
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — A woman who threw a shoe at a billboard depicting Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen has been arrested after she was repatriated from Thailand, where the U.N. refugee agency reportedly had formally recognized her as a refugee. Kampong Speu provincial police Gen. Sam Samoun...
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FILE - In this Friday, Oct. 20, 2017, file photo, Noor Aysha, a pregnant Rohingya Muslim woman who crossed over from Myanmar into Bangladesh, holds her 10-month-old son Anamul Hassan, inside her shelter in the Thaingkhali refugee camp, Bangladesh. (AP Photo/Dar Yasin)
February 08, 2018 - 7:47 pm
NAYAPARA REFUGEE CAMP, Bangladesh (AP) — Abdul Goni says the Myanmar government was starving his family one stage at a time. First, soldiers stopped the Rohingya Muslim from walking three hours to the forest for the firewood he sold to feed his family. Then Buddhist neighbors and seven soldiers...
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In this Sunday, Jan. 14, 2018, photo, a volunteer measures the arm of a newly arrived Rohingya boy to check for malnutrition accompanied by his mother and brother upon their arrival at the Balukhali refugee camp near Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh. The lack of food the Rohingya faced at home is evident when they come to the Bangladesh camps, where new refugees, especially children and women, suffer from “unbelievable” levels of malnutrition, according to Dr. Ismail Mehr. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
February 07, 2018 - 5:52 pm
NAYAPARA REFUGEE CAMP, Bangladesh (AP) — Abdul Goni says the Myanmar government was starving his family one stage at a time. First, soldiers stopped the Rohingya Muslim from walking three hours to the forest for the firewood he sold to feed his family. Then Buddhist neighbors and seven soldiers...
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