Political refugees

In this Friday, Sept. 22, 2017 photo, Syrian refugee children rehearse before their graduation concert in Beirut, Lebanon. The UNESCO-funded program of Action for Hope Music School has trained 24 children displaced from the Syrian war in Lebanon for over a year and a half. It also aims to preserve the musical heritage of Syria and the region, offering classes of theory and history of Arabic music. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)
September 26, 2017 - 8:04 am
BEIRUT (AP) — Hassan Youssef was 10 years old when a local Syrian composer discovered his talent: a deep powerful voice that was particularly resonant for traditional songs. It wasn't long, however, before Syria's grinding civil war nearly shattered Youssef's hope of polishing his natural gift. He...
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FILE - In this Feb. 13, 2016, file photo, people stand on the steps of the Supreme Court at sunset in Washington. President Donald Trump’s efforts to restrict entry into the United States by residents of some mainly Muslim countries have been the subject of lawsuits almost since the moment he announced the first travel ban in January. The latest version of the ban, rolled out Sunday, is certain to attract more legal challenges and is already affecting the high court’s review. (AP Photo/Jon Elswick, file)
September 25, 2017 - 3:26 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's efforts to restrict entry into the United States by residents of some mainly Muslim countries have been the subject of lawsuits almost since the moment he announced the first travel ban in January. The latest version of the ban, rolled out Sunday, is...
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Frauke Petry, co-chairwoman of the AfD, right, stands with top candidates Alexander Gauland, left, and Alice Weidel, center, prior to a press conference of the Alternative for Germany, AfD, in Berlin, Germany, Monday, Sept. 25, 2017, the day after the nationalist party was elected first time into the German parliament. Petry declared later that she won't be part of the party's faction and left the press conference after the statement. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)
September 25, 2017 - 12:52 pm
BERLIN (AP) — The Latest on the outcome of Germany's national election (all times local): 6:50 p.m. Israel's prime minister has congratulated Chancellor Angela Merkel on securing a fourth term while not mentioning the rise of a far-right party in Germany's election. Benjamin Netanyahu welcomed...
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Workers remove an election poster of the Christian Democrats with a photo of German chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin, Monday, Sept. 25, 2017 after Sunday's parliament elections. German Chancellor Angela Merkel was embarking Monday on a complicated quest to form a new government for Europe's biggest economy and find answers to the rise of a nationalist, anti-migrant party. (Wolfgang Kumm/dpa via AP)
September 25, 2017 - 10:55 am
BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel defended an election campaign that left her conservative bloc in first place but significantly weakened as she embarked Monday on what could be a lengthy quest to form a new government. Merkel said the success of a nationalist, anti-migrant party that...
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In this Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017 photo, Bangladeshis crowd an tuk-tuk on a street with a billboard in appreciation of Bangladesh's prime minister Sheikh Hasina for sheltering Rohingya Muslims fleeing Myanmar, in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh. Vast areas in this coastal district are now entirely taken over by a sea of makeshift bamboo and plastic tents, homes for the more than 430,000 Rohingya Muslims who have fled here with stories of terrible persecution in Myanmar. The new arrivals spill out of the existing refugee camps for Rohingya Muslims that have existed in this border district since the 1990s. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)
September 25, 2017 - 7:51 am
COX'S BAZAR, Bangladesh (AP) — On the miles-long beach that makes this Bangladesh's top tourist destination, thousands of people picnic and splash in the water. There are balloons and cotton candy for the kids, fried snacks and tender coconuts for the rest. Families sit under umbrellas. Young...
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In this Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017 photo, Bangladeshis crowd an tuk-tuk on a street with a billboard in appreciation of Bangladesh's prime minister Sheikh Hasina for sheltering Rohingya Muslims fleeing Myanmar, in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh. Vast areas in this coastal district are now entirely taken over by a sea of makeshift bamboo and plastic tents, homes for the more than 430,000 Rohingya Muslims who have fled here with stories of terrible persecution in Myanmar. The new arrivals spill out of the existing refugee camps for Rohingya Muslims that have existed in this border district since the 1990s. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)
September 25, 2017 - 7:51 am
COX'S BAZAR, Bangladesh (AP) — On the miles-long beach that makes this Bangladesh's top tourist destination, thousands of people picnic and splash in the water. There are balloons and cotton candy for the kids, fried snacks and tender coconuts for the rest. Families sit under umbrellas. Young...
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A young Rohingya Muslim boy, Sheikh Ahmad, center, recites verses from the Quran in a crowded little tent that serves as a madrasa or religious school in the Kutupalong refugee camp, Bangladesh, Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017. As he lifted his hands in prayer, tears began to roll down his face and he prayed for those killed in the violence that his family escaped. Later, in his family's little shack, the Associated Press photographer asked him "why did you cry?" tears seeped through again and he said, "I'm crying for my motherland." (AP Photo/Dar Yasin)
September 24, 2017 - 10:45 pm
KUTUPALONG REFUGEE CAMP, Bangladesh (AP) — The young Rohingya Muslim boy recites verses from the Quran in a small, crowded tent that serves as a madrasa in the Kutupalong refugee camp in Bangladesh. Then Sheikh Ahmad lifts his hands in prayer and the tears begin to flow. He prays for those killed...
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Supporters hold posters as German Chancellor Angela Merkel returns on the stage at the headquarters of the Christian Democratic Union CDU in Berlin, Germany, Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017 after the German parliament election. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)
September 24, 2017 - 10:00 pm
BERLIN (AP) — The latest on Germany's national election (all times local): 3:55 a.m. Election officials confirm Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative bloc has come first in Germany's election, paving the way for her to lead the country for a fourth term. The federal election authority said early...
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Newly arrived Rohingya Muslim family, who crossed over from Myanmar into Bangladesh, carry their belonging as they arrive at Kutupalong refugee camp, Bangladesh, Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017. The massive exodus of Rohingya Muslims fleeing Myanmar to escape brutal persecution appears to have slowed down, but several recent refugees say at least tens of thousands more are huddled near beaches or in forests waiting to escape. (AP Photo/Dar Yasin)
September 24, 2017 - 1:44 pm
COX'S BAZAR, Bangladesh (AP) — The massive exodus of Rohingya Muslims fleeing Myanmar to escape brutal persecution appears to have slowed down, but several recent refugees say at least tens of thousands more are huddled near beaches or in forests waiting to escape. Some Rohingya who have fled over...
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A young Rohingya Muslim boy, Sheikh Ahmad, center, recites verses from the Quran in a crowded little tent that serves as a madrasa or religious school in the Kutupalong refugee camp, Bangladesh, Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017. As he lifted his hands in prayer, tears began to roll down his face and he prayed for those killed in the violence that his family escaped. Later, in his family's little shack, the Associated Press photographer asked him "why did you cry?" tears seeped through again and he said, "I'm crying for my motherland." (AP Photo/Dar Yasin)
September 24, 2017 - 12:57 pm
COX'S BAZAR, Bangladesh (AP) — The massive exodus of Rohingya Muslims fleeing Myanmar to escape brutal persecution appears to have slowed down, but several recent refugees say at least tens of thousands more are huddled near beaches or in forests waiting to escape. Some Rohingya who have fled over...
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