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Police: Boat with 176 Syrians reaches Cyprus from Turkey

Police: Boat with 176 Syrians reaches Cyprus from Turkey

Cyprus police say food and medical care are being given to 176 migrants who reached the island's northwestern coast aboard a boat. Police spokesman Michalis Ioannou told The Associated Press that the 16-meter (53-foot) vessel arrived Friday afternoon after setting sail from a point near...

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Refugees in Greece demand transfer to Germany, start hunger strike

Refugees in Greece demand transfer to Germany, start hunger strike

ATHENS (Reuters) - A group of mainly Syrian women and children who have been stranded in Greece pitched tents opposite parliament in Athens on Wednesday in a protest against delays in reuniting with relatives in Germany. Some of the refugees, who say they have been in Greece for over a...

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Access to food 'precarious' for Syrians stranded near Jordan

Access to food 'precarious' for Syrians stranded near Jordan

The U.N. humanitarian chief has called for immediate access to deliver "life-saving assistance" to 50,000 Syrians stranded on the sealed border with Jordan, amid reports of shrinking food supplies. Mark Lowcock told the U.N. Security Council from Jordan late Monday that "access to food...

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Syrian arrested in Germany suspected of plotting Islamist attack: prosecutor

Syrian arrested in Germany suspected of plotting Islamist attack: prosecutor

German police on Tuesday arrested a 19-year-old Syrian man suspected of preparing an Islamist terror attack in the country using powerful explosives, prosecutors said. The man, identified only as Yamen A., was held at dawn by special forces in the northeastern town of Schwerin, the...

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Refugees from 11 countries face additional barriers under Trump plan

Refugees from 11 countries face additional barriers under Trump plan

WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - The Trump administration will temporarily delay the processing of most refugees from 11 countries deemed to be high-risk while resuming refugee admissions for other countries, government officials said on Tuesday. According to a memo seen by Reuters, sent...

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Human rights NGOs urge Greece to transfer refugees

Human rights NGOs urge Greece to transfer refugees

Human rights organizations are urging the Greek authorities to alleviate living conditions for thousands of migrants reaching the country’s island from Turkey. Human Rights Watch in a report published on Monday said thousands of asylum seekers are living in awful conditions on the...

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Greek police arrest Syrian over suspected Daesh link

Greek police arrest Syrian over suspected Daesh link

Greek police said Friday they have arrested a Syrian man over suspected links to Daesh (ISIS), after his wife complained to authorities that he was beating her and that he was an extremist supporter. The 32-year-old was arrested on Thursday in the northeastern town of Alexandroupoli,...

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Trump administration weighs tighter vetting for women, children refugees: sources

Trump administration weighs tighter vetting for women, children refugees: sources

WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - The Trump administration is considering tightening the vetting process for women and children seeking to enter the United States as refugees, a proposal that if adopted would bring security checks closer to those for adult men, three sources with knowledge of the...

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Jordanian man sentenced to death for raping and killing Syrian refugee child

Jordanian man sentenced to death for raping and killing Syrian refugee child

(Zaman Al Wasl)- The Supreme Criminal Court in Amman on Tuesday has sentenced a Jordanian national to death for raping and killing a Syrian refugee child three months ago. The brutal crime against the 7-year-old Syrian child on July 6 has sparked wide anger in Jordan, making...

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47,000 Syrian refugees returned to Turkey via Bab Al-Salama Crossing after Eid holidays while 7,000 stay

47,000 Syrian refugees returned to Turkey via Bab Al-Salama Crossing after Eid holidays while 7,000 stay

(Zaman Al Wasl)- At least 47,000 Syrian refugees have returned to Turkey after the 15-day Eid holidays via Bab al-Salama border crossing, while about 7,000 have decided to stay in the northern countryside of Aleppo, the border administration said on Monday.  This week 476...

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Syrian refugees should return to calmer areas: Lebanon president

Syrian refugees should return to calmer areas: Lebanon president

Lebanon can no longer handle vast numbers of Syrian refugees, its president said on Monday, urging world powers to help them return to the calmer parts of their war-torn homeland. More than six years into the Syrian war, 1.5 million refugees who fled the violence now account for a...

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Merkel settles migrant row with allies to pursue coalition

Merkel settles migrant row with allies to pursue coalition

BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats (CDU) reached a deal on migrant policy with her conservative Bavarian allies on Sunday, removing a major obstacle to pursuing talks on a coalition with other parties. In an apparent concession, Merkel agreed to...

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Jordan says aid for stranded Syrians must come via Syria

Jordan says aid for stranded Syrians must come via Syria

Aid deliveries to thousands of Syrians stranded on their war-torn country's desert border with Jordan must pass through Syria, Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi said on Sunday. "They are Syrian citizens on Syrian territory. Syria must therefore assume this responsibility and not...

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Austria puts the squeeze on refugees with benefit cuts

Austria puts the squeeze on refugees with benefit cuts

(Reuters) - Ahmed Ali, a 34-year-old teacher, fled the war in Syria two years ago and settled in a quiet Austrian town on the hilly border with the Czech Republic. He was hoping to raise a family there. But voter attitudes towards immigrants have hardened due to concerns about security...

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Syrian refugees still subject for discrimination in Lebanon

Syrian refugees still subject for discrimination in Lebanon

  (Zaman Al Wasl)- Residents of Miziara town in northern Lebanon have expelled dozens of Syrian refugees over a crime committed against a 26-year-old girl by Syrian concierge on Sep 22.  Local residents staged a sit-in in front of the municipal building and the municipality...

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Turkish Police arrest killer of Orouba and Halla Barakat

Turkish Police arrest killer of Orouba and Halla Barakat

(Zaman Al Wasl)- Turkish Police have arrested a Syrian man in Bursa city connected to the murder of leading opposition activist and her journalist daughter in Istanbul ten days ago, Turkish daily reported on Saturday . Yeni Safak newspaper said Ahmed Barakat, cousin of the victims...

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Germany's Syrian refugees celebrate Merkel win but fear rise of far-right

Germany's Syrian refugees celebrate Merkel win but fear rise of far-right

 Syrian refugees rejoiced on Sunday at the news that Angela Merkel had secured a fourth term as German chancellor, but said they were alarmed by the rise of the far-right AfD party, which they feared could push her to tighten asylum rules. “We prayed that Merkel would win,”...

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Hundreds at Istanbul funeral of slain Syrian activist and daughter; US condemns murders

Hundreds at Istanbul funeral of slain Syrian activist and daughter; US condemns murders

(The Middle East Eye)- Hundreds of people have attended the funeral of a prominent Syrian opposition activist and her daughter who were found stabbed to death at home in Istanbul, as the US government moved to condemn the atrocity. Orouba Barakat, 60, and her only daughter, journalist...

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