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2009-02-07 12:26:30

U.S. actress Angelina Jolie says Thailand should offer aid to thousands of refugees who have entered the Asian country after fleeing Myanmar. Jolie, according to a released U.N. statement, said Thailand should extend additional freedoms to the estimated 111,000 refugees currently living along the Thai-Myanmar border, CNN reported Saturday. Jolie visited a northern Thailand refugee camp Wednesday along with her boyfriend, actor Brad Pitt. The visit by the Hollywood stars marked Jolie's most...

2008-12-18 12:47:00

WASHINGTON, Dec. 18 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- On Monday, January 12th, 2009 Matt Dillon and Sarah Jessica Parker will join Refugees International to host a one-night only performance of the critically acclaimed George Packer play, Betrayed, at the Kennedy Center's Terrace Theater. The play follows the stories of three young Iraqi translators as they risk their lives for Americans in Iraq. The production, and the article in The New Yorker it was based on, drew national attention to the Iraqi...

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2008-12-17 16:38:49

Matt Dillon, Sarah Jessica Parker and Refugees International are to be the hosts of a one-night-only performance of George Packer's Betrayed in Washington. The play about three young Iraqi translators who risk their lives for Americans in Iraq is to be performed at the Kennedy Center's Terrace Theater Jan. 12. The production, and the article in The New Yorker it was based on, drew national attention to the Iraqi refugee crisis, Refugees International said in a news release. 'Betrayed'...

2008-11-03 09:00:11

Overstretched United Nations peacekeepers say they are taking advantage of a cease-fire in the Democratic Republic of Congo to aid starving refugees. The U.N. aid workers' most pressing concern is getting help to residents trapped behind the lines of the advance of Tutsi rebel chief Gen. Laurent Nkunda on the eastern Congo regional capital of Goma, the Times of London reported Monday. Tens of thousands of refugees who had been encamped near Rutshuru disappeared into the forests after being...

2008-09-28 21:00:18

A disabled smugglers' boat loaded with Somali refugees drifted into Yemeni coastal waters but not before at least 52 people died, U.N. officials said Sunday. The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees said another 71 people were still alive when the vessel was spotted by coast guard crews Sept. 21, CNN reported. The refugees, ages 2-40, had been adrift without food or water for 18 days, officials for the U.N. agency's Yemeni office said. The agency said the survivors -- who had...

2008-09-08 09:00:19

Germany to provide prefabricated houses for Georgians BERLIN, Sept. 5 (Xinhua) -- Germany promised on Friday to provide prefabricated houses for 1,800 homeless refugees in Georgia. The German Federal Foreign Ministry said it was granting 8 million euros (around 11.5 million dollars) to the German development aid agency GTZ, which would put up the buildings. They will contain 350 apartments. Construction work is to begin next week so that as many homes as possible are ready by the...

2008-09-01 06:00:19

A FILM about asylum seekers in Edinburgh has won an award at a US film festival. Trouble Sleeping is set among a group of asylum seekers from the Middle East and North Africa living in the Capital. The film was made with the help of asylum seekers in Edinburgh. It tells of their constant battle to convince the authorities they should be allowed to stay in the UK. Screened at the Edinburgh International Film Festival in June, it has also been shown on BBC2. The film won the...

2008-08-17 12:00:17

Text of report in English by Japan's largest news agency Kyodo Tokyo, Aug. 15 Kyodo - Japan will provide up to 1m dollars (about 113m yen) of emergency humanitarian relief to Georgia for evacuees fleeing the military conflict with Russia, Foreign Minister Masahiko Komura said in a statement Friday. The provision is in response to a request by the Georgian government as well as calls from the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees and the International Committee of the Red Cross....

2008-08-04 09:00:17

By CHARLES J HANLEY By Charles J. Hanley and Jae-Soon Chang The Associated Press SEOUL, South Korea South Korean investigators, matching once-secret documents to eyewitness accounts, are concluding that the U.S. military indiscriminately killed large groups of refugees and other civilians early in the Korean War. Half a century later, the Seoul government's Truth and Reconciliation Commission has more than 200 such alleged wartime cases on its docket, based on hundreds of...

2008-07-28 09:01:32

Text of report in English by Czech national public-service news agency CTK Prague, 28 July: Five refugees who fled from North Korea to China have found asylum in the Czech Republic, Interior Ministry spokeswoman Jana Malikova told CTK today. The refugees faced a risk of being expelled home, so Czech Interior Minister Ivan Langer offered them a temporary residence in the Czech Republic, Malikova added. The North Koreans should stay in the Czech Republic until they leave for the United...


Word of the Day
toccata
  • In music, a work for a keyboard-instrument, like the pianoforte or organ, originally intended to utilize and display varieties of touch: but the term has been extended so as to include many irregular works, similar to the prelude, the fantasia, and the improvisation.
This word is Italian in origin, coming from the feminine past participle of 'toccare,' to touch.
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