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2006-02-07 17:42:58

By Alan Elsner WASHINGTON (Reuters) - An Egyptian who spent almost eight years in American jails without ever being convicted of a crime walked free on Tuesday after a federal judge ordered his release over the objections of the U.S. government. Sameh Khouzam boarded a plane in Cairo to seek political asylum in the United States on February 11, 1998. He was arrested at John F. Kennedy airport in New York and had been held in jail ever since. Khouzam's detention of seven years and...

2006-02-06 17:06:04

By Alan Elsner WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Statue of Liberty still proclaims, "Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free," but human rights activists say the traditional U.S. role in accepting people fleeing persecution has been badly eroded in recent years. "Over the last several years, more and more hurdles have been imposed on people seeking asylum," said Stephen Yale-Loehr who teaches immigration law at Cornell University Law School. These...

2006-01-06 11:12:15

CAIRO (Reuters) - The U.N. refugee agency said on Friday it had interviewed most of some 600 Sudanese whom Egypt wants to deport because it says they are illegal immigrants. The U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has asked the government not to deport any of the group, who were detained after a Sudanese protest last month ended in clashes with police. Twenty-seven Sudanese were killed in the violence. The agency has been given access to determine the legal status of those in...

2005-10-24 16:47:58

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President George W. Bush on Monday authorized the admission of 70,000 refugees into the United States in fiscal 2006, the same ceiling that was set the previous year, the White House said. The actual number of refugees admitted in fiscal 2005 which ended September 30 was 53,813, which was below the authorized ceiling because of funding restraints, an administration official said. Bush issued a memorandum to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice that authorized...

2005-09-27 14:46:35

By Richard Waddington GENEVA (Reuters) - The international community has woken up to the tragedy of the millions who are refugees in their own country and begun to act, the head of the United Nations' refugee agency said on Tuesday. Internal refugees -- known as internally displaced people (IDPs) -- number 20 to 25 million, more than double the nine million refugees who are recognized as such because they have crossed a border, and their plight is often just as bad, said U.N. High...

2005-09-26 07:31:08

By Stephanie Hancock MBALLA, Chad (Reuters) - Forced by armed raiders to flee their home in Central African Republic, Monica and her four children slept under a tree in neighboring Chad for four weeks, living on peanuts and water. The family are among thousands of refugees who have crossed Chad's southern border in recent months to escape unidentified gunmen whose raids have sparked an exodus that aid workers fear could turn into a humanitarian crisis. Local officials from the...

2005-09-09 18:41:18

Pakistan is home to 2 million Afghan refugees who fled a communist coup and Soviet occupation in 1978. A study by researchers from the Johns Hopkins University found that Afghan refugees under the age of 29 years experience more injuries than their older counterparts and children in developed countries. In what is believed to be the first study of its kind of Afghan refugees, the authors recommend that injury prevention strategies be implemented in refugee camps. The study is published in the...

2005-07-01 16:54:29

GENEVA (Reuters) - The U.N. refugee agency held crisistalks with Western countries on Friday to try to find homes forabout 450 Uzbek asylum seekers it fears might be deported fromKyrgyzstan. The United Nations is worried they could be mistreated ifthey are forced back to Uzbekistan. "Resettlement of the asylum seekers could be organized in amatter of days once agreement has been reached withgovernments," Ron Redmond, chief spokesman for the U.N. HighCommissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), told...

2005-06-27 22:39:16

By Mark Felsenthal UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The new United Nations highcommissioner for refugees on Monday urged countries to grantasylum to refugees rather than seal borders because of fears ofterrorism. Antonio Guterres, the former Portuguese prime minister whoassumed the U.N. post on June 15, urged that refugees betreated as victims of upheaval and be welcomed. "Asylum seekers and refugees are not terrorists. They arethe first victims of terror and should be considered as such,"he...


Word of the Day
call-note
  • The call or cry of a bird or other animal to its mate or its young.
'Call-note' is newer than 'bird-call,' which originally referred to 'an instrument for imitating the note of birds' but now also refers to 'the song or cry of a bird.'
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