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Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun says she was stopped by Saudi and Kuwaiti officials while in transit at Suvarnabhumi airport in Bangkok. AFP-Getty Images

Saudi asylum seeker in Thailand deletes Twitter account over ‘death threats’

The 18-year-old Saudi asylum seeker who fled her family to Thailand and harnessed the power of Twitter to stave off deportation on Friday abruptly suspended her account, with friends saying she had received death threats.

Femi Falana drags Cameroon to African Commission over trial of 47 asylum seekers in...

Nigeria’s foremost human rights lawyer Femi Falana SAN has dragged the government of Cameroon to the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights in Banjul, The Gambia over the impending trial of 47 asylum seekers and naturalised Nigerians.
British navy ship

Britain calls in navy over migrants crossing Channel in dinghies

A British navy ship was patrolling the Channel on Friday in response to a wave of mostly Iranian asylum seekers risking the crossing from France in dinghies.
Firefighters are seen in front of a house where six people were killed in an apartment fire early on Monday morning, police said, while an unspecified number of others caught in the blaze were taken to the hospital in Solothurn, Switzerland November 26, 2018. Polizei Kanton Solothurn/Handout via REUTERS.

Six dead in Switzerland apartment fire

Six people, including children, died when a fire broke out overnight in an apartment building in the northwestern Swiss town of Solothurn, police said Monday, with neighbours indicating the building housed asylum seekers.
UNHCR's Representative to Libya, Roberto Mignone

UN urges end to detention of asylum seekers in Libya

UN agencies have denounced the dangers faced by migrants and asylum seekers in Libya, calling for an end to their detention.

UN: 35,000 refugees will soon run out of food in Malawi

More than 35,000 refugees and asylum seekers in Malawi will run out of food in less than two months, the UN warned on Friday.

Germany steps up migrant deportations to North Africa

Germany has boosted the number of repatriations of rejected asylum seekers to Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia, Berlin said on Monday, following years of diplomatic pressure on the Maghreb states.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in May. (J. Scott Applewhite-AP)

US to admit 310,000 refugees, asylum seekers in 2019

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the country proposed resettling up to 30,000 refugees under the new refugee ceiling as well as processing more than 280,000 asylum seekers.
(FILES) In this file photo taken on February 18, 2018 Hungarian Prime Minister and Chairman of FIDESZ party Viktor Orban delivers his state of the nation address in front of his party members and sympathizers at Varkert Bazar cultural center of Budapest. With his fierce rhetoric and anti-immigration measures, Hungary's Prime Minister Viktor Orban has alarmed critics at home and in Europe, while bolstering his populist domestic support and attracting far-right fans internationally. Orban, 55, defends his government's record in Strasbourg on September 11, 2018, ahead of a European Parliament vote on a report that says Hungary presents a risk of a "breach" of basic EU values. / AFP PHOTO / Attila KISBENEDEK

Eight years of controversy under Hungary’s Viktor Orban

With his fierce rhetoric and anti-immigration measures, Hungary's Prime Minister Viktor Orban has alarmed critics at home and in Europe, while bolstering his populist domestic support and attracting far-right fans internationally.

UNHCR: Human traffickers posing as UN staff in Libya

The UN High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) has called on Libyan authorities to take action against criminals targeting desperate refugees and migrants.
African Migrants

UN: Rescued migrants must not be sent back to Libya

Migrants and asylum-seekers rescued while trying to cross the Mediterranean to Europe should not be sent back to Libya, where they risk “serious abuses,” the UN’s human rights agency has warned.
kenyan police

Kenyan police raid state-owned Chinese TV

Kenyan police on Wednesday raided the African headquarters of the China Global Television Network, briefly detaining several journalists as part of an ongoing crackdown against illegal immigrants, an employee told AFP.
libya . tripoli

France, Italy, UK, U.S. condemn violence in Libyan capital Tripoli

The U.S., France, Italy and Britain on Saturday condemned what they called an escalation of violence in and around the Libyan capital Tripoli, warning that armed groups which undermined Libyan stability would be made accountable.
Federica Mogherini, European Union High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the European Commission, arrives for an informal meeting of EU-Defence Ministers in Vienna, Austria, on August 30, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / APA / HERBERT NEUBAUER / Austria OUT

EU urged to take ‘more responsibility’ on migrant mission

EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini on Thursday urged member states to "take more responsibility" and ensure the bloc's migrant rescue operation continues to fight human trafficking in the Mediterranean.
German Police

German police ready for new anti-migrant rally

German police on Thursday brace up for fresh anti-immigrant rally in the eastern city of Chemnitz after two similar protests resulted in clashes and attacks against foreigners.

Japan calls UN worries over Fukushima workers’ contamination risk ‘regrettable’

Japan expressed disappointment on Friday about UN human rights monitors’ criticism of its treatment of workers at the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant.
German chancellor Angela Merkel speaks to the press before leaving the first day of a European Union leaders’ summit focused on migration, Brexit and eurozone reforms. Aris Oikonomou|AFP|Getty Images

Angela Merkel: Government lost public trust over migration feud

German Chancellor Angela Merkel conceded during her annual summer press conference on Friday that the recent government crisis over migration policy cost her coalition public trust that will have to be won back.
Tony Blair

Tony Blair calls for second vote to fix Brexit ‘mess’

“It’s a total and complete mess”: Former prime minister Tony Blair does not hold back when asked in an interview with AFP what he makes of the British government’s approach to Brexit.

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Ethiopia deploys military against armed opposition faction

Ethiopia has deployed soldiers against an armed faction of a recently-legalised opposition group that is robbing banks and attacking residents in the country’s remote west, the government said Wednesday.

Chelsea to offer role to Petr Cech after retirement

Chelsea are open to offering former goalkeeper Petr Cech a role at the club after he retires from playing at the end of the season.

AGF orders freezing of Justice Onnoghen’s accounts

The Office of the Attorney-General of the Federation has asked the Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit to freeze the bank accounts of the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen.
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo

VP Osinbajo: Atiku Abubakar, PDP have always opposed restructuring

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Wednesday said the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its presidential candidate in February 16 presidential election, Alhaji Abubakar Atiku have always opposed restructuring of the country.
Oby Ezekwesili

Oby Ezekwesili: APC, PDP playing politics with Nigerians’ plight

The presidential candidate of Allied Congress Party of Nigeria, ACPN, Dr. Oby Ezekwesili, has again taken a swipe at both the ruling All Progressive Congress, (APC), and the main opposition Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP), of playing politics with the plight of the Nigerian people, lamenting that Nigeria was now known as “the world capital of poverty.”