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Sadly, Fears Mount of Resurgent Anti-Semitism in Europe

Warsaw, Poland. Seventy-one years ago, Soviet troops entered the notorious Auschwitz-Birkenau Nazi extermination camp near Krakow, Poland, liberating the remaining 7,000 prisoners, most of them sick and dying Jews. Antisemitic graffiti in Klaipėda, Lithuania. Photo: Beny Shlevich / Wikipedia. Days earlier, as the Red Army approached, the Nazis evacuated 60,000 other inmates, forcing them on a […]

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U.S. Official: Vladimir Putin’s Behavior ‘Picture of Corruption’

Washington, D.C. A senior U.S. Treasury official is accusing Russian President Vladimir Putin of corruption, saying the Kremlin leader uses his position to enrich friends and allies at the expense of others. How corrupt is Russian President Vladimir Putin? Photo: Maria Joner/Wikipedia. Adam Szubin, who oversees U.S. Treasury sanctions, makes the accusation in a BBC documentary […]

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U.K.: Vladimir Putin May Be Murderer of Ex-Spy – and Pedophile

London, U.K. A top British government investigator says Russian President Vladimir Putin probably personally approved the assassination of Alexander Litvinenko, a Russian spy-turned-dissident who was exiled in Britain after criticizing Putin and describing him – among other things – as a pedophile.  Top British government investigator says Vladimir Putin may also be a pedophile.  Robert Owen, […]

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Refugees Must Not be Turned into ‘Scapegoats’ Following Paris Attacks

New York, N.Y.  The United Nations refugee agency expressed its shock and horror at the attacks in Paris and the killing of so many innocent people and warned against the scapegoating of refugees, in the wake of the deadly attacks. Just over 300 Syrian refugees with passports lining up to board the night ferry from […]

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Mediterranean Migrant Deaths Break Records, Hearts

Geneva, Switzerland.  The International Organization for Migration (IOM) reports that migrant deaths on the Mediterranean Sea routes to Europe are breaking all previous records. IOM confirmed 3,350 fatalities so far this year, surpassing the record-breaking death toll of 3,279 for all of 2014. Deaths off the Greek islands, notably Lesbos and Samos, have surged with […]

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U.N. Human Rights Chief: Czech Republic Should Halt Detention of Migrants, Refugees

New York, N.Y. The top United Nations human rights official today strongly criticized the detention of migrants and refugees in the Czech Republic, drawing attention to the violations of the rights of children among them and to credible reports that authorities are routinely strip-searching migrants to confiscate the $10 a day they are charged for […]

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U.N. Warns Against ‘Toxic Debates,’ Urges Global Compact on Refugees

New York, N.Y. The top protection expert in the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) today warned of a growing risk to people fleeing conflict and persecution and called for “an all-out effort to ensure that protection, and in particular the institution of asylum, remains life-saving, non-political, and fundamentally humanitarian.” A […]

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#AidRefugees Campaign Provides Way to Help Those in Need

Washington, D.C. Images of refugees streaming into Europe from conflict-torn countries in recent weeks have deeply moved people around the world, many of them wondering, “How can I help?” Using the hashtag #AidRefugees, the White House calls the campaign “hashtag diplomacy.” In partnership with the U.N. refugee agency, the White House is answering that question: […]

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