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Forbidden Afghan Lovers Fight for Asylum in NYC

Her family has been trying to kill them in the name of honor since 2014

(Newser) - Zakia and Mohammad Ali, the "Afghan Romeo and Juliet," eloped in 2014. Since then, her family has been hunting the couple, believing Zakia needs to be killed to preserve their honor. The New York Times has been chronicling the couple's plight. And on Tuesday, they finally arrived... More »

Denmark OKs Law to Seize Migrant Assets

Anything worth over $1.5K will help pay for asylum seekers' housing, expenses

(Newser) - Those seeking asylum in Denmark with more than $1,500 in assets can now expect to part with anything above that amount thanks to a new law. Advancing what the country's PM has deemed "the most misunderstood bill in Denmark's history," Danish lawmakers voted 81-27 Tuesday... More »

Missing Afghan Soldiers Nabbed at Canadian Border

The men may have been seeking asylum

(Newser) - The three Afghan soldiers who vanished from a training exercise in Massachusetts on Saturday were found today near Niagara Falls, apparently trying to gain asylum in Canada, the Cape Cod Times reports. A source tells WCVB that the soldiers told Customs Agents at the Rainbow Bridge crossing that they were... More »

Russia Is Keeping Snowden

Eric Holder says he'd 'engage' with Snowden's lawyers

(Newser) - Edward Snowden is free to keep on enjoying Russian hospitality. Russia won't send Snowden back to the US, and will extend his asylum when the initial year it granted him runs out, the head of the Duma's Foreign Affairs Committee said today in Davos, according to CNN . In... More »

Afghan Atheist Wins Asylum in UK

Lawyers say he could have faced death sentence

(Newser) - In a landmark case in Britain, an Afghan man has been granted asylum because he fears persecution for his lack of religious belief. The man, now 23, was brought up as a Muslim in Afghanistan but became an atheist after he fled to Britain at age 16, the Guardian reports.... More »

Snowden's Dad: Edward May Never Return Home

As he arrives in Russia in hope of visiting his fugitive son

(Newser) - With Edward Snowden's lawyer in tow, dad Lon Snowden arrived in Russia early today in the hope of seeing his fugitive son. "I am his father, I love my son, and I certainly hope I will have an opportunity to see my son," he told Reuters , though... More »

Snowden Gets Asylum, Leaves Airport

He can now stay in Russia for one year

(Newser) - Edward Snowden has finally left the Moscow airport he's been calling home for more than a month now, after getting papers granting him temporary asylum in Russia. "I have just handed over to him papers from the Russian Immigration Service," Snowden's lawyer, Anatoly Kucherena, told Russian... More »

New Idea: Boycott Russian Olympics Over Snowden

Lindsey Graham offers punishment idea should Moscow offer leaker asylum

(Newser) - Because nothing will show those Russians who's boss like allowing them to win more medals by taking some of the most successful Olympic competitors out of the running, Sen. Lindsey Graham is proposing the US boycott Russia's 2014 Winter Olympics if the country agrees to give Edward Snowden... More »

Snowden Seeks Asylum in Russia: Report

At least for now, he says in meeting with Human Rights Watch

(Newser) - Edward Snowden will seek political asylum in Russia, at least temporarily, he told human rights groups in a meeting today at Sheremetyevo International Airport. The news comes via New York Times reporter Ellen Barry , who cites a Human Rights Watch researcher at the meeting. Snowden say he's fine with... More »

Venezuela, Nicaragua Say Snowden Is Welcome

Latin American nations willing to offer asylum

(Newser) - He wasn't on that plane to Bolivia , but Edward Snowden may yet end up in Latin America. Venezuela and Nicaragua said yesterday they'd be willing to grant asylum to the NSA leaker, reports the BBC . Nicaragua's Daniel Ortega was a little less expansive, saying his country would... More »

John McAfee Nabbed in Guatemala

Software pioneer to be expelled to Belize: officials

(Newser) - OK, this time it's for real: Software designer John McAfee illegally entered Guatemala hoping for political asylum—instead he's been arrested by Guatemalan police, who plan to send him back to Belize. He should be back in Belize this morning, a Guatemalan government spokesman says. But McAfee's... More »

Assange to US: End the Witch Hunt

WikiLeaks founder makes first public appearance in months

(Newser) - Julian Assange popped his head out of the Ecuadorean Embassy in London today, making his first public appearance in two months and calling on President Obama and the United States to "do the right thing" and "renounce its witch hunt against WikiLeaks." Speaking from the balcony of... More »

Ecuador Denies It OKed Asylum for Assange

Officials say it's a go, but President Rafael Correa disavows report

(Newser) - Julian Assange's weeks in the Ecuadorian embassy in London may have worked out for him. Ecuador President Rafael Correa has decided to grant the WikiLeaks founder asylum, at least according to officials who spoke with the Guardian yesterday. They say he was offered asylum months ago, and that Ecuador... More »

Assange's Mom in Ecuador to Fight for Son

Christine Assange warns of death penalty or 'torture' in US

(Newser) - Julian Assange has a new representative in Ecuador: his own mother. Christine Assange is in Quito to seek asylum for her son, who is currently in the country's London embassy , and she's set to meet with officials today, CNN reports. Extradition to the US could mean the death... More »

Sudan Runner Seeks Asylum

British right has made asylum an issue

(Newser) - An Olympic runner from Sudan has requested asylum at a London police station, an official tells the New York Times . The athlete's name hasn't been released, but the list of suspects isn't long; the war-torn East African nation only sent six athletes to the games. The case... More »

Assange: I 'Almost Certainly' Won't Turn Myself In

Cops want him out of Ecuadorian embassy this morning

(Newser) - Police have ordered Julian Assange to turn himself in this morning, in what police say is the first step toward extraditing him to Sweden, but he says that's highly unlikely, the Independent reports. "Our advice is that asylum law both internationally and domestically takes precedence over extradition law,... More »

Julian Assange Requests Asylum in Ecuador

WikiLeaks founder is now in that nation's embassy in London

(Newser) - WikiLeaks chief Julian Assange has taken refuge in Ecuador's embassy in London and is seeking political asylum in the South American nation. Foreign Minister Ricardo Patino says Ecuador is weighing the request. The move comes less than a week after Britain's Supreme Court ruled that Assange must be... More »

Blind Chinese Dissident Escapes to US Embassy

Chen Guangcheng had been under house arrest for opposing Chinese policies

(Newser) - A famed blind Chinese dissident has managed to escape his house arrest and post a video detailing the abuses he's suffered and calling on Premier Wen Jiabao to protect his family. Chen Guangcheng, a self-taught lawyer, has long been in custody for opposing China's forced abortion and sterilization... More »

Famed China Police Chief May Be Seeking US Asylum

Wang Lijun has dropped from sight amid rumors

(Newser) - The former top cop of a major Chinese city has dropped from sight amid unconfirmed reports he is seeking US asylum following a quarrel with one of China's most powerful local politicians. Wang Lijun, a crusading lawman who made his name busting crime gangs and inspired a drama on... More »

Where in the World Is Gadhafi?

Plus, expert outlines his most likely options as endgame plays out

(Newser) - For a guy who loved being the center of a spectacle, Moammar Gadhafi is noticeably missing in action as his regime crumbles. The Libyan strongman hasn't been in the public arena since June, notes Reuters, which outlines the two most likely options: One, that he's fled Tripoli, either... More »

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