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Skittles Pic Trump Jr. Used Was Taken by Ex-Refugee

Ironic

(Newser) - Donald Trump Jr.'s tweet comparing Syrian refugees to Skittles didn't go over well with the public, the candymaker, and now, the UK photographer who took the photo he says Trump stole for his tweet, the BBC reports. David Kittos says he took the pic of the colorful... More »

Chinese Tourist Loses Wallet, Becomes Unwitting Refugee

He said Europe was not what he'd expected

(Newser) - A well-dressed tourist visiting Germany from China was robbed in Heidelberg, but he filled out the wrong set of paperwork in an attempt to report the crime. Known only as Mr. L and fluent only in Mandarin, he went to the town hall instead of the police station, signed an... More »

American Couple Helps 149 Iraqi Christians Escape ISIS

They flew 25 refugee families to Slovakia this month

(Newser) - Nearly 150 refugees from Iraq—including many children—got off a private jet in Slovakia on Dec. 10, ready to start a new life far from ISIS attacks, ABC News reports. The 25 families are Christians who fled their homes to escape persecution and violence. They were aided in their... More »

Edward Norton Raises $390K for Refugee Whose Story Moved Us

Family is headed to Michigan from Turkey

(Newser) - Lots of people are moved by the stories featured on Humans of New York —but not all of us are actor Edward Norton, who helped raise nearly $390,000 as of this writing for a Syrian refugee family headed to Troy, Mich., from Turkey, Michigan Live reports. Norton says... More »

Camerawoman Who Tripped Refugee: I'll Sue Him

And Facebook, too, after her criminal trial

(Newser) - If you don't remember Petra Laszlo by name, you probably remember the viral footage of her tripping a Syrian refugee carrying his young son in his arms. Well, you're about to hear Laszlo's name a lot more. Once her criminal trial for breaching the peace wraps up,... More »

Kickstarter Will Help You Help Refugees

Crowdfunding site teams up with White House

(Newser) - Kickstarter is crowdfunding for Syria, at the request of the White House, which asked if the crowdfunding website could find ways for the US public to help Syrian refugees, the Guardian reports. The result: this special Kickstarter page launched Tuesday, through which people can donate money that will go to... More »

Syria's Top Google Searches Tell Sad Story

The desperation is apparent

(Newser) - The horrors of the Syrian conflict show up in an odd place: Google, where the top searches out of war-torn nation over the past two weeks are heartbreaking, reports Al-Jazeera —and show how desperately people want to flee the country.
  • The two most popular searches: "immigration to Germany"
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Happy Ending for Refugee Tripped by Camerawoman

Spain offers him a job

(Newser) - A happy ending for the Syrian refugee who was filmed being tripped by a camerawoman in Hungary: Osama Abdul Mohsen is now in Spain, and he's been offered a new job. Members of Spain's Cenafe national soccer coaching center heard that Abdul Mohsen had coached soccer in Syria,... More »

As Refugee Crisis Expands, Europe Plans National Quotas

Some 1.8K migrants have died this year in journey across Mediterranean

(Newser) - The Mediterranean region has been grappling with a huge influx of migrants traveling from the Libyan coast to Europe, and the effects have been devastating : So far, some 60,000 people have attempted the crossing this year, per the UN, and more than 1,800 have died, the BBC reports.... More »

Angelina Jolie: We Must Help Syria, Iraq Refugees

We're not doing nearly enough, actress writes

(Newser) - The suffering in the Middle East is the worst since Angelina Jolie first started visiting refugee camps in Iraq in 2007, she writes in a New York Times column today. She tells stories of "displaced Iraqis and Syrian refugees are desperately seeking shelter from the fighting that has convulsed... More »

200 Soccer Fans Seek Asylum in Brazil

1K more Ghanians expected to apply

(Newser) - Ghana's World Cup team went home without having won any of its three games in Brazil (though it did tie Germany), but a few hundred of its fans want to stay behind permanently. Brazilian authorities say 200 Ghanians who entered the country on tourist visas for the tournament have... More »

Iraq Loses Control of 2nd City

State Dept. calls ISIS 'threat to entire region'

(Newser) - Stability is deteriorating quickly in Iraq, where officials are confirming that Islamist militants have seized control of a second city, Saddam Hussein's hometown of Tikrit. Officials tell the AP that the provincial governor based in Tikrit is missing, while the New York Times notes that militants encountered precious little... More »

UN: Syria Is the New Rwanda

Refugee crisis worst since 1994

(Newser) - An average of 6,000 Syrians are fleeing their war-ravaged country every day, causing the world's worst refugee crisis since the Rwandan genocide, the United Nations warns. The UN's refugee chief says the outflow of refugees has escalated at "a frightening rate" since the beginning of this... More »

7 Cameroon Olympians Go AWOL

Suspected of seeking economic refuge in Europe

(Newser) - Seven Olympians from Cameroon, having been eliminated in their respective sports, have gone missing from the Olympic Village, and they're said to have " absconded " to take economic refuge in Europe. The first to go MIA was reserve soccer goalie Drusille Ngako, who wasn't selected for the... More »

130 Saved in Another Christmas Island Sinking

Tragedy marks 2nd capsizing in one week

(Newser) - For the second time in a week, a boat crowded with asylum seekers sank off Christmas Island—but this time, at least 130 of the estimated 150 on board have been rescued, the AP reports. In Thursday's capsizing , which happened in the same area—a popular destination for refugees... More »

Tunisia Furious After Libya Battle Crosses Border

But country is perfectly welcoming to Libyan refugees

(Newser) - Tunisia was not pleased today when a battle between Libya’s warring factions spilled across the border today, after Moammar Gadhafi’s forces attacked a rebel-held frontier crossing. The incursion was brief and limited, and Gadhafi’s forces even apologized locally, Reuters reports. But Tunisia’s foreign ministry still issued... More »

Aussie Asylum Seekers Sew Lips Together

It 'won't help their cases,' says minister

(Newser) - Ten asylum seekers in Australia have sewn their lips together to protest an excruciatingly long process to obtain refugee status. The men are refusing medical treatment, but are able to drink sugared water. Officials have warned that the action won't help their cases. "This is distressing for me and... More »

Gay Iraqis Fear for Their Lives

Human Rights Watch attempts to save persecuted gays from murder

(Newser) - Iraqi society is overwhelmingly  homophobic, but that prejudice took a back seat to more pressing issues while war was raging. Now, as Shia militias find themselves with time on their hands, they appear to have turned to a perceived internal problem, “to make society clean from bad things.”... More »

Don't Forget Iraqi Refugees: Brangelina

Stars visit with displaced people in Syria

(Newser) - Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt are in Syria, using their powers for good. The celebrity übercouple visited Iraqi refugees in Damascus today in an attempt to keep the lowest-profile victims of the war from falling off the radar, People reports. Jolie, a goodwill ambassador for the UN's refugee agency,... More »

French Roust Migrant 'Jungle'

Squatters' camp near Calais was home to hundreds of Afghans seeking asylum

(Newser) - French riot police stormed in today to clear an immigrant camp known as "the Jungle," the Guardian reports. The camp in woodlands outside Calais was home to hundreds of asylum seekers living in squalid conditions. Most were men and boys from Afghanistan seeking to cross to Britain on... More »

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