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Spain in crisis after police violence in Catalan vote

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IN PROTEST. People shout slogans as they wave Catalan pro-independence ‘Estelada’ flags during a protest in Barcelona on October 2, 2017 a day after hundreds were injured in a police crackdown during Catalonia’s banned independence referendum. Pierre-Philippe Marcou/AFP

Spain comes under international pressure to resolve a spiraling crisis with its Catalan region after a banned independence referendum was marred by shocking scenes of police violence

MADRID, Spain (Oct. 3, 2017) — Spain came under international pressure Monday, October 2, to resolve a spiraling crisis with its Catalan region after a banned independence referendum was marred by shocking scenes of police violence. Continue reading Spain in crisis after police violence in Catalan vote

Defiant Merkel defends refugee stance after attacks

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel gestures during a press conference in Berlin on July 28, 2016. Tobias Schwarz/AFP

Merkel tells reporters that the assailants ‘wanted to undermine our sense of community, our openness and our willingness to help people in need’

BERLIN, Germany (July 29, 2016) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Thursday, July 28, rebuffed calls to reverse her welcoming stance toward refugees in the wake of a series of brutal attacks in the country.  Continue reading Defiant Merkel defends refugee stance after attacks

WHO to better respond to emergencies

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Margaret Chan, General Director of the World Health Organization, WHO, during a special session on Ebola of the Executive Board, at the headquarters of the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva, Switzerland, Sunday, January 25, 2015. Salvatore di Nolfi/EPA

The World Health Organization develops a program to better cope with disease outbreaks and health emergencies

GENEVA, Switzerland (May 26, 2016) — Member states of the World Health Organization have agreed a long-awaited reform of the agency so that it responds more quickly and effectively to emergency situations. Continue reading WHO to better respond to emergencies

2,000 migrants moved from Greek border camp

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Refugees and migrants wait to be tranferred by buses to reception centers during an evacuation operation of a makeshift migrant camp at the border at the Greek-Macedonian border near the village of Idomeni, on May 24, 2016. Yannis Kolesidis/Pool/AFP

The transfer launches a major operation to clear up the squalid tent city where thousands fleeing war and poverty have lived for months

IDOMENI, Greece (May 25, 2016) — Greek police on Tuesday, May 24, transferred some two thousand migrants out of the overcrowded camp of Idomeni, launching a major operation to clear up the squalid tent city where thousands fleeing war and poverty have lived for months. Continue reading 2,000 migrants moved from Greek border camp

Air strikes on Syria displaced camp kill 28

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Syrian men ride a motorbike past damaged buildings in the rebel-held Bustan al-Qasr district in eastern Aleppo, on May 4, 2016. Karam al-Masri/AFP

As relieved civilians went out onto the streets after two weeks of heavy fighting in the divided city, others were attacked further west

ALEPPO, Syria (May 6, 2016) — Air strikes killed at least 28 civilians Thursday, May 5, in a camp for the displaced in northern Syria near the Turkish border as a 48-hour ceasefire took hold in Aleppo. Continue reading Air strikes on Syria displaced camp kill 28

A year on, Rohingya trapped in desperate limbo

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IN LIMBO. This picture taken on May 14, 2015 shows Rohingya migrants on a boat drifting in Thai waters off the southern island of Koh Lipe in the Andaman. Christophe Archambault/File/AFP

One year after struggling ashore during Southeast Asia’s human-trafficking crisis, hundreds of desperate Rohingya migrants remain in limbo, forgotten footnotes as record numbers worldwide flee violence and persecution

BAYEUN, Indonesia (May 3, 2016) — One year after struggling ashore during Southeast Asia’s human-trafficking crisis, Sonamia and hundreds of other desperate Rohingya migrants remain in limbo, forgotten footnotes as record numbers worldwide flee Continue reading A year on, Rohingya trapped in desperate limbo

Signing of global climate pact a victory for PH

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CLIMATE DEAL.In this file photo, Environment Secretary Ramon Paje delivers a statement at the COP21 UN climate change summit in Le Bourget, France, December 2015. Rappler file photo

Environment Secretary Ramon Paje will sign the Paris Agreement at the UN headquarters on behalf of the Philippines

MANILA, Philippines (Apr. 21, 2016) — The signing of the Paris Agreement on climate change this Friday, April 22, is a “victory” for the Philippines, Environment Secretary Ramon Paje said.

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Pope brings 12 Syrian refugees to Rome after visit to migrant hotspot

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HIS HOLINESS. Pope Francis arrives at the camp for refugees in Moria, Lesbos island, Greece, 16 April 2016, in a trip aimed at supporting refugees and drawing attention to the frontline of Europe’s migration crisis. Photo by Orestis Panagiotou / EPA
The pope tells reporters that his gesture is ‘a drop in the ocean’ but hopes that afterwards, ‘the ocean will never be the same again’

ROME, Italy (UPDATED) – Declaring “we are all migrants,” Pope Francis visited the Greek island of Lesbos on Saturday, April 16, with a message of hope for those seeking asylum in Europe, 12 of whom he took home with him to the Vatican.

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Huge manhunt after Brussels attacks horror

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BLOWN AWAY. Destroyed windows at the terminal building after explosions at Brussels Airport in Zaventem near Brussels, Belgium, March 22, 2016. Laurent Dubrule/EPA
The bombings will raise fresh questions about the continent’s ability to cope with the terror threat, and underscores doubts about how Belgium has allowed extremism to develop unchecked

BRUSSELS, Belgium (Mar. 23, 2016) — Belgium pressed a huge manhunt Wednesday, March 23, after Islamic State (ISIS) bombers attacked Brussels airport and a metro train, killing around 35 people Continue reading Huge manhunt after Brussels attacks horror

Australian FM defends refugee policy on Indonesia trip

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BISHOP IN JAKARTA. Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop (L), accompanied by Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi (R), talks to journalists during a joint press conference in Jakarta, Indonesia, March 21, 2016. Adi Weda/EPA
Julie Bishop: ‘Australia is sharing the burden and will be looking to other countries in our region to do similar’

JAKARTA, Indonesia (Mar. 21, 2016) — Australia’s foreign minister defended Canberra’s controversial refugee policy Monday, March 21, during a trip to the key transit nation Indonesia, after Jakarta pressed for more help for people waiting for resettlement.

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