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World voices solidarity with Spain after terror attack

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‘TERRORIST ATTACK.’ Policemen stand together on the Rambla boulevard after a van ploughed into the crowd, killing at least 13 people and injuring around 100 others on the Rambla in Barcelona on August 17, 2017. Photo by Josep Lago/AFP

Spanish and world leaders condemn the Barcelona van attack, expressing outrage and solidarity with the victims

BARCELONA, Spain (Aug. 18, 2017) — Spanish and world leaders on Thursday, August 17, condemned the Barcelona van attack, expressing outrage and solidarity with the victims. Continue reading World voices solidarity with Spain after terror attack

One dead as 6.3-magnitude earthquake rocks Greek islands

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SHAKEN. Rubble is strewn along a street in the village Plomari on the Greek island of Lesbos on June 12, 2017, following an earthquake. Stringer/AFP

The tremor, felt as far as Athens and Izmir in Turkey, damaged at least 3 churches and shops in south Lesbos, local owners say, while rock slides blocked some roads

ATHENS, Greece (Jun. 13, 2017) — A woman died and 10 people were hurt on Monday, June 12, when a 6.3-magnitude earthquake struck the Greek islands of Lesbos and Chios and the Aegean coast of western Turkey, officials said. Continue reading One dead as 6.3-magnitude earthquake rocks Greek islands

US-backed forces launch assault on Syrian ISIS ‘capital’

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RAQA OPERATION. Jihan Sheikh Ahmed (C), a spokeswoman for the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), holds a press conference in the town of Ain Issa on November 6, 2016, to announce that the US-backed alliance has begun an operation to capture the Islamic State group’s de facto Syrian capital Raqa. Photo by Delil Souleiman/AFP

The operation to liberate Raqa, dubbed ‘Wrath of the Euphrates,’ involves some 30,000 fighters

AIN ISSA, Syria (Nov. 7, 2016) — US-backed Kurdish-Arab forces launched an offensive Sunday, November 6, on the Islamic State (ISIS) group’s de facto Syrian capital Raqa, upping pressure on the jihadists who are already battling Iraqi troops in Mosul.  Continue reading US-backed forces launch assault on Syrian ISIS ‘capital’

10 countries host half world’s refugees – Amnesty

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ESCAPE. In this file photo, Syrian refugees carry their belongings as they wait to enter Jordanian side of the Hadalat border crossing, a military zone east of the capital Amman, after arriving from Syria on May 4, 2016. Khalil Mazraawi/AFP

Countries immediately neighboring crisis zones – led by Jordan, Turkey, and Pakistan – bear the brunt of the global refugee problem

LONDON, United Kingdom (Oct. 4, 2016) —  Ten countries accounting for 2.5% of world GDP are hosting more than half the world’s refugees, Amnesty International said Tuesday, October 4, as it slammed what it called the selfishness of wealthy nations.  Continue reading 10 countries host half world’s refugees – Amnesty

48 wounded in eastern Turkey car bombing

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Turkish officials blame the attack on the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), which is listed as a terror group by Turkey and much of the international community

ISTANBUL, Turkey (Sept. 12, 2016) — A car bomb exploded on Monday, September 12, outside the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) headquarters in the eastern Turkish city of Van, wounding 48 people including two police officers, the local governor’s office said.  Continue reading 48 wounded in eastern Turkey car bombing

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

What’s at stake in the World Humanitarian Summit for PH

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DISASTER RESPONSE. The Philippine delegation participates at the first World Humanitarian Summit. Photo from DRRNET Philippines

As one of the biggest recipients of humanitarian aid during disasters, the Philippines acknowledges its crucial role in the summit and pushes for localized response

MANILA, Philippines (May 25, 2016) — What is the country’s stake at the first World Humanitarian Summit? Continue reading What’s at stake in the World Humanitarian Summit for PH

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.

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

UN slams migrant ‘detention facilities’ in Greece

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REFUGEE CRISIS. A migrant woman cleans the area around her tent at the Greek-Macedonian border, in Idomeni, Greece, March 21, 2016. Photo by Armando Babani/EPA
The UN refugee agency also suspends some activities in the Greek islands, where thousands of migrants have been arriving

GENEVA, Switzerland (Mar. 23, 2016) — The UN refugee agency on Tuesday, March 22, harshly criticized an EU-Turkey deal on curbing the influx of migrants to Greece, saying reception centers had Continue reading UN slams migrant ‘detention facilities’ in Greece

Migrants keep landing in Greece despite EU-Turkey deal

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People sit in a camp near the Greek-Macedonian border on March 21, 2016. Louisa Gouliamaki/AFP
Greek authorities scramble to implement complex new rules

ATHENS, Greece (Mar. 22, 2016) — More than 1,600 migrants have landed in Greece since a landmark EU-Turkey deal on curbing the influx took effect, officials said Monday, March 21, as Greek authorities scramble to implement complex new rules.

Continue reading Migrants keep landing in Greece despite EU-Turkey deal