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‘Take them in now!’ 160,000 join pro-refugee protest in Barcelona

Tens of thousands marched through the streets of Barcelona on Saturday, demanding the Spanish government honor a 2015 pledge to take in more refugees. Many protesters in Spain’s second-largest city carried signs with the slogan “Enough excuses! Take them in now!” Police estimated the crowd at about 160,000, though protest organizers put the figure at more than 300,000. Organizer Ruben Wagensberg told …

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‘Welcome to Canada,’ Trudeau tells refugees

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau welcomed Canadian immigrants Saturday in a sunny Twitter message written in stark contrast to Donald Trump’s order temporarily banning all refugees and many Muslims from traveling to the United States. “To those fleeing persecution, terror & war, Canadians will welcome you, regardless of your faith. Diversity is our strength #WelcomeToCanada,” Trudeau posted on Twitter. Follow Justin …

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22 casualties including 10 children at least in massacre at the eastern countryside of Deir Ezzor

Deir Ezzor Province, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights: it rose to 22 at least including 10 children and 2 citizen women, the number of people who were documented by the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights so far as a result of a massacre carried out by unidentified warplanes on al-Hajna village near al-Busayrah town in the eastern countryside of …

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Lindsay Lohan to Donald Trump: ‘Come to Istanbul, Syria with me’

US actress Lindsay Lohan, who has been busy visiting refugee camps in Tukey, asked US President-elect Donald Trump on Twitter Sunday to join her on a trip to Syria and Turkey to see the plight of refugees first hand. [email protected] please let me help you. #theworldisbiggerthan5 come to Istanbul and Syria with me. You can see it first hand,” she …

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13,210 Syrian Refugees So Far in 2016; Up 675% from 2015

(CNSNews.com) – The Obama administration has resettled 13,210 Syrian refugees into the United States since the beginning of 2016 – an increase of 675 percent over the same 10-month period in 2015. Of those, 13,100 (99.1 percent) are Muslims – 12,966 Sunnis, 24 Shi’a, and 110 other Muslims – and 77 (0.5 percent) are Christians. Another 24 (0.18 percent) are …

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Russia rejects UN Syria chemical attacks probe

Russia on Thursday dismissed as “unconvincing” the findings of a UN-led investigation showing that Syrian forces had carried out three chemical attacks and said no sanctions should be imposed. “We believe that the proof is not there for any punitive action to be taken. It’s simply not there,” Russian Ambassador Vitaly Churkin told reporters following a closed-door Security Council meeting. …

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UNICEF slams airstrikes on school near Syria’s Idlib that killed 22 children

The dead from Wednesday’s airstrikes near a school complex in northwestern Syria included 22 children, the head of the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has said. UNICEF Director Alan Lane said Wednesday that six teachers also died in the attacks, while the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said that 35 people in total had died. “This is a tragedy. It is an …

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25 people found dead in Mediterranean migrant boat: MSF

The French aid group Doctors without Borders (MSF) said Wednesday that 25 migrants had been found dead aboard an inflatable dinghy in the southern Mediterranean. MSF said its chartered rescue ship, the Bourbon Argos, picked up 107 people aboard the boat 26 nautical miles off Libya on Tuesday. Its crew initially counted 11 corpses on the dinghy’s floor, which was …

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UN: 2016 the deadliest year for refugees fleeing conflict and poverty

This year has been the deadliest ever for migrants trying to cross the Mediterranean to Europe, with at least 3,800 people having drowned, the UN refugee agency said Wednesday. William Spindler, spokesman for UN refugee agency, announced the grim milestone on Twitter. More migrant deaths were reported off the Libyan shore on Wednesday, as the European Union’s border and coastguard agency …

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Syrians return to liberated Jarabulus to rebuild their lives

Freeing Syrian territory from Islamic State [Daesh] might have been the easy part. Now, Turkey must build something sustainable on the land it controls in the north of Syria, its troubled neighbour. Many of the Syrians heading back to Jarabulus – a town the Turkish army and Syrian rebels took from Daesh in August – were living in make-shift camps …

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