Murder and abuse before deadly migrant crossing

Apr 24, 2015

Murder and abuse before deadly migrant crossing

Italian investigators are piecing together a picture of beatings and abuse that hundreds of Africans and Bangladeshis suffered before setting sail from Libya to Italy, only to drown late on Saturday in one of the worst migrant shipwrecks ever in the Mediterranean. Among the ...

Apr 23, 2015

Mexican girl wrongly sent to U.S. returns to celebration

A 14-year-old Mexican girl who was taken by authorities and sent screaming to live in the United States was returned home Wednesday after DNA tests showed she is not the daughter of the Houston woman who claimed her. The case of Alondra Luna Nunez ...

For migrants, Islamic State poses new threat

Apr 22, 2015

For migrants, Islamic State poses new threat

Tesfay Kidane’s troubles began with a simple request: He wanted to go to his brother’s wedding. Doing mandatory national service in the east African country of Eritrea, Kidane asked his commander for permission for a leave to attend the wedding. The request was denied, ...

Thai visa overstayer's son sues to stay in Japan

Apr 20, 2015

Thai visa overstayer's son sues to stay in Japan

A Thai visa overstayer’s son, who was born and raised in Japan and has never left the country, is seeking to rescind an expulsion order from immigration authorities, claiming Japan is his one and only home. “Japan is my home. I want to lead ...

Migrant deaths may shame EU over 'Fortress Europe' policy

| Apr 20, 2015

Migrant deaths may shame EU over 'Fortress Europe' policy

The outrage Europe’s leaders face over the deaths of hundreds of refugees trying to reach its shores may force a shift in a policy critics decry as letting people drown to deter others in desperate need. The moat that the Mediterranean forms between “Fortress ...

Apr 17, 2015

Connect the dots: U.S. city gets umlauts back on signs

Minnesota’s Great Umlaut Crisis is over: The city nicknamed “America’s Little Sweden” gets to keep them. At Gov. Mark Dayton’s order, road crews on Thursday restored the two small dots above the “o” in Lindstroem (LINDT’-stroom) on two highway signs on the edge of ...

Apr 17, 2015

Most refugees snubbing Australia's offer for Cambodia resettlement

Australia is struggling to convince refugees held in offshore detention to voluntarily resettle in Cambodia under a bi-lateral deal, a refugee advocate group said on Friday, despite the government insisting that the first transfers are imminent. Australia has been criticized at home and abroad ...

Apr 14, 2015

Japan eases resident status requirements for foreigners who manage firms

Japan has eased resident status requirements for foreigners who engage in the management of Japanese companies, based on revisions to the immigration control and refugee recognition law that took effect this month. Under the revised law, requirements for short-term resident status for foreigners who ...

Immigrant student achieves eight-school Ivy League clean sweep

Apr 8, 2015

Immigrant student achieves eight-school Ivy League clean sweep

Nigerian-born Elmont High School senior Harold Ekeh had a plan — he would apply to 13 colleges, including all eight Ivy League schools, figuring it would help his chances of getting into at least one great school. It worked. And then some. The teenager ...

More than 300 slave fishermen now safe on Indonesian island

Apr 5, 2015

More than 300 slave fishermen now safe on Indonesian island

The same trawlers that had enslaved countless migrant fishermen for years carried more than 300 of them to freedom Saturday, following a dramatic rescue from a remote Indonesian island that many men believed would likely be their final resting place. After 17 hours overnight ...