Political refugees

Thoralf Hintze, left, member of the board of the German fourth division soccer club Babelsberg 03, and Liza Pflaum, spokeswomen of the 'Seebruecke' (Pier) sea rescue organistion pose for the photographers after a press conference in Potsdam near Berlin, Germany, Thursday, Aug. 1, 2019. Babelsberg 03 provides its current season team jersey to the international 'Seebruecke' movement. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)
August 01, 2019 - 11:12 am
BERLIN (AP) — German soccer club Babelsberg is mixing sport with politics again. The fourth-tier club is forgoing a main jersey sponsor for the coming season to carry the logo of Seebrücke (Sea-bridge), a group campaigning for safe routes for refugees to reach Europe. Babelsberg, which previously...
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July 21, 2019 - 5:10 am
GWANGJU, South Korea (AP) — Refugee swimmer Yusra Mardini knows what she's talking about when it comes to family separation for asylum seekers, having fled her native Syria four years ago. Mardini empathizes with families currently separated along the U.S. southern border. "This is the most...
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In this Wednesday, April 24, 2019 photo, Hiba from Iraq prepares for a training session of Hestia FC Women's Refugee Soccer team in Athens. Many of the players at Hestia FC weren't allowed to play or even watch soccer matches in their home countries. Hestia FC was set up by the Olympic Truce Centre, a non-government organization created in 2000 by the International Olympic Committee and Greek Foreign Ministry. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)
July 09, 2019 - 8:34 am
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Many of the players at Hestia FC weren't allowed to play — or even watch — soccer matches in their home countries. In Greece, they make up the country's first women's refugee team and hail from 14 countries including Syria, Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, Eritrea and Ethiopia. At a...
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Refugee soccer player Hakeem Al-Araibi, right, arrives in Melbourne, Australia, Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019, flanked by former Australia national team captain Craig Foster. Al-Araibi returned to Australia after the threat of extradition to Bahrain was lifted and three months after he was detained in Thailand. (David Crosling/AAP Image via AP)
February 11, 2019 - 10:52 pm
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — A refugee soccer player thanked Australians on his return home Tuesday hours after the threat of extradition to Bahrain was lifted and three months after he was detained in Thailand. Hundreds of supporters carrying welcome signs and singing "You'll Never Walk Alone" were...
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Former Australian national team captain Craig Foster walks after a briefing on the illegal detention of refugee football player Hakeem al-Araibi at the FIFA headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland, on Monday, Jan. 28, 2019. Foster is carrying some 50'000 petition signatures and supporting documents that demand his immediate release. Al-Araibi has been detained in a Bangkok detention centre for two months, facing imminent extradition to Bahrain. (Ennio Leanza/Keystone via AP)
January 28, 2019 - 11:01 am
ZURICH (AP) — Soccer activists campaigning for the release of a Bahraini refugee player detained in Thailand say his plight has become an emergency. Former Australia captain Craig Foster said Monday at FIFA headquarters that Bahrain had formally submitted an extradition request to Thailand for the...
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In this Nov. 20, 2018 photo, Ethiopian paralympic athletes Megersa Bati, left, and Tamiru Kefeyalew Demisse, holding the silver medal he won in the 1,500 meters race at the 2016 Paralympics, pose for a photo in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)
December 07, 2018 - 11:06 am
SAO PAULO (AP) — Tamiru Kefeyalew's life changed for the worse when he won Ethiopia's only medal of the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Paralympics. For the last two years he has lived as a refugee in Brazil, first in a camp, then a church, then a shelter for the homeless. He now sleeps on a mattress on the...
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Prince Ali Bin Al–Hussein of Jordan, centre, answers a question from the Associated Press during the launch of the Association Football Development Programme Global (AFDP Global) London, Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2018. Former FIFA presidential candidate Prince Ali is taking his charity project worldwide to build on its work of bringing soccer to Syrian refugees in Jordan. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)
October 09, 2018 - 11:42 am
GENEVA (AP) — Former FIFA presidential candidate Prince Ali is taking his charity project worldwide to build on its work of bringing soccer to Syrian refugees in Jordan. The prince detailed plans Tuesday for the Association Football Development Program Global to fund projects, donate equipment and...
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April 11, 2018 - 10:00 pm
DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — A Myanmar Cabinet minister on Wednesday visited a sprawling refugee camp in Bangladesh for Rohingya Muslims, who described the violence that forced them to flee Myanmar and presented a list of demands for their repatriation. Social Welfare Minister Win Myat Aye met with...
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April 02, 2018 - 10:36 am
BANGKOK (AP) — Malaysian authorities said Monday that they have stepped up patrols to intercept a boat thought to be carrying dozens of people from Myanmar's beleaguered Rohingya Muslim minority seeking refuge in the country. Meanwhile, an expert on the plight of the Rohingya said the sighting of...
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In this photo taken in Friday, March 23, 2018, Farooq, who declined to give his last name looks at his phone as he waits outside a medial surgery in London. To track down refugees in Britain who may have broken immigration rules, the government is controversially turning to the doctors who treat them for information, although data sharing could make migrants nervous about getting medical attention. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)
April 01, 2018 - 4:49 am
LONDON (AP) — To track down people in Britain who may have broken immigration rules, the government is turning to a new and controversial source of information: doctors. In letters made public last month, politicians sparred with immigration officials over a data-sharing agreement quietly signed in...
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