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Turned away by 2 countries, rescued refugees end their odyssey in Spain

Turned away by 2 countries, rescued refugees end their odyssey in SpainMore than 600 refugees who set out from Libya to reach Europe were turned away by Italy, in a sudden change of heart about accepting refugees, and denied entry to Malta. At last, Spain agreed to take them — but the politics of immigration in the European Union are only growing more complicated and fraught.



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US attacks Moscow over suspected Syria chemical attack: 'Pictures of dead children mean nothing to countries like Russia'

US attacks Moscow over suspected Syria chemical attack: 'Pictures of dead children mean nothing to countries like Russia'The US has launched a scathing attack on Russia’s role in propping up the Syrian government of Bashar al-Assad with the country’s ambassador to the United Nations saying Washington “will respond” to a suspected chemical attack in Syria, regardless of whether the UN acts or not. As Russia claimed first there was no evidence of a chemical attack in the Damascus suburb of Douma and then said the US had helped anti-Syria militants “stage” the incident which killed potentially dozens, the UN ambassador Nikki Haley, said the US was ready to act alone if necessary.



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U.S., European Countries Bash Russia As Spy Poisoning Spat Intensifies

U.S., European Countries Bash Russia As Spy Poisoning Spat IntensifiesThe governments of the United States, Britain, France and Germany released a



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These Surprising Countries Now Have the Most Powerful Passport in the World

These Surprising Countries Now Have the Most Powerful Passport in the WorldEuropean countries no longer top the charts



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U.S. to resume refugee admissions from 11 'high-risk' countries

U.S. to resume refugee admissions from 11 'high-risk' countriesBy Yeganeh Torbati WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States will resume admissions for refugees from 11 countries identified as presenting a high security risk, but with extra vetting for these mostly Middle Eastern and African nations, senior U.S. officials said on Monday. The changes came after a 90-day review of refugee admissions from Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Libya, Mali, North Korea, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Syria and Yemen by the State Department, Department of Homeland Security and intelligence agencies. The new rules are the latest changes to the U.S. refugee program made by the administration of President Donald Trump to address what it sees as national security issues.



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Trump Slams Protections For Immigrants From 'Shithole' Countries

Trump Slams Protections For Immigrants From 'Shithole' CountriesIn an Oval Office meeting with lawmakers on Thursday, President Donald Trump described Haiti and African nations as “shithole” countries and slammed the idea of restoring protections for immigrants from those regions.



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China shuts down Marriott website for a week after hotel chain listed Tibet and Hong Kong as countries

China shuts down Marriott website for a week after hotel chain listed Tibet and Hong Kong as countriesChina has shut down Marriott’s local website and mobile phone app after the hotel chain listed Hong Kong and Tibet as countries in an online survey. Despite a series of apologies and a bizarre clarification that it does not support 'separatism' Marriott has become the latest international company to be punished by Beijing for apparently disrespecting China’s sovereignty. In a move which is clearly intended to target bookings of the US hotel giant, authorities in Shanghai on Thursday ordered Marriott to close its website and “conduct a thorough check on all contents”. Visitors to the website currently see a message which says: “We never support any separatist organisation that harms China's sovereignty and territorial integrity. "We apologise profoundly for any behaviour that will cause misunderstanding about the above stance." Marriott sparked anger on the Chinese Internet when it sent out a questionnaire in Chinese which asked members of its customer rewards programme to list their country of residence. The options included Tibet, Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan. Hong Kong and Macau, which were former British and Portuguese colonies respectively, are ruled as Special Administrative Regions (SAR) by the Beijing central government. A deliveryman walks away from the entrance of a JW Marriott hotel in Beijing Credit: AP China considers Taiwan to be a breakaway province and not a ‘country’, while Tibet is ruled by Beijing as an autonomous region. Marriott incensed Chinese Internet users further when the official Twitter account of Marriott Rewards ‘liked’ a tweet from "Friends of Tibet", an India-based group that supports Tibetan independence and congratulated the hotel chain for listing Tibet as a country. Marriott has been frantically seeking to limit the fall out from the gaffe, amid reports that many Chinese have been cancelling their bookings with the hotel chain.  The company has made three online apologies this week, and president and chief executive Arne Sorenson issued a lengthy apology letter, which described the "like" as "careless". “Marriott International respects and supports the sovereignty and territorial integrity of China. Unfortunately, twice this week, we had incidents that suggested the opposite," said Mr Sorenson.  Last year, South Korean companies were hit heavily by Chinese economic retaliation over Seoul’s deployment of a US missile shield system. Additional reporting by Christine Wei



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US revamps travel warning system, ranks countries

US revamps travel warning system, ranks countriesThe United States unveiled a way to warn its citizens about the dangers of foreign travel Wednesday, with a four-point safety ranking system for countries and an interactive world map. Ten war zones and failed states are ranked Level Four, “Do Not Travel”: Afghanistan, Central African Republic, Iran, Iraq, Libya, Mali, Somalia, South Sudan, Syria and Yemen. North Korea is also Level Four, with the additional restriction that US law prohibits American travelers from using their passports there, effectively banning visits.



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Marriott apologizes after listing Taiwan, Tibet as countries

Marriott apologizes after listing Taiwan, Tibet as countriesBEIJING (AP) — The Marriot hotel chain apologized Thursday to China's government for referring to Tibet and self-ruled Taiwan as countries in a customer survey that news reports said Chinese police investigated as a possible crime.



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Marriott apologizes after listing Taiwan, Tibet as countries

Marriott apologizes after listing Taiwan, Tibet as countriesBEIJING (AP) — The Marriot hotel chain apologized Thursday to China's government for referring to Tibet and self-ruled Taiwan as countries in a customer survey that news reports said Chinese police investigated as a possible crime.



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