EU attempts to resolve refugee quota dispute

The European Union interior ministers are due to hold an emergency meeting, aiming to bridge a deep rift over Europe’s worst refugee crisis since World War II. The meeting comes on Tuesday, a day after Hungary gave its army and police sweeping new powers to keep refugees out, as the[…]

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Palestinian pianist from Yarmouk joins migrant tide

Three years of siege, famine and bombing of his Damascus refugee camp didn’t kill celebrated Palestinian musician Aeham al-Ahmad, but something died inside him the day militants burnt his beloved piano in front of his eyes. It was then that Ahmad, whose music had brought consolation, even a bit of[…]

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Assad blames West for refugee crisis

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has blamed Europe’s refugee crisis on Western support for “terrorists”, as people fleeing his country’s civil war stream towards the European Union. In his first public comments on the mass migration, broadcast on Wednesday, Assad said Europe could expect more refugees. Countries including the United States,[…]

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Impact of war manifested in refugee crisis: Zuma

The impact of war and poverty in the world is manifesting itself in the refugee crisis in Europe, President Jacob Zuma said. “The world has witnesses the horrific and deadly journeys by African and Middle Eastern immigrants across the Mediterranean in search of a better life in Europe,” Zuma said[…]

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Hungary holding refugees in closely guarded camps

Thousands of refugees arriving in Hungary have been taken to closely guarded camps surrounded by chain link fencing, barbed wire and patrolled with police dogs. Hungarian police said on Thursday that 3,300 refugees were taken to camps on Wednesday for initial processing after crossing the Serbian-Hungarian border. The AP news[…]

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Silence from Muslims leaders on refugee crisis: CMRM

As South Africans watch in horror and despair the humanitarian crisis unfolding in Europe, the Claremont Main Road Mosque (CMRM) has strongly criticised the lack of action from global Muslim leaders. In a statement, the CMRM expressed solidarity with refugees fleeing the tyranny of the Syrian regime, the brutality of[…]

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Young girl takes on Merkel

OPINION by Geoffrey Aronson – Refugees are by definition unlucky. They have been uprooted from homes and families, suffering the horror and tragedies that befall those tossed like flotsam atop the waves of history. They have lost what much of the Arab world as a whole risks losing as a[…]

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Merkel reduces Palestinian refugee to tears

Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel has been criticised for reducing a teenage Palestinian refugee to tears after responding to a question on immigration. The video that went viral on Twitter and YouTube on Thursday shows the German leader comforting the girl after telling her that the country could not take in[…]

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