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Trump announces controversial asylum deal with Guatemala

Washington - President Donald Trump announced Friday that a "landmark" asylum agreement has been reached with Guatemala, as the United States ratchets up pressure on its southern neighbors to stem the flow of migrants towards its border.

White House moves to block asylum for migrants crossing Mexico

Washington - The Trump administration moved Monday to declare ineligible for asylum most migrants who cross the US southern border after passing through Mexico.

White House moves to block asylum for migrants crossing Mexico

Washington - The Trump administration moved Monday to block most migrants who cross the US southern border after passing through Mexico from seeking asylum.

Migrants dropped at US bus stations as Border Patrol shelters overflow

San Bernardino - The three white vans bearing the Border Patrol logo slowly make their way into a back alley next to the Greyhound bus station in the city of San Bernardino, east of Los Angeles.

Wife of Chinese ex-Interpol boss granted asylum in France: lawyer

Lyon - The wife and children of former Interpol chief Meng Hongwei, who vanished while visiting China in September last year, have been granted political asylum in France, the family's lawyer told AFP on Monday.

Italy judges must examine asylum claims properly, top court rules

Rome - Italy's highest court ruled Friday that judges considering asylum requests must use their investigative powers to determine the risks in the claimant's country of origin rather than relying on "stereotypes", Italian media reported.

Reprieve for church asylum family after Dutch parliament deal

Den Haag - A Dutch church said Wednesday it would finally halt a marathon three-month-long religious service aimed at stopping the deportation of an Armenian family after a parliamentary deal was struck that will allow them to stay.

Thailand signals more tolerant refugee policy after Saudi case

Bangkok - Thailand's immigration chief vowed Wednesday not to force refugees to return home "involuntarily", after a Saudi woman's desperate plea for resettlement drew global attention to a country that does not recognise asylum seekers.

Dutch dash asylum family's Christmas miracle hopes

Den Haag - A Dutch church said Friday it would run round-the-clock religious services to stop the deportation of an Armenian family, after the Netherlands refused them special asylum just days before Christmas.

Trump appeals asylum ban to Supreme Court

Washington - President Donald Trump's administration asked the Supreme Court Tuesday to allow him to enforce a ban on granting asylum to illegal immigrants, after suffering two lower court setbacks.

Ex-Peru president ensnared in bribe scandal leaves embassy refuge

- Alan Garcia, a former president of Peru embroiled in a corruption scandal, left the embassy of Uruguay in Lima on Monday after his request for political asylum was rejected, officials said.

Dutch church prays 24/7 to shield Armenian family from deportation

Den Haag - A Dutch church has resorted to the power of prayer to stop the deportation of an Armenian family sheltering there, holding round-the-clock religious services for more than a month to keep police at bay, officials said Friday.

Mexico will hold US-bound refugees while claims processed: Trump

Washington - Asylum seekers hoping to enter the US via its southern border will have to wait in Mexico while they are assessed, President Donald Trump announced Saturday, appearing to confirm a report about a bilateral deal published by The Washington Post.

'Missing' Armenian children found after Dutch deportation drama

Den Haag - Two Armenian children who disappeared to avoid deportation have been found, police in the Netherlands said Saturday, shortly after the justice ministry announced they would be allowed to stay, the latest twist in a drama that has gripped the country.

France offers asylum to 80 Aquarius migrants

Paris - France will grant asylum to around 80 refugees from the Aquarius rescue vessel which was at the centre of a bitter European dispute over migration last month, the country's asylum office said Tuesday.

'Vulnerable' Afghans should be part of EU relocation plan: Greece

Atenas - Greece and refugee agencies on Tuesday called for the European Union to include "vulnerable" Afghans and unaccompanied minors in the EU's relocation programme.

Spike in asylum seekers illegally entering Canada

Montr - The number of asylum seekers illegally entering Canada from the United States increased by more than six times in July and August compared to previous months, official data showed Tuesday.

Montreal houses asylum seekers in stadium as cases surge

Montr - A recent surge in the number of asylum seekers arriving in Canada, most of them Haitians, forced authorities to scramble for emergency accommodations Wednesday, including housing people at the Olympic Stadium in Montreal."This is a major crisis...

Anxiety mounts as Italy moves to get more migrants out

Rome - Behind the high fences of the repatriation centre at Ponte Galeria, just down the road from Rome's Fiumicino airport, dozens of women sit outside, waiting for word on whether they will have to leave Italy.

Turkey denounces German move to accept asylum requests

Istanbul - Turkey on Thursday condemned Germany for granting political asylum to numerous military personnel and their families with alleged links to last year's failed coup, saying the move risked harming relations.

Germany grants asylum to Turkish military personnel: reports

Berlin - Germany has granted political asylum to numerous Turkish military personnel and their families holding diplomatic passports, German media reported Monday, amid strained relations between the two NATO allies.

Controversial Russian artist Pavlensky 'wins asylum in France'

Paris - Russian artist Pyotr Pavlensky, who once memorably nailed his scrotum to Red Square to denounce state power, has won political asylum in France, his lawyer told AFP on Thursday.

Controversial Russian artist Pavlensky wins asylum in France: lawyer

Paris - Russian artist Pyotr Pavlensky, who once memorably nailed his scrotum to Red Square to denounce state power, has won political asylum in France, his lawyer told AFP on Thursday.

Scores of Turks with official passports seek asylum in Germany

Berlin - More than 250 Turkish diplomats, government employees and their family members have filed for political asylum in Germany, Berlin said Monday, amid a bitter row between the two NATO allies.

136 Turks with diplomatic status sought asylum in Germany: ministry

Berlin - More than 130 Turkish diplomats, soldiers and their family members have sought refuge in Germany since last July's failed coup, according to German government data in documents seen by AFP on Friday.

Suicides among Afghan teens in Sweden after tougher asylum rules

Stockholm - A wave of suicides among teenage Afghan migrants in Sweden after it introduced stricter asylum rules has sparked concern among refugee workers and volunteers, they said Wednesday.

Suicides among Afghan teens in Sweden after tougher asylum rules

Stockholm - A wave of suicides among teenage Afghan migrants in Sweden after it introduced stricter asylum rules has sparked concern among refugee workers and volunteers, they said Wednesday.

Suicides among Afghan teens in Sweden after tougher asylum rules

Stockholm - A wave of suicides among teenage Afghan migrants in Sweden after it introduced stricter asylum rules has sparked concern among refugee workers and volunteers, they said Wednesday.

Fleeing Chechens stranded at door to EU

Brest - On a snowy day a commuter train leaves the Belarusian border city of Brest as usual for the town of Terespol in EU member Poland just a few kilometres away.

Review: Bedlam and Beyond exhibition in London Special

London - Bedlam asylum was the first asylum for people with mental health issues, with its origins in the thirteenth century. The history of the asylum, on show at the Wellcome Collection in London, charts the history of social attitudes.
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Foundation stone for the workhouse (1871) that became the cinema museum
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Grishay, and her three children. The ex-porn star is seeking E.U. asylum
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Bethlem Royal Hospital, also known as St Mary Bethlehem, Bethlehem Hospital and Bedlam, is a psychiatric hospital in London. A 2016 exhibition at the Wellcome Center charts the history of the institution.

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