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UN says to evacuate thousands of refugees from Libya in 2018

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Tripoli – The UN refugee agency is to evacuate thousands of vulnerable refugees from Libya next year, its country representative said on Tuesday. “In 2018, we will try to send between 5 000 and 10 000 of the most vulnerable refugees to third countries,” Roberto Mignone said. “We can’t give …

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Syrian family gets early Christmas gift

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For four of Prince George’s newest residents, the weekend snowfall was a welcome sight. A family of Syrian refugees – Orwa Gharzaldin, Souher Alshoufi and their two children Tala and Farah – arrived at Prince George Airport on Friday. The family had been living in Beirut, Lebanon, for three years …

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America rescued her from Haiti. Now Trump wants to send her back.

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Atlanta (CNN) Every Tuesday, Dady Jean brings her daughter to see a physical therapist on the eastern edges of Atlanta. On this afternoon, the animated movie “Up” entertains patients old and young as they wait for their sessions. At the appointed hour, therapist Antonio Pruitt leads Schnaika to a basement …

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Illegal border crossings from U.S. continued to decline in November

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OTTAWA — A decision by the Trump administration to yank protected status for thousands of Haitians doesn’t appear to have prompted a new surge of asylum seekers at the Canada-U.S. border. Data published Tuesday by the federal government show the RCMP stopped 1,623 people in November, down from 1,890 in …

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Local charities find donations are down this Christmas

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Where is Winnipeg’s Christmas spirit? Local charities operating holiday campaigns to help the hungry are finding their donation stockings emptier so far this season. Winnipeg Harvest and the Salvation Army are reporting large drops in donations, the Christmas Cheer Board says it is running a bit behind but it is …

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Dog-friendly office has paws-itive effect on Cheer Board

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The rules are imposed on a tattered calendar hanging behind my desk in the Winnipeg Free Press newsroom: one dog per day, two days a week, with a nominal donation to the Miracle on Mountain campaign. Endearing dog names such as Spirit, Precious and Dash, and a few refined ones …

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Group steps up to give women in need a helping hand(bag)

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When original organizer of a charity that gives handbags filled with personal items to women in need couldn’t do it this year, Sharon Evans stepped up. “I just said this can’t not be done this year and can we fill in for you for the year,” she said. She gathered …

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Syrian Santa Will Change The Way You View The Refugee Crisis

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It wasn’t long before Christmas in Amman, Jordan. I’d just overheard a stranger talking about a Muslim, Syrian refugee working as a Santa Claus actor in a mall on the outskirts of town. Using some creepy internet magic, I identified the mall and got in contact with him. He invited …