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Wife of Chinese ex-Interpol chief seeks asylum in France

LYON: The wife of the former Chinese Interpol chief being held in his home country on corruption charges has applied for asylum in France, media reports said on Friday. Grace Meng has remained in the French city of Lyon, the site of Interpol’s headquarters, since her husband Meng Hongwei disappeared — and was later revealed to have been arrested — while visiting China in September. She told Franceinfo radio and the Liberation newspaper that she fears for her life and that of their twin sons, despite being under French…

Trump signs immigration order on asylum

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump said on Friday he has signed an immigration proclamation, an order that would help effectively ban migrants who cross the US border with Mexico illegally from qualifying for asylum. The Trump administration unveiled new rules on Thursday to sharply limit migrant asylum claims by barring individuals who cross the US southern border illegally from seeking asylum. People have to come into the United States at points of entry, Trump said before leaving for Paris. The plan, which…

US to reconsider asylum for separated immigrant families

US President Donald Trump’s administration has agreed to reconsider the asylum claims of some 1,000 immigrant parents and children who were separated at the US border as part of a deal to settle lawsuits over his “zero-tolerance” immigration policy. The settlement, detailed in court documents late on Wednesday, represented a victory for rights groups that challenged Trump’s contentious family separation policy that was aimed at deterring illegal immigration. If approved by US District Judge Dana Sabraw in San Diego,…

Afghans need asylum, all should not bear blame for few crimes in Europe: UN

GENEVA: European countries must not rush to repatriate Afghan refugees to their increasingly insecure homeland or blame their community for isolated crimes such as recent deadly attacks in Germany and in France, the top UN refugee official said on Monday. Two Afghans have been detained in Germany on suspicion of killing a 22-year-old German man, the public prosecutor’s office said on Sunday. French police detained a man who wounded several people in a knife attack in central Paris on Sunday, police and judicial sources…

Missing Commonwealth Games athletes resurface, want asylum in Australia

SYDNEY: A number of African athletes who went missing from the Commonwealth Games last month have resurfaced seeking advice on gaining asylum in Australia, refugee advocates said Tuesday. More than a dozen were suspected of fleeing during the showpiece event on the Gold Coast. Among them were competitors from Rwanda, Uganda and Sierra Leone, while authorities have also been seeking to verify the whereabouts of eight athletes from conflict-hit Cameroon -- one third of the central African country's 24-strong team. The…

Trump’s revised travel ban dealt first court setback

WASHINGTON: A federal judge in Wisconsin dealt the first legal blow to President Donald Trump's revised travel ban on Friday, barring enforcement of the policy to deny U.S. entry to the wife and child of a Syrian refugee already granted asylum in the United States. The temporary restraining order, granted by U.S. District Judge William Conley in Madison, applies only to the family of the Syrian refugee, who brought the case anonymously to protect the identities of his wife and daughter, still living in the war-torn Syrian…