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EU’s top court upholds right to deny visas to asylum seekers

EU’s top court upholds right to deny visas to asylum seekers

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Belgium not obliged to take Syrian family who claims to be facing inhumane treatment. EU member states are not obliged to give visas to those people intending to seek asylum in their country after the EU’s top court decided not to change the bloc’s refugee policy. The European Court of Justice ruled that Belgium was within its rights to refuse visas to a family of potential Syrian asylum seekers who said that they were at risk of torture and inhumane treatment. In the ruling, the court said that allowing third-country nationals to lodge applications for visas on this basis would de facto allow potential asylum seekers to apply for shelter at European embassies across the globe. This would “undermine the general structure of the [EU’s asylum] system”, according to the court. In an i
Four Russian warplanes buzz US Navy ship

Four Russian warplanes buzz US Navy ship

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A defense official was quoted in saying that "A Russian Su-24 flew within 200 yards of the USS Porter last week, flying at an altitude of just 300 feet and a speed in excess of 500 knots. The jet was armed." Two defense officials said that the Navy tried to contact the Russian aircraft by radio but there was no response. The U.S. vessel did not take any evasive action. Cap. Danny Hernandez, the spokesman for U.S. European Command, called Friday's incidents "unsafe and unprofessional" due to the speed and distance of the aircraft from the ship.   All four Russian planes were flying without their transponders on, the U.S. officials said. Transponders help identify an aircraft, and American officials say flying with the transponders off increased the risk of an accident or ...
UK Government reject petition to ban Trump from visiting Britain

UK Government reject petition to ban Trump from visiting Britain

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The British government has formally rejected a nationwide petition calling for US President Donald Trump's planned state visit to the UK to be cancelled. Nearly two million people signed the petition titled 'Prevent Donald Trump from making a State Visit to the United Kingdom' that was posted on Parliament's website last month. However, in a written statement released on Tuesday morning, the Foreign Office said it plans to give "the full courtesy of a State Visit" to the President.                   The full statement says: "HM Government believes the President of the United States should be extended the full courtesy of a State Visit. We look forward to welcoming President Trump once dates and arrangem...
What Do Europeans Really Think About Muslim Immigration?

What Do Europeans Really Think About Muslim Immigration?

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New research points to significant and widespread levels of public anxiety over immigration from mainly Muslim states. President Donald Trump’s executive order to ban citizens of seven Muslim-majority states from entering the US for 90 days, and temporarily freeze all refugee arrivals (including Syrians indefinitely), has been interpreted widely as an attempt to curtail the inward migration of Muslims, which Trump and his supporters argue pose a threat to national security. Trump’s policy has generated a backlash among some of Europe’s leaders. Angela Merkel’s spokesman said the chancellor had ‘explained’ the UN Refugee Convention to the president in a phone call discussing the order, while London Mayor Sadiq Khan argued that the invitation to the president for a state visit to Bri
Police under fire for racial profiling in Germany after telling refugees to stay away from Carnival

Police under fire for racial profiling in Germany after telling refugees to stay away from Carnival

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Law enforcement in North Rhine-Westphalia have come in for strong criticism after they sent a letter to refugee homes, telling them to keep refugees away from Karneval celebrations. In the incendiary letter, police told refugee home administrators that they should not organize trips for their residents to the Karneval celebrations, since these could lead to “undesired interactions” with the general public. Last year various groups last year had organized outings with refugees and Germans to introduce newcomers to the tradition. The letter further told refugee home workers to tell their residents to allow themselves to "undergo police searches without complaint.”   Police have confirmed the existence of the letter. Petra Jennen, an official from the central