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  • US-backed Syrian rebel force launches battle for IS capital

    June 5, 2017 8:56 PM

    BEIRUT - An official for the non-aligned, U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces says its fighters have launched a battle to capture Raqqa, the de facto capital of the Islamic State group. SDF political official Rezan Hiddo says the official announcement of the battle will come "within hours." He says SDF fighters... more »
  • Spicer apologizes for 'insensitive' reference to Holocaust

    April 11, 2017 9:24 PM

    WASHINGTON - White House press secretary Sean Spicer is apologizing for making an "insensitive" reference to the Holocaust in earlier comments about Syrian President Bashar Assad's use of chemical weapons. Spicer says in an interview with CNN that he mistakenly used "an inappropriate, insensitive reference to the Holocaust." He says... more »
  • Activists: Coalition airstrike on boat kills 7 civilians

    April 8, 2017 1:27 PM

    BEIRUT - Syrian activists opposed to the Islamic State group say aircraft from the U.S.-led coalition have struck a boat carrying people fleeing fighting between the extremists and U.S.-backed fighters, killing at least seven civilians. Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently said a boat carrying about 40 people was hit as... more »
  • Catholic charities welcome Iraqi refugee family to Baton Rouge

    February 11, 2017 6:59 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Catholic Charities and volunteers from St. Aloysius Catholic Church were on hand Saturday afternoon to greet an Iraqi family of five as they arrived at the Baton Rouge airport. They join other family members CCDBR resettled last year. The family initially fled to Turkey after... more »
  • Homeland Security head: US will meet Syrian refugees goal

    June 30, 2016 1:10 PM

    WASHINGTON - Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson says he believes the government will meet its goal of resettling 10,000 Syrian refugees this year. Johnson tells the Senate Judiciary Committee that approximately 5,000 refugees have been approved for settlement, and an additional 5,000 to 6,000 have been conditionally approved, pending security... more »
  • South Carolina, New York State consider refugee registries

    March 19, 2016 3:19 PM

    COLUMBIA - While Republican front-runner Donald Trump continues to make waves nationally for his comments about banning Muslims from traveling to the country, conservative state senators in two states are proposing that all refugees register with the government. Registration bills are being proposed in both New York state and South... more »
  • Deal rescinds order preventing Syrian refugee resettlement

    January 4, 2016 2:28 PM

    ATLANTA - Georgia's governor has withdrawn an executive order trying to stop resettlement of Syrian refugees after the state's attorney general ruled he didn't have that authority. Gov. Nathan Deal rescinded the order Monday, five days after Attorney General Sam Olens issued an official opinion that the state could not... more »
  • Expert says 'almost impossible' for Texas refugee lawsuit to succeed

    December 3, 2015 2:26 PM

    AUSTIN, Texas - Texas is suing the U.S. government in an attempt to block six Syrian refugees from being resettled in Dallas this week. Here's what preceded the lawsuit and what it means: WHAT'S THE SIGNIFICANCE? Texas is the first state in the nation to ask a federal court to... more »
  • White House letter to Louisiana about Syrian refugees Play Video

    December 1, 2015 2:08 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The White House sent Governor Bobby Jindal a letter Monday offering specific information concerning refugees already resettled in the state. In the letter, Chief of Staff Denis McDonough writes the federal government would provide monthly reports about refugees resettled in Louisiana for the past year if... more »
  • Lawmaker suggests a camp to segregate Syrian refugees in US

    November 18, 2015 3:49 PM

    PROVIDENCE - A Republican state senator says Syrian refugees should be segregated in a camp if Rhode Island accepts them. WPRI-TV reports Sen. Elaine Morgan emailed a member of the public Tuesday and the message was inadvertently sent to lawmakers. Morgan joined other local Republicans in saying the Democratic governor... more »
  • Catholic Charities received death threats over refugee Play Video

    November 17, 2015 6:29 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Catholic Charities told WBRZ Tuesday the organization received threats, including death threats, over efforts to help resettle a Syrian refugee in the Baton Rouge area earlier this summer. Louisiana State Police and Catholic Charities discussed the threats during an impromptu news conference Tuesday evening. "A... more »
  • White House: Obama wants to admit more Syrian refugees

    September 10, 2015 1:52 PM

    WASHINGTON - The White House says President Barack Obama has told advisers he wants to let 10,000 Syrian refugees into the U.S. in the coming budget year. The U.S. has accepted only about 1,500 Syrians since civil war broke out more than four years ago. White House spokesman Josh Earnest... more »

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