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United States ready to give asylum to alleged Libya rape victim

WASHINGTON — The United States is prepared to welcome a Libyan woman who accused soldiers loyal to Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi of raping her as long as she goes through the normal refugee process, a senior US official said Tuesday. The woman, Iman al-Obeidi, is currently at the emergency transit…

Czechs deny using penis tests for gay asylum seekers

The Czech Republic is no longer using penis blood pressure tests to determine if asylum seekers are gay, the Czech Interior Ministry said Wednesday. The EU’s leading human rights agency first criticized the Czech government last year for using “phallometric tests.” The test gauges the subject’s level of sexual arousal…

Dozens feared dead after refugee boat capsizes off Australia

SYDNEY — Dozens of asylum seekers, including children, were feared dead after a boat sank in violent seas off Australia’s Christmas Island, in what witnesses described as a “major tragedy”. Witness Phillip Stewart said on Wednesday he saw people drowning and others smashed against floating debris after their boat broke…

Palestinian with hostages at Turkish Embassy in Tel Aviv

Israeli officials: Palestinian holding hostages at Turkish Embassy after gunfire A Palestinian took hostages in the Turkish Embassy in Tel Aviv Tuesday after shots were fired outside, Israeli police and a Foreign Ministry official said, in an incident that appeared to have only an indirect link to recent tensions between…

US backs Brazil asylum offer for Iran woman facing stoning

WASHINGTON — The United States urged Iran Monday to accept an asylum offer from Brazil for a Iranian woman sentenced to death by stoning for adultery. “If Brazil is willing to accept… this woman, we would hope that Iran would consider that as a humanitarian gesture,” State Department spokesman Philip…

Gay failed asylum seekers win deportation appeal

LONDON — Two gay failed asylum seekers in Britain who said they faced persecution over their sexuality if they were sent home won their Supreme Court appeals against their deportation on Wednesday. The men, identified only as “J” from Iran and “T” from Cameroon, had been refused asylum on the…

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