Images emerging Wednesday of a drowned 3-year-old Syrian boy whose body washed ashore face-down on a Turkish beach have rocked social media with the sad reality of the risks that hundreds of thousands of refugee families are taking just to find peace and liberty away from the nation's civil war and the rise of the Islamic State.
The 3-year-old Syrian boy, who was identified as Aylan Kurdi, was just one of 12 refugees aboard an overcrowded dinghy who drowned Wednesday in their quest to reach the Greek island of Kos from the Turkish resort town of Bodrum, according to the Turkish Anadolu news agency.
Among the others who perished at sea was Aylan's 5-year-old brother, Galip, who met a similar fate as he washed up on another Turkish beach. more >>
Republican presidential candidate Scott Walker said the border between the United States and Canada is a "legitimate issue," even though the northern border is not considered a major factor in illegal immigration.
Scott Walker's comments on the U.S.-Canada border come amid heated discussions on illegal immigration and the country's border with Mexico. The southern border has been a major issue among Republican presidential candidates, but there have not been any discussions yet about the northern border, according to BBC.
In an interview with an NBC News reporter during the "Meet the Press" program on Sunday, Walker responded to a question by saying the U.S.-Canada border is "a legitimate issue for us to look at." more >>
Austrian police detained three people believed to be involved in a human smuggling operation in which 71 migrants suffocated to death in a food truck abandoned along a highway.
On Friday, law enforcement officials confirmed that authorities have arrested three people in Austria and four in Hungary who are believed to be involved in human smuggling activities. The initial death toll of 50 was increased to 71 after they counted the decomposing bodies inside the food truck, according to Fox News.
The 71 dead migrants included eight women and four children, with the youngest around 1 or 2 years old, Burgenland police chief Hans Peter Doskozil said. The truck was found on Thursday parked on the safety lane of the main highway leading to Vienna. Authorities believe that the migrants may have already been dead by the time the food truck went past the Austrian border, RT reports. more >>
Donald Trump is not yet done wreaking havoc in the media industry as he has kicked Univision anchor Jorge Ramos out of a press conference in Dubuque, Iowa on Tuesday.
The Republican presidential candidate once again made headlines after a confrontation with Univision's Jorge Ramos during Tuesday's news conference. The television personality was kicked out of the conference after asking Donald Trump about his proposed immigration policy, according to an AP report published by the Business Insider.
Trump's immigration proposal aims to put an end to birthright citizenship in the United States. During the conference, Trump interrupted Ramos in the middle of a question and told the news anchor to sit down because he had not yet called on Ramos. The billionaire also told Ramos to "Go back to Univision." more >>
GOP presidential contender Lindsey Graham unloaded on Donald Trump Tuesday calling him "a complete idiot" when it comes to Middle East policies and that he appeals to Republicans who believe Obama is a Muslim.
"Twenty five percent of our party probably thinks Obama was born in Kenya, or at least wants to believe that," declared Graham.
"There is 25 percent of our party that wants him to be a Muslim because they hate him so much," continued Graham, "There is a dark side of politics that Mr. Trump is appealing to." If Trump is the nominee of the party, Republicans "will get killed" in the general election, he added. more >>
The government of Slovakia has said it will take in struggling migrants from Syria and other countries under a European Union scheme to share the burden of 40,000 new arrivals to the continent, but stipulated it will only be taking Christians, and not Muslims.
"We want to help Europe with the migration issue. We could take 800 Muslims but we don't have any mosques in Slovakia so how can Muslims be integrated if they are not going to like it here?" interior ministry spokesman Ivan Metik said, arguing that the policy is not discriminatory.
"We want to really help Europe with this migration wave, but … we are only a transit country and the people don't want to stay in Slovakia," he added. more >>