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U.S. says it repatriated a Guantanamo Bay detainee to Algeria

U.S. says it repatriated a Guantanamo Bay detainee to Algeria

THE United States has repatriated to Algeria a man who was held at Guantanamo Bay for nearly two decades after being accused of conspiring with al Qaeda, the Department of Defense said on Saturday. The department identified the man as Sufiyan Barhoumi, a native of Algeria, and said his detention at the U.S. military base was "no longer necessary." Barhoumi had arrived at Guantanamo Bay in 2002, the year the base's detention camp was set up following a U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan in pursuit of the al Qaeda network behind attacks that killed nearly 3,000 people in New York, the…
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‘Treated like slaves’, African and Asian migrant workers bear brunt of Lebanon crisis

‘Treated like slaves’, African and Asian migrant workers bear brunt of Lebanon crisis

ALAA KANAAN CHANTING their national anthem in the departure hall of Beirut airport, a group of migrant workers prepared to return home and close a chapter on their time in Lebanon which drove some to despair. The International Organization for Migration (IOM), which supports many domestic workers in Lebanon, says as many as 10,000 migrants have asked to be repatriated because their wages collapsed after the country plunged into a deep financial crisis a year ago. Many employers stopped paying salaries in dollars and some foreign workers said they were leaving with their wages unpaid. The numbers of those asking…
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Hundreds of Lebanon’s most vulnerable migrant maids flown home, many more wait

Hundreds of Lebanon’s most vulnerable migrant maids flown home, many more wait

BAN BARKAWI HUNDREDS of Lebanon's most vulnerable migrant maids have been repatriated with funds raised by local charities, but thousands more remain stuck and destitute due to a deep economic crisis and the COVID-19 pandemic, according to campaigners. Their top priority has been aiding women with health problems or young children and those who have lost jobs and accommodation during the crisis, which has worsened the plight of workers trapped in a system long compared to modern slavery. "They have medical issues, some of them have kids, some of them are pregnant, some of them face domestic violence and want…
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