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As Europe’s Refugee Crisis Deepens, What’s London’s Response?

As Europe’s Refugee Crisis Deepens, What’s London’s Response?

News, UK, World
The refugee crisis is spiraling out of control across Europe but Britain is still not feeling the pressure. In September thousands of activists marched through central London to let refugees know that they’re welcome in the UK. As a result, prime minister David Cameron agreed to accept up to 20,000 asylum-seekers over the next five years but as the crisis keeps getting worse, what more can be done? Words: Mariya Savova, Subeditor: Corey Armishaw This year marked the fourth anniversary of the start of the Syrian armed conflict. What began as massive anti-government protests in March 2011 soon escalated into a bloody civil war, causing the death of more than 250,000 Syrian men, women and children, with the death toll rising every day. The war forced millions to flee their homes and seek

Londoner Shaker Aamer Released From Guantanamo Bay

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Shaker Aamer, the last British detainee held in Guantanamo Bay, has been released after almost 14 years in detention. UK Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond made a statement on Friday declaring Aamer had left the base and would be back in the UK "later today" and is expected to return to his Battersea home. Words: Daisy Greenaway, Subeditors: Mariya Savova and Isabella Ellis  Aamer, a Saudi national with permission to indefinitely live in the UK, had been held in military since 2002 - despite never being officially charged with a crime and was never put on trial. The 48-year-old was first detained in Afghanistan in 2001, following the 9/11 attacks. Authorities alleged he led a unit of Taliban fighters and was an "associate" of Osama Bin Laden, however Aamer claimed that he was in the cou
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