Two Refugees, Both on Poland’s Border. But Worlds Apart.

A young man fleeing war in Sudan and a young woman evacuating Ukraine crossed into Poland at the same time. They had very different experiences.

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At the Polish Border, Tens of Thousands of Ukrainian Refugees

They have been warmly welcomed in a country whose border guards last year beat back mostly Afghan and Middle Eastern migrants with batons.

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E.U. Proposes Changes That Would Chip Away at Borderless Model

The plan would institutionalize internal border controls to respond to emergencies, suspending some protections for asylum seekers.

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Defector Helps Build Case Against Belarus Over Ryanair Flight It Forced Down

A former air traffic controller has been telling Polish investigators what he knows about the diversion of the plane carrying a Belarus dissident in May.

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Pope Exploring a 2nd Meeting With Russian Orthodox Church

Speaking after his trip to Cyprus and Greece, Francis also said he had no choice but to accept the resignation of the archbishop of Paris because of the harmful gossip surrounding him.

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New E.U. Measures Set to Restrict Asylum Rights at the Belarus Border

Poland, Latvia and Lithuania could take up to four months to process asylum requests at the border, which experts and humanitarian organizations said would only worsen their fate as winter sets in.

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They Twice Gave Up Everything to Flee Iraq. They Keep Getting Sent Back.

Bria Ali and her family have twice tried to make it to Germany, desperate for a better life. They are now back home with thousands of others who made it to Europe in recent months only to be deported.

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Iraqis Return From Belarus, but Some Say They Will Try Again to Reach the E.U.

“If I find a better and safe route, I will definitely try again,” said one of the more than 600 Iraqi migrants who came home on the government’s latest evacuation flights.

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Who Is Olaf Scholz, Germany’s Next Chancellor?

Germany’s next chancellor is something of an enigma. He comes to power with a dizzying array of challenges, raising questions about whether he can fill the very big shoes of his predecessor.

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Lithuania Welcomes Belarusians as It Rebuffs Middle Easterners

People fleeing repression in Belarus are processed quickly and given visas. Middle Eastern migrants passing through Belarus to the E.U. face a harsher fate.

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How Fake News on Facebook Helped Fuel a Border Crisis in Europe

Social media worsened a migrant crisis on the border of Belarus and Poland and helped smugglers profit off desperate people trying to reach Europe.

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Limping and Penniless, Iraqis Deported From Belarus Face Bleak Futures

Hundreds of desperate Iraqis are being sent home after becoming political pawns in Belarus’s quarrel with its European Union neighbors.

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U.S. Warns Allies of Possible Russian Incursion as Troops Amass Near Ukraine

Western intelligence officials are increasingly convinced that the Russian president wants to take control of a larger swath of territory.

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How Belarus Manufactured a Border Crisis

A political gamble by the nation’s desperate leader has become a diplomatic and humanitarian crisis.

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Belarus Clears Migrant Camp, Easing Border Standoff With Poland

Throngs of people, mainly from the Mideast, who had been living in freezing conditions on the border, have been moved to a giant warehouse. Their fate is uncertain.

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Risk for Leader of Belarus: Migrants He Lured May Want to Stay

President Aleksandr G. Lukashenko of Belarus, whom the E.U. accuses of engineering a migrant crisis on the border with Poland, could face a serious headache if asylum seekers try to stay in his country.

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