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May 13, 1994 | DOYLE McMANUS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The United Nations' top refugee official met with President Clinton on Thursday and appealed to him to allow more Haitian refugees to remain in the United States. U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees Sadako Ogata said the Clinton Administration's estimate that only 5% of the refugees are likely to qualify for political asylum is far too low. She urged the United States to give at least temporary refuge to all Haitians who seek it.
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January 16, 2011 | By Ellen Olivier, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Just before the Ludus Athletics models began parading down the runway at the Montage Hotel in Beverly Hills, Vincent Cochetel, North America's representative to the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, suggested people imagine an area the size of California under five to eight feet of water for two and a half months. That is the scope, Cochetel said, of last summer's disastrous Pakistan floods, which affected an estimated 20 million people. With Pakistan hosting 1.7 million refugees, primarily from Afghanistan, the U.S. association for UNHCR paired up with Ludus Athletics to raise awareness and funds for these refugees.
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January 16, 2011 | By Ellen Olivier, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Just before the Ludus Athletics models began parading down the runway at the Montage Hotel in Beverly Hills, Vincent Cochetel, North America's representative to the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, suggested people imagine an area the size of California under five to eight feet of water for two and a half months. That is the scope, Cochetel said, of last summer's disastrous Pakistan floods, which affected an estimated 20 million people. With Pakistan hosting 1.7 million refugees, primarily from Afghanistan, the U.S. association for UNHCR paired up with Ludus Athletics to raise awareness and funds for these refugees.
NEWS
May 13, 1994 | DOYLE McMANUS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The United Nations' top refugee official met with President Clinton on Thursday and appealed to him to allow more Haitian refugees to remain in the United States. U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees Sadako Ogata said the Clinton Administration's estimate that only 5% of the refugees are likely to qualify for political asylum is far too low. She urged the United States to give at least temporary refuge to all Haitians who seek it.
SPORTS
March 5, 1991 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Fifteen Ethiopian junior soccer players disappeared from their hotel a few hours before they were to fly home from a tournament and asked Egypt for political asylum, government sources in Ismailiya, Egypt, said. The sources said the Foreign Ministry rejected the request. But they said the players will not be forced to return home and were referred to the Cairo office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.
WORLD
July 16, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan cleared the head of the U.N. refugee agency of sexual harassment charges in a letter to the agency's staff in Geneva. Ruud Lubbers had been under investigation over a complaint filed by a veteran American female staffer at the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees' Geneva headquarters. He strongly denied any wrongdoing.
NEWS
May 10, 1987 | From Reuters
The number of people fleeing Vietnam in boats is rising, with the exodus more than doubling between February and March, a relief official said here Friday. A spokesman for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees said the March total of 2,531 "boat people" was the highest since June, 1986, when 2,767 landed in Southeast Asian countries. In February, 1,117 Vietnamese fled their country.
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July 31, 1989 | Claudia Puig, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
Philadelphia Orchestra music director Riccardo Muti has been named an honorary ambassador by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, the orchestra reported. The formal announcement was made Saturday in Salzburg, Austria, by U.N. High Commissioner Jean-Pierre Hocke. Muti, who is also music director of Teatro alla Scala in Milan, Italy, immediately announced benefit concerts to be held in 1990 in Milan and in 1991 at the Academy of Music in Philadelphia.
WORLD
August 20, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
Israel said it would no longer allow refugees from Sudan's Darfur region to stay after they sneak across the border from Egypt. The number of African migrants entering Israel, including those from Darfur, has soared to as many as 50 a day, apparently as word of job opportunities has spread, according to the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. Overnight, Israel returned 48 Africans to Egypt.
WORLD
August 7, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
Pakistan told 105,000 Afghan refugees sheltering in its lawless tribal areas near Afghanistan that it would shut their camps because the region had become too dangerous. Hundreds of people have died in clashes between security forces and Al Qaeda-linked militants in the Waziristan tribal region in the last two years.
SPORTS
October 19, 1986
Four Iranian weightlifters who defected during the Asian Games in South Korea arrived in Oslo Saturday, the Norwegian Foreign Ministry announced. "We have been informed that they want political asylum in Norway," said Per Paust, the ministry's official spokesman. Paust said South Korean authorities, via the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, asked in advance whether Norway was willing to receive the four Iranians. The Iranians took refuge in the Iraqi mission in Seoul Oct. 2.
NEWS
October 27, 1989 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
U.N. Secretary General Javier Perez de Cuellar accepted Jean-Pierre Hocke's resignation as high commissioner for refugees amid allegations of financial impropriety, mismanagement and favoritism to Western donor nations. The 51-year-old Swiss national had held the post since 1986. Denmark had called for an investigation of Hocke's use of Danish refugee funds for first-class air travel at a time when his agency is struggling with a $40-million budget shortfall.
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