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Legalization trumps border security in poll

Washington, Feb 18 (EFE).- More Americans every day believe that resolving the immigration status of the undocumented is more important than strengthening border security. The change of mentality has undoubtedly been influenced by the campaigning of pro-immigrant organizations, Salvador G. Sarmiento, national campaign coordinator for legislative affairs at the National Day Laborers Organizing Network, told Efe.

Photo goes viral of 'lost' Syria refugee child

A photo of a four-year-old Syrian refugee has gone viral on social media after claims he was wandering the desert in search of his family when he was really just metres behind them. Several media retweeted the picture posted Sunday by UN refugee official Andrew Harper, saying the boy had crossed the desert on his own after being separated from his family and then been reunited with them. The picture showed the boy, named Marwan, clutching a plastic bag in his hand as UN workers came to help him.

China to provide more baby safe havens

China will provide safe havens for parents to abandon unwanted children across most of the country, despite debate on whether they could see more babies dumped, state media reported. The country has set up 25 so-called baby hatches in 10 provinces and major cities since June 2011, the official Xinhua news agency said Sunday. More will be built in another 18 regions, it added, citing the China Centre for Children's Welfare and Adoption (CCCWA). The havens usually have an incubator, a delayed alarm device, an air conditioner and a baby bed, the report said.

Sri Lanka arrests New Zealand-bound boat people

Sri Lanka's police arrested 75 would-be asylum seekers on Wednesday, including nine women and six children, who were trying to leave for New Zealand illegally by boat, police said. The group was arrested in the southern coastal town of Moragolla, the first large-scale arrest of nationals in months after Australia, long a favourite destination for Sri Lanka's refugees, tightened its borders. "These people were trying to leave illegally for New Zealand," a police statement said, adding that they would be taken before a magistrate later Wednesday.

New York to begin public hearings on IDs for undocumented immigrants

New York, Feb 11 (EFE).- The New York City Council's Committee on Immigration will hold public hearings on Mayor Bill de Blasio's proposal to provide municipal identity cards for undocumented foreigners. "During this process there will be audiences so that the community can speak about the need for that document. I have great faith in what we're going to learn in that process and what we'll gain by it," committee chair Carlos Menchaca told Efe.

New York to begin public hearings on IDs for undocumented immigrants

New York, Feb 11 (EFE).- The New York City Council's Committee on Immigration will hold public hearings on Mayor Bill de Blasio's proposal to provide municipal identity cards for undocumented foreigners. "During this process there will be audiences so that the community can speak about the need for that document. I have great faith in what we're going to learn in that process and what we'll gain by it," committee chair Carlos Menchaca told Efe.

Gen X and Y may be too confident about house, kids and retirement: BMO

TORONTO - Take off the rose-coloured glasses, Generation X and Generation Y. That's the message from the Bank of Montreal Wealth Institute, which says young adults and teens may be overly confident about facing life's major financial milestones. According to a 13-page report issued Friday, the bank says 68 per cent of those recently surveyed in these age groups believe they'll be able to buy a house at some point.

Top China filmmaker pays $1.2 million fine over children

China's best-known film director Zhang Yimou has paid 7.5 million yuan ($1.2 million) for violating the one-child policy, officials said Friday, closing a case that had attracted widespread attention. Following months of rumours that he had fathered up to seven children with different women, Zhang admitted in December he has two sons and a daughter with his current wife, Chen Ting, all from before they were married. He also has a daughter with a previous wife.

Thousands of India's disabled protest to demand equal rights

Thousands of disabled people protested in the Indian capital on Monday, demanding parliament pass long-awaited legislation that gives them equal rights including to education and employment. Thousands with intellectual or physical impairments gathered to support the bill drafted for the country's 40-90 million disabled people, who have long been among the most excluded and stigmatised in society.

Singapore PM urges more babies in Year of the Horse

Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Thursday urged young couples to get off to a "galloping start" in the Year of the Horse by having more babies to boost flagging birth rates. In his Lunar New Year message, Lee said the wealthy city-state needed "enough children to form the next generation" amid concerns over the influx of immigrants. "Unfortunately, despite our efforts to promote marriage and parenthood, our birth rates are still too low," Lee, a father of four, said.
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