World Bulletin/News Desk
Dozens of asylum seekers have defied an order restricting their freedom of movement and marched 500 km through Germany to protest against what they say is inhumane treatment by the authorities.
The marchers, from Africa, Asia and Latin America, danced across Berlin's city limits on Friday carrying signs calling for better living conditions and an end to deportations.
"How long we stay in Berlin depends on how long it takes for our demands to be met," said Ashkan Khorasani, a 23-year-old who fled Iran two years ago to escape political persecution.
Khorasani, whose own application for political asylum was recently approved, said protesters had slept in tents or stayed with sympathisers along their journey, which began in Wuerzburg in northern Bavaria and led them through eastern Germany.
A bus also set off from Wuerzburg and picked up other asylum seekers based in refugee camps in western Germany before heading for Berlin, Khorasani said.
A refugee from Benin named Salaman told Reuters he was participating in the march to protest against injustices he had endured in the camps. "The situation in the camps makes people sick. We are young and talented people, but we are excluded from society - we have no prospects in life."
Germany provides support for 130,000 refugees. In July, its Constitutional Court told lawmakers to modernise archaic rules dictating how much money asylum seekers should receive, noting the amount had not changed in 19 years and was still denominated in defunct German marks.
The government has not made the required changes.
Around 150 supporters accompanied the 50-odd refugees, Khorasani said. The march started on Sept. 18.
Mohan Bhagwat of the right-wing Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh, which is also the ideological wing of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's party, said India was a "Hindu nation"
Ban visited Cuba earlier this year and said he had been trying to advocate for an opening with Cuba to authorities in Washington over the issue.
Muhammad Ali is in hospital with 'mild' pneumonia and is expected to be released soon, says his spokesperson
A police force arrested five Israel settlers – of which four were minors – for planning to attack Palestinians in Jerusalem, Israeli radio quoted police sources as saying
Gunman kills himself after fatally shooting two New York City police officers as they sat in their marked police car
Al-Sisi has appointed Gen. Khaled Fawzi, head of the National Security Agency, as the acting intelligence chief
Croatian foreign minister warns prosecution of war crime suspects in Serbia is a benchmark test toward the European Union
Polls opened as Tunisians head to cast their ballots to elect the country's next president in a runoff vote that pits interim President Moncef Marzouki against Beji Caid Essebsi of Nidaa Tounes party. www.aa.com.tr/en
Kenya says the U.S. had no moral standing to lecture it on justice reminding the presence of the U.S.-run detention camp in Cuba's Guantanamo Bay.
Morsi called for the prosecution of former Interim President Adly Mansour, accusing him of "usurping" Egypt's presidency last year
Turkmen in Tel Afar are fleeing into Mosul due to the clashes while Iraqi Kurdish fighters flashed victory signs as they swept across the northern side of Sinjar mountain
King Abdullah's visit to Bahrain comes only one week after he paid a visit to Saudi Arabia where he met with King Abdullah bin Abdel-Aziz
Government plans to bring undocumented immigrants back
After more than a month hiding in jungle, Christian refugees to have asylum claims processed
Israel's safety comes first, Netanyahu said during a Hannuka candle lighting ceremony at the Western Wall in Jerusalem
The fishing boat capsized after colliding with the Panamanian-flagged ship al-Safat after the container vessel had passed through the Suez Canal on its way to Saudi Arabia.