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    US Plans World Summit on Refugee Crisis

    US Broadens Appeal for Refugee Assistancei
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    January 22, 2016 7:01 PM
    The U.S. is urging world powers and corporations to expand efforts to help those affected by the global refugee crisis. Secretary of State John Kerry outlined measures, including a 30-percent increase in financing for global humanitarian appeals, at the World Economic Forum, in Davos. VOA State Department correspondent Pam Dockins has the story.
    Pamela Dockins

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry called on the world's nations Friday to redouble their efforts to solve the crisis posed by unprecedented numbers of war refugees, help victims of other global crises and combat the rising threat of terrorism at a fundamental level.

    Addressing the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Kerry announced President Barack Obama will host a summit at the United Nations in New York later this year in response to the global refugee crisis. The goals include big increases in the number of nations answering U.N. humanitarian appeals and in those willing to help resettle families safely.

    “The private sector, civil society, and religious organizations will also be called on to help integrate refugees into host communities socially, academically, and through access to employment,” Kerry said.
     
    “I know we know how to do this in a way that protects the security of our countries."
     
    The United States has announced plans to admit 85,000 refugees by November and 100,000 next year.

    Corruption
     
    Kerry also focused on the problem of corruption in his address to government and corporate leaders from around the world. Corrupt practices, he said, have “grown at an alarming pace and threaten global growth.”

    Kerry Slams Corruption at Davos Forumi
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    January 22, 2016 3:07 PM
    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry focused on the problem of corruption in his address to government and corporate leaders from around the world in Davos, Switzerland, Jan. 22, 2016. Corrupt practices, he said, have “grown at an alarming pace and threaten global growth.”

    In Nigeria, for example, Kerry said that, on taking office last year, President Muhammadu Buhari “inherited a military that was underpaid, underfed and unable to protect the Nigerian people from Boko Haram.” Much of Nigeria’s military budget had been “finding its way into the pockets of generals,” the top U.S. diplomat said.
     
    Corruption in government is "a radicalizer," "a social danger" and "an opportunity destroyer," Kerry said. "It destroys faith in legitimate authority. And no one knows that better than violent extremist groups, who regularly use corruption as a recruitment tool."

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry takes a moment on Jan. 22, 2016, to enjoy the view of Davos, Switzerland, before delivering remarks to attendees at the World Economic Forum.
    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry takes a moment on Jan. 22, 2016, to enjoy the view of Davos, Switzerland, before delivering remarks to attendees at the World Economic Forum.

    Next stop: Saudi Arabia

    Friday's speech wrapped up two days of meetings for Kerry in Davis. Saudi Arabia is the next stop on his five-nation tour, then Laops, Cambodia and China.

    Before departing for Riyadh, the U.S. secretary is to meet with Omani Foreign Minister Yusuf bin Alawi bin Abdullah, to sign an agreement on science and technology cooperation.

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    by: PermReader
    January 23, 2016 8:00 AM
    The Islam world relations with the West can be described by a game in the bad-good investigator: the bad one send terrorists to the Western cities( for oil money ). The good one trys to get the Western investments and pours millions of immigrants,who build mosques and Sharia- law districts. This combination of fear and greed makes EU stateist bureaucrats Muslims ally.

    by: Haron from: Afghanistan
    January 22, 2016 12:21 PM
    now what the people or politicians think about outcome of such address. but, he was great and articulate in his address. I was watching this address through CNN International He was elaborately talked about Corruption, Insurgency activities and coalition 10,000 airstrikes on militants. but, I REALLY MISS Mr. President Obama after his retirement now it is cooperation time instead of useless & negative competitive.

    by: American Eskimo from: San Jose, USA
    January 22, 2016 11:44 AM
    Why is this out-flow of refugees created by USA's and NATO's wars, all of a sudden, a WORLD/GLOBAL problem? Unless the world only composes of USA and Europe. If the West has its wish, it will start wars in the East China Sea with the help of Japan, South Couth China Sea with the help of Vietnam and Philippines, and the Taiwan Sea with the help of DPP to create more refugees and deaths and destructions. Asia is TOO peaceful for the liking of the war industries. Wars, taxes and deaths are sure things in life.

    by: Marcus Aurelius II from: NJ USA
    January 22, 2016 9:50 AM
    This will become an issue in the presidential campaign. As I see it and I think most people see it, a government's primary function is to protect its own population, not to save the world. Charity if you can afford it is not an option at the risk of your own peoples' safety. Therefore Trump is right when he says that we need to control our borders and we need to halt the flow of Moslem refugees until we can figure out how to identify and exclude the threats from the rest. We also cannot accept a major demographic shift from import of a large number from cultures whose values are often highly alien to our own and those our nation was founded on. To ignore that would jeopardize what America is.
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    by: Jack
    January 22, 2016 10:45 AM
    Looking at Countries that are accepting refugees such as Germany and others, in vast numbers, merely because they are refugees is fraught with great risk. France has learn't this lesson and will regrettably continue to experience serious problems, although they don't speak French.? Ultimately allegiance to the host State is important, apart from education health and schooling at Government expense, not to mention housing.

    by: meanbill from: USA
    January 22, 2016 9:24 AM
    IF the US and NATO countries where really serious on stopping the displaced homeless refugee problem that's overwhelming Europe now, they'd stop invading Muslim countries, and stop participating in the conflicts they instigate in other countries, and stop supplying weapons and equipment to terrorists (in proxy wars) to overthrow leaders that aren't friendly to them? .. BUT? .. The US and NATO country leaders would never agree to that, would they?

    So untold millions of innocents will continue to suffer and die because of their stubbornness? .. and millions of innocent displaced homeless migrants will keep heading to Europe where it's safe from US and NATO invasions and instigated conflicts? .. With these US and NATO country leaders, it's an unsolvable problem, because they won't admit they're the ones that created it? .. It's incompetence at it's worst?

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