This is the first story in a three-part series about alleged corruption in refugee resettlement. DADAAB, Kenya — Hamdi Abdullahi stands outside the United Nations compound in this dusty, sprawling camp — home to more than 200,000 Somali refugees — and throws stones at its barbed wire fence and heavy gates. Though the U.N.'s refugee agency, UNHCR, is known everywhere as the chief protector and spokesmanfor most of the globe's 25 million refugees, Abdullahi shouts as she hurls the stones, accusing the agency of stealing her children. She has been protesting outside the compound off and on for years. The Somali refugee's four children are now 8,000 miles away in Minnesota, with her former husband and his new wife. She last saw them in 2014. They were among the less than 1 percent of refugees in the entire world chosen to be resettled in a new country and given a chance to start their lives again. Abdullahi said that while her family's need to resettle was genuine, she … [Read more...] about Desperate refugees say some U.N. workers demand bribes to resettle them
A roundup of news from major airports Chris McGinnis Published 1:57 pm PST, Wednesday, March 6, 2019 Will three airports replace this scrapped $13 billion mega-airport for Mexico City? Will three airports replace this scrapped $13 billion mega-airport for Mexico City? Photo: Foster & Partners Photo: Foster & Partners Image 1 of / 8 Caption Close Image 1 of 8 Will three airports replace this scrapped $13 billion mega-airport for Mexico City? Will three airports replace this scrapped $13 billion mega-airport for Mexico City? Photo: Foster & Partners Airports: Clear, Seattle, DFW, Miami, O’Hare, Hong Kong, Mexico City 1 / 8 Back to Gallery TravelSkills on SFGate is … [Read more...] about Airports: Clear, Seattle, DFW, Miami, O’Hare, Hong Kong, Mexico City
Breaking News Emails Get breaking news alerts and special reports. The news and stories that matter, delivered weekday mornings. SUBSCRIBE Jan. 10, 2019, 2:39 PM GMT By Robert Frank, Scott Zamost, Hannah Kliot and Jasmine Wu, CNBC Last spring, Leonardo Galvez got an offer from JetSmarter that seemed too good to pass up. The private-jet start-up was offering Galvez its top-of-the-line "sophisticated membership," which included unlimited, free private-jet flights and the chance to bring a guest. The membership usually cost $50,000 a year, but JetSmarter told Galvez that if he acted now, he could get three years for $97,500, which he accepted. Weeks later, Galvez was stunned when he tried to book a JetSmarter flight. Rather than flying for free as promised, he was told he would have to pay 75 percent of the cost of his flights. The guest pass and other benefits also disappeared, he said. "My heart dropped," Galvez said. "My membership meant nothing anymore. It was the easiest … [Read more...] about JetSmarter tried to be the Uber of private jets. Now it faces lawsuits, losses and security questions.