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Airbnb lends escaping Afghan’s a helping hand by giving them a home

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Refugees escaping Afghanistan now have a place to come home to thanks to Airbnb’s new offer in response to the humanitarian crisis

Airbnb to help refugees looking for a new home

Online accommodation platform Airbnb will temporarily house 20,000 Afghan refugees globally free of charge.

The offer comes as the organisation works to help the majority who find themselves displaced after fleeing the war torn country, resettle around the world. 

Brian Chesky says his company felt a responsibility to step up to one of the biggest humanitarian crises of time.

“As tens of thousands of Afghan refugees resettle around the world, where they stay will be the first chapter in their new lives,” Chesky says.

“For these 20,000 refugees, my hope is that the Airbnb community will provide them with not only a safe place to rest and start over, but also a warm welcome home.”

The offer starts immediately and Airbnb is working with non-governmental organisations “on the ground” to help with the most pressing needs.

Helping others out is nothing new for Airbnb

Today’s announcement follows ongoing efforts by the company to help support those largely impacted by the humanitarian crisis. 

The accommodation platform gave emergency funding and support to the International Rescue Committee (IRC), HIAS and Church World Service to provide temporary relief for up to a thousand arriving refugees.

Already, 165 refugees find themselves in safe accommodation services shortly after touching down in the United States last week. 

David Miliband, President and CEO of the International Rescue Committee, says accessible housing is urgently needed and essential in helping those who have fled Afghanistan resettle. 

“We are grateful to our partners at Airbnb.org and Airbnb for providing safe and welcoming places for individuals and families as they arrive in the United States and begin rebuilding their lives,” Miliband says. 

How much will this cost Airbnb?

Airbnb has not revealed how much the company plans to spend, or how long refugees will be housed for.

It follows a humanitarian crisis unfolding in Afghanistan, where thousands of people are seeking to flee the nation from the Taliban’s takeover before the August 31 deadline.

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Pink-coloured pigeon rescued in New York

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Pigeons come in a whole range of colours, but it seems pink isn’t one of them

That’s exactly what happened in New York though, where a bright-coloured bird was rescued.

Wildlife groups believe the pigeon was dyed as part of a gender reveal ceremony.

The feathery friend was suffering from malnutrition when it was found in Madison Square Park.

In a statement, the Wild Bird Fund says they should never be dyed because of risks like starvation and even death.

It went on to say the “poor bird has it bad enough unable to find food in the wild, fly well or escape predators.”

“But being a bright, unusual colour makes him even more of a target.”

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Iranian couple jailed for online dancing video

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An Iranian couple have been given jail sentences totalling 10 years after posting a video online.

 
The two individuals, both in their 20s, were charged for supposedly promoting corruption, prostitution and propaganda.

Authorities have been cracking down on public disobedience.

It follows the death of a woman who was detained by the country’s infamous morality police.

Mahsa Amini died in police custody in September last year, arrested for violating the rule requiring women to cover their hair with a hijab, or headscarf.

Anti-government protests swept across the country after the incident.

The two individuals in the dancing video were reportedly detained after posting the clip to their social media accounts – which have a combined following of more than two million people.

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Donald Trump claims deposition as “biggest witch hunt”

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Donald Trump has described the investigation into his company as the “biggest witch hunt” in the history of the United States during a formal deposition.

In September 2022, the New York Attorney General Letitia James, announced she would be looking into the Trump organisation’s business practices.

James alleges the former president “falsely inflated his net worth by billions of dollars to unjustly enrich himself and cheat the system”.

The lawsuit also takes aim at some of Trump’s children, and executives of his business.

During the deposition tape, Trump can be seen reading a lengthy statement.

During this, the former president asserts his constitutional right to not answer questions, while accusing James of investigating him out of political spite.

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