UN Denounces Calls for Refugee Curbs in Aftermath of Paris Attacks
The U.N. refugee agency is criticizing governments that are demanding refugee resettlement programs be curbed, after the discovery one of the Paris attackers slipped into Europe in the wave of Syrian migrants escaping the country's war.
"We are deeply disturbed by language that demonizes refugees as a group," a U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees spokeswoman said in Geneva. She says "it will contribute to xenophobia and fear."
Some European officials have called for an end to accepting more refugees in their countries.
Following last Friday's deadly attacks in Paris, at least 27 of the 50 U.S. state governors and several 2016 Republican presidential candidates have called for an end or delay in President Barack Obama's plan to accept 10,000 Syrian refugees during the next 12 months.
US Inflation Up Slightly, Raising Chance of Interest Rate Hike
A key measure of U.S. inflation rose slightly in October, boosting the chances the central bank will raise interest rates soon.
A government report says prices gained two-tenths of one percent in September. Apart from energy and food, sectors with volatile price changes, U.S. consumer prices rose 1.9 percent over the past year - close to the Federal Reserve's target of two percent.
Experts say a modest and consistent rate of inflation allows families and companies to better plan purchases of homes and equipment, which facilitates economic growth.
Fed officials have said they want to see inflation rise a little before they boost interest rates. They are widely expected to raise the key rate in mid-December from the record low level where it has been since the financial crisis.
A separate report said the U.S. manufacturing sector rose a brisk four-tenths of a percent in October, after falling the prior month. Manufacturing has been hampered by slowing demand in foreign markets. The strong dollar also hurts U.S. exports, including manufactured goods, by making them more expensive and less competitive on global markets.