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UK Cancels First Flight to Deport Asylum Seekers to Rwanda

A Boeing 767 on a runway to take the first migrants to Rwanda, in Wiltshire, on June 14.

A Boeing 767 on a runway to take the first migrants to Rwanda, in Wiltshire, on June 14.

Photographer: Vudi Xhymshiti/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

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London (AP) -- Britain canceled a flight that was scheduled to deport asylum seekers to Rwanda late Tuesday after the European Court of Human Rights intervened, saying the plan carried “a real risk of irreversible harm."

The decision to scrap the flight capped three days of frantic court challenges from immigrant rights lawyers who launched a flurry of case-by-case appeals seeking to block the deportation of everyone on the government’s list.