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Over one million S.Sudan refugees in Uganda: UN

Site - The number of South Sudanese who have fled to Uganda has hit one million, the UN said Thursday, with no end in sight to the war behind the world's fastest-growing refugee crisis.

More than one million S. Sudan refugees in Uganda: UN

Geneva - South Sudan's brutal civil war has forced more than one million people to flee to neighbouring Uganda alone, with another million seeking refuge elsewhere in the region, the UN's refugee agency said Thursday.

Haiti thanks Canada for accepting refugees from US

Montr - Haiti's foreign minister is set to meet Quebec's top immigration official on Wednesday to discuss the flow of refugees from his country arriving in Canada from the United States.

Saving lives gets tougher for Med's charity boats

Shots fired in the air, verbal threats and ships stuck at sea: life has suddenly got tougher for the charity boats trying to stop migrants drowning off Libya.

'Escalating crisis' as Pacific refugee camp closure looms: UN

Sydney - The UN warned of a deepening crisis Tuesday after another asylum-seeker was found dead at a Pacific island detention camp, urging Australia to ensure protection for vulnerable refugees as closure of the facility nears.

Probe calls after refugee dies at Australia camp in PNG

Sydney - Rights groups called Monday for an independent inquiry after another refugee was found dead at a detention camp in Papua New Guinea in a tragedy they said was preventable.

Canada scrambles to find lodging for Haitians fleeing the US

Montr - Officials in Canada scrambled Thursday to find enough cots and empty beds to accommodate hundreds of mostly Haitian asylum seekers from the United States, even putting Montreal's famed Olympic stadium to use as a makeshift dormitory and welcome center....

Italy toughens tone on NGO migrant rescue boats

Rome - Italy has warned NGOs operating migrant rescue boats in the Mediterranean they will not be allowed to continue if they do not sign up to new rules governing their operations.

Digital games improve mental health of refugees

Ankara - Digital platforms can help refugee children to better assimilate into a new society, helping with language and education, and also in addressing the mental health issues that inevitably accompany the traumas of escape.

Four Sri Lanka migrants cleared of people trafficking in Canada

Ottawa - A Canadian court on Thursday acquitted four Sri Lankan migrants charged with smuggling 74 of their compatriots into the country almost a decade ago.

13 found dead in Med dinghy as EU extends rescue scheme

Rome - Rescuers aiding a dinghy packed with migrants off the coast of Libya said Tuesday they had discovered 13 bodies, including pregnant women, as EU member states extended an anti-human trafficking scheme in the Mediterranean."Thirteen corpses in total.

China defends repatriation of North Koreans

Bejing - China on Monday defended its repatriation of North Koreans who have escaped across its border after a United Nations envoy voiced concern about increasing detentions and expulsions.

UN accuses Australia of breaching refugee deal

Sydney - The UN accused Australia Monday of backtracking on a deal to relax its strong stance on asylum-seekers and resettle some refugees now held in overseas detention on home soil.

Tibetan student dies after setting himself alight in India

New Delhi - A Tibetan student who self-immolated in an act of protest against Chinese rule in the Himalayan region has died in an Indian hospital, a doctor said Sunday.

Lebanon's Hezbollah launches Syria border operation

Birut - Lebanon's powerful Hezbollah group said on Friday its fighters had begun an operation against militants on both sides of the country's border with Syria.

Eritreans pursue two-wheeled dreams in exile

Addis Ababa - After representing Eritrea in cycling tournaments across Africa, Daniel Teklay took a journey of a different sort last year when he escaped across his country's militarised border to a new life as a refugee.

Boat refugees to leave PNG despite US uncertainty: Australia

Sydney - Hundreds of refugees being held at a remote Papua New Guinea detention camp will be moved by October despite uncertainty over a resettlement deal with the United States, Australia's immigration minister said Thursday.

Greece still failing unaccompanied migrant minors: HRW

Atenas - Greece is failing to adequately care for many unaccompanied migrant minors, Human Rights Watch said Thursday, citing the case of an island camp where violence has broken out in recent days.

Refugee fears over Australia-US resettlement plan

Sydney - The abrupt departure of American officials from an Australian Pacific island refugee camp has fanned fears among asylum-seekers that plans to resettle them in the US may not go ahead, an activist group said Sunday.

Afghan charged over smuggling asylum-seekers to Australia

Sydney - An Afghan man who reportedly made millions of dollars smuggling asylum-seekers to Australia by boat has been extradited from Indonesia and charged with 10 offences, Australian police said Friday.

'Not sustainable' for Italy to handle migrant crisis alone: UN

Geneva - Italy cannot continue absorbing the tens of thousands of migrants landing on its shores on its own, the UN refugee agency warned Monday, urging the creation of a system to share the burden.

US travel ban takes effect, with lawyers on hand just in case

Washington - Lawyers and rights activists took up positions at major US airports as a weakened version of President Donald Trump's travel ban took effect late Thursday.

At refugee summit, UN chief urges 'solidarity' with Uganda

Kanpala - UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres on Friday called for international solidarity with Uganda at a fundraising summit to help the country deal with nearly a million South Sudanese fleeing war.

EU pledges 85 mn euros to Uganda for S.Sudan refugees

Lira - The EU pledged 85 million euros ($95 million) to Uganda on Thursday as UN chief Antonio Guterres urged donors to give 20 times that amount to help the country deal with nearly one million refugees from South Sudan.

Home beckons across the border for exiled Ivorian children

Katiola - Hurbain Souomi was only five years old, but he still remembers the day he trekked 50 kilometres (30 miles) across the border into Liberia to escape gunfire strafing his Ivory Coast village."There was shooting everywhere.

Record 65.6 million people displaced worldwide: UN

Geneva - Devastating conflicts, violence and persecution in places like Syria and South Sudan had left a record 65.6 million people uprooted from their homes by the end of 2016, the UN said Monday.

Afghan teen deported by Sweden killed in Kabul blast: HRW

Kabul - An Afghan teenager was killed in a bombing less than a week after being deported from Sweden, Human Rights Watch said Wednesday, calling on European nations to halt repatriations as "Kabul is not safe".

Afghan teen deported by Sweden killed in Kabul blast: HRW

Kabul - An Afghan teenager was killed in a bombing less than a week after being deported from Sweden, Human Rights Watch said Wednesday, calling on European nations to halt repatriations as "Kabul is not safe".

Afghan teen deported by Sweden killed in Kabul blast: HRW

Kabul - An Afghan teenager was killed in a bombing less than a week after being deported from Sweden, Human Rights Watch said Wednesday, calling on European nations to halt repatriations as "Kabul is not safe".

Asylum-seekers in Australia win multimillion dollar payout

Sydney - Detainees at an Australian asylum-seeker camp in Papua New Guinea won millions of dollars in compensation for "degrading and cruel" treatment Wednesday, in a decision hailed as an important human rights victory.
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