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Greece to clear last makeshift refugee camp in Athens

Atenas - Efforts are underway to remove hundreds of refugees from an unhygienic makeshift camp at an ex-Olympics facility in greater Athens, a migration ministry source said Tuesday.

Jordan has 'hit limit' hosting Syrian refugees

Amman - Jordan said Monday it has hit the limit of its ability to host Syrian refugees as Washington's United Nations envoy Nikki Haley visited on her first overseas trip.

South Sudanese refugees need $1.4 bn this year: UN

Geneva - The United Nations said Monday that $1.4 billion (1.3 billion euros) was needed this year alone to help the nearly two million people who have fled war and famine in South Sudan.

Number of civilians fleeing Mosul swells: aid group

Mosul - The number of people fleeing the fighting in the Iraqi city of Mosul is reaching new highs and the condition of the displaced civilians is deteriorating, an aid group said Saturday.

4,600 people flee their homes in DR Congo daily: UN

Geneva - An average of 4,600 people flee their homes every day in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the UN said Monday, warning of a dramatically deteriorating humanitarian situation in the country.A full 3.

Banki: a Nigerian border town choked by Boko Haram homeless

Yal - The Nigerianarmy calls it "New Banki City", an optimistic name conjuring up visions of modern housing. The reality is an overcrowded camp for 32,000 desperate people made homeless by Boko Haram.

'Love locks' on the block in Paris charity auction

Paris - Amorous couples, here's your chance to own a piece of the world's most romantic city: Paris is selling off the "love locks" that lovebirds attached to the city's bridges before officials cracked down on the practice.

German defence minister scraps US trip over soldier scandal

Berlin - Germany's Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen on Tuesday scrapped a US trip to deal with a scandal over a far-right soldier who allegedly plotted an attack while posing as a Syrian refugee.

Scandal widens over far-right German soldier in 'attack plot'

Berlin - Germany's defence minister on Sunday vowed zero tolerance for far-right extremists in the military amid a widening scandal over a soldier who allegedly plotted an attack which he planned to blame on refugees.

Sri Lanka rescues 30 Rohingya aboard Indian boat

Colombo - Sri Lanka's coastguard Sunday detained an Indian boat which had illegally entered the island's territorial waters and rescued 30 Rohingya refugees including 16 children who were on board, an official said.

Sri Lanka rescues 30 Rohingya aboard Indian boat

Colombo - Sri Lanka's coastguard Sunday detained an Indian boat which had illegally entered the island's territorial waters and rescued 30 Rohingya refugees including 16 children who were on board, an official said.

Sri Lanka rescues 30 Rohingya aboard Indian boat

Colombo - Sri Lanka's coastguard Sunday detained an Indian boat which had illegally entered the island's territorial waters and rescued 30 Rohingya refugees including 16 children who were on board, an official said.

UN signs up Syrian Olympic swimmer to shine light on refugees

Geneva - The UN said Thursday it had enlisted Yusra Mardini, the teenage Olympic swimmer who braved a Mediterranean crossing in a leaky dinghy fleeing war-torn Syria, to help raise awareness about the plight of refugees.

Ivanka Trump draws line with father on Syrian refugees

Washington - First Daughter Ivanka Trump is contradicting her father, the US president, insisting that allowing Syrian refugees to immigrate to the United States "has to be part of the discussion" over ending Syria's years old civil war.

Hepatitis E outbreak kills 25 in Niger refugee camp

Niamey - Bad water and hygiene have led to an epidemic of hepatitis E that has killed 25 people over several months in a refugee camp in Diffa, a region in southeast Niger, Medecins sans frontieres said Wednesday.

Countries pledge $1.1bn to avert Yemen famine

Geneva - Countries around the world Tuesday pledged more than one billion dollars to help prevent a looming famine in war-torn Yemen at a conference UN chief Antonio Guterres called a "remarkable success."Yet the $1.1 billion (1.

Italian reporter freed in Turkey

Rome - An Italian journalist arrested in Turkey while researching refugees near the Syrian border has been freed after two weeks in detention, Italy's foreign ministry said Monday.

Pope says some refugee centres 'concentration camps'

Rome - Pope Francis on Saturday described some of Europe's refugee centres as "concentration camps", as he paid tribute to an unknown Christian woman slain for her faith in front of her Muslim husband.

South Sudan war strains Uganda's generous refugee policy

Site - Ugandan motorbike taxi driver Sadiq Agotre grumbles as he waits for a rare client among thousands of South Sudanese refugees hoping to receive food rations in the outskirts of his town."Business is not good.

PNG to investigate 'drunk rampage' at Australia refugee camp

Sydney - Drunk soldiers "went on a rampage" and fired shots in the air at an Australian asylum-seeker camp in Papua New Guinea, police said Sunday, in the latest violence to rock the scandal-hit facility.

PNG to investigate 'drunk rampage' at Australia refugee camp

Sydney - Drunk soldiers "went on a rampage" and fired shots in the air at an Australian asylum-seeker camp in Papua New Guinea, police said Sunday, in the latest violence to rock the scandal-hit facility.

PNG to investigate 'drunk rampage' at Australia refugee camp

Sydney - Drunk soldiers "went on a rampage" and fired shots in the air at an Australian asylum-seeker camp in Papua New Guinea, police said Sunday, in the latest violence to rock the scandal-hit facility.

In Pajok, South Sudan: 'We buried Jacob, Paul and Amos'

Lira - In the no man's land between South Sudan and Uganda wind lashes though scrubland, whipping hot dust into the eyes of David Otong Oroma and his sister as they struggle to push their heavily laden motorbike over the border.

Lebanon at 'breaking point' with Syria refugee influx: PM

Birut - Lebanon's prime minister warned Friday that his country has reached "breaking point" by hosting more than one million Syrian refugees and urged investment from the international community.

Syria refugee total hits over five million: UN

Birut - More than five million Syrians are now refugees, the UN said Thursday, as aid groups urged the international community to end the country's six-year war and provide more assistance.

Syrian refugee numbers pass five million: UN

Geneva - The tally of refugees who have fled the war in Syria now exceeds five million, the United Nations said Thursday.

UN chief urges Arabs to unite against Syria war

Mafraq - UN chief Antonio Guterres called on Arab leaders Tuesday to set aside their differences to confront Syria's six-year conflict, as he toured a Syrian refugee camp in Jordan.

UN chief urges Arabs to unite against Syria war

Mafraq - UN chief Antonio Guterres called on Arab leaders Tuesday to set aside their differences to confront Syria's six-year conflict, as he toured a Syrian refugee camp in Jordan.

UN chief urges Arabs to unite against Syria war

Mafraq - UN chief Antonio Guterres called on Arab leaders Tuesday to set aside their differences to confront Syria's six-year conflict, as he toured a Syrian refugee camp in Jordan.

UN praises Iran's 'exemplary' refugee efforts

Tehran - While Iranians would bear the brunt of Donald Trump's visa ban, which has been blocked on the orders of a US court, international officials say the country has quietly emerged as one of the most generous towards refugees.
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A Syrian refugee girl in a camp in Lebanon
In this IRIN photo  a refugee struggles to survive in the Somali capital  Mogadishu.
In this IRIN photo, a refugee struggles to survive in the Somali capital, Mogadishu.
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Evacuees from Fukushima prefecture in gym in Hitachi City  Ibaraki prefecture.
Evacuees from Fukushima prefecture in gym in Hitachi City, Ibaraki prefecture.
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A Japanese mother and daughter pause for reflection as they find a family photo amid the wreckage of their home.
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Russell Chapman: “I spent time in Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan and am privileged to know Abdulla...
Russell Chapman: “I spent time in Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan and am privileged to know Abdullah al-Zoubi (pictured) as well as several members of his family”
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This refugee went to find food but was unable to. AID agencies are trying to help the needy across CAR. Photo/Hannah McNeish/IRIN
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Rally for Refugee Health Care in Edmonton
A make-shift refugee shelter in Tripoli  Lebanon.
A make-shift refugee shelter in Tripoli, Lebanon.
This is Asmaa.I met her in Jordan  five days after she had been released from a regime prison. She i...
This is Asmaa.I met her in Jordan, five days after she had been released from a regime prison. She is the fiancée of Abdul Razak Tlass, who was the first officer to defect from the Syrian army when the revolution began. She told me about how she was interrogated, made to stand up without break for hours on end and deprived of sleep, She was also sexually abused.
Residents near Aweil  Sudan  flooded out in this IRIN Photo release.
Residents near Aweil, Sudan, flooded out in this IRIN Photo release.
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refugee camp in Netherlands
Sultan Muslim (C) poses with her newborn son  Muhammed Obama Muslim  at Suruc Rojava refugee camp in...
Sultan Muslim (C) poses with her newborn son, Muhammed Obama Muslim, at Suruc Rojava refugee camp in Sanliurfa on October 22, 2014
Ilyas Akengin, AFP
Tsunami evacuees in shelter in Rikuzentakada City  Iwate prefecture March 27  2011.
Tsunami evacuees in shelter in Rikuzentakada City, Iwate prefecture March 27, 2011.
Ginayu
A protester holds up a placard opposing Australia's refugee policy
A protester holds up a placard opposing Australia's refugee policy
William West, AFP
A refugee camp in Sudan s Darfur province.
A refugee camp in Sudan's Darfur province.
IRIN Photo