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Conflict flight highest in a decade: monitors

Geneva - Conflict forced nearly 12 million people to flee within their own country last year, the highest level of such internal displacement in 10 years, international monitors said Wednesday.A total of 11.

Migrant rescue survivors file lawsuit against Italy to ECHR

Rome - Survivors of a November sea rescue operation by the Libyan coastguard have filed a lawsuit against Italy with the European Court of Human Rights, saying Rome was ultimately responsible for Libyan "violent and reckless" actions.

Myanmar urged to hold 'proper' probe into alleged atrocities against the Rohingya

Nay Pyi Taw - Myanmar must hold a "proper investigation" into alleged atrocities against the Rohingya, a UN Security Council envoy said Tuesday, after the highest-level diplomatic visit to an area from which 700,000 members of the Muslim minority have been driven ou...

Myanmar urged to hold "proper" probe into alleged atrocities against the Rohingya

Nay Pyi Taw - Myanmar must hold a "proper investigation" into alleged atrocities against the Muslim Rohingya, a UN Security Council envoy said Tuesday at the end of the highest-level diplomatic visit to the conflict area.

UN Security Council meet Myanmar's Suu Kyi over Rohingya

Nay Pyi Taw - Myanmar's Aung San Suu Kyi received a UN Security Council delegation Monday in the highest-level diplomatic visit since the start of the Rohingya crisis, which will include a brief tour of violence-hit Rakhine state.

Rights group calls for UN Rohingya resolution ahead of Myanmar visit

Yangon - Human Rights Watch called Friday for Myanmar's Rohingya crisis to be referred to the International Criminal Court, days before a UN Security Council delegation is due to arrive in the country.

UN council visits Myanmar as it eyes action on Rohingya crisis

New York - The UN Security Council will pay a visit to Bangladesh and Myanmar beginning Saturday as it weighs next steps to address one of the world's worst refugee crises, stemming from the forced exodus of Muslim Rohingya.

UN team to visit Myanmar's Rakhine next week: official

Cox's Bazar - A United Nations Security Council delegation which wants to see first-hand the impact of the Rohingya refugee crisis will arrive in Myanmar on Monday and visit Rakhine state, a senior government official said.

Dozens of Rohingya come ashore in Indonesia

Banda Aceh - About 80 Rohingya in a wooden boat arrived in Indonesia Friday, officials said, the latest batch of the vulnerable minority to come ashore in the world's biggest Muslim majority nation.

Big drop in EU asylum requests granted in 2017: official

Apo - The number of asylum-seekers in the European Union whose applications were granted dropped by almost a quarter in 2017 to 538,000, official figures released Thursday showed.

Rights groups press Greek government on migrant ruling

Atenas - Rights groups on Thursday pressed the Greek government to comply with a court ruling to allow migrants to move freely within Greece instead of being confined to six Aegean islands.

Fears for Rohingya as first rains flood Bangladesh camps

Dhaka - The first rains of the year have flooded parts of the crowded Rohingya camps in Bangladesh, aid workers said Thursday, wreaking havoc and raising fears for nearly one million refugees ahead of the monsoon.

Greek court in move to ease conditions on refugee island camps

Atenas - Greece's top administrative court has ruled that asylum seekers should be allowed to move freely around the country, a decision that could alleviate pressure on overcrowded island refugee camps.

Flawed return deal offers no way back for Rohingya refugees

Cox's Bazar - Bungling, distortion and diplomatic doublespeak have hollowed out the deal to repatriate Rohingya from Bangladesh to Myanmar, with refugees refusing to return to a homeland that remains perilously insecure.

Return to the soil lifts refugees' spirits in Greece

Nest - On a field deep in Greek farm country north of Athens, Suzan from Syria is smiling over an onion patch.

Scepticism as Myanmar announces repatriation of first Rohingya family

Yangon - Myanmar's government said it has repatriated the first family of Rohingya refugees, among 700,000 who fled a brutal crackdown, but the move was slammed by rights groups as a publicity stunt which ignored warnings over the security of returnees.

Despite UN warnings, Myanmar vows early Rohingya return

Dhaka - Rohingya refugees will be allowed to return to Myanmar "as soon as possible", a minister said, despite a stillborn repatriation process and UN warnings that the safety of returnees could not be guaranteed.

ICC prosecutor seeks to open Rohingya deportations probe

Den Haag - The chief prosecutor for the International Criminal Court has asked judges to rule whether she can open a probe into the mass deportations of the Rohingya people from Myanmar.

Turkey deports hundreds of Afghan migrants after influx

Istanbul - Turkey was on Sunday deporting hundreds of Afghan migrants back home on special flights, in a major operation after thousands illegally entered the country in recent weeks.

Conditions in Myanmar 'not conducive' to Rohingya return: UN

Yangon - Conditions in Myanmar's crisis-hit northern Rakhine state are "not conducive" to bringing back Rohingya who fled to Bangladesh, a senior UN official said, despite Myanmar's insistence that it is ready for returnees.

Smiles and slapstick as Rohingya refugees learn to corral elephants

Chhota Angutia - A trumpet fills the air as two "elephants" charge, scattering Rohingya refugee actors at a training session in a camp which cuts deep into Bangladeshi forest once reserved for the protected species.

Stranded Rohingya rescued by Indonesian fishermen

Banda Aceh - Five Rohingya stranded at sea for almost three weeks have been rescued by Indonesian fishermen but several others died during the harrowing ordeal, officials said Friday, with the UN refugee agency saying it was "alarmed" at the deaths.

Myanmar minister to visit Rohingya camps in Bangladesh

Dhaka - A Myanmar minister will tour camps for Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh, an official said Wednesday, the first such visit since Myanmar's army drove nearly 700,000 members of the Muslim minority over the border.

Canada should take in Rohingya refugees: special envoy

Ottawa - Canada should take in Rohingya refugees and press other nations to do the same, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's special envoy to Myanmar said Tuesday.

Boat carrying dozens of Rohingya arrives in Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur - A boat carrying dozens of Rohingya from Myanmar arrived in Malaysia Tuesday and the refugees will be allowed to enter the country, but an expert played down fears of a new exodus.

Bangladesh denies Rohingya boat set sail from its shores

Dhaka - Bangladesh officials said Monday a fishing boat carrying Rohingya Muslims to Southeast Asia did not set sail from its shores, where close to one million refugees live in congested camps.

Myanmar lures Bangladesh Buddhists to take over Rohingya land: officials

Dhaka - Myanmar authorities have lured dozens of mainly Buddhist Bangladeshi tribal families to cross the border and resettle on land abandoned by fleeing Muslim Rohingya, officials said Monday.

Bangladesh begins relocating Rohingya before monsoon

Dhaka - Bangladesh has begun relocating 100,000 Rohingya refugees to safer ground before the monsoon season for fear of deadly landslides and floods in the congested camps, an official said Sunday.

UN in talks with Bangladesh about relocating Rohingya

New York - Tens of thousands of Rohingya refugees who fled to camps in Bangladesh from Myanmar must be relocated to avoid floods and other dangers from the monsoon, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said Thursday.

Myanmar clears some Rohingya for return but no date on horizon

Dhaka - A Bangladesh official said Thursday that Myanmar had approved several hundred Rohingya from a list of thousands to return to their homeland, but provided no indication of when the long-delayed process would begin.
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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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A Syrian refugee girl in a camp in Lebanon
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In this IRIN photo, a refugee struggles to survive in the Somali capital, Mogadishu.
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