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Canada to resettle group of Syrian White Helmets

Ottawa - Canada is preparing to welcome a group of Syrian White Helmets rescuers, officials said on Friday, without specifying when they will be resettled.

Bhutan's not-so-happy evicted minority, the Lhotshampa

The Himalayan nation of Bhutan, often described as a "Shangri-La" where happiness is equated to wealth, is holding elections this week. But the Lhotshampa people, brutally driven out of the small kingdom in the 1990s, won't be voting.

Refugee team to compete at Tokyo 2020 Olympics — IOC

Buenos Aires - A team of refugees will again take part at the Tokyo Olympics in 2020, the International Olympic Committee said on Tuesday, after 10 refugees competed at the Rio Games.The decision was approved at the 133rd IOC meeting in Buenos Aires.

Madrassas a place of prayer and peace for Rohingya kids

Cox's Bazar - Inside a stifling bamboo shanty, eight-year-old Saleema Khanam throws a bright yellow shawl over her head and steps out into the enormous Bangladesh refugee camp tightly clutching her treasured Koran.

Nauru orders MSF to stop work among asylum seekers

Wellington - Nauru's government has ordered Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) to cease its work on the tiny Pacific island treating asylum-seekers and locals suffering from mental health problems, the medical charity said.

Australia shutters notorious offshore asylum camp

Sydney - A notorious Australian immigration detention camp on remote Christmas Island has been shut, the government said Friday, hailing the success of its hardline policies in ending a flood of asylum-seeking boat people.

'Beautiful Days' portrays N.Korea refugee's past and hope

Busan - This year's Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) opened on Thursday with a movie portraying the plight of a North Korean defector and the unlikely family she formed during her harrowing journey.

Germany announces $135m for UN refugee agency

New York - Germany announced Friday it would provide the UN's cash-strapped refugee agency with an extra $135 million in funds to help cope with the massive outpouring of Syrians into neighboring Arab countries.

Migrants brace for winter in packed Greek island camps

M - Thousands of migrants packed into overcrowded camps on the Greek islands are bracing for winter in conditions that have already driven some there to attempt suicide.

Palestinian refugee agency gets $118 mn in new funding

New York - The Palestinian refugee agency UNRWA on Thursday received pledges of $118 million from donor countries to help it overcome a crisis triggered by US funding cuts.

Jordan king seeks urgent funding for Palestinian refugees

New York - Jordan's King Abdullah II on Tuesday pleaded for urgent aid for Palestinian refugees to curb the appeal of radicalism after the United States ended all support.

War-weary Mozambicans yearn to leave Malawi haven

Blantyre - Hundreds of people who fled to Malawi from fighting in Mozambique are finally poised to go home, desperate to reach their untended farms now that the guns have fallen silent.

Greek NGO founder arrested in migration probe

The founder of a Greek NGO facing charges for allegedly helping migrants illegally enter the country was arrested Wednesday, police said.

Bangladesh to move Rohingya to island from next month: officials

Dhaka - Bangladesh will next month start moving 100,000 Rohingya refugees to a remote island, officials said Tuesday, despite warnings the silty strip is prone to violent weather.

'Suicide attempts' on Greek migrant island as arrivals spike

Atenas - Dismal conditions in one of Europe's largest migrant camps on the Greek island of Lesbos are leading to suicide attempts, a charity said Monday, as arrivals continued to increase.

Behind the wire in Australia's 'Pacific Gulag'

Yaren - A cluster of prefabricated huts pokes out of Nauru's sweltering rocky landscape to reveal refugee settlement camp number five, a place defined by desperation and rarely visited by outsiders.

Stigmatising refugees in Europe after attacks 'very dangerous': UN

Geneva - The UN warned Monday against the stigmatisation of refugees in Europe, amid fears that several recent violent incidents involving asylum seekers could inflame anti-migrant tensions and expose vulnerable communities to "grave retaliation".

UN says 'criminals' impersonating its staff in Libya to target migrants

Geneva - The UN decried Saturday "reliable reports" that smugglers and traffickers were impersonating its staff in Libya to target desperate migrants and refugees, and demanded action to hold them to account.

Walkout, media bust ensure fiery start to Pacific summit

Yaren - The Pacific Islands Forum in Nauru began in dramatic fashion Tuesday, with Chinese diplomats storming out of a meeting and a New Zealand journalist detained for interviewing refugees held on the tiny island nation.

Mediterranean crossings 'deadlier than ever': UN

Geneva - Even as the number of migrants and refugees crossing the Mediterranean to Europe has fallen sharply, the likelihood of dying during the dangerous voyage has risen significantly, the UN said Monday.

Trump aid cuts embolden Israel but hurt peace prospects: analysts

Ramallah - US President Donald Trump's swingeing cuts to aid for Palestinians will advance Israel's interests but risk compromising a US-led peace push and raise tensions in the Middle East, analysts and diplomats said Saturday.

EU urges US to reconsider 'regrettable' decision on UN Palestinian agency

Apo - The European Union on Saturday urged the United States to reconsider "its regrettable decision" to halt funding for the United Nations relief and works agency for Palestinian refugees.

Palestinian anger as US ends funding for UN agency

Ramallah - Palestinians reacted angrily Saturday to a US decision to end all funding for the UN agency that assists millions of refugees, seeing it as a new policy shift aimed at undermining their cause.

Israel welcomes end of US funding for UN Palestinian refugee agency

Jerusalem - Israel welcomed Saturday a US decision to end funding for the UN Palestinian refugee agency (UNRWA), accusing the organisation which supports some five million Palestinians of perpetuating the Middle East conflict.

US ends funding for UN Palestinian refugee agency

Washington - The United States announced it was halting funding for the United Nations' agency for Palestinian refugees Friday after declaring the organization was "irredeemably flawed.

Rohingya demand justice after UN probe calls for genocide prosecution

Dhaka - Rohingya leaders in Bangladesh on Tuesday challenged the United Nations to ensure Myanmar's generals stand trial after investigators called for top military commanders to be prosecuted for genocide against the minority.

All onboard Australia-bound asylum-seeker boat found: reports

Sydney - All of the asylum-seekers from a Vietnamese boat that ran aground in crocodile-infested waters off Australia have been rounded up without incident, media reports said Tuesday.

Austria asylum seekers to be denied apprenticeships

Vienna - Austria will no longer allow asylum seekers to take up apprenticeship opportunities while their claims are being assessed, a policy reversal by the country's anti-immigration government criticised by the opposition.

Search after asylum-seeker boat runs aground in croc-infested waters

Sydney - An asylum-seeker boat has reached Australia for the first time in almost four years, the government said Monday, with many of those on board the Vietnamese vessel fleeing into a crocodile-infested mangrove rainforest after running aground near the coas...

Rohingya's protest for 'justice' on crackdown anniversary

Cox's Bazar - Thousands of Rohingya refugees staged protests for "justice" Saturday on the first anniversary of a Myanmar military crackdown that forced them to flee to camps in Bangladesh.
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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.
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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 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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refugee camp in Netherlands
refugee camp in Netherlands
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A Syrian refugee girl in a camp in Lebanon
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
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A protester holds up a placard opposing Australia's refugee policy
A protester holds up a placard opposing Australia's refugee policy
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A refugee camp in Sudan s Darfur province.
A refugee camp in Sudan's Darfur province.
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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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Tsunami evacuees in shelter in Rikuzentakada City  Iwate prefecture March 27  2011.
Tsunami evacuees in shelter in Rikuzentakada City, Iwate prefecture March 27, 2011.
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Under a Canada-US agreement  asylum seekers travelling through the United States would be turned awa...
Under a Canada-US agreement, asylum seekers travelling through the United States would be turned away at Canadian border checkpoints, and told to file a refugee claim in the United States. But this does not apply to people who reach Canadian soil unchecked, through backwoods
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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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A make-shift refugee shelter in Tripoli  Lebanon.
A make-shift refugee shelter in Tripoli, Lebanon.
Rally for Refugee Health Care in Edmonton
Rally for Refugee Health Care in Edmonton
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Residents near Aweil, Sudan, flooded out in this IRIN Photo release.
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