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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.

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.

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.

EU sanctions Hungary, Poland, Czechs over refugees

Brussels - The EU launched legal action Tuesday against Hungary, Poland and the Czech Republic for refusing to take in their share of refugees under a controversial solidarity plan.

EU sanctions Hungary, Poland, Czechs over refugees

Brussels - The EU launched legal action Tuesday against Hungary, Poland and the Czech Republic for refusing to take in their share of refugees under a controversial solidarity plan.

EU sanctions Hungary, Poland, Czechs over refugees

Strasbourg - The EU launched legal action Tuesday against Hungary, Poland and the Czech Republic for refusing to take in their share of refugees under a controversial solidarity plan.

EU sanctions Hungary, Poland, Czechs over refugees

Strasbourg - The EU launched legal action Tuesday against Hungary, Poland and the Czech Republic for refusing to take in their share of refugees under a controversial solidarity plan.

Palestinian violinist brings music to young refugees

Jerusalem - As a boy, Ramzi Aburedwan found himself caught up in the first Palestinian uprising, a well-known photo at the time showing him holding stones to throw at Israeli soldiers.

EU reassures Turkey over its €3bn migrants package

Konak - The EU's 3-billion euro package to help migrants in Turkey will have been fully assigned to projects by the end of the year, the bloc's envoy said Tuesday.

Jihadists occupy civilian homes as Mosul battle rages

Mosul - After jihadists turned the roof of his house into a sniper position, Owayid Mohammed and his family fled west Mosul in an escape that made him feel "reborn"."The Dawaesh took my house...

World ignores plight of Africans fleeing conflict: NGO

Oslo - The world is turning a blind eye to millions of Africans who have fled their homes due to conflict, a Norwegian charity group said Thursday, warning the victims are increasingly vulnerable to crisis.

Refugees face 'acute crisis' in cyclone-hit Bangladesh

Cox's Bazar - Aid workers warned Wednesday of an "acute crisis" in Bangladesh after a cyclone destroyed thousands of homes and devastated camps housing Rohingya refugees, leaving many without food or shelter.

UN says five Kenya refugee camp workers involved in fraud

Geneva - Five UN workers at a refugee camp in northwest Kenya were allegedly involved in fraud and other serious misconduct, the UN refugee agency said Tuesday.

Greece, Germany agree to slow refugee family reunification: report

Atenas - Greece and Germany have agreed to slow the reunification of refugee families divided between the two nations during their scramble to safety, according to a leaked letter published Monday.

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.
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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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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.
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In this IRIN photo, a refugee struggles to survive in the Somali capital, Mogadishu.
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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
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Rally for Refugee Health Care in Edmonton
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Tsunami evacuees in shelter in Rikuzentakada City, Iwate prefecture March 27, 2011.
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A Syrian refugee girl in a camp in Lebanon
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refugee camp in Netherlands
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.
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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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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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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”
A make-shift refugee shelter in Tripoli  Lebanon.
A make-shift refugee shelter in Tripoli, Lebanon.