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UN refugee chief tells US its funding 'vital'

New York - UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi met US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Sunday and warned that American funding is "vital" to his mission to help victims of the world's wars.

Rohingya militants say they have 'no links' with global terror

Rohingya militants, whose raids in western Myanmar provoked an army crackdown that spurred a humanitarian crisis, denied any links to global terror groups on Thursday, days after Al-Qaeda urged Muslims to rally to their cause.

Bangladesh minister speaks of 'genocide' in Myanmar's Rakhine

Dhaka - Bangladesh's foreign minister said Sunday that genocide was being waged in Myanmar's violence-racked Rakhine state, triggering an exodus of nearly 300,000 Muslim Rohingya to his country."The international community is saying it is a genocide.

Hungary denounces 'violence' of EU migrant plan

Budapest - Hungary's Prime Minister Viktor Orban on Thursday launched a fresh attack on an EU plan to share thousands of migrants around the bloc, saying that forcing his country to partake in the scheme bordered on "violence".

Syria refugees in Turkey make rare trip home for Eid

Idlib - Syrian refugee Mohamed Hajj Steifi hasn't been home for a year, but this week he made the trip across the Turkish border to celebrate the Islamic festival of Eid al-Adha.

Italy to issue new guidelines after refugee evictions

Rome - Italy is set to issue new guidelines on refugee evictions after the UN criticised the ousting of hundreds of people from a Rome building last week, local media reported Saturday.

Architects, refugees team up on tiny houses in Berlin

Berlin - Troubled to see a long queue of asylum seekers shivering for hours on a winter's day outside Berlin's notoriously chaotic registration centre, Van Bo Le-Mentzel decided to take action.

Trump appeals weakened travel ban ruling

Washington - The US Justice Department has asked the Supreme Court to block a federal judge's ruling that exempted grandparents of people living in the United States from President Donald Trump's travel ban.

Federal judge weakens Trump travel ban

Washington - A US federal judge weakened the terms of the Trump administration's controversial travel ban on visitors from six majority-Muslim countries, dealing another legal setback to the government.

Sting donates Swedish music prize money to refugees

Stockholm - British rock star Sting said on Monday he has donated the prize money from a prestigious Swedish music award to a non-profit project which helps young refugees in Sweden integrate through music.

Nigerian camps under strain from returning refugees

Lagos - An upsurge in Boko Haram attacks and returnees from Cameroon are stretching camps for those made homeless by the conflict to breaking point, as the UN warned against forcing people back to northeast Nigeria.

Trump travel ban to take partial effect

Washington - US President Donald Trump's order to block arrivals from six mainly Muslim countries takes partial effect Thursday after he won a Supreme Court victory over rights groups.

UN refugee cash card scheme boosts Lebanese grocers

Birut - In three years, Lebanese grocer Ali Khiami hired six staff, invested in property and funded his children's university education. Business is booming -- thanks to Syrian refugees using UN debit cards.

UN chief calls for aid to Afghanistan as conflict spirals

Kabul - Sitting cross-legged with war-displaced women in a mud-brick settlement on Kabul's outskirts, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres on Wednesday called for increased humanitarian assistance and a political solution to end the conflict.

UN chief calls for aid to Afghanistan as conflict spirals

Kabul - Sitting cross-legged with war-displaced women in a mud-brick settlement on Kabul's outskirts, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres on Wednesday called for increased humanitarian assistance and a political solution to end the conflict.

UN chief calls for aid to Afghanistan as conflict spirals

Kabul - Sitting cross-legged with war-displaced women in a mud-brick settlement on Kabul's outskirts, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres on Wednesday called for increased humanitarian assistance and a political solution to end the conflict.

UN urges Morocco and Algeria to help stranded Syrians

Rabat - The UN refugee agency on Tuesday urged Morocco and Algeria to provide safe passage for dozens of Syrian refugees trapped in no-man's land between the two countries.

China, DR Congo most affected by displacements in 2016: report

New York - More than 31 million people were displaced in their own countries by conflict, violence and disasters in 2016, with China and the Democratic Republic of Congo among the worst affected, a new report by a monitoring center said Monday.

Snowden lashes out at Hong Kong for rejecting refugees

Hong Kong - Fugitive whistleblower Edward Snowden hit back at the Hong Kong government Thursday for rejecting the protection bids of a group of refugees who sheltered him while he was hiding out in the city.

Snowden lashes out at Hong Kong for rejecting refugees

Hong Kong - Fugitive whistleblower Edward Snowden hit back at the Hong Kong government Thursday for rejecting the protection bids of a group of refugees who sheltered him while he was hiding out in the city.

Snowden lashes out at Hong Kong for rejecting refugees

Hong Kong - Fugitive whistleblower Edward Snowden hit back at the Hong Kong government Thursday for rejecting the protection bids of a group of refugees who sheltered him while he was hiding out in the city.

Hong Kong 'Snowden refugees' face deportation: lawyer

Hong Kong - A group of refugees who sheltered fugitive whistleblower Edward Snowden in Hong Kong are facing deportation after the city's authorities rejected their bid for protection, their lawyer said Monday.

Hong Kong 'Snowden refugees' face deportation: lawyer

Hong Kong - A group of refugees who sheltered fugitive whistleblower Edward Snowden in Hong Kong are facing deportation after the city's authorities rejected their bid for protection, their lawyer said Monday.

Angola feels pressure of DR Congo refugees

Dundo - Hundreds of people from Democratic Republic of Congo's central Kasai region have been pouring into neighbouring Angola every day for more than a month to escape violence plaguing their homes.

Not welcome: Japan tough to crack for refugees

Toukyo - It has been a decade since Liliane last saw her little girl. She fled Africa in fear for her life, leaving behind everything she knew and loved in the hope of a fresh start in Japan.

Refugees-turned-language teachers learn new life

Rio De Janeiro - When Hadi Bakkour fled Syria's civil war, he lost almost everything except one precious gift that gave him new life on the other side of the world: his language.

Syrian refugees are New York tourists for the day

New York - After fleeing war in Syria and arriving in America with her family four months ago, for one day Mona Hafez is not a refugee. She is a tourist seeing the sights of New York."Coming to the park was really fun. Riding the subway was awesome.

Aid hit record in 2016, driven by migrant flows: OECD

Paris - Wealthy countries boosted their aid spending in 2016, investing a record $143 billion (135 billion euros) in overseas development as migrants continued to pour into Europe, the OECD said Tuesday.The 8.

Circus arts help Syrian children make new life

Mardin - Laughter rings out and there is an atmosphere of excitement and joyful chaos. Children are perched on stilts, others spin plates or happily perform aerial dances.

Syrian refugees settle in Egypt, give up on West

Cairo - After fleeing to Egypt from the war devastating their country, more Syrians are abandoning migration to the West fearing racism and culture shock, and instead are settling in Cairo.
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Refugees from Libya on the Libyan border
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Protesters rally on September 26  2014  in Sydney opposing Australia's  plan to send asylum-see...
Protesters rally on September 26, 2014 in Sydney opposing Australia's plan to send asylum-seekers to Cambodia
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Pro-immigration protest in Berlin, Germany. 2015
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The Grand Prince Hotel Akasaka, Tokyo, Japan
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Displaced people in the CAR capital Bangui find refuge in the unfinished church at St. Paul Parish a...
Displaced people in the CAR capital Bangui find refuge in the unfinished church at St. Paul Parish after fleeing clashes, December 21, 2013.
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Two Syrian boys collect food for their family from a WFP food distribution centre in the Zaatari ref...
Two Syrian boys collect food for their family from a WFP food distribution centre in the Zaatari refugee camp, Jordan. On July 4, 2013, the camp population was estimated at 144,000 refugees
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Saado Ali Warsame was driven to tears by the appalling conditions Somali refugees endure each day in...
Saado Ali Warsame was driven to tears by the appalling conditions Somali refugees endure each day in Dadaab camp.
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Rally to for the Government Support Refugee Claimants. Jim Gurnett.
Rally to for the Government Support Refugee Claimants. Jim Gurnett.
REFUGE: Yazidi refugees who escaped from Islamic State militants get help from the International Res...
REFUGE: Yazidi refugees who escaped from Islamic State militants get help from the International Rescue Committee at the Newroz camp in northeastern Syria in August.
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Internally displaced people  fleeing to safety from the civil war in Syria.
Internally displaced people, fleeing to safety from the civil war in Syria.
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Rally to for the Government Support Refugee Claimants. Yvonne Chiu  Multicultural Health Brokers.
Rally to for the Government Support Refugee Claimants. Yvonne Chiu, Multicultural Health Brokers.
African refugees in Hong Kong.
African refugees in Hong Kong.
Refugees leaving Tabanovce camp  crossing from Macedonia to Serbia.
Refugees leaving Tabanovce camp, crossing from Macedonia to Serbia.
Young men  refugees/migrants marching. Not a single woman in the picture...
Young men, refugees/migrants marching. Not a single woman in the picture...
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Syrian boys walk to their tent at a refugee camp in Atmeh  Syria.
Syrian boys walk to their tent at a refugee camp in Atmeh, Syria.
Freedom House
Shoe distribution for Syrian refugees in Kilis border camp  November 2012
Shoe distribution for Syrian refugees in Kilis border camp, November 2012
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Feb. 9  2012. A Syrian woman
Feb. 9, 2012. A Syrian woman
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Rally to for the Government Support Refugee Claimants.
Rally to for the Government Support Refugee Claimants.
Refugees leaving Tabanovce camp  crossing from Macedonia to Serbia.
Refugees leaving Tabanovce camp, crossing from Macedonia to Serbia.
Somali refugees sharing a meal in an Ethiopian tent
Somali refugees sharing a meal in an Ethiopian tent
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