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12 mn Syrians have fled their homes since conflict began: UN

- Syria's four-and-a-half year conflict has driven half of the country's people to flee their homes, with the number of those who have left the country approaching 20 percent of the pre-war population.At least 7.

Aid-starved Syria refugees desert Mideast for Europe

Amman - After escaping a devastating war, frustrated Syrian refugees in aid-starved neighbouring states say they must now choose between joining an exodus to Europe or "returning home to die".

Hungary sends 2,100 police to Serbia border to stem migrant influx

Budapest - Hungary's police chief said Wednesday more than 2,100 police would be sent to the country's border with Serbia, as record numbers of refugees and migrants pour into the EU member state.

Greece's Lesbos at 'breaking point' amid spike in migrant arrivals: IRC

Kos - An unprecedented spike in refugee arrivals on Greek shores is pushing the resort island of Lesbos to "breaking point", with some 2,000 people landing there every day, an aid group warned Tuesday.

Escape to freedom — Bringing a Syrian family to safety Special

This is the story of a Syrian family’s journey to freedom in Europe and the small part I played in helping them. Along the way I saw and learnt a lot about what refugees face as they escape from war-torn countries and political oppression.

German police union urges border checks to stem refugee flow

Berlin - Germany's police union on Tuesday called for the reintroduction of internal European border controls and demanded more personnel to deal with a record flood of refugees.

Heat, desperation at crowded German refugee office

Berlin - Tired, desperate and a long way from home, hundreds of refugees have crowded outside a Berlin welfare office for days, braving stifling summer heat, boredom and fear about the future.

Mediterranean migrant crossings hit 224,000 in 2015: UN

Ginebra - Some 224,000 migrants and refugees have crossed the Mediterranean to Europe so far this year, the United Nations said Thursday, a day after more than 200 people were feared drowned trying to make the perilous journey.

Hungary to finish Serbia border fence by August 31: PM Orban

Budapest - Hungary will finish building its anti-migrant fence on its southern border with Serbia by August 31, ahead of a previous November deadline, Prime Minister Viktor Orban said Saturday.

Hungary to close refugee camps in populated areas

Budapest - Hungary plans to close its permanent refugee shelters in towns and cities and set up temporary camps outside urban areas instead, the latest response to a surge in migrants crossing its borders.

Another Rwandan is kidnapped in Africa: Kagame agents suspected Special

An investigator who worked on key defense cases at the UN tribunal for Rwanda has been kidnapped in Kenya, amid mounting evidence that Rwandan President Paul Kagame’s intelligence services were behind the abduction.

Some Ukraine refugees in Russia yearn to return, others settle

Russia - Marina Balatskaya watched as her three children played in the Russian holiday camp that has become their home since they fled the fighting in east Ukraine.

UNHCR says West should follow Turkey 'example' on Syria refugees

Istanbul - The UN's refugee chief on Thursday urged the world including Western states to open up their borders and follow Turkey's example in hosting Syrian refugees.Turkey, which has taken in some 1.

Record 60 million forced to flee war, violence: UN

Ginebra - The number of people forced to flee war, violence and persecution has soared to a record 60 million, half of them children, the United Nations said Thursday, warning that the situation was raging out of control.

Kurds battle IS on Syria border as Turkey blocks refugees

Birut - Kurdish fighters advanced Saturday to the outskirts of a key Syrian border town held by the Islamic State group, as Turkish forces sought to prevent thousands fleeing the fighting from crossing the frontier.

Turkish forces push massing Syrians from border: AFP

Ak - Turkish security forces on Saturday used water cannon and fired warning shots to push Syrians back from the frontier as thousands massed at a border crossing to escape escalating fighting, an AFP photographer said.

After racist rally and arson, German town accepts first refugees

Naumburg - A small German town that became a byword for xenophobia when neo-Nazis rallied against a planned asylum centre and the building was torched two months ago accepted its first refugees this week.

Australia 'paid crew of asylum-seeker boat to turn back'

Kupang - The captain and crew of a boat carrying 65 asylum-seekers say Australian authorities paid them thousands of dollars to turn around and return to Indonesian waters, police said Wednesday.

Migrant surge puts Italy's humanitarian instincts to the test

Aosta - With its refugee reception facilities bursting at the seams, Italy is starting to show the strains created by thousands of people washing up every week on its southern shores.

For displaced Pakistanis to return home: Fight the Taliban

Peshawar - Hundreds of thousands of Pakistanis displaced by anti-Taliban military operations in tribal areas wish only to return home -- but first they have to agree to fight the extremists themselves.

Squalor, misery await Afghan returnees forced out of Pakistan

Tarin Kowt - Like thousands of Afghan returnees, Neik Mohammad became unwanted in Pakistan after a Taliban massacre at a Peshawar school, forcing him to return home to a life of misery and fear in a squalid refugee settlement.

'Make them work for free': Italy minister on asylum seekers

Rome - Asylum seekers in Italy may have to work for free, Italy's interior minister told local mayors on Thursday, reminding them of a controversial decree issued several months ago.

German government split on surging refugee numbers

Berlin - Divisions surfaced in German Chancellor Angela Merkel's government Wednesday on whether the country which is Europe's top destination for asylum seekers should take in more refugees.

Aid workers to rescue Mediterranean seaborne migrants

Paris - Two international aid groups said Friday they would run a "life-saving" operation in the Mediterranean this summer, as thousands of desperate migrants and refugees try to reach Europe.

UN in $174m appeal for Nigeria's Boko Haram refugees

Dakar - The United Nations launched an appeal on Thursday for $174 million in what it called "life-saving aid" for almost 200,000 Nigerians who have fled the country due to brutal attacks by Boko Haram jihadists.

Syria aid pledges hit $3.8 billion

Kuwait City - International donors pledged $3.8 billion on Tuesday to help alleviate war-torn Syria's humanitarian crisis, which Kuwait's emir warned was the worst in "modern history".

EU doubles Syria aid pledge to 1.1 billion euros

Brussels - The European Union announced a pledge of nearly 1.1 billion euros ($1.2 billion) in humanitarian aid for war-torn Syria at a donor conference in Kuwait, double the amount the bloc promised last year.

UN shrinks food aid to Syria refugees in Turkey as cash low

Ginebra - The United Nations food agency said Friday it had been forced to withdraw aid from nine Syrian refugee camps in Turkey due to a lack of funds, calling on donors to step up.

Brother of ex-guard to Kagame feared dead Special

The young brother of a high-caliber target of the Rwandan government has disappeared at the hands of intelligence operatives and is feared dead, amid a growing crackdown against President Paul Kagame’s inner circle.

U.S. lacks intel to vet Syrian refugees

Washington - U.S. authorities are facing a difficult task screening Syrian refugees for potential extremists because of a shortage of intelligence from the war-torn country, officials told lawmakers.
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Refugees from Libya on the Libyan border
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African refugees in Hong Kong.
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Internally displaced people, fleeing to safety from the civil war in Syria.
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Refugees at a bus station in Abidjan, capital of Ivory Coast.
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Tunisian refugee in Sicily.
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