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Hunger and fear of Boko Haram stalk Lake Chad refugees

Massaguet - Sitting on a mat in the shade cradling a six-month baby, Falmata Marara touches her mouth, her stomach, and then her mouth and stomach again. The message couldn't be clearer, she's hungry.

Pope in new blast at West's indifference to refugees

Vatican City - Pope Francis on Tuesday blasted the indifference of Western society to the plight of refugees in another powerful intervention in the migrant crisis engulfing Europe.

Refugees in the United States — The asylum seekers Special

The world has always had refugees, people fleeing their home countries because of wars or persecution. We are witnessing this today in Europe and we are witnessing this in Central America, as fear for their lives drive people to seek asylum in the U.S.

France's Hollande visits Syrian refugee children in Lebanon

Birut - French President Francois Hollande met with Syrian refugee children in eastern Lebanon on Sunday before he was to head to Egypt as part of a four-day regional tour.

Undocumented Syrians in Lebanon pushed into the shadows

Raouche - Many Syrian refugees in Lebanon say their lives have ground to a halt since new measures made it almost impossible for them to obtain or renew their residence permits.

Pope wants to bring back refugees from Lesbos visit: Official

Kallon - Pope Francis wants to take back to the Vatican a number of refugees after his landmark visit Saturday to the island of Lesbos, an official of Greece's state refugee coordination agency said.

North Korean defector criticises China in rare Beijing talk

Bejing - A North Korean defector made a rare public appearance in China on Saturday, criticising Beijing's repatriation of asylum seekers despite alleged warnings from South Korea not to speak out.

Backlash after Australia official's 'alleged' Nazi comment

Sydney - Australia's immigration minister Wednesday faced calls to apologise after his department chief used "allegedly" to describe experiences in Nazi Germany during a defence of the government's hardline asylum-seeker policies.

UN food agency meets funding target for Syrian refugees

Rome - The UN food agency said Monday an "unprecedented response" to its fundraising campaign meant it could fully reinstate its food assistance to Syrian refugees.

Australia to send asylum baby to Nauru

Sydney - Australia said Monday an asylum-seeker baby brought from a Pacific detention camp for hospital treatment is expected to be returned to the camp as a deterrent to people-smugglers, despite protests from doctors and others.

Video of German mob descending on refugees goes viral

Clausnitz - A video showing a group of Germans surrounding a bus carrying refugees, at which they chanted "we are the people," has gone viral. German authorities have expressed their shock at the scenes.

Burundi refugees fearful after Rwanda expulsion threat

Kigali - "In Rwanda we're safe. I don't see anywhere else to go," says Audrey, one of thousands of Burundian refugees now living in Rwanda -- but fearful after Kigali unexpectedly announced plans to relocate them to other countries.

Australian hospital refuses to return asylum baby to Nauru

Sydney - An Australian hospital has refused to return an asylum-seeker baby to detention in Nauru, as momentum built across the country on Sunday against offshore Pacific camps for processing refugees.

Turkey says 100,000 refugees in border camps inside Syria

Kilis - Some 100,000 Syrian refugees are being looked after in camps inside Syria close to the Turkish border, including 35,000 who this month fled a Russian-backed regime offensive in northern Aleppo province, a top Turkish official said Friday.

Camps full as tens of thousands flee regime in Syria's Aleppo

Birut - Camps for the displaced along Syria's border with Turkey are at full capacity, aid workers say, as tens of thousands flee a major government offensive in Aleppo province.

Syrian refugee children to join Rio carnival parade

Rio De Janeiro - Refugee children from Syria and other conflict-torn countries will be treated to a place in Rio de Janeiro's exuberant carnival parade on Tuesday, UN officials said.

30,000 Syrian refugees mass at Turkish border: Turkey PM

Ankara - Around 30,000 Syrians are at the Turkish border after fleeing a Russia-backed regime offensive on the northern region of Aleppo, Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said.

Up to 20,000 stranded at Syria border with Turkey: UN

Birut - Up to 20,000 Syrians fleeing a government advance in northern Aleppo province have gathered at a border crossing with Turkey, the United Nations said on Friday.

Germany urges strict budget policy to cope with refugees

Frankfurt - Germany's top priority at the moment is taking in and integrating the huge influx of refugees, but that will require a very strict handling of the country's public finances, finance minister Wolfgang Schaeuble said in a newspaper interview Thursday.

Australia churches to offer sanctuary to asylum-seekers

Sydney - Australian church leaders Thursday said they would offer sanctuary to asylum-seekers facing removal to a remote Pacific camp, vowing to defy the government's harsh immigration rules.

Google donating 25,000 new Chromebook laptops to refugees

Google has announced it will donate 25,000 Chromebooks to refugees fleeing countries like Syria for the safety of Europe. The company says Chromebooks will be a good option for refugees because of the range of software available.

Jordan queen hits back at cartoon of drowned Syria boy

Amman - Jordan's Queen Rania has hit back at a cartoon in French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo depicting drowned Syrian toddler Aylan Kurdi as a grown-up committing sexual harassment in Germany.

Self-harm at Australia detention centres once every two days: Report

Sydney - Self-harm by asylum-seekers being held at Australia's offshore detention centres takes place on average once every two days, a report said Saturday, with some prospective refugees swallowing poison, cutting themselves and attempting suicide.

Syrians fleeing war take chances at remote Jordan crossing

- Abdelhadi Zarara, six children in tow, juggles with his emotions as he crosses into Jordan, as thousands of other Syrian refugees wait in no-man's land hoping their turn will come.

As Danes debate, Swiss already seizing refugees' cash

Ginebra - As Denmark faces a barrage of criticism over its controversial plan to seize refugees' valuables, Switzerland has already been doing so for years, Swiss authorities said Friday.

Syrian refugee invited to Obama's State of Union address

Washington - A newly arrived Syrian refugee with a harrowing story and a Muslim former US soldier will be among the White House invitees at President Barack Obama's final State of the Union address on Tuesday.

Over 1 million refugees face freezing winter

More than 1 million refugees face sub-zero temperatures and increased risk of illness on Europe's borders and in the Middle East. Harsh winter conditions will see temperatures fall to -11C in the Balkans.

Norway to turn back asylum seekers on Swedish border

Oslo - Norway said Tuesday it would start turning back refugees without visas arriving from elsewhere in the passport-free Schengen zone, particularly Sweden.

70% of Syrian refugees in Lebanon live in 'extreme poverty': UN

Birut - More than two-thirds of Syrian refugees in Lebanon live in extreme poverty, according to a United Nations study published Wednesday, up nearly 50 percent from last year.

UN refugee agency receives record pledges for 2016

Ginebra - The UN refugee agency said Tuesday it has received pledges of over $687 million for 2016, the highest amount ever, amid ongoing "mega emergencies" in Syria, South Sudan and elsewhere.
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Internally displaced people in North Kivu.
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a typical citizenship ceremony after you've jumped all the Canadian government hurdles; but don't think you can bring your mother any time soon.
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Somali refugees sharing a meal in an Ethiopian tent
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Refugees from southeastern Ukraine wait after arriving at a refugee camp in the Russian border city of Donetsk near Rostov on Don, on August 6, 2014
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Internally displaced people, fleeing to safety from the civil war in Syria.
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A refugee camp outside the airport in Bangui, C.A.R. where over 189,000 people have fled, seeking protection from the violence.
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Protesters rally on September 26, 2014 in Sydney opposing Australia's plan to send asylum-seekers to Cambodia
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A refugee family falls into a river they try cross on their way to Macedonia from a makeshift camp at the Greek-Macedonian border, near the Greek village of Idomeni on March 14, 2016
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Migrants on the Hungarian M1 motorway on their march towards the Austrian border.
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Syrian refugees shout slogans against Assad at Boynuyogun refugee camp in Hatay province on the Turkish-Syrian border
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