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Turkey says only Syrian refugees can cross border to Kobane

Ankara - Turkey on Wednesday said only Syrian refugees would be allowed to cross its border to fight jihadists for the mainly Kurdish Syrian town of Kobane, rejecting calls from the West to fully open the frontier.

Asylum-seekers 'abused' in German refugee centres

Berlin - German police Monday started an investigation into six private security guards at a refugee centre accused of assaulting and humiliating asylum seekers in ways that drew comparisons to abuse against Guantanamo Bay prisoners.

UN rights body urges new push to stem migrant sea deaths

Geneva - The UN Human Rights Council on Friday urged countries to step up efforts to stem the string of sea tragedies that claim the lives of thousands of desperate migrants.

The 300: Kurdish fighters enter Syria, try to stop ISIS advances

As an estimated 66,000 Kurds poured over the Syrian boarder into Turkey, fearful of being slaughtered by advancing ISIS forces. More than 300 Kurdish fighters from Iraq and Turkey have entered Syria in hopes of stopping the militant's onslaught.

Oxfam urges rich nations to take 5% of Syria refugees

Damascus - British charity Oxfam called Tuesday on rich nations to commit to accepting between them at least five percent of Syria's three million refugees and urged them to increase aid contributions.

Op-Ed: Rwanda, in crisis, uses coercive force to achieve justice

What happens when moral law is absent and the arbitrary exercise of power becomes the only means of delivering justice? Tyranny ensues.

U.S. forces assess Iraq mountain refugees' needs

Dohuk - U.S. troops assessed the situation Wednesday of thousands of civilian refugees trapped by jihadists on a northern Iraqi mountain, after the United States carried out air strikes against Islamic State militants.

Clashes kill two in rebel bastion Donetsk as UN warns of mass exodus

Donetsk - At least two civilians were killed in heavy clashes on the outskirts of the main rebel-held bastion of Donetsk in east Ukraine on Tuesday, as the UN warned of a "massive exodus and destruction" if fighting intensified.

Residents running away from war in eastern Ukraine

Donetsk - At a rebel checkpoint in war-torn eastern Ukraine, camouflaged gunmen on a deserted road hurriedly wave through cars with hand-written signs reading "children" taped to their windscreens.

UN urges Europe to bolster Mediterranean plan as migrant toll hits 800

Geneva - UN refugee agency chief Antonio Guterres on Thursday urged European governments to step up efforts to rescue and host migrants who cross the Mediterranean, as this year's death toll reached 800.

Op-Ed: Christians are under siege in the Middle East

Mosul - As the world turns their attention to the continued tragedy of more war and death in Gaza, Christians in the Middle East are fleeing like Palestinians from Israeli bombs.

Next stop Russia for those fleeing rebel-held Donetsk

Donetsk - When young mother Natasha woke up to find her quiet suburb suddenly on the frontline of fighting between Ukrainian troops and pro-Moscow rebels -- she knew it was time to pack up her three kids and get out.

Palestinian Syrians denied refuge in Lebanon

Beirut - As Palestinian-Syrian refugees try to escaped their warn torn country, they try to find refuge in a safer land. A new report by Amnesty International shows Lebanon is barring the refugees from entering the country.

UN says 110,000 have fled to Russia from Ukraine

Donetsk - Some 110,000 people have fled to Russia from Ukraine while more than 54,000 have been displaced inside the conflict-torn country, the UN said Friday.

More than 50 million driven from homes by war, crisis

Geneva - The number of people driven from their homes by conflict and crisis has topped 50 million for the first time since World War II, with Syrians hardest hit, the UN refugee agency said Friday.The UNHCR said there were 51.

As families flee, Donetsk rebels offer shelter, food and prayers

Donetsk - Her eyes red, Valentina Chebanova sat opposite her seven-year-old granddaughter as a group of women and children waited to be bussed to Russia by rebels in Ukraine's southeastern city of Donetsk."I lived all my life here...

Op-Ed: The 'Syrian snowball effect'

We talk quite a bit about the tragic plight of refugees but rarely about the impact they have on the rest of the world. In this article we will go over how the Syrian refugee problem naturally builds up and how it will have an impact on us all.

Number of Syria refugees registered in Lebanon over 1mn

Beirut - The number of Syrians registered as refugees in Lebanon after fleeing war in their country has surpassed one million, the UN refugee agency said on Thursday.

With no place to go, refugee family stranded at Paris airport

Fed up with the strife in her native Eritrea, Simreth Wolbgeber took her family of eight and fled to France. Now she finds herself trapped by the EU's byzantine rules regarding refugees, forcing her family to live at the airport for more than a week.

Amnesty condemns 'shameful' Cyprus treatment of migrants

Nicosia - Amnesty International on Tuesday condemned what it termed the "shameful" treatment of migrants and asylum-seekers in Cyprus, saying they were being detained in prison-like conditions for extended periods awaiting deportation.Refugees from the conflict ...

Influx of asylum-seekers strains German shelters

Berlin - Germany has attracted more political asylum seekers than any other EU nation, but now the massive influx is straining the system, with crowded Berlin shelters sounding the alarm.Arrivals, mainly from eastern Europe, jumped by almost two-thirds in 2013 ...

Influx of asylum-seekers strains German shelters

Berlin - Germany has attracted more political asylum seekers than any other EU nation, but now the massive influx is straining the system, with crowded Berlin shelters sounding the alarm.Arrivals, mainly from eastern Europe, jumped by almost two-thirds in 2013 ...

Tatars flee Crimea for western Ukraine

Lviv - In the city of Lviv, across Ukraine from the crisis gripping Crimea, a group of Tatars fleeing the troubled peninsula disembarks on a train platform looking for security away from Russian forces."I'm scared for my children as long as Russian soldiers a...

Angelina Jolie visits with displaced Syrian refugee children

This past weekend, actress and United Nations Special Envoy Angelina Jolie made a surprise visit to Lebanon to meet with displaced Syrian refugees.

UN urges nations to take in 100,000 Syrian refugees

Eaux-vives - The UN refugee agency on Friday urged countries outside the Middle East to open their doors to 100,000 Syrians who need to find a haven outside their conflict-hit region.The call from the United Nations high commissioner for refugees follows an earlier...

'Massive' refugee influx in Italy: Official

Rome - The number of refugees landing in Italy rose tenfold in January, the country's deputy interior minister said on Tuesday, complaining of an "incessant and massive influx of migrants".

Refugees in Hong Kong continue to struggle Special

Long-awaited welfare changes to affect thousands of refugees, have come into effect this weekend in Hong Kong. But not everyone is satisfied with them.

Ex-Kagame escort tortured, threatened; US urges fair trial Special

A Rwandan refugee who was illegally returned to Rwanda to face trial on rebellion charges has pleaded guilty after being severely beaten in detention, his wife and a rights activist have confirmed.

Amnesty International: Syrian refugees 'denied entry into Jordan'

Amnesty International is urging global support to help Jordan and other countries welcoming people fleeing the civil war in Syria end border restrictions, so that these people may find peaceful, safe homes.

32 migrants from Morocco rescued at sea by Spain

Thirty-two African migrants were rescued by Spanish coastguards on Monday when they tried to cross the Straits of Gibraltar in flimsy boats.
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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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Iraqi Chaldean Christians fleeing to neighboring Jordan.
Iraqi Chaldean Christians fleeing to neighboring Jordan.
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George Clooney discusses  about the situation in Sudan with President Barack Obama at the White Hous...
George Clooney discusses about the situation in Sudan with President Barack Obama at the White House in October 2010.
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A sprawl of tents has cropped up at Zam Zam Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) Camp  in El Fasher  N...
A sprawl of tents has cropped up at Zam Zam Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) Camp, in El Fasher, North Darfur, as tens of thousands have sought protection there following fresh clashes between the Government of Sudan and rebel forces.
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A refugee woman with her grandchildren in Gaza  Jabalia Refugee Camp
A refugee woman with her grandchildren in Gaza, Jabalia Refugee Camp
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Villagers fleeing their homes in Sake  in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC)’s North Kivu ...
Villagers fleeing their homes in Sake, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC)’s North Kivu province, after fighting erupted between FARDC Government forces and rebel groups
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Tunisian refugee in Sicily.
Tunisian refugee in Sicily.
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Somali refugees sharing a meal in an Ethiopian tent
Somali refugees sharing a meal in an Ethiopian tent
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Internally displaced people in North Kivu.
Internally displaced people in North Kivu.
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Congolese refugees in the Nakivale refugee settlement in southwest Uganda.
Congolese refugees in the Nakivale refugee settlement in southwest Uganda.
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The Grand Prince Hotel Akasaka  Tokyo  Japan
The Grand Prince Hotel Akasaka, Tokyo, Japan
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Refugee in Italy
Refugee in Italy
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a typical citizenship ceremony after you ve jumped all the Canadian government hurdles; but don t th...
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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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.
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A Bangladeshi man waits at the immigration centre in Sallum  Egypt  near the border with Libya  as h...
A Bangladeshi man waits at the immigration centre in Sallum, Egypt, near the border with Libya, as his passport is checked by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and Bangladeshi embassy officials. He is among the thousands stranded in this border town after fleeing the ongoing crisis in Libya.
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Zaatari is a refugee camp in Jordan  to host Syrians fleeing the violence in the ongoing Syrian civi...
Zaatari is a refugee camp in Jordan, to host Syrians fleeing the violence in the ongoing Syrian civil war that erupted in 2011. On July 4, 2013, the camp population was estimated at 144,000 refugees
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A refugee camp outside the airport in Bangui  C.A.R. where over 189 000 people have fled  seeking pr...
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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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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Syrian refugees shout slogans against Assad at Boynuyogun refugee camp in Hatay province on the Turk...
Syrian refugees shout slogans against Assad at Boynuyogun refugee camp in Hatay province on the Turkish-Syrian border
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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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