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'Anybody could be a refugee': Ai Weiwei films global crisis

Berlin - Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei has a message for US President Donald Trump, Europe's populist right and those who would shut their national borders to migrants and refugees."A refugee could be anybody.

Syrian refugees shrug off peace talks but dream of home

Amman - Almost six years into a war that has devastated their country, Syrian refugees in Jordan and Lebanon say they expect nothing of peace talks this month but still dream of going home.

World's biggest refugee camp in Kenya to stay open

Nairobi - Kenya's High Court on Thursday blocked the government's decision to close the Dadaab refugee camp -- the world's largest -- and force Somali refugees to return home.

Repatriation and displacement overwhelms war-torn Afghanistan

Jalalabad - Marooned in a tent billowing in the winter wind, Gul Pari's family is among thousands of war-displaced Afghans crammed into settlements alongside a flood of returning refugees, in a double-pronged humanitarian crisis engulfing the country.

Repatriation and displacement overwhelms war-torn Afghanistan

Jalalabad - Marooned in a tent billowing in the winter wind, Gul Pari's family is among thousands of war-displaced Afghans crammed into settlements alongside a flood of returning refugees, in a double-pronged humanitarian crisis engulfing the country.

Repatriation and displacement overwhelms war-torn Afghanistan

Jalalabad - Marooned in a tent billowing in the winter wind, Gul Pari's family is among thousands of war-displaced Afghans crammed into settlements alongside a flood of returning refugees, in a double-pronged humanitarian crisis engulfing the country.

Harsh conditions for Syrians fleeing IS-held Deir Ezzor

Kamishli - Syrians fleeing the Islamic State group in the eastern city of Deir Ezzor are taking dangerous smuggling routes through mined territory to reach safety, but harsh conditions await near the Iraqi border.

Harsh conditions for Syrians fleeing IS-held Deir Ezzor

Kamishli - Syrians fleeing the Islamic State group in the eastern city of Deir Ezzor are taking dangerous smuggling routes through mined territory to reach safety, but harsh conditions await near the Iraqi border.

Harsh conditions for Syrians fleeing IS-held Deir Ezzor

Kamishli - Syrians fleeing the Islamic State group in the eastern city of Deir Ezzor are taking dangerous smuggling routes through mined territory to reach safety, but harsh conditions await near the Iraqi border.

Bangladesh pushes on with Rohingya island plan

Dhaka - Bangladesh authorities are to push ahead with a controversial plan to relocate tens of thousands of Rohingya refugees who arrived from Myanmar to a remote island, according to a government website.

Trump agrees to refugee intake from Australia: Turnbull

Sydney - President Donald Trump will honour a deal struck under his predecessor to accept refugees from remote Pacific camps, Australia's prime minister said Monday amid immigration chaos in the United States.

Op-Ed: Trump's refugee ban is ugly, deadly history repeating itself

It's cliché to say, even during these dire days, that those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it. But in a nation steeped in historical ignorance and enduring racism, it's all too easy to slip back into darkness, as current events prove.

Canada will accept refugees banned from entering U.S.: Trudeau

Ottawa - The prime minister announced Canada will accept refugees refused entry into the United States after Friday's executive order was signed by the president. The Canadian government also announced dual citizens in Canada will not be affected by the order.

In Lebanon camps, Syria refugees slam Trump bar

Berr Elyas - Shivering in their makeshift homes in camps in eastern Lebanon, Syrian refugees ask what they have done to deserve being barred from the United States.

France, Germany 'concerned' about Trump decisions: French FM

Paris - France and Germany are "concerned" over a number of decisions by US President Donald Trump, particularly his move to restrict refugee arrivals, French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault said Saturday.

The US refugee program, a lifeline for thousands

Washington - The US refugee resettlement program that President Donald Trump suspended has long been the world's most generous source of sanctuary for victims of conflict.

UN must strenghten action on human rights: Guterres

New York - Voicing extreme concern over discrimination, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Friday said the United Nations must strengthen its work to improve human rights.

Germany sends second batch of Afghan refugees to Kabul

Kabul - Deported after years of living in Germany, 26 young Afghans arrived in Kabul Tuesday with only one thought in mind: fleeing this war-torn country.Escorted by 80 German police officers, their plane landed shortly after 7.

Germany sends second batch of Afghan refugees to Kabul

Kabul - Deported after years of living in Germany, 26 young Afghans arrived in Kabul Tuesday with only one thought in mind: fleeing this war-torn country.Escorted by 80 German police officers, their plane landed shortly after 7.

Germany sends second batch of Afghan refugees to Kabul

Kabul - Deported after years of living in Germany, 26 young Afghans arrived in Kabul Tuesday with only one thought in mind: fleeing this war-torn country.Escorted by 80 German police officers, their plane landed shortly after 7.

Hong Kong 'Snowden refugees' dream of better life

Hong Kong - Like many four year olds, Sethumdi says she dreams of meeting Father Christmas.But her future is uncertain as her refugee parents fight for a new life abroad after they sheltered fugitive whistleblower Edward Snowden in Hong Kong.

Boko Haram blocking aid to scores of refugees in Cameroon: UN

Geneva - The United Nations warned Friday that the threat from Boko Haram jihadists was complicating efforts to help tens of thousands of Nigerian refugees living in dire conditions in northern Cameroon.

Kenya suspends Dadaab refugee camp closure for six months

Nairobi - Kenya on Wednesday agreed to suspend the closure of Dabaab refugee camp, the world's largest, for six months after coming under fire over the fate of its 280,000 inhabitants, most of them Somalis.

UN fears 'ethnic war' in South Sudan, EU boosts refugee funding

Juba - The UN's special advisor on preventing genocide, Adama Dieng, said he feared escalating ethnic violence in South Sudan, as the EU offered emergency aid for the swelling number of refugees on Friday.

'Inhumane' conditions at Haiti hurricane shelters: UN expert

Port-au-prince - Haitians displaced by Hurricane Matthew are living in "inhumane" conditions in government-run shelters, a United Nations expert said Tuesday.

Libya snubs EU calls for refugee camps on its shores

Vienna - Libya, a key springboard for Europe-bound migrants, on Thursday rejected calls from some EU countries to build refugee camps on its shores, saying the bloc could not "shirk its responsibility".

UN peacekeepers failed to protect civilians in S.Sudan: rights group

Nairobi - UN peacekeepers cowered in their bases rather than risk doing their job of protecting civilians during an outbreak of fighting in South Sudan in July, a rights group said Wednesday.

Afghan refugees return to uncertain future in alien homeland

Nowshera - Mohammad Anwar arrived in Pakistan as a child more than 35 years ago but is leaving as a father, his family among the thousands of uprooted Afghan refugees "returning" to a war-torn homeland many of them have never seen.

Obama draws pledges from 50 countries to take in 360,000 refugees

New York - US President Barack Obama on Tuesday urged countries to "welcome the stranger in our midst" at a summit that drew pledges from 50 countries to take in 360,000 refugees.

Warnings of xenophobia at UN refugee summit

New York - UN member-states adopted a plan on Monday to tackle the biggest refugee crisis since World War II amid dire warnings about rising xenophobia in Europe and the collapse of countries bordering war-shattered Syria.
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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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Rally to for the Government Support Refugee Claimants.
Rally to for the Government Support Refugee Claimants.
Rally to for the Government Support Refugee Claimants. Bill Moore Kilgannon  Public Interest Alberta...
Rally to for the Government Support Refugee Claimants. Bill Moore Kilgannon, Public Interest Alberta.
Refugees leaving Tabanovce camp  crossing from Macedonia to Serbia.
Refugees leaving Tabanovce camp, crossing from Macedonia to Serbia.
Pro-immigration protest in Berlin  Germany. 2015
Pro-immigration protest in Berlin, Germany. 2015
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The Grand Prince Hotel Akasaka  Tokyo  Japan
The Grand Prince Hotel Akasaka, Tokyo, Japan
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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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African refugees in Hong Kong.
African refugees in Hong Kong.
Congolese refugees in the Nakivale refugee settlement in southwest Uganda.
Congolese refugees in the Nakivale refugee settlement in southwest Uganda.
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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.
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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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.
Refugees from southeastern Ukraine wait after arriving at a refugee camp in the Russian border city ...
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
Andrey Kronberg, AFP/File
Iraqi Chaldean Christians fleeing to neighboring Jordan.
Iraqi Chaldean Christians fleeing to neighboring Jordan.
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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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Burundian refugee children at Mahama
Burundian refugee children at Mahama
Refugees leaving Tabanovce camp  crossing from Macedonia to Serbia.
Refugees leaving Tabanovce camp, crossing from Macedonia to Serbia.
Tunisian refugee in Sicily.
Tunisian refugee in Sicily.
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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 family falls into a river they try cross on their way to Macedonia from a makeshift camp a...
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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