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UN chief concerned about deal on return of Myanmar's Rohingya

New York - UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Tuesday expressed concerns after Myanmar and Bangladesh reached a deal on the return of hundreds of thousands of Muslim Rohingyas that sidelined the UN refugee agency.

'Vulnerable' Afghans should be part of EU relocation plan: Greece

Atenas - Greece and refugee agencies on Tuesday called for the European Union to include "vulnerable" Afghans and unaccompanied minors in the EU's relocation programme.

German minister supports age tests for young refugees

Berlin - Germany's interior minister on Wednesday advocated medical tests to estimate the age of undocumented young asylum seekers, despite objections from health care professionals.

US court lifts Trump measures barring some refugees

Washington - A US federal judge on Saturday lifted Trump administration restrictions that barred some refugees from the country, the latest in a series of immigration-related legal setbacks for the president.

In Jordan, Iraqi Christians dream of fresh start abroad

Amman - Inside a church in Jordan, a displaced Iraqi Christian mother dreams of a brighter future for her children far from the war-torn country they were forced to flee.

Countries pledge $857 mln to help world's refugees: UN

Geneva - The United Nations said Tuesday that it had received pledges amounting to $857 million (726 million euros) to fund operations aimed to help an estimated 67 million displaced and stateless people worldwide next year.

US pulls out of UN's Global Compact on Migration

New York - The administration of President Donald Trump has withdrawn the United States from a United Nations pact to improve the handling of migrant and refugee situations, deeming it "inconsistent" with its policies, the US mission to the global body announced ...

Merkel 'horrified' by knife attack on pro-refugee mayor

Berlin - German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Tuesday expressed horror at a near-fatal knife attack against a town mayor, apparently motivated by his pro-refugee stance and which left him with a six-inch neck wound.

German pro-refugee mayor wounded in knife attack

Berlin - A knife attacker injured a German town mayor in an assault which officials Tuesday said appeared motivated by the municipal leader's pro-refugee stance.

Refugees in Algeria yearn for homeland in Western Sahara

A - Selembouha Dadi can only imagine the homeland she dreams of but has never seen, agonisingly out of reach beyond the Algerian refugee camp where she has spent her whole life."They tell me it was beautiful," the 25-year-old told AFP.

Suu Kyi makes first visit to crisis-hit Rakhine

Myanmar's leader Aung San Suu Kyi visited conflict-wracked northern Rakhine for the first time Thursday, under mounting pressure to halt an army crackdown that has forced hundreds of thousands of Rohingya to flee their homes.

Tillerson to visit crisis-hit Myanmar

Washington - Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will go to Myanmar next week, the State Department said, becoming the most senior US official to visit since the start of the Rohingya crisis.

World powers are failing to end conflicts: UN refugee chief

New York - The UN refugee chief told world powers on Thursday they were failing to come up with solutions to a myriad of conflicts causing mass exoduses of people, from Syria to Myanmar.

Cholera risk a 'ticking bomb' for Rohingya refugees: Red Cross

Geneva - The threat of cholera is like a "ticking bomb" for the hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims who have flooded into Bangladesh in recent weeks, the Red Cross chief warned.

Myanmar's Suu Kyi makes first visit to crisis-hit northern Rakhine

Myanmar's leader Aung San Suu Kyi arrived on her first visit to conflict-battered northern Rakhine State on Thursday, an official said, an unannounced trip to an area that has seen most of its Rohingya Muslim population forced out by an army campaign.

Myanmar's Suu Kyi makes first visit to crisis-hit northern Rakhine

Myanmar's leader Aung San Suu Kyi arrived on her first visit to conflict-battered northern Rakhine State on Thursday, an official said, an unannounced trip to an area that has seen most of its Rohingya Muslim population forced out by an army campaign.

Draft UN resolution pressures Myanmar over Rohingya crisis

New York - The UN Security Council is weighing a draft resolution that would pressure Myanmar to address the violence that has driven hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims to flee, according to the text obtained by AFP on Wednesday.

Ai Weiwei on art, exile and refugee film 'Human Flow'

Los Angeles - In the most tender moments of "Human Flow," Ai Weiwei's epic documentary on the worldwide migrant crisis, he is seen hugging, cooking with and cutting the hair of refugees.

Refugees take northern French town to cricket glory

Lille - On a rugby field overlooked by a towering cathedral, a group of young refugees has introduced a small northern French town to the beautiful game of... cricket.

More than two million new refugees this year: UN

Geneva - Conflicts, violence and persecution in Myanmar, South Sudan, Syria and elsewhere have forced more than two million people to flee as refugees this year, the UN refugee chief said Monday.At the end of 2016, a record 65.

HRW accuses Jordan of 'summarily deporting' Syrian refugees

Amman - Human Rights Watch on Monday accused Jordan of "summarily deporting" Syrian refugees despite possible risks of harm to them in their war-torn country.

Bangladesh's PM at UN urges 'safe zones' for Myanmar's Rohingya

New York - Bangladesh's prime minister on Thursday proposed creating UN-supervised safe zones inside Myanmar to protect Rohingya Muslims who are fleeing a military crackdown to seek refuge in her country.

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.
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Refugees from Libya on the Libyan border
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Iraqi Chaldean Christians fleeing to neighboring Jordan.
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Shoe distribution for Syrian refugees in Kilis border camp, November 2012
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Somali refugees sharing a meal in an Ethiopian tent
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