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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.

Fleeing war at home, Ukrainians seek security in Poland

Warsaw - For a rising number of Ukrainians, Poland is looking like the promised land as the war at home forces them to seek safe haven in their European Union neighbour."Everyone I know from my region has lost a relative.

Measles outbreak in Germany 10 times worse than in U.S.

Berlin - With the number of confirmed measles cases reaching 110 in the United States, the debate over the safety of vaccination has become heated. But in Germany, there has been scant attention raised over a measles outbreak that is said to be ten times worse .

UN warns refugee camps in South Sudan approaching breaking point

The United Nations is warning that refugee camps in South Sudan are approaching their breaking point as more flee the violence in the Nuba Mountains. This warning comes as fresh fighting in the troubled region has increased.

Syria refugees suffer bitter cold of Lebanon winter

- With just blankets to shield them against the icy wind and rain, Abu Ali's family huddles in a flimsy tent in Lebanon -- among the thousands of Syrian refugees struggling as winter sets in.

Repatriated N. Korean refugees 'presented' before media

Pyongyang - North Korea has held a press conference with nine people it says are the young refugees controversially repatriated from Laos last year, state media confirmed, in a further bid to refute claims they had been imprisoned and executed.

Rally demands the federal government support refugee claimants Special

Edmonton - December 10 was International Human Rights Day, which was chosen by several organizations to hold a rally to call for Canada's federal government to support refugee claimants.

Countries vow to resettle more than 100,000 Syrian refugees: UN

Geneva - Countries have more than doubled the number of Syrian refugees they are willing to resettle to over 100,000, the head of the UN refugee agency said.

UN appeals for record $16.4bn for aid work in 2015

Geneva - The UN appealed Monday for a record $16.4 billion (13.4 billion euros) to provide aid to nearly 60 million people worldwide next year, with almost half the amount aimed at helping victims of Syria's drawn-out conflict.

Public steps up to fund UN food programme for Syrians

Geneva - The United Nations said Friday it would continue providing food assistance for millions of Syrian refugees after a campaign to raise funds on social media secured $21.5 million (17.5 million euros) in the first 24 hours.But a further $42.

UN suspends food aid to 1.7 million Syrian refugees

Rome - The World Food Programme (WFP) suspended food aid to more than 1.7 million Syrian refugees in neighbouring countries, blaming a financing crisis caused by unhonoured cash pledges.

UN suspends food aid to 1.7 million Syrian refugees

Rome - The World Food Programme (WFP) on Monday suspended food aid to more than 1.7 million Syrian refugees in neighbouring countries, blaming a financing crisis caused by unhonoured cash pledges.

Rescued Syria refugees living in Cyprus limbo

Nicosia - Amr spent three days and nights adrift in the Mediterranean, battered by a storm in a fishing boat crammed with hundreds more Syrian refugees who thought they were going to die."We spent days at sea with no food and no water.

Pygmies and Bantus flee a war caused by a tryst

- It all began with a love affair a year ago between a Bantu and his Pygmy mistress, a tryst that so unnerved the enemy peoples of Congo's troubled Katanga province that war broke out.

Anti-foreigner protesters rally in German capital

Berlin - About 500 protesters, among them neo-Nazis and angry local residents, protested in the German capital on Saturday against the construction of a centre for refugees seeking political asylum.

Turkey fears '2-3 million more refugees' if Aleppo falls

Ankara - Turkey fears another two to three million Syrian refugees could cross its borders if the region of Syria's second city of Aleppo is overrun either by Islamist extremists or regime forces, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said Tuesday.

Pope says Italy immigrant tensions a 'social emergency'

- Pope Francis on Sunday described violent attacks on refugees in Rome as symptomatic of a "social emergency" that will only get worse if it is not addressed.

Italy's immigration crisis moves from sea to streets

Rome - "Why do they have to be taken care of? It's me that needs taking care of!"Like many of Italy's poor, 51-year-old Elvio has had enough. And the unemployed construction worker thinks he knows who to blame.

Grateful for US strikes, Syrian Kurds name baby 'Obama'

Suru - Sultan Muslim, a Syrian Kurd, had no doubt what to name her seventh child when he was born, safely in Turkey, after a harrowing month-long flight from her home in Kobane: Obama.
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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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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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Refugees wait in front of a hostel building ran by pro-Russian rebels in the center of Donetsk  on A...
Refugees wait in front of a hostel building ran by pro-Russian rebels in the center of Donetsk, on August 4, 2014
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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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People on the run earlier this year in Central African Republic.
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People on the run earlier this year in Central African Republic. UNHCR / D. Mbaiorem
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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.
African refugees in Hong Kong.
African refugees in Hong Kong.
Iraqi Chaldean Christians fleeing to neighboring Jordan.
Iraqi Chaldean Christians fleeing to neighboring Jordan.
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Refugee in Italy
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Refugees from Libya on the Libyan border
Refugees from Libya on the Libyan border
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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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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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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.
Congolese refugees in the Nakivale refugee settlement in southwest Uganda.
Congolese refugees in the Nakivale refugee settlement in southwest Uganda.
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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
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George Clooney discusses about the situation in Sudan with President Barack Obama at the White House in October 2010.
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Tunisian refugee in Sicily.
Tunisian refugee in Sicily.
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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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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 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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