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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.

Rwanda allegedly fueling war in Burundi says refugee organization Special

Rwanda stands accused of fueling a brutal insurgency in neighboring Burundi that could morph into a regional war, an international refugee organization warned Sunday.

Prosecutors seek 35 years' jail over death of refugee toddler

Ankara - Turkish prosecutors Thursday demanded 35-year jail terms for two alleged people-smugglers blamed for the death of a three-year-old boy whose beached corpse came to symbolise Syria's refugee crisis, local media reported.

First Canadian plane of Syrian refugees to arrive Thursday

Ottawa - The first of 25,000 Syrian refugees to be resettled in Canada will arrive in the country on Thursday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said, declaring it will be "a great day.

Op-Ed: Cheap oil sinking stock markets

Cheap oil has already affected global markets and economies in countless ways, from disrupting Venezuelan politics to sinking the Russian ruble and introducing the world to “low-flation.”

UN appeals for record $20.1-bn for aid work in 2016

Ginebra - The United Nations appealed Monday for a record $20.1 billion (18.6 billion euros) to provide aid to a surging number of people hit by conflicts and disasters around the globe.

In Sweden, migrants live in fear of arson attacks

Lund - "I came from my room to see what was happening. I saw the fire and ran outside," says Dawit, a 13-year-old Ethiopian boy living in a Swedish centre for asylum seekers.

No discrimination against Syrian refugees, UN urges

New York - The United Nations took aim Monday at politicians who want to end the resettlement of Syrian refugees following the Paris attacks, saying the "rhetoric" showed disrespect and that there can be no discrimination.

Obama meets refugees as bitter Syria debate rages

Kuala Lumpur - US President Barack Obama said the world must offer haven to refugees, as he visited a Malaysian centre for displaced children Saturday amid a bitter and racially tinged US debate over the Syria exodus.

White House hopeful Carson compares Syrian refugees to rabid dogs

Washington - US Republican presidential hopeful Ben Carson compared refugees fleeing Syria's civil war and Islamic State extremists to rabid dogs.

UN warns Europe against 'backtracking' on migrant commitments

Ginebra - The United Nations on Tuesday urged states not to "backtrack" on pledges made to host migrants and refugees, including from Syria, in the wake of the attacks in Paris.

Wary U.S. states shun Syria refugees after Paris attacks

Washington - Nearly half of the 50 US states have moved to shut the door on Syrian refugees as Republican lawmakers urged a halt to the resettlement program, citing security fears following the Paris attacks.

No need for complete rethink on refugees after Paris attack: Juncker

Antalya - European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said Sunday there was no need for a complete review of the bloc's refugee policy after the Paris attacks claimed by Islamic State jihadists.

UN warns of Lesbos chaos as Med migrant crossings pass 800,000

Ginebra - More than 800,000 migrants and refugees have crossed the Mediterranean to Europe this year, the UN said Friday, warning the Greek island of Lesbos especially was overstretched, with thousands, including young children, forced to sleep outside.

Italian diplomat Grandi to be new UN refugee chief

New York - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday announced the appointment of Italian diplomat Filippo Grandi as the new UN refugee chief, tasked with handling the world's worst refugee crisis.

Refugees in tiny Sumte complain about boring German village life

Newly arrived refugees to the tiny German village of Sumte, where Muslim migrants will soon outnumber native residents seven to one, are complaining about the food and "boring" small town.

Sumte: Syrian refugees will outnumber German villagers 7 to 1

Residents of the tiny German village of Sumte, population 102, are appalled the sleepy hamlet will be forced to accommodate 750 Syrian refugees this week despite the lack of infrastructure to house and feed the Muslim migrants.

Syrian refugees complain about free housing in Swedish woods

Syrian refugees seeking asylum in Sweden are upset that they've been assigned temporary housing in the Swedish woods, which they say are too scary compared to war-ravaged Syria.
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