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Italian navy rescues 2,500 migrants in 24 hours

The Italian navy on Friday said it had rescued around 2,500 asylum-seekers from 17 boats in the past 24 hours as good weather conditions in the Mediterranean further boost the influx of asylum-seekers trying to reach Europe.

Italian navy rescues 2,500 migrants in 24 hours
Australia's Minister of Immigration and Border Protection Scott Morrison. ©Reuters/Samsul Said
Six hurt as Australia breaks up immigration camp protest

Australia said Tuesday a week-long protest by asylum-seekers at one of its immigration detention centres had been broken up with six people injured.

Six hurt as Australia breaks up immigration camp protest
Sri Lankan asylum-seeker sets himself on fire in Australia
Sri Lankan asylum-seeker sets himself on fire in Australia

A Sri Lankan Tamil asylum-seeker has died after setting himself on fire while awaiting a visa decision in Australia, Immigration Minister Scott Morrison said.

Sri Lankan asylum-seeker sets himself on fire in Australia
60,000 flee inter-jihadist battle in east Syria: NGO
60,000 flee inter-jihadist battle in east Syria: NGO

Around 60,000 people have fled towns in Deir Ezzor province of eastern Syria that have been the scene of fierce clashes between rival jihadists, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

60,000 flee inter-jihadist battle in east Syria: NGO
Small French park becomes home for desperate Syrian families
Small French park becomes home for desperate Syrian families

They ended up there penniless after wandering from country to country for months.

Small French park becomes home for desperate Syrian families
UN evacuates 100 Muslims from C. Africa capital
UN evacuates 100 Muslims from C. Africa capital

The United Nations has evacuated almost 100 Muslims from the capital of the crisis-torn Central African Republic to "save their lives", according to officials.

UN evacuates 100 Muslims from C. Africa capital
Italy grants refugee status to Kazakh tycoon's family
Italy grants refugee status to Kazakh tycoon's family

Italy has granted political refugee status to the family of a Kazakh tycoon, who is in prison in France fighting an extradition order from Russia and Ukraine where he is wanted for massive fraud, lawyers said.

Italy grants refugee status to Kazakh tycoon's family
Italy reports 900 migrants rescued at sea
Italy reports 900 migrants rescued at sea

Italy has rescued 896 migrants crossing the Mediterranean by boat overnight, the navy said on Friday, after the government warned of an "emergency" caused by a surge in new arrivals.

Italy reports 900 migrants rescued at sea
Number of Syria refugees registered in Lebanon surpasses 1 mn: UN
Number of Syria refugees registered in Lebanon surpasses 1 mn: UN

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.

Number of Syria refugees registered in Lebanon surpasses 1 mn: UN
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Children call Australian immigration detention 'hell'

Children held in immigration detention in Australia have described conditions as "hell" with a human rights inquiry Monday detailing many banging their heads, biting themselves and wetting their beds.

Children call Australian immigration detention 'hell'
Morocco threatens to expel Syrians for mosque 'disruption'
Morocco threatens to expel Syrians for mosque 'disruption'

Morocco on Friday threatened to expel some Syrian refugees it accused of "causing disruption to mosques and the faithful" in several towns, after a first warning earlier this month.

Morocco threatens to expel Syrians for mosque 'disruption'
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres. ©Reuters/Luc Gnago
Continuing Syria refugee crisis 'unconscionable': UN

Syria's civil war has forced more than nine million people from their homes, creating the world's largest displaced population, the UN said on Friday, describing the continuing conflict as "unconscionable".

Continuing Syria refugee crisis 'unconscionable': UN
Australia's Prime Minister Tony Abbott. ©Reuters/Dinuka Liyanawatte
Australia asylum policy 'draconian': rights group

Australia has damaged its human rights record by persistently undercutting refugee protections, including a "draconian" policy to send asylum-seekers to Pacific island camps.

Australia asylum policy 'draconian': rights group
Syria refugees in Lebanon drowning in poverty, says Oxfam
Syria refugees in Lebanon drowning in poverty, says Oxfam

Desperate Syrian refugee families in Lebanon are slipping further into debt and poverty, affecting their children's education and their dignity, an international aid agency said Thursday.

Syria refugees in Lebanon drowning in poverty, says Oxfam
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Pacific man bids to become first climate change refugee

A Pacific islander is attempting to become the world's first climate change refugee in New Zealand as rising seas threaten his low-lying homeland.

Pacific man bids to become first climate change refugee
Britain gives $160 million to Syria aid
Britain gives $160 million to Syria aid

Britain on Wednesday gave an extra $160 million to help Syrian refugees as the European Union urged the UN Security Council to do more to ensure humanitarian access.

Britain gives $160 million to Syria aid
One millionth child refugee flees Syria: UN
One millionth child refugee flees Syria: UN

The number of children who have fled war-torn Syria hit one million Friday, while two million kids have been displaced within their homeland's borders by the conflict.

One millionth child refugee flees Syria: UN
Nauru refugee riots follow Australian crackdown
Nauru refugee riots follow Australian crackdown

Buildings were razed as hundreds of asylum-seekers escaped detention during riots at an Australian refugee facility on Nauru.

Nauru refugee riots follow Australian crackdown
Australia closed to boatpeople: PM
Australia closed to boatpeople: PM

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd on Friday announced that no more boatpeople will be resettled in Australia with all unauthorised arrivals to be sent to poverty-stricken Papua New Guinea.

Australia closed to boatpeople: PM
Aidos Sagat (R) and UN High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres (L).
Urker band frontman appointed UNHCR goodwill ambassador in Kazakhstan

Famous Kazakhstan singer and composer Aidos Sagat has been appointed first UN goodwill ambassador for refugees in Kazakhstan.

Urker band frontman appointed UNHCR goodwill ambassador in Kazakhstan