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More than 50 million driven from homes by war, crisis: UN
More than 50 million driven from homes by war, crisis: UN

The number of people driven from their homes by conflict and crisis has topped 50 million for the first time since World War II, with Syria hardest hit, the UN refugee agency said.

More than 50 million driven from homes by war, crisis: UN
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62 African migrants, crew drown in boat tragedy off Yemen: UN

Sixty migrants from Ethiopia and Somalia along with two Yemeni crew members drowned on May 31 in the worst such tragedy off the coast of Yemen this year, the UN said.

62 African migrants, crew drown in boat tragedy off Yemen: UN
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Two aid workers killed in Mali landmine blast: officials

Two Malian aid workers were killed when their vehicle drove over a landmine in restive north-west Mali, officials told AFP.

Two aid workers killed in Mali landmine blast: officials
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 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
Syria army in hot pursuit of rebels on Lebanon border
Syria army in hot pursuit of rebels on Lebanon border

Syrian regime forces were Monday readying an assault on the last rebel-held areas in the Qalamoun mountains, strategically located on the Lebanese border, after overrunning key opposition bastion Yabrud.

Syria army in hot pursuit of rebels on Lebanon border
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
Jerusalem buried in snow as rare storm pounds Mideast
Jerusalem buried in snow as rare storm pounds Mideast

A fierce winter storm shut down much of the Middle East Friday, burying Jerusalem in snow, flooding parts of Gaza and bringing frigid, wet weather to war-ravaged Syria.

Jerusalem buried in snow as rare storm pounds Mideast
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Morocco unveils scheme to recognise illegal immigrants

Morocco has unveiled details of an "exceptional operation" to give official papers to some of its 25,000-40,000 illegal immigrants from sub-Saharan Africa, many of whom hope to reach Europe.

Morocco unveils scheme to recognise illegal immigrants

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