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UN warns of serious threat in Syria refugee crisis

UN warns of serious threat in Syria refugee crisis

GENEVA (AP) — The head of the U.N. refugee agency is warning that the spiraling refugee crisis brought on by Syria's civil war could pose a serious threat to Lebanon's security and destabilize the entire region unless donors quickly provide the unfunded 70 percent of the $3.74...

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Amnesty slams Lebanon ban on Palestinians fleeing Syria

Amnesty slams Lebanon ban on Palestinians fleeing Syria

Lebanon is acting in a "blatantly discriminatory" manner by denying access to Palestinians fleeing the conflict in neighbouring Syria, Amnesty International said in a report on Tuesday. The watchdog said Lebanon has imposed increasingly onerous entry requirements at the border...

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Jordan urges world help to face regional turmoil

Jordan urges world help to face regional turmoil

(AFP)- Jordan's King Abdullah II on Monday appealed for international support to help his country deal with regional turmoil after jihadists in neighbouring Iraq and Syria declared an "Islamic caliphate". "It is important that the international community continue to support...

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KSA to serve Syrians in Jordan meals in Ramadan

KSA to serve Syrians in Jordan meals in Ramadan

The Saudi government has announced that it will offer the Syrian citizens in Jordan with daily meals during the holy month of Ramadan as part of the Kingdom's efforts to alleviate the ongoing sufferings of the Syrian refugees who fled the violence in their country and sought safe refuge...

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Syria rejects Lebanon idea of border refugee camps

Syria rejects Lebanon idea of border refugee camps

A suggestion by Lebanese Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil Friday that refugee camps be set up along the country's border with Syria was swiftly rejected by Damascus's ambassador. Bassil "met ambassadors from the powerful five permanent members of the UN Security Council today...

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Brazil’s Neymar sends video message to Syrian refugee children

Brazil’s Neymar sends video message to Syrian refugee children

Brazilian football ace Neymar da Silva Santos, commonly known as Neymar, has recorded a video addressing two young boys who fled from Syria’s civil war. Jumar, 7, and Limar al-Najm, 10 had waited outside the entrance of Neymar’s hotel in Brasilia in an attempt to ask him to...

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A look at countries generating the most refugees

A look at countries generating the most refugees

GENEVA (AP) — The countries generating the most refugees are all conflict zones. The three biggest refugee populations are from Afghanistan, Somalia and Syria, which together account for more than half of all the world's refugees, according to an annual report by the Geneva-based...

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Turkish Universities recognize Baccalaureate issued in rebel-held areas

Turkish Universities recognize Baccalaureate issued in rebel-held areas

(Reporting by Ahmad Primo; Translation by Yusra Ahmed) The Turkish government has agreed on equalizing and recognition of the Secondary certificate given by the National Coalition last year what may allow 6000 Syrian students would be able to...

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UN must act to save refugees, says Amnesty

UN must act to save refugees, says Amnesty

London, June 20 (IANS) The UN Security Council is failing to maintain international peace and security in conflict zones, Amnesty International said on World Refugee Day Friday. Amnesty urged Security Council members to act more decisively to protect civilians and prevent...

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Number of Syrian refugees in Turkey exceeds 1 million: minister

Number of Syrian refugees in Turkey exceeds 1 million: minister

ANKARA (Reuters) - The number of Syrians who are housed in refugee camps and cities in neighboring Turkey has reached 1.05 million, Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Besir Atalay told a news conference on Thursday. Ankara has maintained an "open border" policy to refugees fleeing...

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EU should share out refugees rescued at sea: UNHCR

EU should share out refugees rescued at sea: UNHCR

By Steve Scherer ROME (Reuters) - European Union countries should help Italy absorb the huge number of migrants arriving by boat from North Africa, by agreeing to take in people rescued in international waters, a U.N. refugee agency spokeswoman said on Friday. The EU...

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Syrian-born artist now helps child war refugees

Syrian-born artist now helps child war refugees

TAMPA, Florida (AP) — When Lina Safar moved from her native Syria to Florida with her U.S.-born husband in 2010, she assumed she would return occasionally, see her family, walk in her neighborhood and shop at her favorite markets. A year later, her country was engulfed by civil...

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Germany to take in 10,000 more Syrian refugees

Germany to take in 10,000 more Syrian refugees

BERLIN (AP) — Germany plans to take in another 10,000 refugees from Syria, doubling the number of Syrians it is offering to shelter from their country's bloody conflict. The decision was announced Thursday at a meeting of officials from Germany's 16 states, which share...

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Thousands of Syrian refugee children in Lebanon forced to work: aid group

Thousands of Syrian refugee children in Lebanon forced to work: aid group

By Tara Carmichael BEIRUT (Reuters) - At least 50,000 Syrian refugee children in Lebanon are working, often in dire conditions and for 12 hours a day, to pay for food and shelter for their families, aid organisation CARE said. More than a million Syrian refugees live...

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A Taste of Syria, in Exile

A Taste of Syria, in Exile

The scale of the Syrian tragedy is immense. The story is often reduced to numbers: deaths, refugees, sick and wounded. Behind these figures are real people. Rabab Sabbagh, an early revolutionary from Homs, is relatively privileged; she has a job and lives in a proper...

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5 year-old refugee child raped, stabbed to death: Lebanon

5 year-old refugee child raped, stabbed to death: Lebanon

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Kerry announces $290 million more support for Syrian refugees

Kerry announces $290 million more support for Syrian refugees

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry announced Wednesday an additional $290 million of aide for U.N. agencies working on the Syrian refugee issue. Kerry made the announcement during a visit to Lebanon, which marks the first in five years by a U.S. secretary of state and comes...

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Syrians who return home to lose Lebanon refugee status

Syrians who return home to lose Lebanon refugee status

Syrian refugees in Lebanon will lose their status as such if they return home for a visit, the interior ministry said Saturday. At the same time, there are calls for deporting those who voted in an election in which Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is certain to win. More...

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