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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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Legislations to seize control of displaced houses and funds

Legislations to seize control of displaced houses and funds

Translation by Dani Ahmed In a recent procedure by regime’s ministry of justice, a new formed committee has deliberated a proposal called the (temporary return) that suggests “to rent empty houses that their owners have left in the current...

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Syria now blighted by joblessness, desperation, new UN report finds

Syria now blighted by joblessness, desperation, new UN report finds

Even as the death toll from Syria’s three-year civil war continues to rise, the country’s human development has also suffered immense collateral damage – the economy has been gutted, the healthcare system is in ruins, and education facilities are “teetering” – according to a...

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Despair and dread grip Syrian refugees on election’s eve

Despair and dread grip Syrian refugees on election’s eve

By Alexander Dziadosz ANJAR Lebanon (Reuters) - A little over a week ago, Syrian refugees began to notice men going around the camps in Lebanon's Bekaa Valley, asking who wanted to vote for president and taking down names. The men identified themselves as members of a...

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UN applauds Uruguay's plan to take Syrian refugees

UN applauds Uruguay's plan to take Syrian refugees

MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay (AP) — The United Nations' refugee commission expressed gratitude Wednesday that Uruguay is preparing to provide a new home for 100 children orphaned by Syria's civil war. Senior regional UNHCR official Michelle Alfaro said there are more than 2 million...

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UN: Lebanon will have 1.5M refugees by year's end

UN: Lebanon will have 1.5M refugees by year's end

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Lebanon is under massive pressure as tens of thousands of refugees fleeing the war in neighboring Syria continue to stream in, likely reaching a total of 1.5 million people by the end of the year and heightening tensions in the tiny, overburdened country,...

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Syria war 'forces a family to flee every minute'

Syria war 'forces a family to flee every minute'

The war in Syria is driving one family from their home every minute, pushing the number of people internally displaced by conflict to record highs globally, a report said Wednesday. The study by the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC) said that 33.3 million people...

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U.N. chides donors for not enough aid to Syrian refugees

U.N. chides donors for not enough aid to Syrian refugees

AFP, Zaatari- The United Nations on Sunday rebuked donors for not doing enough to help millions of Syrian refugees in the region as well as host countries, saying “massive” aid is needed. “These countries received about three million registered...

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Jordan opens Syria refugee camp for 130,000 people

Jordan opens Syria refugee camp for 130,000 people

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — A U.N. official says Jordan is opening a new, sprawling tent city to accommodate tens of thousands more Syrian refugees who are expected to flee fighting as their nation's civil war continues unabated. Helene Daubelcour says Jordanian officials will open...

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