1. UN: Number of Syrian Refugees Passes 5 million

    The number of refugees who have fled the war in Syria now exceeds five million with millions more displaced internally, according to the UN. The first three months of 2017 saw more than 250,000 additional Syrians register as refugees bringing the total to 5.1 million, the UN's refugee agency UNHCR said on its website, without providing an explanation for the apparent surge.
  2. IGAD Summit: Refugee camp never meant to be permanent home

    Heads of State from Kenya, Somalia, Uganda, Ethiopia, Djibouti and South Sudan on Saturday met in the Kenyan capital Nairobi for the special Intergovernmental Authority on Development IGAD Summit on Somali Refugees. More than two million Somalis have been displaced since 1991 and the country now faces its third famine in 25 years.
  3. Refugees Got Talent

    "We wanted the residents of the camp to forget their worries," says Mahmoud. "And we also wanted them to remember who they were before the war. With everything that's happened to us, many of us have forgotten who we are and how we used to be back home, when we lived a relatively normal life before the war took over. We lost our way. At the very least, we wanted to put a smile on people's faces."
  4. Sanaa protest marks second Yemen conflict anniversary

    Tens of thousands of Yemenis have rallied in the capital, Sanaa, to mark the second anniversary of a war between a Saudi-led military coalition and rebels who had overthrown the government.The conflict has claimed the lives of more than 10,000 people and pushed the impoverished country to the brink of famine , according to the United Nations.
  5. In west Mosul, 'nowhere is safe for civilians'

    The Iraqi army on Sunday resumed operations against ISIL in Mosul after a one-day pause, amid growing concerns over an escalating civilian death toll as fierce fighting spreads to the city's most densely populated areas. The offensive was briefly put on hold after local officials and residents in west Mosul said suspected US-led coalition air raids last week had killed scores of civilians at the ISIL-held al-Jadida district.
  6. Trump administration hosts first anti-ISIL meeting

    Foreign ministers from 68 countries are meeting in Washington, DC, to agree on the next steps to defeat ISIL, the first such gathering of the US-led military coalition since the election of President Donald Trump in November.
  7. UN: 400,000 Iraqis 'trapped in Mosul's Old City'

    Some 600,000 people remain in the parts of western Mosul held by ISIL, including 400,000 who are "trapped" in the Old City under siege-like conditions, according to the United Nations. The Iraqi military launched the most recent offensive on western Mosul, the largest remaining ISIL stronghold in Iraq, on February 19, after retaking the city's eastern side.
  8. Turkish Foreign Minister threatens to cancel EU refugee deal

    The foreign minister of Turkey has threatened to cancel his country’s refugee deal with the European Union. Mevlut Cavusoglu’s comments came after several European countries prevented Turkish politicians from holding rallies for a referendum on extending powers for the Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
  9. IOM: 525 refugees die at sea in first few weeks of 2017

    From January 1 to March 9, at least 521 people drowned while attempting to cross the treacherous sea compared with 471 in the same period a year ago. At least another four refugees died on Friday, bringing the 2017 death toll to 525 people, according to IOM.
  10. UN cuts financial help to Syrian workers in Lebanon

    Syrian refugees with the legal right to work in Lebanon will soon lose financial assistance from the United Nations. It's part of an agreement between the Lebanese government and the UN's refugee agency, but some aid groups have warned it could encourage joblessness.
  11. Hungary passes bill to detain all asylum seekers

    Hungary's parliament has approved the automatic detention of all asylum seekers in container camps at the country's southern borders, despite a fierce backlash from human rights groups. Under the new legislation, asylum seekers entering Hungary and those already in the country will be detained or moved to the container camps.
  12. Austria pushes for exemption to stem asylum seekers

    We’ve already taken in our fair share – the message from Austria, who says it is seeking an exemption from having to accept more asylum seekers under an EU relocation scheme
  13. Children among migrants found drowned off Turkish coast

    At least 11 people from Syria, including five children, are dead after their plastic boat sank off Turkey. Some 22 migrants were on the boat, using a sea route where these kinds of drownings have largely been prevented in recent months.
  14. 2016 Human Rights Report

    The US Department of State released its Country Reports on Human Rights Practices 2016, cover internationally recognized individual, civil, political, and worker rights, as set forth in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other international agreements.

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