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13.6m displaced by wars in Iraq and Syria: UN

About 13.6 million people, equivalent to the population of London, have been displaced by conflicts in Syria and Iraq, and many are without food or shelter as winter starts, the UN refugee agency UNHCR said on Tuesday. Amin Awad,

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Kurds seize Iraq/Syria border post

Iraqi Kurdish troops drove Islamic State fighters from a strategic border crossing with Syria on Tuesday and won the support of members of a major Sunni tribe, in one of the biggest successes since US forces began bombing the Islamists.

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More than 50 million displaced worldwide: UN

More than 50 million people were forcibly uprooted worldwide at the end of last year, the highest level since after World War Two, as people fled crises from Syria to South Sudan, the UN refugee agency said on Friday. Half are chi

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UN feeds record 3.8 million in Syria

The U.N.'s World Food Programme (WFP) delivered rations to a record 3.8 million people in Syria in December, but civilians in eastern provinces and besieged towns near the capital remain out of reach, a spokeswoman said on Tuesday.

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UN appeals for $6.5bn Syria aid

The United Nations appealed for $6.5 billion for Syria and neighbouring countries on Monday to provide assistance to a total of 16 million people, many left hungry or homeless by the conflict soon entering its fourth year. The Syr

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Jordan's growth hit by Syrian refugee burden

The cost of accommodating hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees in Jordan is hampering the economy's ability to grow substantially beyond a three to 3.5 percent IMF annual growth target for the next two years, the central bank governor sa

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Etihad, Red Crescent deliver aid to Syrian refugees

UAE national airline Etihad said it has joined forces with the UAE Red Crescent Authority to provide humanitarian support to Syrian refugees in Jordan. Volunteers from Etihad and the UAE Red Crescent recently visited the Emirati J

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Italy boat toll up 34, another vessel in trouble

Italian and Maltese naval vessels have recovered 34 bodies and rescued 206 people from a migrant boat which capsized on Friday while a rescue ship was dispatched to help another boat in distress, the Italian navy said on Saturday.

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Syrian refugee numbers hit 2m in ‘tragedy of century’

More than two million refugees have now fled Syria's civil war in human suffering unparalleled in recent history, the United Nations said on Tuesday. Of the total Syrian population of about 20 million, either inside or outside

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Bahrain opens centre for Syrian refugees

Bahrain has opened a psychological counselling centre to help Syrian refugees, a report said. Plans for the centre were announced in February as part of a $2 million pledge to build schools in the Zaatari Refugee Camp in Jordan, a

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