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January 8, 2019 7:10 AM Rahaf al-Qunun: UNHCR 'grateful' Saudi woman not deported

The UN's refugee agency has said it is "very grateful" that officials in Thailand did not deport an 18-year-old Saudi woman who fled her family at the weekend. Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun refused to board a flight from Bangkok to Kuwait on Monday and had barricaded herself into her airport hotel room. She said she feared her family would kill her as she had renounced 114

June 19, 2018 5:44 PM UN say record 68.5 million people displaced worldwide

A record 68.5 million people have been forced to flee their homes due to war, violence and persecution, notably in places like Myanmar and Syria, the UN said today. By the end of 2017, the number was nearly three million higher than the previous year and showed a 50-percent increase from the 42.7 million uprooted from their homes a decade ago, according 39

June 17, 2018 5:21 PM Angelina Jolie visits children and families in Iraqi camp for 33,000 refugees fleeing war in Syria

A day after walking bombed out streets of war-torn Mosul, Angelina Jolie toured a refugee camp holding 33,000 refugees as a result of seven-year conflict in Syria. The Hollywood star called the scene of destruction in Iraq as 'the worst' she's ever seen during her 17-year humanitarian work with United Nations. 'This is the worst devastation I have seen in all my years 24

April 13, 2018 3:06 PM Nearly 500 migrants rescued from central Mediterranean

The Italian coastguard says three separate operations saw hundreds of people rescued from inflatable boats. The migrants were rescued in three separate operations on the sea the crossing between Libya and Italy. Considered the deadliest crossing in the world, the stretch of water has become a route for hundreds of thousands of people attempting to reach 62

April 9, 2018 5:42 PM Over 4,000 Chadian refugees in Sudan returned home: UN

More than 4,000 Chadian refugees who lived in two camps in Sudan's war-torn region of Darfur have voluntarily returned to their country since December, the UN refugee agency said Monday. About 4,000 Chadians remain in the state of Central Darfur, most of them having arrived in the area to flee hostilities in Chad between the government and opposition 24

December 28, 2017 12:28 PM Zimbabwean family have been stuck in Bangkok airport for TWO MONTHS with fellow travellers giving their children Christmas presents in echo of film The Terminal

A Zimbabwean family has been marooned at Bangkok's main airport for two months drawing comparisons with the Tom Hanks film, The Terminal. The family of four adults and four children - who are aged between two and 11-years-old - have been trying to leave Thailand since late October. But they lack visas for onward travel, refuse to return to Zimbabwe and are denied 32

December 15, 2017 2:10 PM Massive Attack on DJ Pete Tong over use of Unfinished Symphony on tour

The DJ's latest tour has been slammed as a "nostalgia nightmare roadshow" by one of the founding members of Massive Attack. A version of their 1991 hit Unfinished Symphony features on Tong's Ibiza Classics album, which was released earlier this year and is the subject of his ongoing UK tour. The Brit Award-winning band have asked the DJ to donate proceeds 63

December 8, 2017 10:41 AM UN warns against any hasty returns of Rohingya to Myanmar

GENEVA, Dec 8 (Reuters) - The United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) said on Friday that peace and stability must be restored in Myanmar's northern Rakhine state before any Rohingyas can return from Bangladesh, under international standards on voluntary repatriation. "It is critical that the returns are not rushed or premature," UNHCR spokesman Adrian 16

November 24, 2017 9:31 AM UNHCR decries PNG police removal of refugees, demands protection

GENEVA, Nov 24 (Reuters) - The United Nations refugee agency UNHCR on Friday denounced the use of force by Papua New Guinean police to remove refugees and asylum seekers from a centre on Manus island and called for them to be protected. Papua New Guinean police cleared the remaining asylum-seekers from a shuttered Australian-run detention complex on Friday 17

September 5, 2017 4:10 AM Why is India threatening to deport its Rohingya population?

India's announcement that it plans to deport its Rohingya population is an attempt to curry favour with Buddhist-majority Myanmar ahead of an official visit by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, writes Subir Bhaumik in Yangon. Three days before Rohingya militants attacked police posts in Myanmar's Rakhine state, killing 12 members of the security forces and triggering 74