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June 10, 2014 1:33 PM Angelina Jolie, Hague, vow action against sexual violence in war

LONDON (Reuters) - Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie and Foreign Secretary William Hague vowed on Tuesday to ensure the world's first summit on ending sexual violence in conflict resulted in practical action to punish those responsible and help victims. Up to 1,200 government ministers, military and judicial officials and activists from up to 150 nations 14

June 10, 2014 4:32 AM Angelina Jolie, British foreign secretary William Hague to open summit on rape in war

Co-hosts actor Angelina Jolie and British Foreign Secretary William Hague will open a four-day summit on Tuesday on ending sexual violence in conflict, the biggest meeting ever held on the subject. Senior officials from over 100 countries, including United States Secretary of State John Kerry, will join over 900 experts, NGOs, survivors and religious 26

June 6, 2014 12:01 PM Yemen migrant boat sinking is 'worst this year' - UN

The UN's refugee agency reports that 62 people have died off Yemen's coast, in what it describes as the worst sinking incident in the region this year. Sixty migrants from Somalia and Ethiopia and two Yemeni crew members drowned in the accident last weekend, the UNHCR said on Friday. Every year thousands of Africans make the journey to Yemen in crowded 21

June 5, 2014 11:36 PM Australia asylum seekers find refuge in cricket

Ocean 12 are sporting warriors like no other. Padded up and steeled for action in a suburban league in Sydney, the team is made up of Tamil asylum seekers competing for a place in the finals of a global cricket competition. The young men arrived in Australia by boat. They have been released from immigration detention on temporary visas and are waiting 23

May 29, 2014 4:35 PM Syria's refugee exodus

Almost three million people have fled across Syria's borders to escape the bloody civil war that has engulfed the country. The daily flow of men, women and children has become one of the largest forced migrations since World War Two. UN figures show the human tide began in earnest in early 2012, as widespread protests gave way to armed conflict, and reached 48

April 11, 2014 12:28 PM Italy rescues 6,000 people crossing Mediterranean in four days

GENEVA, April 11 (UNHCR) – The UN refugee agency said on Friday the Italian navy had rescued some 6,000 people who had set out from Libya in overcrowded boats over the past four days alone. Those rescued off the shores of Sicily and Calabria from more than 40 boats included large numbers of women and children, among them newborns and unaccompanied children 72

April 1, 2014 1:03 PM UN ready to help evacuate 19,000 Muslims in Central Africa

The UN's refugee agency said Tuesday it was prepared to help evacuate some 19,000 Muslims at risk of attack from mainly Christian militias in the conflict-torn Central African Republic. "What we don't want is to stand by and watch people being slaughtered," UNHCR spokeswoman Fatoumata Lejeune-Kaba told reporters in Geneva. She pointed out that so-called 51

March 25, 2014 3:05 PM First Syrians reach UK in refugee resettlement scheme

The first group of Syrian refugees has arrived in the UK under a government scheme to take in some of the most vulnerable victims of the conflict. The Home Office expects "several hundred" Syrians to come to the UK under the Vulnerable Persons Relocation (VPR) scheme over the next three years. It refused to say how many were in the first group, but the Press 38

January 24, 2014 11:56 AM Iraq fighting 'displaces 140,000' in Anbar, says UNHCR

The number of Iraqis fleeing fighting in western province of Anbar has risen to 140,000, the UN refugee agency UNHCR says, citing Iraqi government figures. In the past week alone, some 65,000 had fled, a UNHCR spokesman said - the largest displacement since the peak of sectarian violence in 2006-2008. Sunni militants linked to al-Qaeda have seized control 56

January 24, 2014 3:09 AM Syria conflict: David Cameron insists UK 'fulfilling moral obligation'

23 January 2014 Last updated at 17:59 GMT Labour has moved to force a vote on the acceptance of refugees into the UK, after an appeal by the UNHCR - the United Nations refugee agency - for Western countries to resettle 30,000 people. Speaking to the BBC's Robert Peston, the prime minister highlighted the aid already being given to Syrian refugees in neighbouring 41