Dec 5, 2014

Australia creates temporary visas for refugees

Australia’s Senate on Friday narrowly passed a law that creates a new class of temporary visas for refugees, allowing them to stay and work in the country for three to five years but preventing them from making Australia their permanent home. Emotional debate ended ...

Laotians learn about land rights through theater

Dec 3, 2014

Laotians learn about land rights through theater

by Shusuke Murai

The Japan International Volunteer Center supports villagers in Laos by educating them about land rights, using theater as a way to help them understand the legal system and develop a better future for their nation independently. This year, the group known as JVC used ...

U.N. suspends food aid to 1.7 million Syrian refugees

Dec 2, 2014

U.N. suspends food aid to 1.7 million Syrian refugees

The World Food Program on Monday suspended food aid to more than 1.7 million Syrian refugees in neighboring countries, blaming a financing crisis caused by unhonored cash pledges. The Rome-based U.N. agency said refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey, Iraq and Egypt risk going hungry ...

Japan helps too few refugees: UNHCR chief

Nov 18, 2014

Japan helps too few refugees: UNHCR chief

by Masami Ito

The ongoing conflicts in Syria and Iraq have produced more than 12 million refugees and internally displaced people. They are flooding across borders in the region, and some neighboring states have reached their limit. One-third of Lebanon’s population now comprises refugees. Meanwhile, Japan, a ...

Migrants' lives in peril as Italy  ends sea rescues

Nov 1, 2014

Migrants' lives in peril as Italy ends sea rescues

Italy said Friday it will close a sea rescue mission that has saved the lives of more than 100,000 migrants from Africa and the Middle East, a move one rights group warned could lead to a “surge of deaths” in the Mediterranean. Interior Minister ...

Islamic State group continues to pound key Syrian border town

Oct 5, 2014

Islamic State group continues to pound key Syrian border town

Islamic State forces shelled the Syrian border town of Kobani on Saturday and its Kurdish defenders said they were expecting a new assault to try to capture it. U.S.-led coalition warplanes had struck at Islamic State targets overnight to halt the insurgents’ advance and ...

Islamic State forcing thousands to flee Syria, U.N. says

Oct 1, 2014

Islamic State forcing thousands to flee Syria, U.N. says

The U.N humanitarian chief on Tuesday said tens of thousands of people are fleeing Syria as the Islamic State militant group expands its grip on large parts of the country despite a U.S.-led airstrike campaign. Valerie Amos said tens of thousands more could flee ...