Jul 8, 2014

Asylum requests in Europe hit all-time high

Almost half a million people requested asylum in Europe last year, 30 percent more than in 2012 and the highest number yet registered, official figures showed Monday. “We have in our immediate neighborhood a very worrying situation,” said EU Home Affairs Commissioner Cecilia Malmstroem ...

Jun 2, 2014

Australia gives visas to 500 Afghans who helped in war

Australia has granted refugee visas to more than 500 Afghans for their help during its mission in the war-torn nation, saying their safety would be jeopardized by remaining in the country. The Afghan nationals, mainly interpreters, were resettled with their families in late 2013 ...

UN: Wars internally displace 33.3 million people in 2013

May 14, 2014

UN: Wars internally displace 33.3 million people in 2013

A record 33.3 million people worldwide were displaced by conflict and violence inside their own nations in 2013, U.N. and Norwegian officials said Wednesday. The increase of 4.5 million above the 2012 total was driven largely by Syria’s civil war, now in its fourth ...

Refugees tell of Syrian brutality

May 4, 2014

Refugees tell of Syrian brutality

by Martin Chulov

Lugging a plastic bag carrying the clothes and the few food scraps she could salvage, Umm Samir set out from her ruined home and crawled through the pre-dawn gloom on her second journey into exile in 68 years. In the difficult days since, she ...

Damascus refugees face starvation

Apr 20, 2014

Damascus refugees face starvation

by Martin Chulov

The desperate residents of a besieged district of Damascus were expected to run out of food on Sunday, leaving 18,000 people facing starvation and leading relief agencies to declare the crisis “unprecedented in living memory.” Food packages had not been delivered to the Yarmouk ...

U.N. chief says Central African Republic peacekeepers 'overwhelmed'

Apr 6, 2014

U.N. chief says Central African Republic peacekeepers 'overwhelmed'

French and African soldiers serving in the Central African Republic are “overwhelmed” by the “state of anarchy” in the country, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Saturday — a day after Chadian troops began withdrawing from the peacekeeping mission. The U.N. Security Council is due ...