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The United Nations refugee agency on Thursday said the number of people forcibly displaced stood at a record 117.3 million as of the end of last year, warning that this figure could rise further without major global political changes.
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Gaza war hangs over Hajj as pilgrims flock to Mecca
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People sit by makeshift shelters near Awlala Camp, Amhara region, Ethiopia
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Attacks leave Sudanese refugees stranded in Ethiopian forest
About 8,000 people have left the Kumer and Awlala refugee camps, set up by the United Nations in Ethiopia's northern Amhara region.
Doctors and staff from UNICEF treat a malnourished child in Port Sudan, Sudan, on April 17.
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A boy walks past a mural painted outside the house where former South African President Nelson Mandela once lived in, in Johannesburg's Alexandra township, on June 9, 2013.
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Mandela's vision for South Africa fades as nation closes door to migrants
Immigration has become a hot issue in the run-up to the country's May 29 national vote, the first in which most people have no memory of decades of apartheid.
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May 20, 2024
Strangers in their own land: Being Muslim in Modi’s India
The premier's rise to national power in 2014 swept a decades-old Hindu nationalist movement from the margins of Indian politics firmly to the center.

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