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UNHCR launches humanitarian aid programme in Iraq

Last Updated: Tuesday, August 19, 2014, 22:39

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Tuesday launched a major humanitarian aid scheme for Iraq`s nearly half a million internally displaced people.

Thousands besieged by militants escape from Sinjar mountain in Iraq

Last Updated: Tuesday, August 12, 2014, 23:17

Around 35,000 people have escaped from the Sinjar mountains in northwest Iraq where they were besieged by fighters from the Islamic State (IS), UNHCR said Tuesday.

United Nations says Sri Lanka violates international refugee law

Last Updated: Tuesday, August 12, 2014, 21:47

The UN refugee agency on Tuesday accused Sri Lanka of breaking international law in its growing campaign to kick out Pakistani asylum seekers without a fair hearing.

Japan comfort women issue still causing violations: UNHCR

Last Updated: Wednesday, August 06, 2014, 20:09

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (UNHCR) Navi Pillay Wednesday expressed regret that Japan has failed to pursue a comprehensive, impartial, and lasting resolution of the wartime sexual slavery issue.

About 730,000 have left Ukraine for Russia due to conflict: UNHCR

Last Updated: Tuesday, August 05, 2014, 16:42

About 730,000 people have left Ukraine for Russia this year due to the fighting in eastern Ukraine, UNHCR`s European director Vincent Cochetel said on Tuesday.

UN highlights hardships for lone female Syrian refugees

Last Updated: Tuesday, July 08, 2014, 14:11

Thousands of Syrian refugee women are caught in a "spiral of hardship, isolation and anxiety," widowed or separated from their husbands and struggling to survive, the UN warned on Tuesday.

UN expands camp for displaced in Iraq

Last Updated: Saturday, June 28, 2014, 10:17

The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has expanded a displacement camp as well as humanitarian aid in northern Iraq, media reported Saturday.

Sharp rise in people fleeing eastern Ukraine: UNHCR

Last Updated: Friday, June 27, 2014, 17:38

Some 16,400 people fled their homes in eastern Ukraine in the past week, many citing deteriorating security and fears of abduction, and the number of displaced within the country has risen to 54,000, the United Nations said on Friday.

Two aid workers killed in Mali landmine blast: Officials

Last Updated: Saturday, May 31, 2014, 03:37

Two Malian aid workers were killed when their vehicle drove over a landmine in restive north-west Mali, officials told AFP Friday.

South Sudan fighting uproots 70,000 in three weeks

Last Updated: Wednesday, May 28, 2014, 04:43

The UN refugee agency said Tuesday that more than 70,000 South Sudanese have fled to safety in three weeks after a truce was signed in Addis Ababa May 9.

10,000 people displaced in Ukraine since start of crisis: UN

Last Updated: Tuesday, May 20, 2014, 15:06

At least 10,000 people have been driven from their homes since the start of the Ukraine crisis, with Crimean Tatars the hardest-hit community, the UN refugee agency said Tuesday.

Homs Governor says detained evacuees to be freed

Last Updated: Thursday, February 13, 2014, 15:53

Men arrested by the Syrian authorities after being evacuated from besieged districts of Homs under a UN-brokered ceasefire will be released on Thursday, the provincial governor said.