UN agency says Syria Kurds block civilians fleeing near Aleppo

UN agency says Syria Kurds block civilians fleeing near Aleppo

Civilians fleeing an Islamic State offensive in northwestern Syria have been prevented by Syrian Kurdish authorities from entering areas under their control in response to rebel shelling of a Kurdish-held area of Aleppo, the United Nations said.

Swiss village willing to pay £200,000 fine to keep 10 refugees out; fear sex attack on women, children

Swiss village willing to pay £200,000 fine to keep 10 refugees out; fear sex attack on women, children

Their is one more reason which has led the super-rich of Switzerland’s Oberwil-Lieli village to vote ‘no’ in a referendum to accept just ten migrants and i.e. fear of sex attacks on their women and children.

More than 700 feared dead in recent Mediterranean crossings

More than 700 feared dead in recent Mediterranean crossings

Survivor accounts have pushed to more than 700 the number of migrants feared dead in Mediterranean Sea shipwrecks over three days in the past week, even as rescue ships saved thousands of others in daring operations.

World's 60 million refugees need 2.78 mn surgeries a year

Without access to timely and safe surgery, many people will become disabled and many will die -- outcomes that could have been prevented.

World leaders kick off G7 talks with economy, terrorism and refugees in focus

World leaders kick off G7 talks with economy, terrorism and refugees in focus

Obama arrived in Japan after spending several days in Vietnam, where he urged the communist authorities to embrace human rights and abandon authoritarianism.

Pope Francis urges Europe to tear down walls, build social economy

Pope Francis on Friday urged Europe to "tear down" the walls being built to keep out migrants and to create a radical new "social economy" serving the many not the few.

Migrants seek new routes into Balkans after formal borders sealed

As dusk fell on Saturday evening, a Reuters witness saw a group of up to 70 people crossing into Macedonia from Greece, at a point where there is no razor wire fence between the two countries.

Over 400 migrants feared dead in Mediterranean

Over 400 migrants were believed to have drowned in the Mediterranean on Monday after four boats capsized and another began to sink, according to reports.

Pope Francis, in lesson to Europe, brings 12 Syrian refugees from Greece to Italy

Pope Francis, in lesson to Europe, brings 12 Syrian refugees from Greece to Italy

Pope Francis took three families of Syrian refugees back to Rome on Saturday after visiting the frontline of Europe`s migrant crisis at a camp in Greece where migrants wept at his feet, kissed his hand and begged for help.

'You are not alone', Pope tells refugees on Lesbos

Pope Francis on Friday told refugees trapped on the Greek island of Lesbos that they are "not alone" in their plight, and called on the world to respond with "common humanity" to the migrant crisis.

Pope, on landmark Lesbos visit, `wants to take back refugees`

Pope, on landmark Lesbos visit, `wants to take back refugees`

Lesbos has been the first port of call in the EU for hundreds of thousands of asylum-seekers fleeing war, poverty and persecution in the Middle East and Asia.

Five migrants drown off Greek island of Samos after boat capsizes

Five migrants - four women and one child - drowned when their boat capsized off the Greek island of Samos close to Turkey`s coast, Greek coast guard officials said on Saturday.

Syria transitional govt must include regime, opposition: Assad

Syria transitional govt must include regime, opposition: Assad

President Bashar al-Assad said Wednesday that any transitional government in Syria should include both the regime and opposition, as UN chief Ban Ki-moon urged greater efforts to tackle the country`s refugee crisis.

US pledges another $20 million for refugee aid in Europe

The United States will provide an additional $20 million (18 million euros) in aid for refugees in Europe, a senior US official said Monday.

Pope Francis slams `rejection` of migrants, refugees in Easter message

Pope Francis on Sunday spoke out against the "rejection" of migrants and refugees during his Easter message as Europe struggles with its biggest migration crisis since World War II.

Greece starts emptying border camp as new arrivals slow

Greece said Saturday it has begun emptying the main migrant camp on its border with Macedonia, as the huge tide of refugees flooding into the country slows to a trickle following the EU-Turkey deal.

Pope Francis slams Europe`s `anaesthetised conscience` over migrants in Easter tirade

Pope Francis decried what he called Europe`s "indifferent and anaesthetised conscience" over migrants, during Good Friday prayers in Rome during which he also slammed paedophile priests, arms dealers, fundamentalists and religious persecutors.

United Nation refugee chief concerned about EU-Turkey deal

United Nation refugee chief concerned about EU-Turkey deal

The head of the UN refugee agency said Monday he will be scrutinizing for possible breaches of international law the rollout of a controversial EU-Turkey deal to stem migrant flows into Europe through Greece.

United Nation ceases migrant transfers to sealed Lesbos camp

United Nation ceases migrant transfers to sealed Lesbos camp

The UN refugee agency said on Monday it will no longer transfer newly-arrived migrants on Lesbos to a camp on the island, after Greece began to confine them to the facility as part of the EU-Turkey deal.

Australia hails 600 days of no asylum-seeker boat arrivals

Australia Thursday hailed its controversial regime of turning back asylum-seeker boats as a success after 600 days with no vessels arriving, and almost 700 people being repelled since the policy was launched.