The victims were fleeing from camps such as this at Sittwe

Disaster strikes Rohinghya again as boats fleeing Cyclone Mahasen sink

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A woman reacts after the explosion in Rayhanli District, Hatay

Turkish leaders promise action after two bombs kill 40 and injure 100 near Syria border

Deputy Prime minister says Turkey will 'do whatever is necessary' if it is proven that Syria is behind the attack

A military pilot sent by Eritrea to Saudi Arabia to reclaim a jet stolen by two fellow officers when they flew to seek asylum has herself defected.

Female Eritrean pilot goes to Saudi Arabia to recover jet stolen by defectors - and defects herself

A military pilot sent by Eritrea to Saudi Arabia to reclaim a jet stolen by two fellow officers when they flew to seek asylum has herself defected.

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Theatre review: Jumpers for Goalposts, Watford Palace, London

It was my privilege to present Tom Wells his gong for Most Promising Playwright at the Critics' Circle Awards in 2012. This was in honour of The Kitchen Sink, an adorably funny play which, in calculated contradiction of its class-war-promising title, showed how the family of a milkman who was facing a phase-out because of competition from Tesco fought to cope with life -  in a spirit of quirky resilience and stoical humour - in a North East Yorkshire world of recession and wind-down.

Sunderland manager Paolo Di Canio

Dean of Durham calls on Sunderland manager Paolo Di Canio to 'renounce fascism'

New Black Cats boss has made inflammatory remarks in the past

Former Foreign Secretary David Miliband talks to reporters at his home in London

A new path for David Miliband as allies ask: where would Labour be with him instead of Ed?

Tony Blair leads New Labour calls for beaten brother to return to politics one day

Tent-dwelling Syrian refugees forced into debt by high rents in Lebanon

When she fled the bloodshed Syria with her five children Ferdaws didn’t expect to have to pay live in a tent. Her sons scavenge for scrap metal - the only income the family has - but she has been unable to avoid falling into debt. 

For Syria's young refugees, childhood is over

I was in Jordan with Save the Children last week – the second anniversary of the beginning of the conflict in Syria – having a look at the work it is doing with the ever increasing numbers of refugees fleeing over the border from Syria into the Hashemite Kingdom. If the influx continues at current levels, Save the Children estimates that there will be a million Syrian refugees in Jordan by the end of the year. Access is needed within Syria to allow humanitarian aid to reach displaced civilians so that, hopefully, the need for people to leave their country can be alleviated.

She believed the key to Rwanda’s reconstruction lay in involving women at the grassroots level

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She believed the key to Rwanda's reconstruction lay in involving women at the grassroots level

Meet Bushra - the 19-year-old mother who became the millionth refugee to flee Syria

In excess of half the refugees are children who face the prospect of having their lives forever blighted by the conflict

A Syrian rebel aims his weapon during clashes with government forces in the streets near Aleppo international airport in northern Syria on 4 March 2013

UK will supply armoured vehicles to Syrian opposition forces 'in bid to end humanitarian crisis'

The supplies will personal protection equipment including body armour to help opposition figures being killed by Government forces

Car bomb was Bashar al-Assad bid to wreck peace talks, says opposition

The head of the opposition Syrian National Council (SNC) has accused Bashar al-Assad’s regime of attempting to assassinate him with a car bomb, jeopardising tentative steps towards negotiations between the two sides.

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Asylum-seekers 'forced into prostitution' by support system failures

Homeless refugees left to fend for themselves as they wait for decision on their future, claims report

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