Syrian refugees at a camp in Mafraq

UN struggles to cope with ‘unrelenting flow’ of families fleeing violence in Syria

The United Nations has said that it was struggling to cope with an “unrelenting flow” of families fleeing violence in Syria, as the number of documented refugees topped 700,000.

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev says that Assad’s chances of retaining power in Syria are getting 'smaller and smaller by the day'

Syrian refugee crisis may be much worse than UN says

President Assad’s chances of retaining power in Syria are getting “smaller and smaller by the day,” said Russia’s Prime Minister, Dmitry Medvedev, today.

A damaged car and buildings covered with snow are seen at Jouret al Shayah area in Homs

UK pledges further aid for Syrian refugees

UK's contribution stands at £89.5 million since fighting began

Malian soldiers in Diabaly, which is back in government control

After the bombs, Mali hunts for the enemy within

The hunt is on in Mali for fugitive rebels who have gone into hiding

Aid agencies are struggling to cope with Mali refugees

Aid agencies are struggling to cope with the scale of the humanitarian crisis in West Africa caused by thousands of Malians fleeing conflict, according to a study out this week.

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Kim Sengupta meets the ordinary people with first-hand knowledge of the one-eyed warlord

A boy plays with a balloon in a Syrian refugee camp in Azaz

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Syria's 600,000 refugees face severe winter conditions across the country and the surrounding region.

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Syrian refugee children colour-in pages during a class at the refugee camp in Yayladagi

For Syrian refugees, winter makes a harsh life rougher

Um Khalid is contemplating selling some of the bare-bones food ration given to Syrian refugees to buy winter clothes for her eight children.

55 feared killed in Somali boat tragedy

Fifty-five people were drowned, or missing and presumed to have drowned, after an overcrowded boat capsized off the Somali coast, the UN said yesterday.

Fifty-five drown off Somali coast after boat capsizes

Fifty-five people were drowned, or missing and presumed to have drowned, after an overcrowded boat capsized off the Somali coast, the UN refugee agency said today.

A UN panel suggests the Syrian conflict is devolving into a Sectarian battle

UN panel warns of 'overtly sectarian' divisions in Syrian conflict

The 21-month-old civil war in Syria is rapidly devolving into an "overtly sectarian" and ethnic conflict, a UN investigatory panel has concluded, raising the specter of reprisal killings and prolonged violence that could last for years after the government falls.

Syrian jets bomb Damascus refugee camp

Syrian jets dropped bombs on a decades-old Palestinian refugee camp in Damascus on Sunday after days of intense fighting in the crowded neighborhood between Syrian rebels and Palestinians who support the government, opposition activists said.

Farouk Al-Sharaa

Syrian official calls for negotiated settlement

Syria's vice president called Sunday for a negotiated end to the war that has raged for almost two years, saying neither the regime nor the rebels battling it can win on the ground.

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