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Number of Syria refugees registered in Lebanon surpasses 1 mn

The number of Syrians registered as refugees in Lebanon after fleeing war in their country has surpassed one million, the UN refugee agency said on Thursday. Refugees from Syria now equal a quarter of Lebanon's resident population, the UNHCR said, describing the figure as "a devastating milestone worsened by rapidly depleting resources and a host community stretched to breaking point." Tiny Lebanon has now become the country with "the highest per capita concentration of refugees worldwide," said the UNHCR, adding that is "struggling to keep pace".

Nepal accused of succumbing to China pressure on Tibetans

Tibetans in Nepal face heightened risks of being detained, beaten and even forcibly returned to China, as Kathmandu bows to growing diplomatic pressure from Beijing, Human Rights Watch said Tuesday. The allegations, detailed in a new report based on the testimony of Tibetan refugees, monks, activists and senior Nepalese officials, highlight the intensified restrictions slapped on Tibetans in the Himalayan nation since 2008.

20 killed in grenade attack on C.Africa funeral service

At least 20 people died when extremists threw hand grenades at a crowd of mourners during a funeral service in the Central African Republic capital Bangui overnight, the government said on Friday. "Around 11:00 pm (Thursday) a group of extremists, well known to the police, threw hand grenades at a crowd that was attending a wake," Public Security Minister Denis Wangao Kizimale told national radio. "At least 20 people were killed and 11 others wounded and are currently undergoing treatment in hospital," he added.

Aid workers leave Myanmar city after deadly unrest

Foreign aid workers left a strife-hit city in western Myanmar Friday after their offices came under attack during riots that left an 11-year-old girl dead. Tearful mourners massed to pay respects to the slain child, whom police said was accidentally killed Thursday when security forces tried to quell an angry mob targeting a UN World Food Programme warehouse. "She was hit when security forces fired warning shots to disperse people at the WFP warehouse," Lieutenant Colonel Min Aung told AFP by telephone.

Syrians brave life outside crammed Turkish refugee camps

By Dasha Afanasieva GAZIANTEP, Turkey (Reuters) - Turned away three times since fleeing the bombardment of Syria's second city Aleppo in January, mother of eight Faten Darwish has given up on getting her family into a refugee camp in southeast Turkey. Instead, the 33-year old lives with her husband and children in a dingy storage space made of breeze blocks with thin dirty mattresses lining the floor and just a single tap to wash from. Some of her young children shower at communal baths, she said.

Shipwreck on Africa's Lake Albert claims 98 lives

At least 98 people died when a boat capsized at the weekend on Lake Albert, which lies between Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees said Monday. "Based on information UNHCR has received so far from the authorities and refugees, 41 people were rescued and 98 bodies recovered" after Saturday's disaster, the refugee agency said in a statement.

Syria asylum claims in rich nations more than double in 2013

The number of Syrians seeking asylum in developed countries more than doubled last year from 2012 and was six times higher than at the start of its bloody civil war in 2011, the UN said on Friday. Syrian asylum claims in 44 industrialised countries soared to 56,400 in 2013 from 25,200 such applications a year earlier and 8,500 in 2011, the UN's refugee agency said in a report.

Number of refugee applicants in Japan hits record high in 2013

The number of people who applied for refugee status in Japan hit a record high of 3,260 in 2013, up 715 from the previous record in 2012, the Justice Ministry's Immigration Bureau said Thursday. The figure marked the third straight year of increase, but the number of people granted refugee status plunged to six in 2013 from 18 in the previous year, according to the bureau. Among those who applied, Turkish nationals constituted the largest group at 658, followed by 544 from Nepal, 380 from Myanmar and 345 from Sri Lanka.

Refugees in Nepal condemned to 'hilly prison' by visa fines

Amir Hussain, a Rohingya Muslim, lost a dozen members of his family to sectarian violence in Myanmar last year. He fled to Nepal where the country's policy on refugees has left him among hundreds trapped, jobless and mired in debt. He lives with his family in a tiny room in a house where walls have collapsed, water drips through holes in the roof and an open concrete stairwell is a potential deathtrap for his two young children. "If I go back to Burma (Myanmar), I will be killed," he said. "When I came to Nepal, I felt safe but we found many problems."

Hindu temple set on fire in Pakistan over blasphemy

By Syed Raza Hassan ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Hundreds of angry Pakistanis attacked a Hindu temple and set it on fire in southern Pakistan overnight following a rumor that a member of the Hindu community had desecrated the Koran, police and community leaders said on Sunday. The incident took place just before midnight on Saturday after locals in Larkana district alleged that Sangeet Kumar, 42, had torn out pages of Islam's holy book and tossed them down on the street from the roof of his home.
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