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UNRWA was set up after the 1948 war that accompanied the creation of Israel, during which more than 700,000 Palestinians fled or were expelled from their homes.

Spain and Germany have agreed to push for greater EU help for North African countries that are a major point of departure for migrants and refugees to Europe.

Indonesia signs economic agreement with Palestine amid rising poverty

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Indonesia signs economic agreement with Palestine amid rising poverty

Jakarta has signed an agreement with the Palestinian Authority to allow a number of products made in Palestine into Indonesia tax free.

Aid groups protest ongoing bombing of Sanaa airport

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Aid groups protest ongoing bombing of Sanaa airport

Aid groups said the international airport in Yemen's capital has been hit with an average of one bomb every two weeks since a Saudi-led ...

US takes aim at UN Palestinian <em>refugee</em> agency, again

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US takes aim at UN Palestinian refugee agency, again

The UNRWA has been a regular target of Israel and the Trump administration.

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South Sudan rivals sign final power-sharing deal

President Salva Kiir and his rival RIek Machar have signed a power sharing deal in neighbouring Sudan, ending a civil war that has killed tens of thousands.

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Hundreds of Syrian refugees return home from Lebanon

A Russian initiative aims to return some 890,000 Syrians from Lebanon, despite alarm from refugees who fear detention and even death on arrival

Alexandra Bilak

Getting to the heart of the global displacement crisis

Comment: without long-term commitment to tackling these drivers of displacement, there can be little hope of achieving sustainable peace, writes ...

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Some Syrian refugees oppose Russian repatriation push

Many Syrians who fled war and repression are unwilling to return under Assad’s rule without guarantees they won’t be harassed, detained or ...

Instability in Iran and Iraq threatens Kuwait's deep interests

Giorgio Cafiero

Instability in Iran and Iraq threatens Kuwait's deep interests

Comment: If Kuwait is to preserve its long-term interests in the region, it must continue to capitalise on its ability to serve as a relatively ...

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South Sudan rivals agree power sharing deal

South Sudan President Salva Kiir and former vice President Riek Machar have once again agreed a power sharing arrangement, amid growing pressure ...

Thousands of Syrian refugees 'want to stay in Lebanon'

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Thousands of Syrian refugees 'want to stay in Lebanon'

Russia has proposed a roadmap to return Syrian refugees in coordination with the US, a move welcomed by Beirut.

Lebanon welcomes efforts to ensure return of Syria refugees

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Lebanon welcomes efforts to ensure return of Syria refugees

Close to 1 million Syrians are registered with the UN's refugee agency in Lebanon, a burden that the cash-strapped Lebanese government ...

How blockchain is transforming the lives of refugees

Joseph Thompson

How blockchain is transforming the lives of refugees

Comment: Blockchain can provide the much-needed solution to the refugee identification crisis, writes Joseph Thompson.

Marginalisation drives Tunisians to migrant boats

Alessandra Bajec

Marginalisation drives Tunisians to migrant boats

In-depth: A worsening economy and frustration among civilians drives more Tunisians from the marginalised interior towards irregular migration, ...

Bassel Alhamdo

Racism in German housing market drives refugees to scammers

Investigation: People with Arab-sounding names are being shunned by major real estate firms, leaving them vulnerable to unscrupulous 'brokers', reports Bassel al-Hamdo.

Elinor Raikes

EU can't ignore alarming conditions in Libya's migrant centres

Comment: Migrants should be treated with dignity, and their rights under international law, upheld, writes Elinor Raikes.

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The Iraq Report: Mosul a dystopian wasteland after IS

Our weekly round-up of events in Iraq covers the anniversary of the defeat of the Islamic State group, and protests in Basra.

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Lebanon's foreign minister blames downtrodden economy on Syrian refugees

Lebanon's Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil has come under fire again after blaming Syrian refugees for the country's declining economy, leading to ...

Leader of French anti-Muslim group suspected of plots released

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Leader of French anti-Muslim group suspected of plots released

The retired police officer had been arrested along with nine other people by anti-terror police in June in an operation that spanned France, ...

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Syrian regime calls on refugees to return home

The Syrian regime on Tuesday called on refugees to return home, saying it has successfully cleared large areas of "terrorists."

More than 270,000 displaced by southern Syria fighting

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More than 270,000 displaced by southern Syria fighting

A regime offensive in southern Syria has forced more than 270,000 people from their homes, the United Nations said on Monday.

Yemeni citizens in Hodeida suffer under coalition siege

Jonathan Fenton-Harvey

Yemeni citizens in Hodeida suffer under coalition siege

Analysis: Yemeni civilians continue to bear the brunt of the war, as the conflicting sides 'gear up' for another violent outbreak in the city of ...

Syrians fleeing war 'will not be allowed into Israel'

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Syrians fleeing war 'will not be allowed into Israel'

Civilians fleeing Syria's war will not be allowed to enter Israel, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said on Sunday, echoing calls made by other ...

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