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Sep 9, 2015

U.N. says 850,000 to cross sea to Europe this year and next

GENEVA (Reuters) – At least 850,000 people are expected to cross the Mediterranean seeking refuge in Europe this year and next, the United Nations said on Tuesday, giving estimates that already look conservative.

The U.N. refugee agency UNHCR called for more cohesive asylum policies to deal with the growing numbers.

Sep 8, 2015

U.N. says 850,000 to cross sea to Europe in 2015 and 2016

GENEVA (Reuters) – At least 850,000 people are expected to cross the Mediterranean seeking refuge in Europe this year and next, the United Nations said on Tuesday, giving estimates that already look conservative.

The U.N. refugee agency UNHCR called for more cohesive asylum policies to deal with the growing numbers.

Sep 8, 2015

Europe needs ‘guaranteed relocation system’ for Syrian refugees

GENEVA (Reuters) – Europe must offer guaranteed relocation for Syrian refugees, as record numbers flee to Macedonia and Greece due to misery in their homeland and surrounding countries, the United Nations said on Tuesday.

A record 7,000 Syrian refugees arrived in the former Yugoslav republic of Macedonia on Monday, while some 30,000 are on Greek islands, including 20,000 on Lesbos, it said.

Sep 3, 2015

Syria mired in conflict driven by foreign powers: UN

GENEVA (Reuters) – Syrians are caught between government bombardment of civilian areas and ruthless Islamist groups in a conflict increasingly driven by foreign powers and marked by the “spread of extremism”, U.N. war crimes investigators said on Thursday.

Islamic State or ISIS forces, who control large parts of northern and eastern provinces, have expanded into the center and south, instilling terror and committing crimes against humanity, the investigators said.

Sep 2, 2015

Syria’s ailing water network could spark epidemics: Red Cross

GENEVA (Reuters) – Syria’s water network, heavily damaged by bombs and shelling, is at risk of collapse as its civil war drags on, increasing the threat of deadly typhoid or cholera outbreaks, the International Committee of the Red Cross said on Wednesday.

Millions of people in Aleppo and Damascus are cut off from water supplies for days at a time, a tactic used by all warring sides to exert control in divided cities, the ICRC said.

Sep 1, 2015

Civilians pay heavy price in Yemen’s Taiz, health care collapses: UN

GENEVA (Reuters) – Nearly 100 civilians have been killed in the past two weeks in Yemen’s southwestern city of Taiz where a collapsing health care service and outbreak of dengue fever are compounding a dire humanitarian situation, the United Nations said on Tuesday.

Yemen’s third-largest city has become the latest frontline in a five-month war between northern Houthi militiamen and supporters of Yemen’s exiled government, which is backed by the West and Saudi Arabia.

Aug 28, 2015

New Asian ‘boat people’ crisis feared when rains end – UNHCR

GENEVA, Aug 28 (Reuters) – A fresh surge of refugees and
migrants from Myanmar and Bangladesh is expected to set out in
smugglers’ rickety boats for southeast Asia when the monsoon
season ends in about a month, the United Nations said on Friday.

Boatloads of minority Rohingya Muslims fleeing persecution
in Myanmar and Bangladeshis escaping poverty at home were turned
away or towed further from the shores of Thailand, Indonesia and
Malaysia earlier this year, triggering a humanitarian crisis.

Aug 27, 2015

U.S. asks Swiss to extradite Nicaraguan in FIFA case

GENEVA (Reuters) – The U.S. Department of Justice has asked Switzerland to give priority to a U.S. request to extradite former FIFA official Julio Rocha in preference to a later request from his native Nicaragua, the Swiss Justice Ministry said.

Six of seven soccer officials detained in Zurich in late May remain in Swiss custody pending extradition requests from the United States to face charges in a corruption scandal that has rocked world’s soccer governing body.

Aug 25, 2015

Swiss expect to decide on FIFA extraditions in September

BERNE, Aug 25 (Reuters) – Swiss authorities expect to decide in September whether to extradite six soccer officials to face corruption charges in the United States, a Justice Ministry spokesman said.

The accused men, who are in custody and whose lawyers are opposing their extradition to New York, would have 30 days to appeal decisions to the Federal Criminal Court in Bellinzona – a process that could take several months.

Aug 25, 2015

Up to 3,000 refugees, migrants expected a day in Macedonia: UNHCR

GENEVA (Reuters) – Up to 3,000 migrants are expected to cross into Macedonia every day in the coming months, most of them refugees fleeing war, particularly from Syria, the United Nations said on Tuesday.

Member states of the European Union must share the burden by establishing “equitable re-distribution” of desperate families seeking asylum in the bloc, the U.N. refugee agency said.