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Rescued migrants arrive onboard a coastguard vessel at the harbour of Lampedusa this morning. Photograph: Nino Randazzo/ASP/Reuters

More than 300 people drowned or were feared dead after a boat packed with African migrants caught fire and sank off the southern Italian island of Lam(...)

Members of a  family carry their belongings as they move into the Salah al-Din neighbourhood in central Aleppo. Photograph: Reuters/Ammar Abdullah

Lebanon’s president Michel Suleiman plans to raise the matter of the influx of Syrian refugees into his country during the opening session of the UN G(...)

 Ayas Ibrahim in the unofficial refugee camp at Eb Elias: “The UN does not register us. We get nothing.”  Photograph: Hamzah Tahan

Abu Yasser boasts that his “non-camp” in Eb Elias is home to 3,000 refugees from every Syrian province. Last spring there were about 500 people when t(...)

Young Syrian refugees transport supplies received from humanitarian organizations to sell outside of Al-Zaatri refugee camp in the Jordanian city of Mafraq, near the border with Syria. Photograph: Reuters

As the number of refugees fleeing Syria surpassed two million yesterday, the plight of those seeking to escape the country’s civil war was described a(...)

A Syrian child refugee cries as he stands at a queue waiting to receive aid from Turkish humanitarian agencies at Bab al-Salam refugee camp in Syria near the Turkish border. Photograph: Ahmed Jadallah/Reuters

Israel and the US conducted joint tests of their missile operations in the Mediterranean Sea today. The tests, which were detected by Russian r(...)

A checkpoint leads into the Aung Mingalar sector of Sittwe. Photograph: Tom Farrell

Just beyond the administrative buildings in Sittwe, capital of the state of Rakhine (Arakan) in northwestern Burma, a checkpoint halts all unauthorise(...)

Italian police carry the body of a migrant who drowned after a shipwreck at La Playa beach in Catania in Sicily. The bodies of six migrants were recovered on the beach, and dozens of other passengers have been rescued. Photograph: Antonio Parrinello/Reuters

Six migrants drowned off the Italian island of Sicily today after attempting a dangerous passage from Africa in a fishing boat, according to the Itali(...)

Women hold posters bearing messages against the Australian Labor Party (ALP) during a rally in support of asylum seekers outside an ALP meeting in Sydney this week. Photograph: Daniel Munoz/Reuters

Three people died but another 157 suspected asylum seekers were rescued after their boat sank off the southern coast of Indonesia, officials said tod(...)

A Syrian child gathers water in the Za’atari refugee camp in Mafraq, Jordan. Record numbers of refugees are fleeing the violence and bombings in Syria to cross the borders to safety in northern Jordan and overwhelming the camp. Photograph: Getty Images

The crisis in Syria is getting worse every day. Over 1.6 million people have fled to neighbouring countries, and more than 4 million are displaced wit(...)

Syrian refugees at a demonstration at the Za’atari refugee camp, near the border with Syria, calling for the international community to arm the rebel Free Syrian Army, in February. Photograph: Khalil mazraawi/AFP/Getty

The United Nations has given its starkest warning yet that it will soon run out of cash to cope with the vast influx of Syrian refugees into Jo(...)

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