Severe storms are now more commonplace,  World Meteorological Organization secretary-general Petteri Taalas has said. “Because of climate change, the occurrence and impact of extreme events has risen.” Photograph: Nic Bothma/EPA

Weather-related hazards are displacing twice as many people as conflicts and violence, according to latest figures from the UN High Commissioner for R(...)

A Kurdish peshmerga fighter during an operation to attack Islamic State militants in the town of Naweran, near Mosul, on Sunday. Photograph: Azad Lashkari/Reuters

A growing spat between the Turkish and Iraqi governments has cast a pall over the operation to oust Islamic State from Mosul. On Saturday, Iraq’s pr(...)

Migrants wait to be rescued as they drift at sunset in the Mediterranean Sea some 20 nautical miles north off the coast of Libya. Photograph: Aris MEessinis/AFP/Getty Images

About 6,055 migrants were rescued on Monday as they tried to reach Europe on about 40 boats, one of the highest numbers in a single day, Italy’s coast(...)

An Oxfam worker holds lifejackets  collected from the beaches of Chios, Greece and used by adults and children. They are on display at the Brooklyn Bridge park ahead of the UN Summit for Refugees and Migrants in New York on Monday. Photograph: Kena Betancur/AFP/Getty Images

It is more than a year since the images of the washed-up bodies of children and other migrants shocked the world, exposing the failures to cope with a(...)

Migrants on a boat during a rescue operation by the Italian navy in the Mediterranean Sea, off the Libyan coast. Photograph: Marina Militare/EPA

Some 6,500 migrants were saved off the Libyan coast in 40 separate rescue missions on Monday, the Italian coast guard said on Twitter, in one of the l(...)

More than one-third of the failed asylum-seekers the State decided to deport in the last 15 years are unaccounted for, according to new data. File photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

More than one-third of the failed asylum-seekers the State decided to deport in the last 15 years are unaccounted for. And the true number of those w(...)

 Nigerien soldiers patroling in the desert near Bosso in Niger. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Thirty-four migrants, including 20 children, have been found dead in Niger’s vast desert after being abandoned by people-smugglers. Agadez, in the l(...)

LÉ Róisín crew members assist in rescuing people from a vessel located about 39 nautical miles northwest of Tripoli, Libya, today. Photograph: Irish Defence Forces

Irish naval vessel the LÉ Róisín rescued 395 migrants north of Tripoli in two operations in the Mediterranean on Monday. The Irish Naval ship rescued(...)

Irish naval vessel the LÉ Róisín has rescued 125 migrants in an operation in the Mediterranean. File photograph: Defence Forces

Irish naval vessel the LÉ Róisín rescued 125 migrants in an operation in the Mediterranean on Monday. The ship rescued the 107 men and 18 women from(...)

Farc negotiator Ivan Marquez: “We have agreed with the national government that these minors cannot be prosecuted and that, as victims of an immense social and political drama, they will be treated as such and never as criminals.” Photograph: Yamil Lage/AFP/Getty Images

Colombia’s government and leftist Farc rebels have agreed to a roadmap for children under 15 to leave guerilla encampments and re-integrate into civi(...)

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