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Amman, Jordan | AFP | Friday 9/4/2015 - 16:25 GMT

The UN food agency said on Friday it has ceased assistance to 229,000 Syrian refugees in Jordan because of a lack of funds, but will continue to provide for 211,000 others.

"Due to a lack of funds we had to suspend from the first of September assistance to 229,000 Syrians who live in Jordan, outside (UN) refugee camps," World Food Programme spokeswoman Dina El-Kassaby said.

However, the WFP will continue to provide aid to 211,000 vulnerable Syrians outside refugee camps, she added.

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Prague, Czech Republic | AFP | Friday 9/4/2015 - 16:16 GMT

The Czech Republic and Slovakia on Friday proposed creating a rail corridor for Syrian refugees linking Hungary and Germany, as Central European leaders rejected an EU-wide quota system taking in refugees.

"The Czech Republic and Slovakia can create a rail corridor for Syrian refugees travelling from Hungary to Germany, if Berlin and Budapest agree," Czech Interior Minister Milan Chovanec said at a joint press conference in Prague.

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Brussels, Belgium | AFP | Friday 9/4/2015 - 16:09 GMT

by Cedric SIMON

Europe is facing its biggest refugee crisis since World War II, but the response by the 28-member European Union is hamstrung by a web of complicated rules governing asylum seekers.

Designed to reassure Europeans worried over any massive influx of immigrants, the rules, known as the Dublin system, are at breaking point, while individual countries have their own rules on how to grant asylum.

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Budapest, Hungary | AFP | Friday 9/4/2015 - 16:09 GMT

by Peter MURPHY

Hungary's parliament pushed through emergency anti-migration laws Friday to halt a surge in numbers crossing into the EU state as crowds of refugees and migrants defied the security forces in their quest to reach western Europe.

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report IRIN

OXFORD, 4 September 2015 (IRIN) - In the face of a surge in migrant arrivals, the EU Commission has urged member states to take a tougher stance on rapidlyreturning migrants who don’t qualify for asylum, but a European Court of Human Rights judgement this week may make countries think twice about fast-tracking repatriations.

04 Sep 2015 description

This report is for the media and the general public.

The SMM monitored the implementation of the “Package of measures for the implementation of the Minsk agreements”. Its monitoring was restricted by the parties and security considerations*. The SMM observed one explosion in Donetsk region and recorded no ceasefire violations in Luhansk region.

04 Sep 2015 description

Historic new cooperation program established between government and FAO

4 September 2015, Yaoundé -- Cameroon and FAO today signed two agreements: one creating a $20 million, five-year Partnership Programme aimed at promoting agricultural development in the Central African nation, the other establishing an expanded Partnership and Liaison office here in the capital.

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Madrid, Spain | AFP | Friday 9/4/2015 - 15:17 GMT

Britain will provide an extra 100 million pounds (137 million euros, $153 million) in humanitarian aid for the Syrian crisis, bringing its total contribution to more than 1.0 billion pounds, Prime Minister David Cameron said Friday.

"That is the UK's largest-ever response to a humanitarian crisis. No other European country has come close to this level of support," he told a news conference in Madrid.

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Vienna, Austria | AFP | Friday 9/4/2015 - 15:12 GMT

Some 2,200 people had joined a social media campaign in Austria by Friday afternoon to organise a convoy of private cars and vans on Sunday to help pick up hundreds of migrants stranded in Hungary.

"The Austrian government and the EU stand by idly and watch as people on the streets of Budapest -- without any appropriate supplies -- have to endure appalling conditions," organisers of the citizen initiative wrote on the Facebook page.

04 Sep 2015 description

Geneva, Switzerland | AFP | Friday 9/4/2015 - 15:01 GMT

The UN refugee chief called Friday on European countries to take in some 200,000 refugees as part of a "massive relocation programme" that would be binding on EU states.

"We are facing exceptional circumstances. We need an exceptional response," Guterres told reporters in Geneva, warning that Europe was facing "a massive refugee and migration crisis."

04 Sep 2015 description

CAIRO – A large shipment of wheat from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has arrived and been unloaded in Al-Saleef port in northwestern Yemen, providing enough wheat to feed more than 1 million people for two months.

The Sea Athena, which left Al-Saleef today, is the first ship to deliver a U.S. wheat contribution to Yemen since WFP began its emergency operation in the country in April. The vessel carried 35,800 metric tons of bulk wheat, which is being milled into flour at the port.

04 Sep 2015 description

Highlights

  • WFP brings urgently needed food and nutrition assistance to Nyal (Unity) following the reported arrival of approximately 28,000 IDPs affected by the conflict. UNICEF is also present on the ground to treat severe acute malnutrition. Nyal is one of the largest sites in southern Unity with a previous caseload of 60,000 beneficiaries. In early August, WFP had been forced to suspend distributions and evacuate the area following reports of a potential upsurge in fighting.

04 Sep 2015 description

(New York, 4 September 2015) – United Nations humanitarian chief Stephen O’Brien has released an additional US$15 million from the UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) to support lifesaving assistance for millions of people affected by the devastating humanitarian crisis in Yemen. This brings CERF support for humanitarian operations in the country to more than $44 million in 2015.

04 Sep 2015 description

Geneva, Switzerland | AFP | Friday 9/4/2015 - 14:12 GMT

The UN refugee agency said Friday that its chief, Antonio Guterres, will leave his post by the end of this year, as Denmark's former prime minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt announced her candidacy for the job.

Guterres, the former prime minister of Portugal, took charge of the UNHCR in June of 2005, and will end his tenure as Europe grapples with a refugee crisis that some have described as the worst since World War Two.

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Athens, Greece | AFP | Friday 9/4/2015 - 13:58 GMT

Refugees on the Greek island of Kos were attacked in the early hours of Friday by "thugs" with bats, telling them to "go back to their countries", rights group Amnesty International said.

Amnesty staff witnessed "a violent attack on refugees" by a group of between 15 and 25 people on the island, the group said in a statement, adding that riot police had used tear gas to disperse the crowd.

04 Sep 2015 description

Vienna, Austria | AFP | Friday 9/4/2015 - 13:28 GMT

The 71 migrants found dead in an abandoned lorry in Austria last week had most likely suffocated soon after they were picked up by a smuggler in Hungary, police said Friday.

Preliminary autospy results indicate that "if you take into account the number of people and lack of oxygen, it's fair to assume that asphyxiation occurred within no time at all," police spokesman Hans Peter Doskozil said.

The final coroner's report was expected to take another five or six weeks, he added.

04 Sep 2015 description

Recent increases in rainfall provide little relief to long-term dryness in East Africa and Hispaniola

  1. Widespread, persistent, and heavy rainfall over the past several weeks have led to saturated ground conditions and localized flooding in several regions of West Africa. The continuation of heavy rainfall is forecast for the upcoming week, maintaining flooding risks throughout several areas in Senegal, Mali, Burkina Faso, western Niger, eastern Guinea and Sierra Leone.

04 Sep 2015 description

4 September 2015, GENEVA – The head of the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR), Margareta Wahlström, today extended her condolences to the people of the small island state of Dominica as they enter a second day of national mourning for the 31 people who have died and the 35 reported missing in the wake of a tropical storm which arrived with little or no warning.

04 Sep 2015 description

HIGHLIGHTS

• Number of confirmed deaths remains at 12, and number of missing persons remains at 34

• PAHO Response Team visited and assessed the public health issues at two Roseau shelters, and infrastructure of Roseau Health Center with Ministry of Health (MoH) project manager

• Out of the 52 health facilities on the island, 3 are not operational due to flooding and/or structural damage, 5 are not accessible from the outside and 1 did not have information available