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Ten countries host half of world's refugees: report

Syrian refugeesTen countries - which account for just 2.5 percent of the global economy - are hosting more than half the world's refugees, a rights group has said, accusing wealthy countries of leaving poorer nations to bear the brunt of a worsening crisis.

In a report published on Tuesday, Amnesty International said the unequal share was exacerbating the global refugee problem, as inadequate conditions in the main countries of shelter pushed many to embark on dangerous journeys to Europe and Australia.

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CIA prisoners allege they faced version of waterboarding

CIA prisoners waterboardedTwo men who were held at a CIA prison in Afghanistan have told a human rights group that they were subjected to a version of waterboarding at a detention site where the agency has insisted the brutal method was never used.

The allegations were detailed in a report released Monday by Human Rights Watch based on extensive interviews with two Tunisian men who were returned to that country last year after spending 13 years in U.S. custody, almost all of it at a prison complex at Bagram air base in Afghanistan.

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Hospitals in Aleppo 'all but obliterated'; civilians in 'living hell,' U.N. warns

Aleppo hospitals destroyedCivilians in the rebel-held portions of Aleppo are enduring a "living hell" and the hospitals there have been all but obliterated, the United Nations warned Sunday as bomb attacks continued to hit the city.

UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Stephen O'Brien said in a statement that civilians in Aleppo are being subjected to "a level of savagery that no human should have to endure," NBC News reported.

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Duterte cites Hitler, wants to kill millions of addicts

Duterte wants to kill addictsPhilippine President Rodrigo Duterte has appeared to compare himself with Adolf Hitler, saying he would be "happy to slaughter" millions of drug addicts just like Nazi Germany killed three million Jews.

"Hitler massacred three million Jews ... there's three million drug addicts. There are. I'd be happy to slaughter them," Duterte said early on Friday on his arrival in Davao City after a visit to Vietnam.

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'Massive crisis' as 1.5m expected to flee Iraq's Mosul

osul refugee crisisIn a stifling hot office with more flies than oxygen, Rzgar Abed does not hesitate when asked about the biggest challenge in managing the camp for Iraq's internally displaced people (IDPs).

"Space ... we're at 31,000 and that is our capacity. Thirty-one thousand," said Abed, who works for the Barzani Charity Foundation.

It oversees a number of camps, populated by 1.4 million Iraqi IDPs fleeing fighters belonging to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group in the Kurdish region.

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Two Aleppo hospitals bombed out of service in 'catastrophic' airstrikes

Hospitals bombed in AleppoThe two largest hospitals in besieged eastern Aleppo have been put out of service in airstrikes overnight and on Wednesday morning, the latest in a devastating week-long bombing campaign that has claimed hundreds of lives.

The M2 and M10 hospitals, codenames used by local doctors to obscure the locations of the facilities, were hit at about 4am and then again at around 10am in what one health official described as a bombing campaign that was “catastrophic and unprecedented in modern history”.

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We were forced to work at Western-run mine, say migrants who fled Eritrea

Eritrea mineBemnet Negash never got to say a proper goodbye to his family. In February 2006, government officials arrived at his school in the highlands of Eritrea and put him and his classmates on a bus to a military training camp. He was 20 years old, and still at school because a childhood illness had interrupted his education.

Bemnet’s father heard what was happening and rushed to the school. “He tried to pass to me my medication and some money through a window of the bus on which I was being taken away, but it was not possible,” said Bemnet in an affidavit filed with a Canadian court last year.

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