A Syrian-Kurdish refugee hangs clothes on a clothesline at the Quru Gusik (Kawergosk) refugee camp, 20 kilometers east of Irbil, the capital of the autonomous Kurdish region of northern Iraq, on June 19, 2014. AFP PHOTO/KARIM SAHIB
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More than 50 million driven from homes by war, crisis: UNThe number of people driven from their homes by conflict and crisis has topped 50 million for the first time since World War II, with Syria hardest hit, the UN refugee agency said Friday. Since the war began in March 2011, a total of 2.5 million people have fled Syria, with 6.5 million more displaced inside the country.Amnesty noted that just three countries -- Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey -- registered a total of 1,524,979 refugees from Syria alone last year.Amnesty slammed China and Russia for taking in no refugees at all in 2013, despite being the two powers it said had done the most to block UN efforts to end Syria's war.
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