A British lord is helping refugees, also because he experienced a fate similar to theirs. Alfred Dubs came to Britain in 1939 as a Jewish child refugee.
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The amount pledged ended up being less than half what was targeted. With humanitarian groups hoping to avoid a devastating famine, UN Secretary-General Guterres warned: "Cutting aid is a death sentence."
Since the start of the year, more than 4,000 asylum-seekers have left squalid camps in northern France and made the perilous crossing to England's south coast. They face an uncertain future in the United Kingdom.
A donor conference for Afghanistan has collected pledges to the tune of $12 billion from the international community. Much of the money was made conditional on the country's commitment to an ongoing peace process.
Activists in Hong Kong want Berlin to accept more asylum-seekers amid a crackdown on pro-democracy protesters. German authorities recently granted asylum to a 22-year-old Hong Kong activist.
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