Syrian refugees

Sesame Street to help Syrian refugees

The Sesame Workshop and the International Rescue Committee have won a $100m (£75m) grant to help with the "toxic stress" on child refugees.

It will help children in Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq and Syria

Jeffrey Dunn, head of Sesame Workshop, said Syria's refugee crisis was the "humanitarian issue of our time".

"This may be our most important initiative ever," he said.

Tackling trauma

The award has been made by the Chicago-based John D and Catherine T MacArthur Foundation, which wants to make "big bets" on influencing major challenges.

Bomb kills dozens of Syrian evacuees

It shattered the buses and set cars on fire, leaving a trail of bodies including children, as the convoy waited in rebel territory near Aleppo.

There were fears of revenge attacks on a convoy of evacuees from rebel-held towns, being moved under a deal.

But reports suggested both convoys have resumed their journey or would do soon.

The "Four Towns" deal brokered by Iran and Qatar was meant to relieve suffering in besieged towns - Foah and Kefraya in the north-west which were under government control, and rebel-held Madaya and Zabadani near Damascus.

Trump campaign defends son's Skittles tweet

On Monday, Trump Jr. tweeted a graphic that likened Syrian refugees to Skittles, which swiftly triggered a wave of criticism.

"This image says it all. Let's end the politically correct agenda that doesn't put America first. #trump2016," he tweeted, with a graphic that said: "If I had a bowl of skittles and I told you just three would kill you. Would you take a handful? That's our Syrian refugee problem."

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Donald Trump Jr compares Syrian refugees to Skittles

Trying to suggest the US should not accept any refugees, Donald Trump Jr posted an image that asked:

"If I had a bowl of skittles and I told you just three would kill you, would you take a handful?''

"That's our Syrian refugee problem."

He added: "This image says it all. Let's end the politically correct agenda that doesn't put America first."

The food analogy has been used before to imply that, if a few people in a group are bad, it would be dangerous to take a single one in.

Hungary posts ads in Lebanese media warning off migrants

In a full-page advertisement in several newspapers, including Lebanon's leading An-Nahar and Jordan's Al-Rai, the government said "the strongest possible action is taken" against people who attempt to enter Hungary illegally.

"Do not listen to the people smugglers. Hungary will not allow illegal immigrants to cross its territory," the advertisement reads in English and Arabic.

The Latest: Britain to welcome new batch of Syrian refugees

She told Parliament on Wednesday the refugees will come from camps surrounding Syria and the government is pressing hard to organize more arrivals in the coming weeks.

Canada announces money for refuges, but not taking more in

Prime Minister Stephen Harper's government announced Saturday that Canada will provide $100 million in additional humanitarian assistance for Syrian refugee camps but there was no announcement to resettle more refugees in Canada.

Canada has taken in 2,500 refugees. The government announced in January it would accept 10,000 over three years and promised in August to accept an additional 10,000 over four years.

Syria blames Europe for flow of migrants out of the country

The minister, Omran al-Zoubi, said in a rare comment from Damascus, that the migrants are mostly fleeing from areas held by rivals of President Bashar Assad's government, including the Islamic State group.

His remarks, carried by state media, say European countries, "which sent terrorists" to Syria and imposed economic sanctions on the Syrian people, must take responsibility for their anti-Syria policies.

Kerry to meet with lawmakers about migrant crisis abroad

Kerry is scheduled to meet Wednesday with the House and Senate Judiciary committees. Earlier this week, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton, Kerry's predecessor, called for a "concerted global effort" to assist the refugees.

Jordan says Syria militants try to sneak in

In an interview with The Associated Press, Brig. Gen. Saber al-Mahayreh said Sunday that surveillance along Jordan's borders is tight and that his forces can "spot a rabbit" trying to cross. 

The surveillance system consists of radar and surveillance towers that help detect suspected infiltrators miles away.

The general says all infiltration attempts have been blocked so far. He says Jordan's security takes priority over humanitarian concerns when receiving refugees.