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Winter storm forces evacuation of Syrian refugees in Lebanon

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by Mindy Belz
Posted 1/09/19, 12:37 pm

LEBANON: Hundreds of Syrian refugees were rescued from camps in Bekaa Valley, as a winter storm sent wind and torrents of rain and snow across the country.

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Australia considering resettlement for Saudi woman

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 1/09/19, 10:21 am

The Australian government on Wednesday said it would assess the case of a Saudi woman who fled from her family, now that she has received refugee status from the United Nations. The Department of Home Affairs confirmed in a statement that the UN high commissioner for refugees referred 18-year-old Rahaf Mohammed Alqunun to Australia and said the country was considering the case “in the usual way, as it does with all UNHCR referrals.”

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Suspicious packages found at embassies in Australia

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 1/09/19, 10:17 am

Australian authorities on Wednesday evacuated and searched several embassies and consulates in Canberra and Melbourne, including one belonging to the United States, after they received suspicious packages. Victoria State Emergency Services listed at least 10 “hazardous material” incidents in the state on its website. The Australian Broadcasting Corp. (ABC) said affected offices in Melbourne included those of France, Greece, Hong Kong, New Zealand, Pakistan, and others. The Israeli Embassy in Canberra also received a package.

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