A major aid agency said Wednesday that 27.8 million people around the world were internally displaced by conflicts and natural disasters last year, calling it a global crisis. That's as many as the populations of New York City, London, Paris and Cairo combined -- or an average of 66,000 people displaced every day in 2015. SEE ALSO: Here's how you can help during the refugee crisis in Europe A report by the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) said that 8.6 million of last year's internally displaced were uprooted by conflict, more than half of them in Syria, Yemen and Iraq. Ibrahim Omar, 45, right, and his children, Aseya, 3, Heyam, 6, Maryam, 10, and 1-year-old Saeed, pose for a photo as they stand next to their father in their room, at an orphanage that has been turned into a center for Yemeni refugees, in Obock, northern Djibouti. The U.N. defines internally displaced persons as those who have been forced to flee or leave their homes due to "the effects of armed conflict, situations of generalized violence, violations of human rights or natural or human-made disasters, and who have not crossed an internationally recognized state border."
FILE - This undated file photo provided by Omaima ElFaitori shows Ronald Thomas Smith II. Authorities in eastern Libya say they have taken into custody suspects in the 2013 killing of the U.S. chemistry teacher in Benghazi. The self-styled Libyan National Army said on social media on Thursday, Nov. 22, 2018 that "those who took part in this crime" -- the killing of teacher Ronnie Smith -- "are in custody."(AP CAIRO – Authorities in eastern Libya said Thursday they have taken into custody suspects in the 2013 killing of a U.S. chemistry teacher in Benghazi, and that more suspects would be tried over the deadly attack a year earlier that killed the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans there. The announcement highlights efforts by Libya's eastern forces, led by Gen. Khalifa Hifter, to bring justice to hundreds of cases involving unlawful killings.
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The EU currently has an agreement allowing the return of asylum seekers only with Turkey. If approved, the proposal could enable such transfers to other places as well, including south of the Mediterranean, diplomats said. The EU is already talking to Libya, Tunisia and Egypt about curbing immigration to Europe.
The Somali extremist group Shabab claimed responsibility Tuesday for an attack that killed at least 12 non-Muslims sleeping in a hotel in the northern town of Mandera near the Somali border. The attack on Bishaaro Guest House was part of a campaign to kill "unbelievers" in Kenya, the Islamist group said. Shabab, affiliated with Al Qaeda, claimed 15 were killed, while authorities put the toll at 12. The attackers reportedly used explosives to blow open the metal front doors of the hotel before bursting in and shooting the victims. Hours later, the group claimed responsibility for another major attack within Somalia when a suicide bomber with a truck carrying explosives slammed into the gate of a military base of the U.N.-funded African forces fighting Shabab, AMISOM. The base in Beledweyne, north of the capital, Mogadishu, was occupied by soldiers from Djibouti, an important U.S. ally in the volatile Horn of Africa.