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UN: Over 50 million displaced

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BEIRUT — For the first time since World War II, the number of people forced from their homes worldwide has surged past 50 million, the United Nations refugee agency said Friday.

Syrians fleeing the devastating civil war and a fast-growing web of other world crises accounted for the spike in the displaced, the UNHCR said in its annual Global Trends Report.

At the end of last year, 51.2 million people had been forced from their homes worldwide, the highest figure…

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