Weekly: Record 68.5 million people currently displaced worldwide

SWITZERLAND – A record 68.5 million people have been forced flee their homes due to war, violence and persecution, notably in places like Myanmar and Syria, the UN said on Tuesday from Geneva, AFP reported.

CHINA – Authorities in Qaraqash county, in northwest China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR), have detained nearly half the population of a village in “political re-education camps,” according to a local official.

TURKEY – Turkish voters head to the polls June 24 to decide whether to give President Recep Tayyip Erdogan even more control, in what is being called his biggest power grab yet.

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