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World body says more than 100,000 refugees arrived in 2011, with most malnourished and often vulnerable to attacks.
United Nations says 3.7 million people "now in crisis" and more than 10 million affected by worst drought in decades.
The world body has so far described the Horn of Africa drought as an emergency, one level short of a famine.
Overcrowding at Dadaab complex, temporary home to 370,000, led to riots that left two refugees dead and a dozen wounded.
Announcement comes 10 days after the north seized the disputed Abyei region, prompting tens of thousands to flee.
Government and UN officials say as many as 680,000 people have been affected as rainy season floods main rivers.
As Refugee Day is marked, a growing number of people are being forcibly displaced.
The UN mission in Afghanistan has increased its activities in the war-torn country.
Aunohita Mojumdar in Kabul
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UNHCR says hundreds of people trapped in Yaloke town risk death if they are not evacuated to safety urgently.
'Justice for All' demonstrations swell across the US over the deaths of African Americans in police encounters.
Six former Guantanamo detainees are now free in Uruguay with some hailing the decision to grant them asylum.
Disproportionately high number of Aboriginal people in prison highlights inequality and marginalisation, critics say.
 
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