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UN refugee chief: economic crisis fueling conflict

DAVOS, Switzerland (AP) – The U.N.’s refugee chief has warned leaders meeting in Switzerland this week that the global economic crisis is fueling conflicts around the world.

Antonio Guterres told The Associated Press on Friday that rising food prices and growing unemployment are hitting those already at the bottom hardest.

Guterres says existing humanitarian hotspots in Afghanistan, Iraq and Somalia aren’t going away while new emergencies are emerging in places like South Sudan.

He urged donors to increase funding to prevent aid for 500,000 people in the newly independent country from drying up.

Guterres also says that only if political solutions are found to each crisis can there be peace and security in the world.

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