Morning briefing: 10 stories from around the world

Syrian refugee Mustafa Mahmud, 2, stands at a container where families live, at the Oncupinar camp near Kilis in Turkey. Photo / AP
Syrian refugee Mustafa Mahmud, 2, stands at a container where families live, at the Oncupinar camp near Kilis in Turkey. Photo / AP

1 65 million refugees

Imagine the entire population of France uprooted from their homes, forced to flee danger, persecution or starvation. The UN refugee agency says more people than that - 65 million - were displaced worldwide at the end of last year, easily setting a new postwar record. UNHCR said on World Refugee Day that, on average, 24 people had been displaced every minute last year - or 34,000 people a day - up from six every minute in 2005.

2 Planes to fight Cyprus fire

Greece, Britain and Israel are sending planes and helicopters to Cyprus to fight one of the largest forest fires to hit the island in years, and a firefighter has died after a water carrier overturned.

3 A charge out of chocolate

New research suggests sweets companies may be able to make lower fat versions of the tasty treat with a little electrical trick. By running liquid chocolate through an electric field, researchers at Temple University in Philadelphia were able to make it flow more easily. And that means it doesn't need so much fat, they say. The study is in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

4 Girls interviewed

Police are interviewing several of the 12 girls found living with Pennsylvania man Lee Kaplan, 51, charged with sexually assaulting a teenager who authorities say had been given to him by her parents when she was 14.

5 'No way back'

Britain could not rejoin the European Union after leaving because membership requirements would be too onerous, Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond says. He said Thursday's referendum on EU membership offered "no way back".

6 Cox remembered

When slain British MP Jo Cox made her first speech in Parliament last year, she said that despite diversity in the area of northern England she represented, people had "far more in common with each other than things that divide us". That comment by Cox, a mother of two young children who was murdered in the street last week, was repeated by many MPs paying tribute to her life in a rare specially convened parliamentary session.

7 Cleric loses nationality

Bahrain's Government stripped the country's leading Shia cleric, Sheikh Isa Qassim, of his nationality in a move that brought thousands of protesters into the streets. The Interior Ministry said Qassim had played a key role in creating an extremist sectarian atmosphere and had formed groups that "follow foreign religious ideologies and political entities," an apparent reference to Iran.

8 Nepali guards killed

More than 20 people have died in separate bomb attacks in Afghanistan, including at least 14 who died when a suicide bomber struck a minibus carrying Nepali security guards working at the Canadian embassy in Kabul, officials say.

9 Lining up in Venezuela

Thousands of Venezuelans across the country are once again standing in long lines, only this time it's not to wait for food but to voice their anger with President Nicolas Maduro. Venezuelans hoping to kick the socialist leader out of office turned out for the beginning of a five-day process of validating signatures on a petition calling for a recall referendum.

10 Teachers die in clashes

At least eight people were killed in clashes in Oaxaca, southern Mexico, when police and members of a teachers' union faced off in violent confrontations.

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