UN: Syrians, Russians, Afghans lead asylum list
Most asylum seekers turned to Europe last year as Syria, Russia and Afghanistan topped the list of places where people fled their homelands to ask for protection from another country, the United Nations refugee agency said Friday.


The agency's report found that Europe totaled 484,600 asylum claims last year, 32 percent higher than in 2012. The report, which analyzes trends in 44 industrialized countries, says 612,700 people applied for asylum in North America, Europe, East Asia and the Pacific in 2013 -- the highest total for any year since 2001 mainly due to Syria's civil war. (AP)