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Over 86 per cent of world’s refugees were being hosted by developing countries at the end of 2013.
US Secretary of State John Kerry said the killing of the children was a loss for the world.
Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif called the death toll a national tragedy and announced three days of mourning.
Australian news agencies were reporting hostage numbers from 12 to 40.
Millions of eligible voters will be choosing from among 1,191 candidates running for the 475 seats in the lower house of the Diet.
Meanwhile, a ceasefire agreed between pro-Moscow rebels and the Ukraine army appears to be holding with no casualties reported.
Satyarthi has received a number of death threats as he sought to end child slavery in India and the world.
The feeling among some OPEC members is that oil prices will hover around $65 a barrel until the cartel's next summit in June 2015.
Damascus accused Tel Aviv of carrying out air raids to help the opposition fighting the government of President Bashar Al-Assad.
The WFP on Friday said that many of the refugees are living in dire conditions and any cuts to the assistance they currently receive would be "devastating".