BEIRUT (AP) -- New United Nations figures suggest at least 60,000 people have died in Syria's 22-month conflict.
The toll is far higher than the figure of 45,000 given by activists opposed to the regime of President Bashar Assad.
The U.N.'s human rights office in Geneva says experts compared death reports from seven different sources including the government and came up with a list of 59,648 individuals killed between the start of the uprising on March 15, 2011, and Nov. 30, 2012.
In each case, the victim's first and last name, the date and the location of their death were known.
U.N. human rights chief Navi Pillay said in a statement Wednesday that because the fighting continues "we can assume that more than 60,000 people have been killed by the beginning of 2013."
UN body: Around half-million Syrians now refugees
GENEVA (AP) -- The U.N. refugee agency says about 84,000 people fled the escalating civil war in Syria in December alone, bringing the total number of those displaced since the beginning of the 22-month-old conflict to around half a million.
The agency said Wednesday that the number of registered refugees rose from about 394,000 to 478,000 within a month. If those still awaiting registration are included, around 569,000 people have fled Syria for neighboring countries.
It says Turkey hosts the largest group of registered Syrian refugees, totaling almost 150,000 as of Jan. 1. Some 130,000 people have fled to Lebanon, and another 120,000 to Jordan. Iraq hosts some 68,000 refugees.
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