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Angelina Jolie named special UN refugee envoy

By The Associated Press

This article was published April 17, 2012 at 12:53 p.m.

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In this Feb. 11, 2012 file photo, Angelina Jolie attends the news conference of the film In the Land of Blood and Honey at the 62 edition of the Berlinale, International Film Festival in Berlin. Jolie is turning wicked as one of Disney's most-famous villains in "Maleficent," a live-action twist on "Sleeping Beauty" that's set for a March 14, 2014 release, Walt Disney Studios announced Monday, April 9, 2012.

— The U.N. refugee agency says U.S. actress Angelina Jolie has been appointed as a special envoy for the organization.

A spokesman for the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees says Jolie will focus on complex crises that result in mass displacement of people such as Afghanistan and Somalia.

Adrian Edwards told reporters in Geneva on Tuesday that Jolie's promotion from goodwill ambassador to special envoy reflects her long-standing work for UNHCR.

He adds that "this is an exceptional position reflecting the exceptional role she has played for us."

Edwards says although the actress has donated large sums to the agency over the years "there is to my knowledge absolutely no connection between any donation of money and this role."

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