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Amnesty International Reports Organized Murder Of Detainees In Syrian Prison

<b>Updated at 10:25 a.m. ET on Feb. 7</b><p>A newly released report by Amnesty International alleges a widespread and systematic attack by Syria's government against its civilian population, including murder, torture, enforced disappearances and extermination carried out at a military prison called …

Court Denies DOJ Request For Stay; Trump Immigration Order Remains Suspended

<b>Updated at 4:13 a.m. ET Sunday</b><p>President Trump's travel ban remains suspended, after the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit denied a Justice Department request to stay the suspension of President Trump's order.<p>The court asked opponents of the ban to respond to the Trump administration's …

2016, an 'extreme year for climate,' is the hottest on record so far

Last year, the Earth sweltered under the hottest temperatures in modern times for the third year in a row, US scientists said on Wednesday, raising new concerns about the quickening pace of climate change.<p>Temperatures spiked to new national highs in parts of India, Kuwait and Iran, while sea ice …

Evacuation Of Aleppo Underway As Second Cease-Fire Takes Hold

After years of devastating war, days of increasing desperation and the collapse of one cease-fire, evacuations are underway in besieged eastern Aleppo.<p>Live images on Syrian state TV showed ambulances entering the rebel-held enclave on Thursday morning to evacuate the wounded. Aid groups confirm …

ISIS Renews Attacks On Palmyra In Attempt To Retake Historic City

Months after ISIS was pushed out of Palmyra, the extremist group is again fighting for the Syrian city in the face of heavy air strikes by Russia's military. After early reports that ISIS had retaken the city, activists are now reporting that ISIS elements withdrew to escape air raids.<p>From Beirut, …

Aleppo: Syrian regime forces seize most of old city

<b>Aleppo, Syria (CNN) —</b> Syrian government troops now control most of the neighborhoods in the old city of Aleppo after days of fierce fighting against rebel forces, with only small pockets remaining in opposition hands.<p>Overall, the rebels hold only about a quarter of war-ravaged eastern Aleppo, …

#WhereIsBana: Twitter Account of 7-Year-Old Syrian Girl Disappears

The message from a family that has become a symbol of Syria's suffering was heartbreaking.<p>"We are sure the army is capturing us now. We will see each other another day dear world. Bye. — Fatemah."<p>Shortly after the post, the Twitter account disappeared.<p>Fatemah's dispatches from inside Eastern Aleppo …

The Nigerian refugees displaced by Boko Haram – in pictures

Global development professionals network,Boko Haram,Nigeria,Africa,World news,Migration,Internally displaced people<p>More than 2 million people have been displaced by Boko Haram-related violence in north-east Nigeria. Judith Prat photographed the internally displaced people who are suffering in both …

Africa

Aid groups call for access as airstrikes continue in rebel-held Aleppo | PBS NewsHour Extra

Daily Video<p>Aid groups call for access as airstrikes continue in rebel-held Aleppo<p><b>Essential question</b><p>Why have countries throughout history resorted to …

Middle East

ISIS uses water as weapon in Mosul fight

<b>Irbil, Iraq (CNN) —</b> At least half a million people caught in the crossfire inside the Iraqi city of Mosul now have no access to running water, the United Nations told CNN on Wednesday.<p>One of three major water pipelines was struck as Iraqi troops fought back ISIS militants in parts of eastern …

Eastern Aleppo becoming 'one giant graveyard' says UN humanitarian chief

• Stephen O’Brien says 25,000 forced to flee homes since Saturday<br>• Russia dismisses ‘pointless’ resolutions in security council emergency session<p>The UN’s humanitarian chief has warned that eastern Aleppo was being turned into “one giant graveyard” as the rebel-held area was being overrun by Syrian …

PHOTOS: Mass Exodus From Aleppo's Rebel Stronghold As Regime Forces Close In

Tens of thousands of Syrians have fled the rebel-held neighborhoods of eastern Aleppo, as Syrian regime forces make major gains.<p>This is a crucial battle in Syria's war, which is now in its sixth year. As NPR's Alice Fordham reports, "If [government forces] continue to press forward into that …

Syria war: UN holds emergency meeting on Aleppo's 'descent into hell'

<b>(CNN) —</b> The UN Security Council held an emergency meeting Wednesday on the dire humanitarian situation in the Syrian city of Aleppo, which a UN official described as a "descent into hell."<p>"For the sake of humanity, we call on, we plead with the parties and those with influence to do everything in …

Middle East

The Last Hospital In Eastern Aleppo Is No More

When the last remaining hospital in besieged eastern Aleppo crumbled under a wave of artillery strikes on Nov. 18, one of the casualties was 25-year-old nurse Kefah.<p>"The last time he called me was one night before he was killed," says Dr. A.M. — an intensive care specialist based in Detroit who, …

Thousands Flee Eastern Aleppo As Syrian Regime Forces Advance

In Syria, thousands of civilians are fleeing eastern Aleppo as pro-government forces advance on rebel-held territory.<p>The city has been divided between the regime-held west and rebel-controlled east since 2012. Now, as The Two-Way reported Sunday, government forces are pushing to split the …

Syrian Government Forces Retake Rebel-Held Areas In Aleppo

In the Syrian city of Aleppo, forces loyal to Bashar al-Assad have established full control of the largest rebel-held district, Masaken Hanano, according to Syria's state news agency.<p>The government fighters are moving to take back the battered eastern side of Aleppo that has been largely under …

U.S. Service Member Dies In Syria After Roadside Bomb Explodes

The Pentagon announced in a statement on Thursday that an American service member in Syria died from injuries suffered by an improvised explosive device.<p>"I am deeply saddened by the news on this Thanksgiving Day that one of our brave service members has been killed in Syria while protecting us from …

After Trump's Election, Uncertainty For Syrian Refugees In The U.S.

Osama, a Syrian refugee who resettled five months ago in Princeton, N.J., did not sleep on election night after listening to the results.<p>"The whole world is affected by American elections," he said during an English lesson with his wife, Ghada, the next morning at their dining room table. The …

Syria: Aleppo pounded by 'heaviest bombardment' since war began

<b>(CNN) —</b> Syrian regime forces pounded eastern Aleppo with airstrikes for a sixth straight day Sunday, bringing the death toll to almost 300 in the most intense bombing since the war began five years ago, rescuers say.<p>Among the latest reported violence: a suspected chemical attack that killed four …

Middle East

More than 250,000 in Eastern Aleppo could die after the next 20 days

By Laila Maher Soudi<p>Raed Saleh<p>Ahmad Tarakji<p><i>Raed Saleh is head of the organization White Helmets, the Syrian Civil Defense (Twitter: @SyriaCivilDef). Dr. Ahmad Tarakji is president of the Syrian American Medical Society (SAMS). Laila Soudi works with SAMS and the psychiatry department at the</i> …

Children's hospital in Aleppo hit in airstrikes

Ambulance driver and at least two children among at least 20 dead after night of attacks on rebel-held sections of Syrian city<p>Jet fighters and helicopters bombing east Aleppo hit a children’s hospital and a blood bank on Wednesday, as medics and patients sheltered in the basement waiting for the …

After Rocky Pause, Airstrikes Resume On Syria's Aleppo

Airstrikes pounded the embattled eastern side of Aleppo, which is controlled by rebels, after several weeks of relative calm in the northern Syrian city.<p>The Syrians and their Russian allies have heavily bombed the eastern part of Aleppo, though it was not immediately clear who carried out the …