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U.S. gives $419 million more to aid Syrian refugees

The United States will give $419­ million more in humanitarian aid to assist Syrian refugees and the countries that are hosting them, administration officials said Monday.<p>The new aid brings the total U.S. donation since the Syrian conflict began in 2011 to $4.5 billion, more than any other country. …

Middle East

9 questions about ISIS you were too embarrassed to ask

During Iraq's long summer of 2004, one of the many prisoners who arrived at the American-run facility at Camp Bucca in southern Iraq was a young jihadist who fought under the name Abu Ahmed. Though he'd feared prison, Abu Ahmed found, to his surprise, a kind of jihadist salon, as extremist fighters …

Syrian Refugees Are Not the Problem

The world is being reminded in the most brutal way that the Islamic State is not just a regional threat in the Middle East, but a global extremist …

Middle East

To the Guy Who I Thought I Would Grow Old with

<i>“A true soul mate is probably the most important person you’ll ever meet, because they tear down your walls and smack you awake. But to live with a</i> …

Positive Thinking

Why The Most Powerful Loves Are The Ones That Keep Coming Back

Most people spend their Saturdays doing something fun, like downing a bottle of Jame-o or tripping over themselves because their stilettos are too …

War in Syria: Six graphics that explain the latest on the ground

<b>(CNN) —</b> The war in Syria just got a little bit more complicated.<p>As if the airspace over the war-torn country wasn't already crowded enough, fighter jets announced Russia's arrival on the ever-growing list of nations who have bombed Syria when it launched airstrikes on rebel targets in late …

Survival in Syria: Children still going to school, people still falling in love

<b>(CNN) —</b> Shelled-out apartment blocks, AK-47s and black flags, tanks and Russian jets: the images we have of Syria, of death and destruction, omit any idea of life.<p>But life goes on.<p>"People are still trying to survive," said journalist Zaina Erhaim. "They are still getting in love, they're still …

U.S., Russia escalate involvement in Syria

<b>(CNN) —</b> Russian President Vladimir Putin said Tuesday his country's involvement in Syria is helping protect the world.<p>"We are not striving for any kind of leadership over Syria. Syria can have only one leader -- the Syrian people," Putin said at a Moscow investment forum, according to Reuters.<p>"We …

The differences between Shia and Sunni Muslims

The conflicts between Shia and Sunni Muslims go back to the seventh century and the death of the Prophet Muhammad.<p>Yet a spotlight has been shone recently on the differences between the two branches of the religion as the number of clashes between both groups has intensified.<p>The vast majority of the …

Russia just handed ISIS a 'big win' in Syria's largest city

ISIS militants seized five villages on the northern edge of Aleppo, putting them within 1 mile of territory held by the Syrian regime, Reuters reports.<p>Russian airstrikes in the area reportedly killed hundreds of anti-regime rebels, many of whom ISIS (also known as the Islamic State, ISIL, and …

Refugee crisis: Hungary rejects all asylum requests made at border – as it happened

Tough new laws introduced at Hungary-Serbia border Serbia says it cannot cope with refugees shut out of EU UN High Commissioner for refugees criticises Orban government More European countries reintroduce border controls Read the latest summary

Border Crossings

Refugees detained by Hungarian police as Serbia tells Budapest: We're not a concentration camp

Queen Rania of Jordan urges unity as Germany calls for other EU states to lose funding if they don't take refugees as part of quota<p><b>• Hungary to extend border fence with Romania</b> <b><br>• Serbia tells Hungary: You cannot treat us like a concentration camp</b> <b><br>• Half a million entered the EU in 2015 so far</b> <b><br>•</b> …

Europe

I’m a teenage Syrian refugee. Here’s why I left my family to reach Germany. - Vox

Back in 2010, all 13-year-old me cared about was hanging out with friends and playing video games. My homeland, Syria, was a safe county. As in many places, the average person worried about providing for his family and little more.<p>More on the Syrian civil war<p>Syria’s Civil war: a brief …

Why Putin is bombing Syria, explained in 500 words

<i>Why is Russia bombing Syria? How did this happen? What does it have to do with the Bashar al-Assad and with ISIS, and what does it mean for Syria's war and for the United States? What follows is an explanation of the very basics, written so that anyone can understand it.</i><p>Russia, once a superpower …

"The Russians have made a serious mistake": how Putin's Syria gambit will backfire

It would be easy to get the impression from media coverage that Putin's decision to intervene militarily in Syria is some kind of genius strategic move — a bold and brilliant gambit that will weaken the US in the Middle East, or at least dramatically limit its influence in the region. Headlines …

3 years later, the young immigrants Obama protected are feeling less afraid — and more American - Vox

Life for "DACAmented" immigrants is relatively normal. That's a huge deal.<p>The 680,000 beneficiaries of Obama's first executive actions, in 2012 — the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program — have begun to settle into a new normal. Many of them have now had protection from deportation and …

Putin's Syria intervention isn't grand, brilliant strategy. It's an act of fear.

Russian President Vladimir Putin's military intervention in Syria, and then his call at the United Nations for a global "anti-Hitler coalition" to fight ISIS there, can certainly look, from the American perspective, like a power grab. Putin's boldness seems like a sign that President Obama's …

Putin's military intervention in Syria, explained

Russia has moved a small but significant military force into Syria, adding a volatile new dimension to Syria's now four-year civil war. And on Wednesday, Russia made its first official airstrikes in Syria.<p>The Russian installation, in a couple of military sites along Syria's Mediterranean coast, is …

A day on a refugee rescue ship: 'this job must be done, there must be no sinking'

One morning early this month the Bourbon Argos took in 1,001 people, mostly Eritreans, from two boats north of Libya. For the ship’s crew it is a tense and testing time; for the rescued it is a moment of relief after a hellish journey<p>On board a merchant ship around 30 miles north of Libya, Gordie …

Africa

The Syrian refugee crisis, explained in one map

Stories like that of Aylan Kurdi, the Syrian boy whose body washed up on a Turkish shore after drowning on the journey to Greece, and Osama Abdul Muhsen, the Syrian refugee father who was kicked and tripped on camera by a Hungarian journalist, have shown how the Syrian refugee crisis is experienced …

Migrant crisis: EU splits exposed as talks take place

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/world/1195000/1195656_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1524700654_2c90db785c51b4ae028e9c6bc5c06902<p><b>Splits within the EU on the relocation of 120,000 migrants have been further exposed as leaders hold an emergency meeting in Brussels.</b><p>Slovakia is …

Migrant crisis: EU ministers approve disputed quota plan

<b>EU interior ministers have approved a controversial plan to relocate 120,000 migrants across the continent over the next two years.</b><p>It will see migrants moved from Italy, Greece and Hungary to other EU countries.<p>Romania, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary voted against accepting mandatory …

The greatest failure of Obama's presidency continues to unfold

His administration then offered a remarkable illustration of why that hasn't happened.<p>A $500 million program launched last year to train moderate Syrian rebel forces, officials conceded, had been a failure.<p>But, the White House contended, the president was not at fault because he had never believed …

Croatia 'forcing' Hungary to take migrants

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/world/1194000/1194692_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1529456767_da4187245d038bc30d9f1d5bebf238c7<p><b>Croatia will "force" Hungary to accept migrants by continuing to send them to the border, its prime minister says.</b><p>Zoran Milanovic's statement was the …

Border Crossings

Syria conflict: Kerry and Hammond seek negotiations

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/world/1194000/1194663_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1529456762_c510f6abbc15b181044348af41b6c767<p><b>US Secretary of State John Kerry has called for a renewed diplomatic effort to end the conflict in Syria.</b><p>Speaking after talks in London, he said what …

Middle East

AFP news agency on Twitter: "#BREAKING Hungary parliament approves wider use of army in migrant crisis"

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