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Nigeria’s Boko Haram Insurgency Push 1 Million Children from School

New York, N.Y. Violence and attacks against civilian populations in northeastern Nigeria and its neighbouring countries have forced “a staggering” one million children out of school in a conflict that has dealt “a huge blow for education in the region,” the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) reported today. Girls use their new school supplies during a […]

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U.S. Prepares to Strike at Heart of Islamic State

Washington, D.C. Teams of U.S. special operators could be in place within weeks, aiming to strike at the brain trust and nervous system of the Islamic State terror group, in an intensified effort to destroy what many see as a growing global threat. AF Combat Controllers clear C-130 in Afghanistan. Photo: Staff Sgt. Jeremy T. Lock of […]

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U.S. Special Forces Going Into Syria to Combat ISIS ‘Very Soon’

Washington, D.C. The special U.S. envoy to the global coalition to counter the Islamic State group (IS/ISIL) said dozens of U.S. special operations forces will be deployed “very soon” in Syria to work with Arab forces trying to isolate the group’s self-proclaimed capital and end terrorist plots. U.S. Special Forces Going Into Syria to Combat […]

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U.N. Security Council Calls for Eradicating ISIS Safe Havens

New York, N.Y. The United Nations Security Council this evening called on all countries that can do so to take the war on terrorism to Islamic State-controlled territory in Syria and Iraq and destroy its safe haven, warning that the group intends to mount further terror attacks like those that devastated Paris and Beirut last week. […]

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Kerry: U.S. Committed to Increasing Efforts Against ISIS

Washington, D.C.  U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Tuesday the Islamic State group “will feel even greater pressure” in the coming weeks as the United States, France and other allies increase their efforts against the militants. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry poses for a photo with French President Hollande, French Foreign Minister Laurent […]

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Ban Ki-moon in Mid-East: Non-Violence Takes More Courage than Violence

New York, N.Y. Amid roiling tensions in the Middle East, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has taken to the airwaves to speak directly to the peoples of Israel and Palestine and to urge the leaders on both sides to end the “posturing and brinkmanship” and get serious about pursuing the two-state solution –“the only solution […]

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No NGO Help Left after U.S. Bombs Hospital – Killing Doctors, Patients

New York, N.Y. There are currently no humanitarian agencies left in Kunduz, the north-eastern Afghan city where an air strike hit the Médecins sans Frontières (MSF) hospital, causing the deaths and injuries of medical personnel, patients and other civilians, the United Nations said today.   Internally displaced persons in Kunduz, Afghanistan, waiting for assistance from […]

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Australia to Resettle 12,000 Syrian, Iraqi Refugees

Sydney, Australia.  Australia has offered to resettle 12,000 refugees from the conflict in Syria and Iraq. Prime Minister Tony Abbott says those from “persecuted minorities,” including Christians, Yazidis and Muslims, will be given priority. Australian warplanes have also been authorized to hit Islamic State targets in Syria. Prime Minister Abbott on Australia Day 2015, the […]

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