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On Friday, Assad Haig received a call from his mother's phone number. On the other end was a militant of the Islamic State. Haig's family, the man said, were going to be executed.​..
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Rain whipped against the plastic sheets that feebly blocked the windows of a one-room stone cottage in Frkir village. Inside, tears of fear and helplessness fell from every eye of the female relatives looking on as Tyrkia Raslan underwent a difficult labor...
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After a long journey from Thailand to Iraq smuggled inside a backpack, the stale stench of her new concrete surroundings is no doubt an improvement for the 6-month-old cub. After pacing the few steps her squalid enclosure allows, Sero settles down to chew on the bars of her cage. Aside from the occasional taunting by visitors, this seems the only distraction on offer in her cell…   

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The sign on the orphanage wall is a happy one: young Khmer children beaming with welcoming smiles. "Play with the kids, hold some hands, see the smiles." In Cambodia, "orphanage tourism" is on the rise, but beneath the smiles lies an exploitative underbelly...​​
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...As a woman, I had the added problem of convincing them I was capable. A good knowledge of their weapons and how to use them certainly helped, but I still had a long battle ahead, along with many more cups of tea. Syrian hospitality can be unrelenting...
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Photo by Giovanni Diffidenti
If you don’t “get” Lebanese politics, you are not alone. With a government divided between 18 sectarian groups, some of which have their own militias, there is nothing quite like it anywhere else in the world.​​..
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The idiots guide to Lebanese politics 
When the Islamic State and a band of local Sunni militants took the city of Mosul in June, local resident Aiala was happy. Being a devout Muslim, she said it angered her when women would walk in the streets dressed “immodestly.” She hoped Islamic rule would bring “morality” to Mosul. Recently, she changed her mind...
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Since they hit the international limelight the Islamic State has committed their fair share of atrocities. But apparently, their own grisly media campaigns and public executions have not been drama enough for the international community. Countless false reports and Photoshopped documents have been making the rounds on social media...
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Deaf rebels fight on Libya's frontlines
Khalid Mustafa Sati fights in silence. He can feel the vibration of the bombs that fall around him, but he cannot hear their explosions. Nor does he have a voice to speak of the death and violence he has witnessed during this uprising. Sati, praised for his courage and quick thinking on the battlefield, now heads a unit of 86 men. What sets them apart is that they are deaf and mute...
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In this exclusive footage obtained on the scene by Tracey Shelton of GlobalPost, Col. Muammar Gaddafi is caught by Libyan rebel fighters.​ This reporting challenged the formerly accepted narrative that Gaddafi was killed in a US airstrike and led to the opening of a UN enquiry into the dictators death...
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The Exclusive coverage of Gaddafi's final moments
Yasser Younes went to bed around midnight on April 13. When he woke up two days later, he was in a hospital, and his wife and two young children were dead.​..​​
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At a Free Syrian Army base, a group of men led a nervous prisoner from his cell to a car waiting outside. A few hours later, they returned alone, with a trunkload of weapons. As they loaded the store room with new bullets and rocket-propelled grenades, Hamza Fatahallah described the transaction that had taken place...   

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At just 6 years of age, Salsabel Hussein can explain the difference between a Grad rocket and an RPG. In the past five months she has seen her sister injured by shrapnel, her father dragged away by Colonel Muammar Qaddafi's men, and her home destroyed by tanks and gunfire...
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Female genital mutilation tops 73% in rural Iraq
Along with her pink pajamas and playful eyes, Delan has an
11-year-old’s endearing smile. Sitting on the empty floor of her family’s mud brick home, Delan’s smile quickly fades as she speaks of the day, when she was 6 years old, that an “old woman” came to visit.....
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...Women across Syria have lost children, husbands, homes and livelihoods. But the ripples of war stretch beyond countable tragedies. “Our husbands are always gone. We must deal with everything alone. With no electricity, our work at home has become so hard. We must wash by hand and cook by fire. We must take care of children who have become obsessed by war..."   
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With his shiny gray suit and long hair, Ahmed Hiedar, 28, bears little resemblance to a rebel soldier. But he has won more battles against the Syrian government than the average AK-47 welding opposition fighter. His weapon is a laptop. His battle is with the Syrian Electronic Army...
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Videos posted to the internet have played a key propaganda role in Syria’s bloody civil war. The footage typically shows brutal attacks, beatings and mass executions. But many are misrepresented, faked and often used as propaganda by both sides of the conflict at the same time...
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Chey Chourp was a well respected monk within the community until at age 23 he was diagnosed with leprosy. It was 1963 and his sentence was a lifetime of confinement, social fear and discrimination. But now Cambodia is leading the way in integrated leprosy treatment...

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"...The sun is the natural enemy of ice art," Arne Bergh, the ICEHOTEL's creative director for more than 20 years. "It eats the ice in the springtime. But now instead we will harness the sun to preserve the art..."
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A small group of rebel fighters made its way through limestone boulders in the tranquil silence of an orange-tinted dawn. The ruins of Roaiha caught their attention, but only for a moment. The majesty of their surroundings could not distract from the mission: to blow up a government tank in this abandoned city dating back to the time of Christ....​​
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The United Nations says 3 million Syrians are internally displaced and at least 2.3 million are in need of basic assistance. But is any aid donated to Syria going to those most in need? The answer is more complicated than you think...​​
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This 84-year-old grandmother crawled for 2 days and escaped ISIS
Extremist militants in Iraq demanded that this elderly Yazidi woman convert to Islam or die. She said she’d rather die....​​
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"In the beginning, there was no place to keep the imprisoned loyalists. It was easier to kill them. This is how people thought,” said Libyan rebel fighter Majid Alfituri. But he couldn’t bear to stand by and watch. Alfituri now fights for the fair treatment of former Gaddafi loyalists...
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The pickup truck swerved around the corner as three frantic men stood on the back screaming,”Go! Go!” Bouncing painfully between their legs was a man drenched in blood. Of the seven who took the harrowing route to the nearest “safe” hospital in Deir Alsharky, 12 miles of bad road away, three survived, three died and the whereabouts of the fourth remains unknown...

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At the entrance to the March Lebanon office in Beirut there is a well-stocked bookshelf. Its contents include classics like "Of Mice and Men," "The Diary of Anne Frank," "The Da Vinci Code" and the slightly less classy "Little Book of Big Penis." Crack the covers and you’ll realize this isn’t any ordinary book collection. The pages are all blank...
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