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Watching refugees escape Syria and Iraq has been really difficult for many people. I know it has been for me. Just imagine what it's like for them.

For one thing, the sheer number of people is numbing.

So are the constant stories of children in trouble. Children dying en route to Europe. Children who lose their parents and then end up alone and scared.

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Pope Francis is scheduled to wrap up a six-day, three-nation pilgrimage to Africa this weekend with a visit to the war-torn Central African Republic.

The 78-year-old leader of the Catholic Church was asked about concerns for his own safety on a trip that brought him first to Kenya and then to Uganda and he joked he was, “more worried about the mosquitoes,” according to AFP. 

But the security situation in CAR is no joke.

Turning ice into fire. Iceland goes for drama.

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Ari Daniel

The first thing you need to know is that Iceland is changing.

Icelander Sveinbjörn Steinþôrsson, a muscular guy in his 40s, grew up hiking on glaciers here. And he says he’s actually seen the changes.

"First trips to the glacier, I was, like, 14, 15 years old," Steinþôrsson says. "It was easy to find a spot on a glacier to see only white. You could not see the mountain in the north. And you thought you were alone in the world."

But now, when Steinþôrsson goes to those same places and looks out, he sees mountains and bare land poking through.

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When it comes to giving, the choices can be overwhelming.

Should you give to a charity? How do you know who to trust? Is it better to just give cash to the people who need it? I've done extensive reporting on what makes charities successful — and what happens when charities go wrong — but now I'm turning attention to the holidays.

For the next few days, I’m going to be answering your questions about effective holiday giving. There are so many pressing social problems in this country and across the globe and there are myriad causes doing important work.

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When Peter Waldman, a reporter for Bloomberg's Businessweek, visited Tehran's Museum of Contemporary Art, he wasn't prepared for what he saw.

"You walk in and there’s a foyer and in the foyer there’s kind of a spiraling walkway that goes downward literally from the street," he says, "so you’re headed down into the ground."

As you go down, there's a storage units, where the museum holds some of its art. But its exact contents have been kept secret for 36 years.

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A watchdog website,, has been counting up the number of civilians killed in Syria and Iraq in air strikes by the US-led coalition. Now that Russia has begun its own air campaign in the region, the group sees an alarming rise in civilian deaths, primarily from Russian air strikes.

Adeline Sire

I met American expats Jessica Walker and Andy McClure at le Square Gardette restaurant in the 11th arrondissement of Paris. Walker and McClure are good friends who both live near the area here that was attack on Nov. 13.

Walker is a consultant who grew up in Boston and has been calling Paris home for 11 years. She was playing tennis on the other side of town that fateful night. So she found out about the attacks when she called her relatives in Boston. They were watching the news on CNN.

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The President of France is continuing his quest to create a grand alliance against ISIS, following the massacres in Paris on Nov. 13.

Earlier this week, François Hollande met with Barack Obama in Washington. On Thursday he went to Moscow to meet with Vladimir Putin.

“Mr. Putin’s been saying the same kind of thing for the last couple of weeks,” says Moscow-based reporter, Charles Maynes.

France and Russia have both suffered from ISIS violence recently. France — with the attacks on Paris, and Russia with the bombing of an airliner over Egypt barely a week before that.

The pope goes to Kenya

Nov 26, 2015
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It rained on the pope's parade today. Quite literally. But it didn't seem to dampen the spirits of the 300,000 Kenyans who crowded onto the University of Nairobi campus, despite heavy downpours, to hear and see Pope Francis celebrate his first public mass in Africa.

Hana Baba

In Fremont, California, home to one of the country’s largest Afghan populations, you'll find Zamzam Supermarket. It's a butchery, grocery, bakery, restaurant and, ahead of Thanksgiving, the store rolls out it's signature dish: an Afghan-seasoned halal Thanksgiving turkey. 

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For many Americans living overseas, celebrating Thanksgiving is a must. But as Marisa Kaplan can attest, maintaining this tradition abroad comes with certain challenges.

The Pennsylvania native says last year, for instance, was a debacle. 

Kaplan decided to host a Thanksgiving meal for 50 people at her friend Lungi’s house in Johannesburg, South Africa.

“It was very international,” Kaplan remembers. “[There were] people from all over: South Africans, but also people from Europe and the US.”

Some 84 percent of Irish listen to the radio daily, and Pat Herbert has been one of them since he was 10.

It was 1947, and Herbert lived in a deeply rural area of the country, Rathmanagh in County Mayo, where there wasn't even electricity yet, and World War II had left the local economy devastated. So, his first encounter with radio changed his life for good, as he told Danish audio producer Rikke Houd at the HearSay International Audio Arts Festival.

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In the summer of 1969, Khadija Ouannane, a 16-year-old girl from Casablanca, Morocco stepped off an airplane in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, and into the arms of the people she would come to call family.

Syrians on speed. Jihadis addicted to uppers. Drug cartel lackeys setting up illegal pill factories in crappy hole-in-the-wall spaces in Beirut while the top boss lives in splendor outside some European capital.

This isn't a movie plot; this is a real story about a drug that's little known in the West, but is running wild in the Middle East: captagon. 

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It’s a trope to say America has a long tradition of welcoming immigrants. This is only partially true. It also has a long tradition of treating immigrants with open discrimination and even violent hostility.

The current debate over whether to accept Syrian refugees has echoes of a different time when another wave of people were leaving a Mediterranean country. They were seen by some Americans as being so alien in religion, culture, education, politics and law, that they could never be assimilated. They were even suspected of ties to terrorism. These were the Italians.