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Daniella Cheslow

Days after the attacks in Paris, Serbia, Macedonia and Slovenia began tightening their border controls. They all looked to Hungary for help and advice.

In the past two months, Hungary has become Europe’s most vocal opponent to accepting migrants — even those from war-torn Syria, Iraq and Iran.

In the city of Szeged, close to Hungary’s southern border with Serbia, the courthouse has been at the heart of Hungary’s anti-migration efforts.

Jason Margolis

The city of Peterborough is about a 90-minute drive northeast of Toronto. It’s a town of some 80,000 with one small mosque. A day after the attacks in Paris, the mosque was set on fire.

“They called me, I came, I saw the smoke,” says Kenzu Abdella, a mathematics professor and president of the Kawartha Muslim Religious Association in Peterborough.   

What it's like to go to 'Thanksgiving' in Paris

17 hours ago
Adeline Sire

I never knew a bag of fresh cranberries could be so exciting.

Since a lot of cranberries are grown in Massachusetts, it's usually not a big deal for me to find them in the Boston area where I normally live.

But spotting them in Paris, France, where I am currently based — now that’s unique.

As a French resident of Massachusetts, I have reported previously about the thrill of discovering a French fine foods store in Lexington, Mass, called MA France.

Zoubeir Souissi/Reuters

Reporter Adnen Chaouachi just came back from a funeral for one of the 12 people killed by a suicide bomber on Tuesday. Dozens were injured.

Chaouachi knew many members of the presidential guard who were targeted in this latest attack. He's spoken to many of them in the course of his reporting.

"They are just brave Tunisian people," he said. "They go to work early. They feed their families."

Daniel Estrin

There's been a lot of coverage of the Belgian connections for the attackers in Paris. But some of the perpetrators were young French nationals from the poor, crime-ridden, immigrant suburbs outside of Paris.

So this past weekend, I joined a middle school teacher on a trip to a Paris suburb to see the recent attacks through the eyes of kids who belong to the same generation, and live in the same suburban area as some of the attackers.

An American Homebaker in Paris

21 hours ago
Image by Thierry Delabre, a baker in Paris.

Two weeks ago, attackers in Paris targeted everyday people doing everyday things: watching a soccer game, attending a concert, eating at a restaurant.

And you can bet that on most of those restaurant tables was that iconic staple of French cuisine — bread.

US Army

When you think of war scares back in the Cold War, most people think about the Cuban missile crisis in 1962. But a newly declassified document reveals just how close we came to nuclear Armageddon in the 1980s, under President Ronald Reagan.

In South Africa, it's called the Black Tax

Nov 24, 2015
Sarah Birnbaum

Africans have felt a duty to care for extended family forever, but the way the new generation is dealing with this pressure is changing.

Diana Matumba grew up in Limpopo, one of the poorest regions in South Africa. 

There are no paved roads.  It’s a struggle to find a place to make a phone call. 

“Don’t even try finding it on GPS!” Matumba says.

She describes her village as remote, quaint and though she’s loathe to use the term, a little “backwards by advancement standards.” She says most people live in tiny houses.

April Rocha

ISIS spells it out plain and clear in the February issue of its propaganda magazine Dabiq. 

It calls for the elimination of the "gray zone," that intellectual space inhabited by Muslims who don't side with religious extremists. You're with us or against us, the jihadis argue. 

Most Muslims around the world are unimpressed. 

"My entire life is gray," says Moroccan American author Laila Lalami. "My friends are from all kinds of different religions, or no religion at all. And so all of our lives in a sense are grey."

In Brussels, Belgium, a kitty is under siege

Nov 24, 2015
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Brussels, Belgium, has been on lockdown the past few days.

During the lockdown, Belgian police have asked locals to refrain from tweeting about any police activity. No tweeting, fine. But what about meowing?

In response to the police request, the world got a taste of the Belgian sense of humor as Belgians flooded twitter with mocking photos of cats.

Leo Hornak

When the Paris attacks began, Rev. Jean-Christophe Bieselaar was on call as one of the official chaplains for public hospitals in Paris.

"These were war victims; it was war injuries," he says, recalling the shock of that evening.

"There is one lady I remember. And, honestly, I can't tell you why I remember her more than other people. She came into the ER, went straight to the welcome desk. And she said, 'I've heard that my son was brought to this hospital.' And she actually was leaning with both hands on the table — as if she was afraid to collapse if the news was bad."

ISIS brings in millions and the US is all but helpless to stop it.

Nov 24, 2015
Goran Tomasevic/Reuters

In the wake of the attacks in Paris, more and more people are saying that when it comes to ISIS, it's time to follow the money.

But where does ISIS — often described as the richest terrorist organization — get their cash from?

According to Cam Simpson, a reporter for Bloomburg Business, the answer to that question is oil.

Photo by&nbsp;Ammar Abdullah / Reuters.&nbsp;

This Thanksgiving, Paul Katcher wanted to reflect not only on what he’s grateful for, but also for all the choices he doesn’t have to make, the kind of bleak decisions faced by Syrian civilians caught in the middle of the country’s brutal civil war.

Yves Herman/Reuters

Belgium has had a reputation for many things. Chocolate. Beer. French fries with mayonaisse.

But a hotbed for jihadist activity? 

Two of the terrorists involved in the November 13 Paris attacks were identified as French citizens from the Brussels neighborhood of Molenbeek. That district has also been linked to two other major Islamic teror attacks: The rampage at the Charlie Hebdo satirical magazine offices and a plot against a train from Paris to Belgium.

What is it about Belgium? How did it get on this particular map?

Jeb Sharp

Imad Karkotli's sweet and pastry shop in downtown Brussels is like something out of a storybook. We stumble upon it on the first day of the security lockdown here after the Paris attacks. Dusk is falling but the display cases gleam with color and plates of heaping candies and sweetmeats beckon us in. 

There are only two customers inside, so Karkotli is only too eager to show us his wares.