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Fighting Has Forced More Than 1.5 Million Syrians To Move, U.N. Says

The scope of the ongoing crisis in Syria is made clear yet again by two new reports from the United Nations:

-- An estimated 1.5 million Syrians have been "internally displaced" because of the fighting between forces loyal to President Bashar Assad and those who oppose him, according to Chaloka Beyani. He is the U.N.'s special rapporteur on the human rights of internally displaced persons.

The figure refers to "persons or groups of persons who have been forced or obliged to flee or to leave their homes or places of habitual residence, in particular as a result of or in order to avoid the effects of armed conflict, situations of generalised violence, violations of human rights or natural or human-made disasters, and who have not crossed an internationally recognised state border," according to the Internal Displacement Monitoring Center.

According to the CIA's World Factbook, there are about 22.5 million people in Syria. So, about 6.7 percent of the population has been uprooted.

-- As of Thursday, 146,667 Syrians had sought help at refugee camps in Lebanon, Turkey, Jordan and Iraq. The largest number — more than 50,000 — are in Turkey.

Meanwhile, NPR's Anthony Kuhn reports from his listening post in Beirut that "in Aleppo, activists say Free Syrian Army rebels beat a tactical retreat from the Salaheddine neighborhood on Thursday in the face of heavy bombardment from government warplanes and artillery. Activists say the rebels are now regrouping in an adjacent neighborhood and planning a counterattack."

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At 81, Disney's First African-American Animator Is Still In The Studio

First hired in the 1950s, Floyd Norman is still drawing. "Creative people don't hang it up," he says. "We don't walk away, we don't want to sit in a lawn chair. ... We want to continue to work. "
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America's Real Mountain Of Cheese Is On Our Plates

To help dairy farmers hurt by a glut, the USDA said this week it'll buy $20 million worth of cheese and give it to food banks. But we eat so much of the stuff, that's hardly a drop in the bucket.
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Friday News Roundup - International

Italy searches for survivors after a devastating earthquake. Turkey escalates its role in the fight against ISIS. And Colombia and the FARC rebels sign a peace treaty ending a half-century-long guerrilla war. A panel of journalists joins guest host Derek McGinty for analysis of the week's top international news stories.

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WhatsApp Will Start Sharing Data, Including Phone Numbers, With Facebook

It will also test new ways for businesses to communicate with users on the app. The privacy policy changes mark the long-expected move by Facebook to begin making money from the free app.

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