Syrian women far outnumber men in the refugee camps in neighboring Jordan. A new report by the International Rescue Committee says that gender-based violence in Syria is one of the main causes of women fleeing the country, and that reports of rape and violence against women are on the rise. In a clinic catering to Syrian refugees on the Jordanian border, a psychologist says she is shocked by some of the stories she hears of public rapes and torture.
Islamic militants' attack on a huge gas plant in the Sahara underscores the dangers that energy companies face when they do business in politically unstable places. Such facilities can be hard to protect and fences alone don't do the job, security experts say.
Election officials were reporting a relatively high voter turnout during Israel's national election on Tuesday. Exit polls projected Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will remain in power for a third term.
The grinning image has angered the French brass. They're launching an investigation to identify the soldier. According to the AFP photographer who took the photo, the soldier and his comrades were trying to cover their faces as a helicopter kicked up dust.
The president has made clear his desire for an end to more than a decade of "perpetual war." He has readily used drone strikes and other military tools to fight terrorism, but he appears to have no appetite for lengthy conflicts that would require sizable troop deployments.
As President Obama starts his second term, host Michel Martin takes a look at his foreign policy agenda. She speaks with NPR's Juan Forero about upcoming opportunities and challenges in Latin America — from drug trafficking, to changes in leadership, to the evolution of the U.S. relationship with Cuba.
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