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Syrian War Sparks A Spike In Worldwide Level Of Displaced People

On World Refugee Day, the United Nations' refugee agency is reporting that the number of people forcibly displaced from their homes grew to more than 50 million — a level unseen since World War II.
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The Mystery Tweeter Inside ISIS

Jacob Siegel of The Daily Beast wrote about an insider with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, who is documenting the militant group's squabbles online. Siegel speaks with host Robert Siegel about what he learned of life inside ISIS.
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Down From The Mountains, Pakistanis Flee Military Offensive

In Pakistan, people continue to flood out of the mountains bordering Afghanistan. An estimated 200,000 people have abandoned their homes and livestock to escape a new phase of war underway in the North Waziristan tribal area.
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Brimming With Extras, Palestinian Government Feels Unity Pains

After a deal between Hamas and Fatah, the Palestinian Authority faces a puzzle: What do you do with an extra 40,000 employees? Thousands of Fatah workers want their posts back, which poses a problem for the government workers who have kept things running since the groups' split seven years ago.
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In Trafficking Report, A Stark Warning About Thai Fishing Industry

The U.S. state department has issued its annual report on human trafficking. And the report includes a warning to American seafood importers: Clean up supply chains that include Thailand.
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West Africa Is 'Overwhelmed' By Ebola

The sheer number of places where Ebola is popping up — in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia — puts a strain on medical workers. They're still trying to control the outbreak that began in February.
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Ukraine Orders Unilateral Cease-Fire With Separatists

President Petro Poroshenko announced the weeklong halt to the fighting, but there was no indication whether pro-Russia rebels would follow suit.
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Obama On Iraq: Defense Strategy Or Political Compromise?

President Obama announced that he's prepared to send up to 300 military advisers to Iraq. Analysts join guest host Audie Cornish to discuss some of the biggest political stories of the week.
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U.N.: Number Of Displaced People Hits Mark Not Seen Since World War II

At least 51.2 million people are now living under forced displacement, a U.N. agency says. If all of them were put into one country, it would be the 26th largest in the world.
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Leading Shiite Cleric Says Iraq Needs A New Government

Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani's comments add to criticisms that Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki hasn't done enough to bridge sectarian rifts. The cleric also says ISIS militants must be expelled.

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