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Canada: "Highway of Tears"

Highway sign showing message about the missing women.

A sign along Highway 16 marks the plight of the missing women.

Every spring when the snow melts, Sally Gibson organizes a search team to look for her niece, Lana Derrick, who went missing in October 1995. "It's a ritual," she says. Once the weather warms up, Gibson gathers her friends and encourages them to walk the desolate roads behind her house.

She's not alone. Families all along Canada's Highway 16 -- a 425-mile stretch of road that cuts through pine forests, rivers and remote Indigenous reserves in central British Columbia -- are searching for their missing loved ones. There was Delphine Nikals who went missing in 1990; Ramona Wilson who disappeared in 1994; and last year, Tamara Chipman disappeared.

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In Lebanon, Bafflement Turns to Anger and Despair

Coffin is carried into a large burial trench.

Lebanese civil defense workers in the southern city of Tyre carry a coffin into a mass grave prepared for victims of the shelling.

It feels like we're teetering on the brink of collapse here in Beirut. The south is already a complete disaster zone, like something out of a Mad Max movie. Whole villages are destroyed. Donkeys and horses wander aimlessly through the rubble where bodies still rot, trapped under collapsed homes.

Beirut has managed to maintain an air of semi-normalcy until recently. I can still get fresh bagels at Bread Republic, an upscale bakery near my apartment, and a good margarita at a local bar, Dragonfly. My neighborhood bodega opens at 7 a.m. every day, like it always has, although the fresh produce is limited. And Georgette, the local seamstress, still sits in her storefront window hemming pants and skirts.

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Israel United

Men carry coffin draped in Israeli flag.

Israeli soldiers carry the coffin of First Corporal Liran Saadia, killed in fierce fighting in southern Lebanon.

Editor's Note: As the fighting continues unabated between Israel and Hezbollah, we asked Israeli television producer Hadas Ragolsky to report on conditions on the ground there and to include her own thoughts as well as public opinion inside Israel on a crisis now entering its fourth week.

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Only a few dozen people succeeded in paying their respects to First Corporal Liran Saadia on his final journey two weeks ago to the military graveyard in the northern city of Kiryat Shmona. The city was covered with smoke, testament to several Katyusha rockets that were fired by Hezbollah a few hours before the funeral. Saadia was killed in a fierce battle over the village of Marun al Ras in Lebanon, where those Katyusha rocket launchers were threatening his home and the entire north of Israel.

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