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  • Chairwoman of the Russian Federation Council Valentina Matviyenko delivers a speech during a joint meeting of chambers of Russia's parliament to discuss a fight against terrorism, with State Duma speaker Sergey Naryshkin seen nearby, in Moscow, Russia November 20, 2015. Russian lawmakers will on Friday propose tougher punishment for terrorists and discuss introducing a raft of new security measures at a rare meeting of both chambers of parliament, Russian news agencies reported, citing a draft law. REUTERS/Maxim Zmeyev - RTS82AF
    November 20, 2015  

    In our news wrap Friday, both chambers of Russian Parliament met to call for tougher penalties for terrorists and more power for the police, following the attacks in Paris and the bombing of a Russian airliner over Egypt. Also, thousands of refugees were left in limbo after four Balkan state began turning away migrants who are not fleeing war. Continue reading

  • Syrian refugees walk through a field near the village of Idomeni at the Greek-Macedonian border, July 14, 2015. The United Nations refugee agency said that Greece urgently needed help to cope with 1,000 migrants arriving each day and called on the European Union (EU) to step in before the humanitarian situation deteriorates further. More than 77,000 people have arrived by sea to Greece so far this year, more than 60 percent of them Syrians, with others fleeing Afghanistan, Iraq, Eritrea and Somalia, it said. REUTERS/Alexandros Avramidis - RTX1KAH1
    November 19, 2015  

    In our news wrap Thursday, Serbia, Macedonia, Croatia and Slovenia announced they will turn back migrants fleeing their countries for economic reasons, accepting only war refugees to enter their territories. Also, violence between Israelis and Palestinians claimed five more lives, including an American tourist. Continue reading

  • A Syrian refugee holds onto his daughter as he waits to cross into Turkey at Akcakale border gate in Sanliurfa province, Turkey, June 15, 2015.REUTERS/Umit Bektas TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Umit Bektas: The man in the picture was gesturing to all of us on the other side of the barbed wire, asking the soldiers, officials and media for help. He was far from the only one: countless people were begging to be let across the border. These refugees had rushed from the town of Tel Abiad because they were expecting fighting between Isis and Kurdish forces.
“Take us in, we’re dying here,” I heard someone say.
The baby girl in his arms looked terrified. She was so young but there was something in her eyes…  it seemed like she knew what was going on. She wasn’t crying, even though she was hanging on to the barbed wire, also in spite of the heat, the shouting and chaos around her. There she was with her big eyes, looking out. It appeared to me that was in shock.
A few minutes after I took this photo the Turkish officials and military allowed these people to cross the border into Turkey. They arrived dehydrated, desperate to drink water and cool down.
There was a complete lack of facilities: no water, no toilets, no shade, no buildings at all. When I captured this image it was midday and the heat was intense, at more than 30 degrees Celsius. NGOs and soldiers had started to throw bottles of water across but it was obvious that there wasn’t enough to go round.
There are tens of thousands of children who are suffering like the girl in this image - she is just one of them.    
    November 18, 2015  

    How to deal with hundreds of thousands of migrants, many fleeing from Syria? It’s a question that was already tearing at the fabric of Europe before the attacks in Paris, with different countries taking very different stances. But after Friday night, the very idea of Europe’s open borders is under threat. Hari Sreenivasan reports from Paris. Continue reading

  • A group of migrants waits to cross the border from the village of Sentilj, Slovenia into Spielfeld in Austria, November 2, 2015.   REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger - RTX1UE7T
    November 18, 2015  

    Recent attacks have inspired growing calls among governments to restrict the unprecedented migration flowing into Europe and beyond. Gwen Ifill speaks with David Miliband, CEO of International Rescue Committee, and former Hungarian Ambassador András Simonyi about how countries can balance security with response to the refugee crisis. Continue reading

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    October 30, 2015  

    Amid the financial crisis, there’s one EU-imposed austerity measure that’s causing particular angst among Greek citizens: a tax hike on one of the country’s favorite traditional liquors. Greeks are worried that raising taxes on tsipouro, a powerful, clear type of brandy, will hurt the industry and farmers. Hari Sreenivasan reports. Continue reading

  • Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel talks to the media as she arrives at a meeting over the Balkan refugee crisis with leaders from central and eastern Europe at the EU Commission headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, October 25, 2015.      REUTERS/Francois Lenoir     - RTX1T5Q3
    October 25, 2015   BY Rialda Zukic 

    European leaders met Sunday at an emergency summit in Brussels to discuss the handing of tens of thousands of migrants passing through the Balkans to western parts of Europe. Continue reading

  • Migrants receive food after they arrived by train in Hegyeshalom, Hungary, September 24, 2015. The European Union migrant quota system approved in Brussels is "seriously flawed" and Hungary is considering challenging the decision in court, Prime Minister Viktor Orban's chief of staff said on Thursday. REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger  - RTX1S96B
    September 24, 2015  

    In our news wrap Thursday, European leaders came to an agreement on how to process thousands of migrants reaching Greece and Italy, while Croatia and Serbia feuded over the flow of refugees across their shared border. Also, Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived in Washington for a state visit at the White House. Continue reading

  • German Chancellor Angela Merkel (L) talks with French President Francois Hollande at the start of a European Union leaders extraordinary summit on the migrants crisis, in Brussels, Belgium September 23, 2015. EU leaders discussed migration and a proposed scheme to redistribute 120,000 asylum seekers across the bloc, a day after EU interior ministers meet to revisit the mandatory relocation plan. REUTERS/Yves Herman - RTX1S31Y
    September 23, 2015  

    A meeting of European heads of state to address the migrant crisis turned into debate over a quota deal that would settle 120,000 asylum seekers across the continent over two years. Four countries made loud objections while the UN refugee agency has criticized the plan for not being sufficient. Special correspondent Malcolm Brabant reports on the scene in Athens as more refugees arrive. Continue reading

  • Migrants disembark from a train after arriving at the station in Botovo, Croatia September 23, 2015, before walking to the Hungarian border. Hungarian leader Viktor Orban said on Wednesday he would propose that European Union states pay more into the EU budget to help cope with the refugee crisis and that Greece should allow other countries to defend its borders to slow the influx. Hungary lies in the path of the largest migration wave Europe has seen since World War Two and has registered more than 220,000 asylum-seekers this year.  REUTERS/Antonio Bronic - RTX1S22R
    September 23, 2015  

    European leaders are meeting in Brussels to work on a unified response to the migrant crisis. Hari Sreenivasan talks to William Swing of the International Organization for Migration and European Union Ambassador David O’Sullivan about the contentious negotiations and the enormous challenge ahead. Continue reading

  • Four-wheel drive cars park near a rock formation known as "Mushroom Rock" at a camp in the Egyptian Western Desert, southwest of Cairo, in this picture taken May 15, 2015. Photo by Amr Abdallah Dalsh/Reuters
    September 18, 2015   BY Larisa Epatko 

    The week of international news began with the fallout from Egyptian security forces accidentally firing upon a tourist convoy, followed by a major earthquake on the Pacific Ring of Fire. Take our five-minute quiz about these events. Continue reading

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