• deadlyjourney
    April 20, 2015  

    The European Union came under intense pressure to address the migrant crisis in the Mediterranean after a vessel carrying migrants sank off the Libyan coast over the weekend, killing nearly everyone on board. So far this year, at least 1,500 migrants have died trying to make the crossing — 15 times more than all of last year. Matt Frei and Rageh Omaar of Independent Television News report.
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  • A child is carried into bus as migrants arrive via boat at the Sicilian harbor of Pozzallo
    April 20, 2015  

    The number of migrants traveling over water to reach Europe has grown tremendously. Gwen Ifill talks to Daryl Grisgraber of Refugees International about what’s driving them to attempt passage to Europe and how countries are dealing with the situation. Continue reading

  • U.S. President Obama and Italian Prime Minister Renzi hold joint news conference at the White House in Washington
    April 17, 2015  

    In our news wrap Friday, President Obama hosted Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi at the White House, and addressed a list of issues, including the way GOP leaders are handling one of his main cabinet appointments. Also, financial leaders from the world’s major economies gathered to discuss rising challenges and issued a joint communique saying they see modest improvements in the global economy. Continue reading

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    March 13, 2015  

    As the war in Syria enters its fifth year, more than 20 leading international aid organizations are sharply criticizing the UN Security Council’s response to the conflict. Their report, titled “Failing Syria,” calls out the Security Council’s lack of action and details the worsening crisis. David Miliband, CEO of the International Rescue Committee, joins Judy Woodruff to discuss the dire stakes. Continue reading

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    February 19, 2015  

    Last summer, militants from the Islamic State group attacked a small ethnic group called the Yazidis, executing men and taking thousands of women and girls as slaves. Special correspondent Marcia Biggs reports from Northern Iraq on the rape, violence, threats and harrowing escapes that some young women endured and their continuing struggles with psychological trauma and stigma. Continue reading

  • Kayla Mueller
    February 6, 2015  

    The Islamic State is claiming that a female American aid worker who had been held hostage since 2013 was killed by a Jordanian airstrike meant to target the militants. So far, the U.S. government has not confirmed the death of Kayla Mueller. Judy Woodruff learns more about the reported victim from Shane Harris of The Daily Beast. Continue reading

  • A Syrian refugee receives aid from the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, in Batroun, northern Lebanon Jan. 13, 2015. Photo by Omar Ibrahim/Reuters
    January 14, 2015   BY Joshua Barajas 

    Syrians fleeing the ongoing civil war in their country now make up the largest group of refugees in Brazil, the EFE reported.
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    January 10, 2015   BY Carey Reed 

    More than 7,000 people fleeing deadly attacks by Boko Haram in Nigeria have spilled over the border and into neighboring Chad, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees said on Friday. Continue reading

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    January 5, 2015  

    Lebanon is imposing new rules on who can cross its border as the country strains to cope with the world’s worst refugee crisis. Humanitarian groups are worried the policy will trap Syrians in a war zone with no way out. Chief foreign affairs correspondent Margaret Warner joins Gwen Ifill to discuss the conditions in Lebanon and how the restrictions will affect refugees. Continue reading

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    January 2, 2015  

    Refugees fleeing war and poverty in North Africa and the Middle East often are forced to cross the Mediterranean sea in rickety, overcrowded boats. Recently, an increase in human smugglers abandoning these ships before reaching Europe have forced EU countries to take on these migrants and ships at unprecedented levels. Continue reading