• Syrian refugees in Bar Elias, in the Bekaa valley
    April 22, 2015   BY P. J. Tobia 

    This week on Shortwave, we bring you the story of Syria’s refugee children. Ten million people. A population the size of London and Paris combined. That’s how many Syrians have been forced to leave their homes since 2011. Of these refugees, 2.5 million are children.
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  • Migrants stand on a navy ship as they arrive in the Sicilian harbour of Augusta
    April 21, 2015  

    While the UN Refugee Agency is urging the European Union to adopt an emergency action plan on the intensifying migrant crisis in the Mediterranean, a bipartisan group of U.S. senators has sent a letter to President Obama on the possibility of setting up safe zones for refugees in Syria. Judy Woodruff talks to António Guterres, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. Continue reading

  • Relatives and residents carry the coffins of victims after a suicide attack during a burial ceremony in the Dari Noor district of Nangarhar province
    April 18, 2015  

    Saturday’s bombing in Afghanistan caps a chaotic week throughout much of the Muslim world. Violent conflicts are now raging in Iraq, Syria and Yemen, and the threat posed by terror groups like ISIS and al Qaeda on the Arabian Peninsula are seemingly intensifying. Anthony Cordesman of the Center for Strategic and International Studies joins Hari Sreenivasan to discuss. Continue reading

  • Residents queue up to receive humanitarian aid at the Palestinian refugee camp of Yarmouk, in Damascus
    April 7, 2015  

    The Palestinian refugees who came to the Yarmouk refugee camp to escape conflict have found themselves in the middle of the battle between the Islamic State and the Syrian government. The U.N. Security Council has said it’s time for intervention, but getting help to the estimated 18,000 trapped civilians may not be possible without a cease-fire. Paul Davies of Independent Television News reports. Continue reading

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    April 6, 2015  

    In our news wrap Monday, Kenya’s military launched airstrikes on al-Shabab camps in Somalia for a second day. Meanwhile, Muslim political leaders in Kenya denounced the militant group. Also, about 1,800 people were trapped by Islamic State forces in a Palestinian refugee camp in Syria. Palestinian forces fought back and the Syrian military dropped barrel bombs in support of the Palestinians. Continue reading

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    April 5, 2015  

    Despite being ousted recently from Saddam Hussein’s hometown of Tikrit, Iraq, the Islamic State made important new gains this weekend in Syria, taking control of an area near Damascus. Part of what is driving the extremist group’s success is the growing role of former officials from Saddam Hussein’s military who are now playing a key role within ISIS. Liz Sly, the Beirut bureau chief for The Washington Post, joins Hari Sreenivasan via Skype from Beirut, Lebanon, to discuss. Continue reading

  • ASSAD TALKS monitor bashir syria
    March 27, 2015  

    Syrian President Bashar al-Assad sat down for an interview with PBS host and CBS News anchor Charlie Rose on Thursday in Damascus. Assad denied reports of chemical weapon use by his military and signaled openness to dialogue with the United States. Rose joins Judy Woodruff to discuss what he learned in the interview and the state of Damascus today. Continue reading

  • U.S. President Barack Obama shakes hands with Afghanistan's President Ashraf Ghani (L) after their joint news conference at the White House in Washington. Photo by REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
    March 24, 2015   BY Josh Lederman, Associated Press 

    WASHINGTON — The White House said Tuesday the U.S. will keep its current complement of 9,800 troops in Afghanistan through the end of 2015, instead of cutting the number by about half as originally planned. Continue reading

  • People run amid smoke from a site hit by what activists said were air strikes by forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad in Raqqa, eastern Syria, which is controlled by the Islamic State November 27, 2014. REUTERS/Nour
    March 17, 2015   BY Marina Lopes 

    A Syrian government raid on an Islamic State threshold that resulted in over 100 civilian casualties last year could amount to a war crime, human rights organization Amnesty International said in a report on Tuesday. Continue reading

  • 20 killed by Syrian regime vacuum bombs
    March 16, 2015  

    Since the start of Syria’s war four years ago, more than 200,000 people have died and millions have been made homeless. Two rounds of peace talks have already failed. What can be done to bring an end to the war? Judy Woodruff talks to Steven Heydemann of the United States Institute of Peace, Hisham Melhem of Al Arabiya News and former U.S. Ambassador to Syria Robert Ford. Continue reading

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