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February 9, 2015 7:43 PM Morocco Legalizes 18,000 Migrants in 2014 Under New Policy

Morocco has announced that 65 percent of migrants applying for legal status were approved — some 18,000 people — in the first year of the country's new immigration policy. Charki Draiss, the minister delegate for the interior said Monday some 27,000 illegal migrants from 116 countries living in Morocco applied for papers, with all women and children 38

February 8, 2015 1:10 PM Prince Charles tours camp for Syrian refugees; UK raises aid

Prince Charles has toured a sprawling camp for Syrian refugees in Jordan, chatting with residents and sampling tea and bread on a walk down the main road. The prince was accompanied by Britain's international development minister. Minister Justine Greening said in a statement her country will pay an additional $150 million to help displaced Syrians and their 18

February 7, 2015 2:41 PM Airstrikes pound ISIS targets in Mosul

(CNN)Coalition airstrikes again pounded ISIS positions in Iraq and Syria on Saturday, including at least a dozen strikes on Mosul, where anti-ISIS forces have been trying to weaken targets ahead of an anticipated fight to wrest Iraq's second largest city from the terror group. A CNN crew watching from Kurdish positions on Mount Zartak, to the southeast 27

February 7, 2015 1:18 PM Kurds say ISIS destroyed key Iraq bridge; airstrikes pound jihadist targets

(CNN)ISIS militants have destroyed a bridge they recently used to assault Iraq's oil-rich Kirkuk city -- a possible attempt to hinder a counterattack against them, a Kurdish political and military leader said Saturday. The news came as coalition airstrikes again pounded ISIS positions in Iraq and Syria on Saturday, including in the northern Iraq's Mosul 19

February 7, 2015 11:56 AM Syria death toll now exceeds 210,000: rights group

AMMAN (Reuters) - The death toll after nearly four years of civil war in Syria has risen to 210,060, nearly half of them civilians, but the real figure is probably much higher, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Saturday. The Observatory, which is based in Britain and has a network of activists across Syria, said that 10,664 children and 6,783 women 16

February 7, 2015 8:31 AM Gelzinis: Idealism drove Kayla Mueller to brave dangers

02052015kaylamueller4.jpg “I find God in the suffering eyes reflected in mine. If this is how you are revealed to me, this is how I will forever seek you.” That was how Kayla Mueller once explained the spirit that drove this young woman to leave the tranquility of Prescott, Ariz., and journey more than halfway around the world to plunge herself into the chaos 16

February 6, 2015 10:15 PM Kayla Mueller, held captive by IS, vowed to not let 'suffering be normal'

Kayla Mueller traveled to Syria to help children caught in the middle of the nation’s bloody civil war. Her work was cut short in August 2013, when she was kidnapped in Aleppo. The Islamic State claimed Friday that a humanitarian aid worker being held captive by the militants was killed during a Jordanian air strike against the group in Syria. The militants’ 31

February 6, 2015 7:42 PM ISIS Hostage Kayla Mueller Wanted To Help Stop Syria's Suffering

"Syrians are dying by the thousands, and they're fighting just to talk about the rights we have," Mueller told The Daily Courier, a local paper in her hometown of Prescott, Arizona, in May 2013. “For as long as I live, I will not let this suffering be normal.” On Friday, the Islamic State militant group claimed that an American woman it was holding hostage 19

February 6, 2015 7:19 PM Syria’s bloody civil war taking back seat to IS horrors

The world may be gripped by the horrors perpetrated by the Islamic State group, but a wider bloodbath provoked by Syria’s civil war is continuing unabated, with several hundred people killed in the past week alone. Syrian opposition activists said Friday that the government has increased airstrikes against their strongholds in recent days in hopes of wearing 18

February 6, 2015 7:15 PM King Abdullah II thrusts Jordan to the center of war on Islamic State militant group

Jordan's Queen Rania holds a picture of slain Jordanian pilot, Lt. Muath al-Kaseasbeh, during a march after Friday prayers in Amman, Jordan, Friday, Feb. 6, 2015. Several thousand people - including the queen - marched in support of King Abdullah II after Muslim noon prayers. The crowd unfurled a large Jordanian flag and held up banners in support of the king's 48