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Report on Syria conflict finds 11.5% of population killed or injured

Traditional Yemeni wedding jewelry and clothes. That’s a lot of silver, all made a long time ago in Yemen by Jewish silversmiths. | © isaacc7, via flickr

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A Lebanese fighter, 1982. The Lebanese Civil War had its origin in the conflicts of France's colonial period, exacerbated by inter-religious strife in proximity to Syria, the Palestine Liberation Organization, & Israel. By 1975, Lebanon was a religiously & ethnically diverse country with dominant groups of Maronite Christians, Orthodox Christians, Sunni Muslims, & Shia Muslims.

A young busker performs traditional Turkish songs in Istanbul's busy Istiklal (Independence) Street. She had a haunting voice and had passersby spellbound | Photo by ryno with Pin-It-Button on

The dangerous boat ride to Greece through the eyes of a Syrian refugee girl