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March 7, 2013 | By Liz Sly and Colum Lynch, Washington Post
GAZIANTEP, Turkey - Syrian rebels abducted 21 U.N. observers from the Golan Heights on Wednesday and threatened to hold them until the Syrian government withdraws its troops from the area, marking the most serious escalation of the conflict yet along Syria's southern border with Israel. The abductions came amid word of another grim milestone in Syria's humanitarian crisis: The number of U.N.-registered refugees now exceeds one million - half of them children - described by an aid worker as a "human river" of thousands spilling out of the war-ravaged country every day. Nearly four million of Syria's 22 million people have been driven from their homes by war. Of the displaced, two million have sought cover in camps and makeshift shelters across Syria, one million have registered as refugees in Turkey, Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq, and Egypt, and several hundred thousand fled the country but have not signed up with the U.N. refugee agency.
NEWS
January 9, 2013 | By Dale Gavlak, Associated Press
ZAATARI, Jordan - A winter storm is magnifying the misery for tens of thousands of Syrians fleeing the country's civil war, turning a refugee camp into a muddy swamp where howling winds tore down tents and exposed the displaced residents to freezing temperatures. Some frustrated refugees at a camp in Zaatari, where about 50,000 are sheltered, attacked aid workers with sticks and stones after the tents collapsed in 35-m.p.h. winds, said Ghazi Sarhan, spokesman for the Jordanian charity that helps run the camp.
BUSINESS
November 30, 2012 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, Inquirer Staff Writer
By the time Ikhlas AbdulRazak arrived in the United States three years ago, she and her family had been on the move for nine years, fleeing from famine and genocide in Darfur, Sudan, with stops in refugee camps in Iraq and Romania. Every step has been dogged with hardship and poverty - even here in Philadelphia. AbdulRazak, her husband, and their six children live on the $9 an hour he earns as a hotel housekeeper. "It's not enough," she said. AbdulRazak decided to start her own business - operating a family day care out of her Northeast Philadelphia home.
NEWS
November 24, 2012 | By Bassem Mroue, Associated Press
BEIRUT - A bomb blast in a Palestinian refugee camp in Damascus killed four people and seriously wounded a member of a faction that has backed Syrian President Bashar Assad in the country's bitter civil war, activists said Friday. Syria's foreign ministry, meanwhile, lashed out at Turkey, which has sheltered anti-Assad fighters. The ministry denounced Turkey's request for NATO Patriot surface-to-air missiles along its border with Syria as "a new provocative step. " Turkey made the request this week to bolster its defenses and prevent a spillover of the Syrian civil war onto its territory.
NEWS
November 18, 2012 | By Michael Matza, Inquirer Staff Writer
It began as a holiday buffet for about 80 new refugee families, many of whose members had never tasted turkey, let alone attended an early celebration of Thanksgiving. Two hours later, as the brightly dressed Nepalese, Burmese, and Sudanese pushed back from banquet tables inside Old Pine Community Center in Society Hill, the scene last Sunday looked more like a spirited pilot for "New Americans Got Talent. " As an African guitarist sang and the crowd clapped in unison, several Sudanese men squatted deeply, then launched themselves high with the repetitive, two-foot hops characteristic of massalite dance.
NEWS
November 12, 2012 | By Edward Colimore, Inquirer Staff Writer
It's been stressful. Eleven-year-old Lucy, 9-year-old Tippy, and 6-year-old Gizmo should be at their Normandy Beach home, playing in the backyard or curled up in the house, warm and comfy. But when Sandy blew in last month, the beagles were evacuated from the Ocean County property with their owners, Richard and Ellen Miranda. All of them have been living at a shelter at the Life Center, a sprawling education and sports/fitness complex behind the Fountain of Life Center, a church in Burlington.
NEWS
September 25, 2012 | By Charles Wilson, Associated Press
FORT WAYNE, Ind. - Eight thousand miles separate southeast Asia from the American Midwest, but when Myanmar democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi visits an Indiana city on Tuesday, it will be a kind of homecoming. Fort Wayne, home to one of the United States' largest Burmese populations, has become an unlikely base for opposition to the country's former military regime. Here, Suu Kyi's followers meet regularly, criticizing what's happening in their homeland through Voice of America broadcasts and YouTube videos, lobbying Congress for continued economic sanctions, and raising money for the opposition in Myanmar, also known as Burma.
NEWS
September 7, 2012 | By Christopher Torchia, Associated Press
ISTANBUL, Turkey - About 58 people drowned when a fishing boat carrying migrants whom smugglers had promised refuge in Europe sank after hitting rocks off the coast of western Turkey, officials said Thursday. Nine children were among the dead, according to Turkey's Dogan News Agency. Several dozen survivors, mostly from Iraq and Syria, were able to swim through the Aegean waters to shore, only 160 feet away. Survivors had told authorities that some people were trapped below the deck of the submerged vessel, and divers launched an operation to try to find them.
NEWS
April 28, 2012
Three astronauts back from station ALMATY, Kazakhstan - A Soyuz space capsule carrying two Russians and an American touched down safely Friday on the sweeping steppes of central Kazakhstan, ending the men's 163-day stay on the International Space Station. Anton Shkaplerov, Anatoly Ivanishin, and NASA's Daniel Burbank returned to Earth as the Russian-made module landed on schedule at a remote site north of Arkalyk. - AP Denmark nabs 3; terror plot alleged COPENHAGEN, Denmark - Three men have been arrested in Copenhagen on suspicion of plotting a terror attack after police found them with automatic weapons and ammunition, Denmark's intelligence service said Friday.
NEWS
April 22, 2012 | Freelance
The Asylum Co. was formed in April 1794 by U.S. Sen. Robert Morris and John Nicholson, Pennsylvania's comptroller general, to develop and sell lands in northeastern Pennsylvania. They recognized an opportunity to benefit from the emigration of the French fleeing the threat of the guillotine during the revolution there. About 1,600 acres on the north branch of the Susquehanna River, near present Towanda in Bradford County, were acquired for Azilum or Asylum. This area, known to the Indians as Missicum, the "Meadows," became a haven for the French émigrés.
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