When he came back from Afghanistan, Army Pfc. Brian Orolin was eager to return to his life as a father and husband. But he had trouble holding on to a sense of purpose, his wife says.
Iraqi protesters hold a picture of German Chancellor Angela Merkel during a demonstration calling for government reforms on Friday. Thousands of Iraqis are leaving the country, fleeing violence and a dire economy and drawn toward the perception of a welcoming Europe.
Republican presidential candidates Jim Gilmore, Lindsey Graham, Bobby Jindal and Rick Perry participate in a pre-debate forum Aug. 6 in Cleveland. The event gave airtime to seven candidates whose polling numbers were below a top-ten cutoff Fox News set to participate in the main debate.
The Temple of Bel in Palmyra had already sustained some damage from artillery shells in March 2014, when these columns in the temple courtyard were photographed. The ancient temple stood at a cultural crossroads, showing influences from Greco-Roman and Persian traditions, and was one of Syria's most famous archaeological sites. It was destroyed late in August of 2015.
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Salman Rushdie is the author of 12 novels, including Midnight's Children and The Satanic Verses. Rushdie was once the subject of death threats; now, when asked if he can move about freely Rushdie responds: "You have to stop asking me. ... It's been like 16 years since it's been OK."
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