Syrian Regime Forces Advance Into Rebel-Held Areas Of Aleppo

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In central Damascus, it's clear that President Bashar Assad is firmly in control. People close to the regime and government officials say the mood in the city is "better" as regime forces make gains in rebel-held areas. Alice Fordham/NPR hide caption

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As Syrian Government Forces Advance, The War Could Be At A Turning Point

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Civilians Face Heightened Danger As Iraqi Forces Fight To Retake Mosul

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Christian Refugees Fleeing ISIS Grounds Flock To Parish Of Jordan Priest

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Yemen Crisis: Humanitarians Need 'Unconditional Access' To Reach The Food-Insecure

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Syrians who fled from Aleppo's rebel-held areas queue to receive food on Dec. 1 at a shelter in the neighborhood of Jibreen, east of Aleppo. Youssef Karwashan/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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For Aleppo Residents Under Siege, A Risky Journey To Relative Safety

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Syrian Regime Makes Advances In Rebel-Held Area Of Aleppo

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After six years of conflict and repeated calls by the Obama administration for President Bashar Assad to step down, residents of Damascus, seen here in June 2015, have become more anti-American. Louai Beshara/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Returning To Damascus, A City Changed By War

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A Syrian woman carries her belongings past Kurdish fighters as she flees on Sunday. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says shelling has killed 26 people who were trying to flee eastern Aleppo. AP hide caption

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Iraqi children follow instructions given by a teacher (center) during an outdoor class at the Hassan Sham camp on Nov. 10. Felipe Dana/AP hide caption

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ISIS Drove Them From School. Now The Kids Of Mosul Want To Go Back

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An F/A-18E Super Hornet is pictured in July on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower, which is deployed in support of Operation Inherent Resolve, which is targeting ISIS in Iraq and Syria. U.S. Navy/Getty hide caption

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In Syria, Pro-Regime Forces Advance On Aleppo's Rebel Territory

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Battle For Mosul Heats Up As Iraqi Forces Fight To Free City From ISIS

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A photograph of the late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat hangs outside a door leading to the small bedroom where he spent his final years, a display at the new Arafat Museum in the West Bank city of Ramallah. Abbas Momani/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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In The Spot Where He Spent His Final Years, A Museum Honors Yasser Arafat

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People flee rebel-held eastern neighborhoods of Aleppo into the Sheikh Maqsud area, controlled by Kurdish fighters, in Syria on Sunday. The photo was provided by the Rumaf, a Syrian Kurdish activist group, and authenticated by The Associated Press. The Rumaf/AP hide caption

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A caretaker examines a bear named Balou to be sure he's fully sedated before he's moved from a center near Amman, Jordan, to the al-Ma'wa wildlife reserve in northern Jordan on Oct. 2. The bear and other animals were released into the reserve run by the Princess Alia Foundation. The animals were rescued from abusive conditions. Thomas Hartwell/AP hide caption

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Abused Animals Find Refuge In A New Sanctuary In Jordan

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