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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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Targeted To Teens, A German Play About ISIS Stokes Fear, Teaching Opportunities

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Archaeologist Layla Salih looks around the ancient site of Nimrud, in northern Iraq, outside Mosul. The Islamic State captured the area in 2014 and destroyed many of its archaeological treasures that date back 3,000 years. The extremist group was recently driven out of Nimrud, allowing Salih and others to come back and survey the extensive damage. Alice Fordham/NPR hide caption

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In Northern Iraq, ISIS Leaves Behind An Archaeological Treasure In Ruins

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Tens Of Thousands Evacuate As Wildfires Rage In Haifa, Israel

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