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Syria And Russia Among Major International Stories Of 2016

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Several previous cease-fires have collapsed after a matter of days,€” but there is hope that this one will hold. On Saturday the U.N. Security Council supported the efforts by Russia and Turkey to end the violence. AP hide caption

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Jad Isaac surveys the Har Homa settlement from his office window. Isaac, director of a Palestinian organization for sustainable development, is encouraged by Secretary of State John Kerry's impassioned defense of the U.N. Security Council's condemnation of the Israeli government's construction of Jewish settlements in the West Bank. Daniel Estrin/NPR hide caption

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Palestinians Eye Israeli Settlements With Unease, Hoping For Foreign Support

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Trump Might Learn From Saddam Hussein's Skipping Of Intelligence Briefings

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Serious Losses For ISIS Could Pave Way For Resurgence From Adaptable Al-Qaida

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Amid Brutal Civil War, A Rare Glimpse At Life In Yemen

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Now A Refuge, Syrian Town Of Idlib Faces Increasing Dangers

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Russia And Turkey Have Agreed On Cease-Fire For Syria, What's Next?

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A Palestinian man walks near a construction site for new Israeli housing in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Har Homa in September. The Palestinians claim East Jerusalem as a capital of a future state and object to Israeli building in the eastern part of the city and throughout the West Bank. Israel claims all of Jerusalem as its capital. Mahmoud Illean/AP hide caption

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Syrians walk past destroyed buildings in the former rebel-held Ansari district in Aleppo last Friday after Syrian government forces regained control of the divided city. George Ourfalian/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Syrian Doctor Reflects On Life After Leaving Aleppo

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Kerry Rebukes Israeli Settlements, Defends 2-State Solution

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John Kerry Criticizes Israel's Construction Of Settlements In The West Bank

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Siblings Ibrahim and Evan visit the home of their aunt December 27 in Bakhdida, Iraq, southeast of Mosul. The Islamic state burned the home, looted their parents home and destroyed or vandalized every church in Bakhdida. With a population of 50,000, it had been the largest Christian-majority town in the country, but nearly all residents have fled. NurPhoto/NurPhoto via Getty Images hide caption

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Global Powers' Commitment To Intervene In Genocides May Be Waning

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