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Syrian refugee Monzer Omar, 34, was recently reunited with his family in Germany. Wife Walaa Ahmed, 26, holds 14-month-old Lossin. Omar holds Lamar (left), age 4, and Lojain, 2. Esme Nicholson/NPR hide caption

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In Germany, A Syrian Refugee Is Reunited With His Family

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Devastated Neighborhoods Left Behind As ISIS Is Forced From Mosul

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Secretary of State Rex Tillerson appeared at a joint news with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu in Ankara on Thursday. Adem Altan/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Tillerson Asserts 'Difficult Choices' Are Ahead For U.S. And Turkey

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A group of students visits the Beirut mansion that architect Mona El Hallak is working to transform into a museum making sense of Lebanon's civil war. Alice Fordham /NPR hide caption

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In A Bullet-Riddled Mansion, A Beirut Architect Envisions A Museum Of Memory

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Envisioning A Museum Of Memory In Beirut

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Civilians In Mosul Remain Trapped

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Amnesty International Criticizes U.S.-Led Coalition For Mosul Civilian Deaths

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(Top) In downtown Hamtramck, teenagers hang out in Pope Park, which commemorates the Polish Pope John Paul II's visit to the city in 1987. (Bottom left) Co-owner Jamal Jawany poses for a portrait at Delite Cafe and Deli. (Bottom right) Ezzi Jawany, 74, waits for his order at his son's deli, Delite Cafe. Elissa Nadworny/NPR hide caption

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Hamtramck, Mich.: An Evolving City Of Immigrants

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Trapped Civilians Complicate U.S. Efforts in Northern Syria And Iraq

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Hossein Mahrammi with his wife and four young sons arrived at at Dulles International Airport in Virginia earlier this month with Special Immigrant Visas for the work Mahrammi had helped the U.S. with in Afghanistan. Marisa Penaloza/NPR hide caption

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Special Immigrant Visa Holders Still Face Questioning Upon Reaching U.S.

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U.S. Acknowledges Mosul Airstrikes That Residents Say Killed More Than 100 Civilians

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The Palestinian-Israeli movie Bar Bahar has won acclaim for its intimate portrayal of three Palestinian women living in Tel Aviv. Courtesy of Maysaloun Hamoud hide caption

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New Film Spotlights Palestinian Women Navigating Life 'In Between' Cultures

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Former Egyptian President Mubarak Freed From Detention

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Imam Johari Abdul-Malik (center), of Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center in Northern Virginia, speaks alongside other leaders of the Muslim community during a December 2015 news conference in Washington, D.C., about growing "Islamophobia" in the United States. Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Push To Name Muslim Brotherhood A Terrorist Group Worries U.S. Offshoots

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Former Egyptian Leader Mubarak Released

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