A Syrian Fighter in an Israeli Hospital (Excerpt from ‘The War Next Door’)

In August, al Nusra Front jihadists took control of Syria’s side of the border crossing with Israel and kidnapped over 40 United Nations peacekeepers — who have since been released.

But al Nusra Front, an al Qaeda-affiliate, isn’t Israel’s only threat from Syria. President Bashar al-Assad’s military, in a possible effort to bait Israel into its civil war to shore up Arab sympathies, has been lobbing mortars across the border. Just a few weeks ago, the Israeli military shot down a Syrian plane flying over the Golan Heights — the first time it has done so since the 1980s.

In this excerpt, VICE News correspondent Simon Ostrovsky visits the Ziv Medical Center in Safed, Israel, which is unique for its proximity to the international borders with Lebanon and Syria, and for treating victims of hostilities and soldiers injured on both sides of the border.

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Bird-Watching in a War Zone (Extra Scene from ‘The War Next Door’)

In August, al Nusra Front jihadists took control of Syria’s side of the border crossing with Israel and kidnapped over 40 United Nations peacekeepers — who have since been released.

But al Nusra Front, an al Qaeda-affiliate, isn’t Israel’s only threat from Syria. President Bashar al-Assad’s military, in a possible effort to bait Israel into its civil war to shore up Arab sympathies, has been lobbing mortars across the border. Just a few weeks ago, the Israeli military shot down a Syrian plane flying over the Golan Heights — the first time it has done so since the 1980s.

In this extra scene, VICE News correspondent Simon Ostrovsky encounters a group of bird-watchers at Mount Hermon — Israel’s highest point, overlooking the border between Lebanon and Syria. The highly-secured military location houses a nature preserve that’s a major destination for bird-watchers from around the world, seemingly unfazed by the conflict occurring nearby.

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Villagers Caught Between Conflicts: The War Next Door (Part 4)

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In August, al Nusra Front jihadists took control of Syria’s side of the border crossing with Israel and kidnapped over 40 United Nations peacekeepers — who have since been released.

But al Nusra Front, an al Qaeda-affiliate, isn’t Israel’s only threat from Syria. President Bashar al-Assad’s military, in a possible effort to bait Israel into its civil war to shore up Arab sympathies, has been lobbing mortars across the border. Just a few weeks ago, the Israeli military shot down a Syrian plane flying over the Golan Heights — the first time it has done so since the 1980s.

In part four of a five-part series, VICE News correspondent Simon Ostrovsky meets the group caught in the middle of the conflict across the border — the Druze of the Majdal Shams village.

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War Tourism in the Golan Heights: The War Next Door (Part 3)

In August, al Nusra Front jihadists took control of Syria’s side of the border crossing with Israel and kidnapped over 40 United Nations peacekeepers — who have since been released.

But al Nusra Front, an al Qaeda-affiliate, isn’t Israel’s only threat from Syria. President Bashar al-Assad’s military, in a possible effort to bait Israel into its civil war to shore up Arab sympathies, has been lobbing mortars across the border. Just a few weeks ago, the Israeli military shot down a Syrian plane flying over the Golan Heights — the first time it has done so since the 1980s.

In part three of a five-part series, VICE News correspondent Simon Ostrovsky visits the top tourist destination in Israeli-controlled Golan Heights. Up here, tourists and UN observers stand side by side as they enjoy the great vantage of volcanic hills, sprawling vineyards, and Syria’s civil war.

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The Israeli Hospital Admitting Syrian Fighters: The War Next Door (Part 2)

In August, al Nusra Front jihadists took control of Syria’s side of the border crossing with Israel and kidnapped over 40 United Nations peacekeepers — who have since been released.

But al Nusra Front, an al Qaeda-affiliate, isn’t Israel’s only threat from Syria. President Bashar al-Assad’s military, in a possible effort to bait Israel into its civil war to shore up Arab sympathies, has been lobbing mortars across the border. Just a few weeks ago, the Israeli military shot down a Syrian plane flying over the Golan Heights — the first time it has done so since the 1980s.

In part two of a five-part series, VICE News correspondent Simon Ostrovsky visits the Ziv Medical Center, a hospital that is unique for its proximity to the international borders with Lebanon and Syria, and for treating victims of hostilities and soldiers injured on both sides of the border.

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Read “Syria and Iran Condemn Israeli Airstrikes Near Damascus” – http://bit.ly/1IK7sWh

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Syrian Fighters Rescued by the IDF: The War Next Door (Part 1)

In August, al Nusra Front jihadists took control of Syria’s side of the border crossing with Israel and kidnapped over 40 United Nations peacekeepers — who have since been released.

But al Nusra Front, an al Qaeda-affiliate, isn’t Israel’s only threat from Syria. President Bashar al-Assad’s military, in a possible effort to bait Israel into its civil war to shore up Arab sympathies, has been lobbing mortars across the border. Just a few weeks ago, the Israeli military shot down a Syrian plane flying over the Golan Heights — the first time it has done so since the 1980s.

In part one of a five-part series, VICE News correspondent Simon Ostrovsky gets exclusive access to an IDF special operation, highlighting an unusual relationship they have with their Syrian enemies across the border.

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Read “Syria and Iran Condemn Israeli Airstrikes Near Damascus” – http://bit.ly/1IK7sWh

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Islamist Militants on Israel’s Doorstep: The War Next Door (Trailer)

In August, al Nusra Front jihadists took control of Syria’s side of the border crossing with Israel and kidnapped over 40 United Nations peacekeepers — who have since been released.

But al Nusra Front, an al Qaeda-affiliate, isn’t Israel’s only threat from Syria. President Bashar al-Assad’s military, in a possible effort to bait Israel into its civil war to shore up Arab sympathies, has been lobbing mortars across the border. Just a few weeks ago, the Israeli military shot down a Syrian plane flying over the Golan Heights — the first time it has done so since the 1980s.

In our upcoming series, VICE News travels to Israel’s “quiet border” in the Golan Heights, where members of al Nusra Front are now a visible threat.

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Read “Syria and Iran Condemn Israeli Airstrikes Near Damascus” – http://bit.ly/1IK7sWh

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VICE News Daily: Beyond The Headlines – December 02, 2014

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The VICE News Capsule is a news roundup that looks beyond the headlines.​ Today: UN suspends food aid program to Syrian refugees over lack of funding, Hungarian rights groups criticize police-produced video against sexual violence, Moldovan youth organize protest calling for reunification with Romania, and Peruvian government warns of severely declining glaciers as climate conference kicks off in the capital Lima.

MIDDLE EAST
UN Suspends Syrian Food Aid Program Over Lack of Funding
World Food Programme says donors haven’t fulfilled commitments to support the nearly two million refugees across Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq and Egypt.

HUNGARY
Public Safety Video Not Well-Received by Women
Women’s groups and civil rights activists say the anti-rape video partly blames victims for the crime and want it taken down.

MOLDOVA
Youth Hold Post-Election March Calling for Unification With Romania
Volunteers of the Youth of Moldova movement believe their country would be stronger and their futures brighter as part of the European Union.

PERU
Andean Glaciers Melting at Alarming Rate
Government warns climate change has diminished glaciers by 40% over the past four decades, and that the melting could impact the drinking water supply, hydropower and food security.

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The Islamic State and Hezbollah Fight For Lebanon

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As the Islamic State massacred its way throughout Iraq and Syria this summer, a separate battle took place in neighboring Lebanon.

This summer, the Islamic State invaded the Lebanese border town of Arsal, beheading captured soldiers and unleashing waves of lethal car bombs, destabilizing the country.

Hezbollah, one of the world’s strongest guerrilla armies, has also become involved — either defending Lebanon, or making things worse, depending on who you ask.

VICE News traveled to Lebanon to explore the battle being waged by one of the world’s fiercest militant groups against one of the Middle East’s smallest and most fragile nations.

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Government Crackdown on Marijuana in the Netherlands: Amsterdam’s War on Weed

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The Netherlands — and in particular its capital, Amsterdam — has long been thought to have some of the world’s most liberal marijuana policies. But today, the country’s government is clamping down on the weed industry. Police are raiding growers far more often, authorities are requiring “weed passes” to discourage marijuana tourism, and unprecedented numbers of so-called “coffeeshops” — where the sale of small amounts of marijuana is tolerated — are being forced to shut down.

VICE News visited Amsterdam to see what effects the new restrictions are having. After speaking to coffeeshop owners — one of whom has to close his shop because he’s technically too close to a school — we went to a weed festival and visited the home and greenhouse of Doede de Jong, one of the country’s few outspoken growers.

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VICE News Daily: Beyond The Headlines – October 27, 2014

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The VICE News Capsule is a news roundup that looks beyond the headlines. Today: Lebanese army battles Sunni militants in northern city of Tripoli, Egypt puts off Gaza talks following Sinai violence, Pakistan’s first female superhero fights polio in animated series, and homeless models in the Colombian capital take the runway to raise awareness of the difficulties they face.

LEBANON
Army Fights Militants in Northern City of Tripoli
Clashes intensified after a raid on an apartment in a nearby town where fighters hid weapons and ammunition.

EGYPT
Government Puts Off Gaza Talks After Sinai Violence
President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi is blaming Friday’s attacks, which killed more than 30 soldiers, on ‘foreign hands’.

PAKISTAN
Country’s First Female Superhero Battles the Polio Epidemic
‘Burka Avenger’ seeks to stress to parents the importance of vaccinating their children.

COLOMBIA
Homeless Models on Display at Bogota Shopping Center
Six young, disadvantaged people participate in a fashion show to raise awareness of the plight of the city’s nearly 9,000 homeless people.

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VICE News Daily: Beyond The Headlines – August, 19 2014

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The VICE News Capsule is a news roundup that looks beyond the headlines. Today: Donetsk rebels to open military courts and impose death penalty, Russian court jails activists over 2012 anti-Putin protests, Yemen’s Houthis call for government’s ouster, and Hezbollah lowers minimum age of its fighters in Syria.

UKRAINE
Donetsk Rebels Introduce ‘Criminal Code’
Treason, desertion, and sabotage will be punished by the death penalty.

RUSSIA
Court Jails Four Detained During 2012 Anti-Putin Protest
Three of the four charged will spend between 2.5 and 3.5 years in prison.

YEMEN
Houthi Movement Calls for Government’s Ouster
Commander of the movement’s armed wing is warning of violence if a decision to raise fuel prices isn’t reversed by Friday.

LEBANON
Hezbollah Lowers Age Requirement for Syria Fighters
The group will allow men as young as 16 to fight on the front lines.

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VICE News Daily: Beyond The Headlines – August, 6 2014

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The VICE News Capsule is a news roundup that looks beyond the headlines. Today: rights watchdog says footage implicates Nigerian military in war crimes, 24-hour truce agreed in Lebanese border region, tensions escalate in Azerbaijan’s ethnic Armenian enclave of Nagorno-Karabakh, and scientists may have explained why a huge crater formed in Siberia.

NIGERIA
Report Accuses Military of War Crimes Against Boko Haram Detainees
Throat-slitting, extrajudicial killings and mass executions are some of the allegations Amnesty International has made.

LEBANON
Brief Truce Brokered in Border Region
Dozens of policemen and troops were abducted when Islamist rebels seized the town of Arsal over the weekend.

AZERBAIJAN
Tensions Flare in Little-Known Breakaway Enclave
Presidents of Azerbaijan and Armenia plan to meet this week to resolve the conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh.

RUSSIA
Potential Explanation of Siberian Crater Mystery
Scientists believe a high concentration of methane gas released because of warm temperatures collapsed frozen ground.
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VICE News Daily: Beyond The Headlines – August, 4 2014

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The VICE News Capsule is a news roundup that looks beyond the headlines. Today: Lebanese army fights Islamist militants on Syrian border, Liberians fear contracting ebola through victim burials, girl’s murder prompts Thailand to launch all-female train cars, and Mexico passes press ‘gag law’ in Sinaloa state.

LEBANON
Army Boosts Security on Syrian Border Amid Clashes
Soldiers killed and abducted in battles with fighters of the Islamic State.

LIBERIA
Fear Hinders Burial of Ebola Victims
Residents of a Monrovia neighborhood angrily confronted health workers trying to bury nearly two dozen bodies.

THAILAND
Rail Service Introduces All-Female Carriages After Teen’s Murder
A 13-year-old girl was raped, beaten, and thrown from a train car last month.

MEXICO
Journalists Outraged by Sinaloa ‘Gag Law’
The legislation would ban the press from taking photos or recording video or audio at crime scenes in the violent northwestern state.

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VICE News Daily: Beyond The Headlines – July, 02 2014

The VICE News Capsule is a news roundup that looks beyond the headlines. Today: pro-democracy march held in Hong Kong, UN warns of food shortages for refugees in Chad, Amnesty International slams Lebanon over ‘discriminatory’ policy toward Palestinian refugees, and study reveals rapid acceleration of Indonesia’s deforestation.

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HONG KONG
Activists Organize Massive Pro-Democracy Rally
Hundreds of thousands turn out days after an unofficial referendum on voting rights.

CHAD
UN Warns of Significant Food Shortages for Displaced
Agencies blame a lack of funding and security and logistical challenges.

LEBANON
Report Details Leaked Refugee Policy
Amnesty International cites a ‘blatantly discriminatory’ restrictions on Palestinians trying to enter from Syria.

INDONESIA
Moratorium Hasn’t Curbed Deforestation
Between 2000 and 2012, the country lost a forest area nearly the size of Ireland.

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White House Requests $500 Million to Aid Syrian Rebels

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The White House on Thursday asked Congress for half-a-billion dollars in aid to go towards opposition fighters in Syria at war with the regime of recently re-elected President Bashar Al-Assad.

Meanwhile, US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has ordered the Pentagon to develop more detailed plans to train and equip moderate Syrian rebels, should Congress approve the requested funding.

In a report sent to lawmakers at the Capitol on Thursday, the White House requested $500 million in aid to “help defend the Syrian people, stabilize areas under opposition control and facilitate the provision of essential services, counter terrorist threats and promote conditions for a negotiated settlement.”

The Associated Press reported that the multimillion dollar request makes up just a fraction of a larger, $65.8 billion overseas operations request sent to Congress that, if approved, would fund a number of Pentagon and State Department programs, as well as $1 billion in assistance to nations adjacent to Syria.

This latest request by the administration for aid comes merely weeks after the president outlined his foreign policy objectives during a speech last month at the West Point Military Academy graduation ceremony.

“As president, I made a decision that we should not put American troops into the middle of this increasingly sectarian civil war, and I believe that is the right decision. But that does not mean we shouldn’t help the Syrian people stand up against a dictator who bombs and starves his own people,” Obama said. “And in helping those who fight for the right of all Syrians to choose their own future, we are also pushing back against the growing number of extremists who find safe haven in the chaos.”

“So with the additional resources I’m announcing today, we will step up our efforts to support Syria’s neighbors — Jordan and Lebanon, Turkey and Iraq — as they contend with refugees and confront terrorists working across Syria’s borders.”

At the time, Obama added that he would “work with Congress to ramp up support for those in the Syrian opposition who offer the best alternative to terrorists and brutal dictators.” Now only weeks later, he appears to have taken the first steps to securing such funding.

Since nearly the start of the Syrian civil war more than three years ago, hawkish Republicans in Congress have urged the White House to take action against Assad, with Sen. John McCain (R-Arizona) going as far as to travel abroad to meet with rebel fighters overseas. Others have condemned any response from Washington altogether, though, including Sen. Rand Paul (R-Kentucky), who this week attributed the arming of fighters in Iraq as the impetus for a “jihadist wonderland” there created on Uncle Sam’s watch and dime.

According to the AP’s Julie Pace, White House officials said the Obama administration would work with members of Congress and regional player to come to terms with what sort of training and assistance in particular would be provided to opposition fighters by the US.

“One potential option,” Pace wrote, “would be to base US personnel in Jordan and conduct the training exercise there.”

Also last month, the Pentagon deployed more than 6,000 Marines to Jordan to conduct drills alongside military officials there.

VICE News Daily: Beyond The Headlines – June, 18 2014

The VICE News Capsule is a news roundup that looks beyond the headlines. Today: Election monitors report thousands of cases of voter fraud in Afghanistan, U.S. President Obama announces new marine conservation plan, a Lebanese medical center provides anonymous sexual health services, and an entrepreneur equips one South African community with a tool to reduce unemployment and improve diets.

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AFGHANISTAN
Monitors Say Thousands of Violations in Run-Off Vote
Independent poll observers accuse both government officials and warlords of the allegations.

U.S.A.
President Obama Announces Marine Conservation Initiative
The plan would vastly expand the area of the Pacific Ocean that is off-limits to fishing and activities that could cause environmental damage.

LEBANON
Local Efforts to Battle Taboos on Sex
A health center and website provide sexual health services for underserved populations.

SOUTH AFRICA
Cape Town’s Shipping Container Fish Farms
One entrepreneur’s idea could provide opportunities for jobs and healthier diets.

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VICE News Daily: Beyond The Headlines – May, 29 2014

The VICE News Capsule is a news roundup that looks beyond the headlines. Today: French riot police clear makeshift migrant camps to contain a scabies outbreak, Lebanese soldiers use violence to control a crowd of Syrians rushing to vote at their embassy, Congolese children are flown to reunite with their adoptive Italian parents after a months-long political row, and Google rolls out a new driverless car prototype.

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FRANCE
Police Bulldoze Migrant Camps Due to ‘Deplorable Hygiene’
A scabies outbreak forces authorities to clear hundreds of migrants from makeshift camps in the port city of Calais.

LEBANON
Soldiers Violently Confront Syrians Trying to Rush Embassy
Troops used batons and sticks as hordes of Syrians forced their way in to cast their ballots in the presidential vote.

ITALY
Congolese Children Reunited With Adoptive Families
It took months to convince the government of the Democratic Republic of Congo the children would not be sold into human trafficking rings.

U.S.A.
Google Unveils Another Driverless Car
The prototype has no gas or brake pedals and no steering wheel, freeing the two passengers inside from any responsibility.

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VICE News Daily: Beyond The Headlines – April 9, 2014.

The VICE News Capsule is a daily roundup that looks beyond the headlines. Today: separatists in Pakistan bomb a train station killing 14 people, US officials accuse Russia of fueling unrest in eastern Ukraine, deadly clashes in a Palestinian refugee camp in southern Lebanon and Edward Snowden testifies before the Council of Europe via webcam.

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Baluch Separatists Bomb Train Station Killing 14
An explosion has ripped through a passenger train in Pakistan’s Balochistan province, killing 14.

US Accuses Russia of Fueling Unrest in Eastern Ukraine
US Secretary of State John Kerry has accused Russia of orchestrating the recent unrest in Eastern Ukraine.

Deadly Clashes in Palestinian Refugee Camp
Eight people were killed in violent clashes between rival Palestinian factions at a refugee camp in the south of Lebanon.

Snowden Testifies at Council of Europe via Webcam
Whistleblower Edward Snowden told Europe’s top human rights body that America’s surveillance program has been illegally spying on NGOs like Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch.

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VICE News Daily: Beyond The Headlines – April 3, 2014.

The VICE News Capsule is a daily roundup that looks beyond the headlines. Today: A Syrian woman in Lebanon lit herself on fire after the United Nations discontinued her aid, a prominent islamist was killed in Kenya, protests Over China’s Maritime Aggression in the Philippines and an explosion at Cairo University killed a high-ranking police officer.

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Syrian Refugee Self-Immolates
A Syrian woman in Lebanon lit herself on fire last week, highlighting the desperate plight of the more than two million refugees who have fled that nation’s civil war.

Prominent Islamist Killed
A prominent islamist leader with purported ties to the Somali militant group Al Shabab has been shot dead in front of a Kenyan court house.

Protests Over China’s Maritime Aggression
Dozens of angry protesters gathered outside the Chinese consulate in Manila after Chinese military vessels blocked Filipino supply ships from reaching a disputed outpost in the South China sea.

Police Chief Killed in Cairo Bombing
A series of bombs exploded near Cairo University, killing a high-ranking police officer.

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VICE News Daily: Beyond The Headlines – March 21, 2014.

The VICE News Capsule is a daily roundup that looks beyond the headlines. Today: journalists in Iran, Iraq’s child bride legislation, BP signs a new contract and Lebanon deploys troops in Arsal.

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Journalists Convince Iran to Withdraw Repressive Measures
Iran is scrapping its plan to regulate journalism after receiving an open letter from more than 400 of the country’s journalists.

Iraq’s Controversial Child Bride Legislation
A controversial new law being drafted in Iraq would make it legal for children as young as 9 to get married.

BP Wins US Oil Contract
Just four years after the Deepwater Horizon disaster, BP has won a new oil contract.

Lebanese Army Deployed in Border Town of Arsal
The Lebanese Army has deployed forces in Arsal – a Sunni town on the border of Lebanon and Syria.

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VICE News Daily: Beyond The Headlines – March 18, 2014.

The VICE News Capsule is a daily roundup that looks beyond the headlines. Today: Myanmar’s war on opium, the Taliban destroyed Pakistan’s silk industry, the UK pulls out of Afghanistan and serious starvation risk among Syrian refugee children.

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Myanmar Opium Fight Failing
Despite Myanmar’s attempts to eradicate the farming of opium poppies, production is picking up again.

Pakistani Taliban Destroys Silk Industry
The silk industry in northwest Pakistan’s Swat Valley collapsed when the Taliban took control of the area. Five years later, the industry hasn’t bounced back, leaving thousands unemployed.

Britain Pulls Troops Out Of Afghanistan
British troops have pulled out of all but one frontline outpost, marking one of the last steps of its 13-year mission in Afghanistan.

Severe Starvation Risk Among Syrian Children
About 10,000 Syrian refugee children in Lebanon are suffering from severe malnutrition.

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