Costa Rica government defends background check waiver for Syrian anti-terrorism experts 
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Costa Rica government defends background check waiver for Syrian anti-terrorism experts 

Zach Dyer - December 12, 2015

Costa Rica is sometimes criticized for copying the United States too closely and it appears anti-Syrian hysteria is the latest trend to arrive from Uncle Sam. The…

Obama: Turkey has the right to defend itself
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Obama: Turkey has the right to defend itself

Juliet Eilperin and Karen DeYoung | The Washington Post - November 24, 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. President Barack Obama urged Russia and NATO allies to take all steps Tuesday to "discourage any escalation" after a Russian warplane was downed along…

Costa Rican knitters provide comfort to Syrian refugees
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Costa Rican knitters provide comfort to Syrian refugees

Mitzi Stark - November 19, 2015

Costa Ricans recently united to send some tropical warmth to the refugee camps in Syria as part of an international project called Mantas para Siria (Blankets for…

Honduras arrests 5 Syrians headed to US with stolen passports
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Honduras arrests 5 Syrians headed to US with stolen passports

Noe Leiva | AFP - November 18, 2015

Updated at 5:40 p.m. on Wednesday Authorities in Honduras have arrested five Syrians intending to make it to the United States with stolen Greek passports, triggering alarm Wednesday…

The Islamic State’s trap for Europe
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The Islamic State’s trap for Europe

Harleen Gambhir | The Washington Post - November 16, 2015

Last week, U.S. President Barack Obama said that the Islamic State is "contained" in Iraq and Syria, but the group's attacks in Paris soon afterward showed that…

World leaders map out plan to solve Syria crisis through negotiations
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World leaders map out plan to solve Syria crisis through negotiations

Karen DeYoung | The Washington Post - November 14, 2015

VIENNA – World powers meeting here on the Syria crisis agreed Saturday to push for political negotiations between opposition forces and representatives of the government of President…

Costa Rica now will accept Syrian refugees after president reverses course
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Costa Rica now will accept Syrian refugees after president reverses course

Zach Dyer - September 23, 2015

In a presidential flip-flop, Casa Presidencial announced Tuesday that Costa Rica will begin accepting refugee applications from Syrians fleeing a brutal and horrific war back home. The statement,…

Germany reinstates border controls over refugee surge
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Germany reinstates border controls over refugee surge

Ralf Isermann, Pauline Curtet and Katerina Nikolopoulou | AFP - September 13, 2015

MUNICH, Germany – Germany said it was reinstating border controls on Sunday as Europe's top economy admitted it was stretched to the limit trying to cope with a…

Calls for action on Europe’s migrant crisis after Austrian tragedy
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Calls for action on Europe’s migrant crisis after Austrian tragedy

Csaba Segesvari and Serene Assir | AFP - August 30, 2015

ROSZKE, Hungary – Calls multiplied Sunday for Europe to finally get to grips with its ever-deadlier migrant crisis after Austria's horrific truck tragedy, as people continued to pour…

As tragedies shock Europe, a bigger crisis looms in the Middle East
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As tragedies shock Europe, a bigger crisis looms in the Middle East

Liz Sly | The Washington Post - August 30, 2015

AL-MINYA, Lebanon — While the world's attention is fixed on the tens of thousands of Syrian refugees swarming into Europe, a potentially far more profound crisis is…