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Escalating conflict in Syria

International | Americans shoot down Iranian-made drone in latest confrontation
by Mindy Belz
Posted 6/21/17, 03:34 pm

SYRIA: A U.S. F-15 fighter jet downed an Iranian-made drone in southern Syria Tuesday, the third time this month that coalition warplanes have shot down a pro-Syrian government aircraft. It’s just one more indicator of escalating conflict involving U.S., Russian, and Iranian forces, as confrontations threaten areas of Jordan and Israel.

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More than 7,000 migrants died this year

Immigration | Stopgap measures by the European Union might not help in the long term
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 12/27/16, 01:19 pm

More than 7,000 people died on migratory routes this year, the highest annual number ever recorded by the International Organization for Migration. The casualties increased this year despite a reduction in the number of migrants, the organization said.

The central Mediterranean Sea route, which runs from Libya to Italy, proved to be the most deadly, accounting for more than 5,000 of the total casualties. More deaths are expected before the end of the year, IOM said.

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Sudan deports Eritreans back into the hands of their oppressors

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 6/03/16, 08:57 am

Sudanese authorities have violated international law by deporting hundreds of Eritrean refugees back to their home country, which is still under a repressive rule, Human Rights Watch reported this week. The allegation follows leaked reports of a meeting during which European Union ambassadors discussed working with Sudan to stifle the flow of refugees into Europe.

Refugee experts have warned the deal will only further equip Sudan to violate the rights of vulnerable people fleeing terrible violence.

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