Republican politicians, including many US governors and the presidential nominee Donald Trump, want to close the door to Syrian refugees. But many conservative Christians say that, on this issue, the politicians are wrong.
19-year-old Fouad Faris fled his hometown of Aleppo, Syria, a year ago and moved in with his aunt and uncle in Shrewsbury, MA. He left behind bombs and tear gas, but also education, friends and family. For the past seven months, he's been waiting for asylum and a chance to restart his life.
Lebanon brings together Shite, Sunni, Druze, Christian and Kurd. Now spillover violence from neighboring Syria is threatening the fragile bonds that hold the nation together, as the BBC's Kim Ghattas explains.
The Syrian war has changed in its three years. The Free Syrian Army forces that were attacking the Assad regime and its government soldiers are now locked in battle with Islamic fighters, who were once their allies. PBS Frontline journalist Muhammad Ali slipped across the Syrian border to report on this "second front" in Syria.
In the midst of Syria's civil war, very little can be taken for granted. That's why more than a hundred ninth graders living in a besieged Damascus refugee camp were thrilled to get safe passage out of the camp to take final exams. Without the exams, they would have lost a year of school.
The battle for Iraq, between Sunni militant groups and Shiite-dominated government forces, is not just about Iraq. Journalist Dexter Filkins says its could engulf much of the Middle East and create another terrorism sanctuary, similar to Afghanistan before 9/11.
Jan Egeland says the current crisis caused by the Syrian civil war affects far more people than the notorious violence in Rwanda and the Balkans more than a decade ago. And the former UN official says no nation is addressing it — from the West to the Arab World, or powers like China and Russia.