Portrait of foreign correspondent and author Sam Dagher.
Throughout Syria's war, President Bashar al-Assad has managed to stay in power through "ruthless desire to rule and perpetuate the reign of this family," says Sam Dagher, foreign correspondent and author of a new book on the Assad family.
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American diplomats are too often inexperienced political appointees — an issue for both Republican and Democratic administrations, former US Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul tells The World.
Bernie Sanders, Joe Biden and Elizabeth Warren stand behind podiums
Counterterrorism officials agree that Trump’s withdrawal from Syria has increased the risk of ISIS attacks inside the US. The question is how soon they could happen.
A man with no legs sits in a wheelchair in his living room
Nearly 200,000 people in Colombia live with a disability as a result of a half-century of civil war. As Colombia now struggles to secure a lasting peace, the country’s vast mountains, rocky and unpaved roads and spanning pasturelands pose some of the biggest threats to people who must navigate rough terrains in wheelchairs.
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ISIS watchers say the pullout of American troops from northeast Syria is a gift to the group.
Syrian displaced families who fled violence after the Turkish offensive against Syria, sit in a bus on their way to camps on the outskirts of Dohuk, Iraq, on October 16, 2019.
'We desperately, desperately need a "no-fly" zone,' says a UK citizen volunteering in a hospital in northern Syria as Turkey continues its offensive into the Kurdish region.
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The ‘optical capital’ of the Soviet Union in Izyum, Ukraine, struggles amid regional economic decline on the borders of a hot war. 
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It’s been a week since President Donald Trump reversed US policy and moved troops out of the way in Syria. The withdrawal gave a green light to Turkey to attack the Kurds in northern Syria — allies that had deep relationships with many US veterans who fought alongside each other for years.
A woman with a baby sits at the back of a truck as they flee Ras al-Ain town, Syria, on Oct. 9, 2019.
As Turkish-backed forced moved into northern Syria, a Kurdish young woman says she feels helpless and betrayed — but vows that her people will return to their homeland.
A female protester raises her fist as she takes part in a march to protest against the decision of Guatemala President Jimmy Morales to end the mandate of the UN-backed anti-graft commission, the CICIG, in Guatemala City, Guatemala, January 12, 2019.
President Jimmy Morales, who is under investigation, shut down Guatemala's popular anti-corruption commission. Now the country is embroiled in a battle over its legacy.

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