The central Italian town of Amatrice is still a mess of toppled buildings and rubble. Buried there are centuries worth of art and artifacts.

Mohammed Badran was forced to flee his home in Syria when he was 19. But don't feel bad for him.

Earlier this week, Badran was a guest at the United Nations' Summit for Refugees and Migrants, where he made clear something that gets lost in coverage of the refugee crisis: A person fleeing their home is not a victim forever. Being a refugee isn't an identity, he says.

Israelis are closely following the US election, but in newspapers read by ultra-Orthodox Jews, there are no photos of Hillary Clinton — and some editors say that won't change, even if she becomes president.

Beni Rabinovich, a staff writer at the Yated Neeman newspaper, says publishing pictures of Clinton just isn’t done at his daily.

“If we write about Clinton and Trump, it’s much easier to run a picture of Trump,” Rabinovich says.

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The completion of a US weapons deal with Israel worth $38 billion clears the way for two of Israel's Arab neighbors to buy US fighter jets.

Qatar wants to buy 36 Boeing F-15 fighter jets. Kuwait has been waiting to buy 24 F/A-18E/F Super Hornets. “Those have been on hold for years now,” says journalist Dan De Luce, who follows defense matters for Foreign Policy.


The murderers struck in the heart of Washington's Embassy Row.  

Four decades ago today, former Chilean diplomat Orlando Letelier and Ronni Moffitt, his assistant, were killed when a remote-controlled bomb taped beneath their vehicle detonated.

Letelier had been living in exile in Washington, after serving in the administration of Chile's socialist President Salvador Allende.

When Gen. Augusto Pinochet led a coup that ousted Allende in 1973, Letelier was among the first to be arrested and tortured by the new regime. 

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The BBC’s Lyse Doucet has covered the war in Syria since it began five long years ago. So when happenstance found Doucet in her native Canada, she heard about a picnic being held for re-settled refugees from that savage conflict.

The picnic, on Sunday, was in a park in the Leslieville neighborhood of Toronto. Doucet went along with her team, and was doing interviews when a child ran up and asked her name. As soon as she did, a group of children started calling out to her.

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Late Monday night, a detention center established by the EU to process refugees arriving to Europe erupted in fire.

The Moria camp on the Greek island of Lesbos is one of the country’s biggest centers for refugees, and was one of the most troubled even before the flames.

“No one wants to burn his own home,” said a refugee who was among the 4,000 who had evacuated the site and were huddled along the road with their belongings.

As the three US presidential debates near, will the moderators finally ask a question concerning issues that affect women, who make up more than half the electorate?  

Thus far, the presidential campaign has rolled out like a reality TV show — with undue media interest on optics, hair styles, large border walls and Pneumonia Truthers. Voters are clamoring for more substantive discussion, and smarter questions that reflect all voters. That includes questions about women. 

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Row upon row of collapsed concrete apartment buildings — this seems to be one of the most common images of the destruction caused by Syria's war.

It's what the streets look like in Homs, a city in western Syria where Marwa al-Sabouni lives.

She's a young architect, born and raised there. And she's done a lot of thinking about the buildings Syrians live in, and how architecture might have fueled the civil war.

Climate change is just the latest of many threats to the traditional culture of the pastoralist Maasai people of East Africa. But for many, it's the one that's finally forcing them to abandon their old ways, as repeated bouts of extreme weather lead them to give up their cattle.

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How should the US be addressing eating disorders?

Sep 20, 2016
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More than 30 million Americans — women and men, children and adults — grapple with eating disorders.

These complex illnesses, which include anorexia, bulimia and binge eating disorder, severely undermine health and cost lives. Hosted by The World's Carol Hills, The Forum at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health hosted a live panel discussion Tuesday, September 20, 2016, that explored the many dimensions to eating disorders, including their biological bases, risk factors and treatment options.

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There’s something about our immigration court system that many people don’t realize: Immigrants have no right to counsel. When someone faces a judge, but does not have or cannot afford an attorney, there are no public defenders to pick up the case.

Why I gave squash, the drink, another chance

Sep 20, 2016
Chhavi Sachdev

If you don’t live in England or a former colony, you probably don’t know squash.

Not the kind you play, or the kind you pick, but the kind you drink: squash, the fruity concentrated beverage. Just add water, ice and stir. It’s like Kool-Aid or Tang but in liquid form, since it’s fruit juice preserved with loads of sugar.

And in India, where I grew up, most households in the '70s and '80s always had a bottle or two in the pantry.

The FBI is investigating a stabbing spree at a mall, in St. Cloud, Minnesota, as a "potential act of terrorism."

Ten people were injured in the attack, while the attacker was fatally shot by an off-duty police officer. ISIS claimed responsibility for the violence, but FBI agents have not confirmed any links to terrorist organizations.

Covering Trump with the last name Gomez

Sep 19, 2016
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The filters are off this election season. And honestly, a lot of the talk is terrible to hear.

Hate speech feels commonplace at rallies.

And many critics of presidential candidate Donald Trump say his blunt — some would use worse adjectives — talk is to blame. But is his speech actually worse than usual?

It's difficult to quantify, but that's what Cleveland Plain Dealer chief political reporter Henry Gomez set out to do.