A man runs as he carries a child who survived from what activists say was an airstrike by forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, at al-Ferdaws in Aleppo January 21, 2014. REUTERS/Ammar Abdullah
— Diane Foley, the mother of missing US journalist James Foley. November 22 marked exactly a year since Foley went missing in Syria. According to witnesses he was seized by armed men in the northern Syrian province of Idlib.
Malta officials handed off a migrant child on a patrol vessel in Valletta, Malta, Tuesday, after dozens of people who said they were Syrians and Palestinians were rescued from a boat in distress near Malta. Darrin Zammit Lupi/Reuters
U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announcing that United Nations inspectors say they have found “clear and convincing evidence” that rockets loaded with the nerve agent sarin were deployed in three neighborhoods of the Damascus suburb of Ghouta in a chemical attack on August 21.
The report cites medical and environmental evidence, as well as more than 50 interviews with survivors and healthcare workers. It concludes “chemical weapons have been used in the ongoing conflict between the parties in the Syrian Arab Republic, also against civilians, including children, on a relatively large scale.” The report did not assign responsibility for the attack. The United States, Britain and France seized on the findings to bolster claims that only the regime of President Bashar al-Assad could have conducted the attack, while Russia accused them of jumping to conclusions. The U.N. inspectors plan to return to Syria to investigate other suspected chemical weapons attacks, including some which the Assad regime claims were perpetrated by rebels.
Syrian refugees waited to receive a tent at Kawergost refugee camp in Erbil, Iraq, north of Baghdad, Wednesday. Hadi Mizban/Associated Press
An aerial view showed the Zaatari refugee camp, near Mafraq, Jordan, on Thursday. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry spent about 40 minutes with a half-dozen refugees in the camp, which is about 8 miles from the Syrian border and holds roughly 115,000 Syrian refugees. Mandel Ngan/Reuters
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