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Refugees and scholars: Colleges offer war-torn a route to US

Colleges in the U.S. are opening their doors -- and their financial aid -- to Syrian refugees.

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In this photo taken May 21, 2016, Barcham Zana, left, and Helene Osman, at a training camp in northern Syria where US military advisers are working with local Arab volunteers who want to fight the Islamic State. (AP Photo/Robert Burns)
In this photo taken May 21, 2016, Barcham Zana, left, and Helene Osman, at a training camp in northern Syria where US military advisers are working with local Arab volunteers who want to fight the Islamic State. (AP Photo/Robert Burns)
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US military trains eclectic group of anti-IS fighters

The number of Arab volunteers has surged this spring, following a series of battlefield gains against IS, including the retaking of al-Shaddadeh in Hassakeh province.

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Germany's Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, right, and Riad Hijab, head of the Higher Negotiations Committee, the Syrian opposition coalition negotiating in Geneva, chat during a joint stroll prior to a meeting of the Foreign Ministers of Germany and France with the Staffan de Mistura, U.N. special envoy for Syria, and Riad Hijab, head of the Higher Negotiations Committee, the Syrian opposition coalition negotiating in Geneva at the guest house of the German Foreign Ministry in Berlin, Germany, Wednesday, May 4, 2016. (AP Photo/Ferdinand Ostrop)
Officials in Geneva at the guest house of the German Foreign Ministry in Berlin, Germany, Wednesday, May 4, 2016. (AP Photo/Ferdinand Ostrop)
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US announces extension of Syria truce to Aleppo

The United States and Russia have persuaded Syria's government and moderate rebels to extend the country's fragile truce to the northern city of Aleppo, although sporadic clashes continue, U.S. officials said Wednesday.

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WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 03: U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry speaks to members of the media at the State Department May 3, 2016 in Washington, DC. Secretary Kerry made remarks to mark World Press Freedom Day and discussed the current situation in Syria. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry speaks to members of the media at the State Department May 3, 2016 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
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Kerry warns Assad to start transition by Aug. 1 — or else

Secretary of State John Kerry warned Syria's government and its backers in Moscow and Tehran on Tuesday that they face an August deadline for starting a political transition to move President Bashar Assad out, or they risk the consequences of a new U.S. approach toward ending the 5-year-old civil war.

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President Barack Obama
President Barack Obama ( Alexander Koerner/Getty Images)
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Administration: Up to 250 military personnel headed to Syria

President Barack Obama will send an additional 250 military personnel to Syria to help local forces fighting the Islamic State group, increasing to 300 the number of U...

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MORIA, GREECE - MARCH 12: Refugees mainly from Syria, Iran and Iraq are seen inside a registration camp while waiting to be registrated, outside the village of Moria, on March 12, 2016 in Moria, Greece (Alexander Koerner/Getty Images)
MORIA, GREECE - MARCH 12: Refugees mainly from Syria, Iran and Iraq are seen inside a registration camp while waiting to be registrated, outside the village of Moria, on March 12, 2016 in Moria, Greece (Alexander Koerner/Getty Images)
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NJ stops cooperating with program, but refugees will still settle in state

Refugees will keep settling in New Jersey, but the federal government will directly work with nonprofits to oversee the program as the state is dropping out.

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Ruins are seen at al-Qaryatain city in the central city of Homs, Syria on Monday, April 4, 2016. Syrian troops and allied militiamen pressed on with an offensive against Islamic State militants in central Syria on Monday, clashing with the extremists around the town of Qaryatain a day after it was captured by pro-government forces. The Obama administration says Iran is drawing down its elite fighting force from Syria, yet Iran is still taking casualties and Tehran said Monday it has dispatched commandos to the war despite a partial cease-fire that took effect a month ago. (AP Photo)
Ruins are seen at al-Qaryatain city in the central city of Homs, Syria on Monday, April 4, 2016. (AP Photo)
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US says Iran forces pulling back in Syria; others say no

The Obama administration is making the case that Iran is drawing down its elite fighting force from Syria in an effort to allay fears that Tehran is using its powerful Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps in Syria to strengthen its influence across the Middle East. Yet the Iranian government said Monday it has dispatched commandos to the war and it is still taking high-ranking casualties.

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A boy stands by the hanging laundry in the makeshift refugee camp at the northern Greek border point of Idomeni, Greece, March 31, 2016. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)
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At closed border, thousands stand their ground in hope

Through the coils of razor wire and a fence that stretches across green fields, the gathered people can see what has become a forbidden land -- Macedonia and its still-snow-capped mountains, the route they had hoped to take on their journey northward through the Balkans to the more prosperous heartland of Europe.

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Mideast Lebanon US
A Lebanese army pilot stands in front of a military Huey II helicopter during a ceremony at the Rafik Hariri International Airport in Beirut, Lebanon, Thursday, March 31, 2016. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)
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Lebanon’s military receives 3 helicopters from the US

Thursday's delivery of three Huey II helicopters raises to 10 the number of such U.S.-made aircraft in Lebanon's fleet.

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Palmyra
The triumphal arch in the ancient city of Palmyra in Syria, circa 1880. (Photo by Spencer Arnold/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
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Syrian forces poised to retake IS-held Palmyra

Syrian government forces were on the verge Thursday of recapturing Palmyra, an ancient town in central Syria controlled by the Islamic State group, having pushed closer to its outer edges with the support of Russian airstrikes.

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