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WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 29: An American flag waves outside the United States Capitol building as Congress remains gridlocked over legislation to continue funding the federal government September 29, 2013 in Washington, DC. The House of Representatives passed a continuing resolution with language to defund U.S. President Barack Obama's national health care plan yesterday, but Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has indicated the U.S. Senate will not consider the legislation as passed by the House. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
An American flag waves outside the United States Capitol on September 29, 2013 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
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House votes to curb Syrian refugees, snubs Obama veto threat

Responding swiftly to the terror in Paris, the U.S. House voted overwhelmingly Thursday to erect high hurdles for Syrian and Iraqi refugees coming to American shores, dividing the president's own party as lawmakers reflected the anxiety of voters back home.

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FILE - In this Nov. 16, 2015 file photo, Syria refugee Nedal Al-Hayk listens during an interview in Warren, Mich. Al-Hayk, who was resettled in suburban Detroit with his family after a three-year wait, said officials interviewed him and his wife in separate rooms, repeatedly asking detailed questions pressing them about their backgrounds and reasons for fleeing Syria. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)
FILE - In this Nov. 16, 2015 file photo, Syria refugee Nedal Al-Hayk listens during an interview in Warren, Mich. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)
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Syrian refugees are put through years of screening

Over and over, Nedal Al-Hayk and his wife traveled up to three hours by bus from their temporary home in Jordan to an office where U.S. Homeland Security officials put them in separate rooms and asked them many questions in many different ways: Where were you born? Where were your parents born? Were you part of a rebel group? Were you politically outspoken?

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FILE - In this Nov. 13, 2015 file photo, Republican presidential candidate, Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C. speaks in Orlando, Fla. The Paris attacks have given new impetus to a bipartisan push to approve new war powers to fight Islamic State militants while also underscoring the unwillingness of many in Congress to cast the first war vote in 13 years. Graham said Nov. 18, that he plans to introduce, after the Thanksgiving recess, a new Authorization for the Use of Military Force, or AUMF, against IS militants responsible for last week�s bombings that killed 129 in Paris. (AP Photo/John Raoux, File)
FILE - In this Nov. 13, 2015 file photo, Republican presidential candidate, Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C. speaks in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux, File)
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Bipartisan push in Senate for war powers after Paris attacks

The Paris attacks have given new impetus to a bipartisan push to approve new war powers to fight Islamic State militants, with Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton on Thursday joining Republican and Democratic lawmakers in calling for what would be the first war vote in Congress in 13 years.

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Refugees and migrants arrive safely on a dinghy from the Turkish coast to the northeastern Greek island of Lesbos Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015. Turkey and Greece have agreed to cooperate to prevent the "human tragedy" suffered by thousands of migrants who risk lives crossing the Aegean Sea on their way to Europe. (AP Photo/Santi Palacios)
Refugees and migrants arrive from the Turkish coast to the northeastern Greek island of Lesbos Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015. (AP Photo/Santi Palacios)
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4 European nations shut their borders to economic migrants

Four nations along Europe's Balkan refugee corridor shut their borders Thursday to those not coming from war-torn countries such as Syria, Afghanistan or Iraq, leaving thousands of others seeking a better life in Europe stranded at border crossings.

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GOP 2016 Refugee Politics
FILE - In this Nov. 4, 2015, file photo, people wait in line to enter the migrant and refugee registration camp in Moria, on the island of Lesbos, Greece. (AP Photo/Marko Drobnjakovic, File)
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Syrian refugee policy roils Republican presidential field

Some Republicans are pushing back against aggressive opposition in their party to Syrian refugees resettling in the U.S., offering fresh evidence of a rift within the GOP that could complicate the party's outreach to minorities heading into the 2016 presidential contest.

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House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis. arrives for a GOP strategy session with House Republicans, Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis. arrives for a GOP strategy session with House Republicans, Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
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House speaker calls for ‘pause’ in Syrian refugees

House Speaker Paul Ryan called Tuesday for a "pause" in Syrian refugees coming to the U.S. in the wake of the Paris attacks, and assembled a task force to bring legislation to a vote as soon as this week.

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Kurdish Peshmerga Control Sinjar After Driving Out ISIL With U.S. Airstrikes
Smoke rises in the distance, on a day when ISIL fighters fired multiple Katyusha rockets at Kurdish Peshmerga forces on November 16, 2015 in Sinjar, Iraq. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)
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US says it destroyed 116 Islamic State fuel trucks

In a new twist to an intensifying campaign to squeeze Islamic State oil revenues, U.S. warplanes have destroyed 116 oil-hauling trucks in eastern Syria that were a key part of a smuggling operation that brings the group an estimated $1.4 million a day.

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US Syria Rebel Training
FILE - In this Dec. 17, 2012, file photo, Syrian rebels attend a training session in Maaret Ikhwan near Idlib, Syria. (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen, File)
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US program to train Syrian rebels losing ground

The U.S. military's program to train and equip thousands of moderate Syrian rebels is faltering, with fewer than 100 volunteers, raising questions about whether the effort can produce enough capable fighters quickly enough to make a difference in the war against the Islamic State.

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Minaret of a famed 12th century Umayyad mosque before it was destroyed by the shelling, in the northern city of Aleppo, Syria, shown here in 2013, has since been destroyed.  (AP Photo/Aleppo Media Center, AMC, File)
Minaret of a famed 12th century Umayyad mosque before it was destroyed by the shelling, in the northern city of Aleppo, Syria, shown here in 2013, has since been destroyed. (AP Photo/Aleppo Media Center, AMC, File)
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Satellite images show damage to Syrian cultural sites

BEIRUT (AP) -- Satellite imagery shows that at least 290 cultural heritage sites in Syria have been damaged by the country's civil war, a U.N. agency said Tuesday.

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Turkish soldiers on a tank hold their position on a hilltop on the outskirts of Suruc, at the Turkey-Syria border, overlooking Kobani, Syria.  (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
Turkish soldiers on a tank hold their position on a hilltop on the outskirts of Suruc, at the Turkey-Syria border, overlooking Kobani, Syria. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
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US-led coalition ramps up strikes on Syrian town

MURSITPINAR, Turkey (AP) -- The U.S.-led coalition intensified its aerial bombardment of Islamic State positions Thursday in the Syrian border town of Kobani as the extremist group fought street battles with Kurdish forces and reportedly rushed in reinforcements.

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