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Liberia was founded by people enslaved in the US. Advocates say the US should not end an immigration program that helps them.

A small immigration program for Liberians in the US will expire at the end of March. Minnesota economists and health care companies say their losing immigration status will have an outsized effect.

Liberia was founded by people enslaved in the US. Advocates say the US should not end an immigration program that helps them.
Saber Askar in East Porterville, California

For one Yemeni American, the long wait to bring his family to safety

For one Yemeni American, the long wait to bring his family to safety
Fortuné gets up at 4 a.m. to prepare homemade spaghetti, which he starts selling at his stand at 6 a.m.

Fortuné’s big dreams and small spaghetti business

Fortuné’s big dreams and small spaghetti business
El Salvador's defense minister, General Rafael Humberto Larios, speaks during a news conference in San Salvador in a 1990 file photo. Larios and eight other former Salvadoran soldiers were arrested in 2011 for suspected involvement in the 1989 killing of

How justice for slain Americans took a backseat to Cold War politics

How justice for slain Americans took a backseat to Cold War politics
The passenger terminal at Tripoli's international airport after recent attacks.

Three years after its civil war, Libya is on the brink of another

Three years after its civil war, Libya is on the brink of another
Internally displaced people Somalians gather outside their makeshift shelters in the Hodan district in southern Mogadishu to listen to proceeding of a 2012 parliamentary election.

A BBC program is reuniting Somali families torn apart by conflict

For nearly two decades, the BBC Somali service has aired a straightforward but unusual program. It's little more than a list of names being read over the air, but it's become a success in helping reunite families scattered by Somalia's civil war.

A BBC program is reuniting Somali families torn apart by conflict
Women hold their ration cards during food distribution in Minkaman, Lakes State, June 26, 2014. About 94,000 people have sought refuge in Minkaman after fighting broke out in neighboring states, according to the International Organization for Migration.

The world's youngest country turns three — but there's not much to celebrate

Three years ago, South Sudan became independent. But the hope of the new nation has given way to brutal realities — war, and now impending famine.

The world's youngest country turns three — but there's not much to celebrate
In this Facebook posting, Ayoub and his high school friend each hold up one finger, a sign many jihadists use to show they're willing to die for god.

Getting this man's brother back alive from Syria would be 'nothing short of a miracle'

Mohamed was important in Libyan's revolution, helping to defeat and ultimately capture Muammar Gaddafi. His younger brother missed out on Libya's revolution — so he decided to make his own fame by going to Syria to fight in the violent revolution there.

Getting this man's brother back alive from Syria would be 'nothing short of a miracle'
Residents wait to receive food aid distributed by the U.N. Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) at the besieged al-Yarmouk camp, south of Damascus

Yarmouk is a man-made disaster zone, right inside the Syrian capital of Damascus

It's difficult not to be moved by some of the images coming out this week of one particular district in Damascus. In Yarmouk, a sea of grim faces stare out from two rows of bombed out buildings. This section of the Syrian capital, after being under siege for months, has become a man-made disaster zone.

Yarmouk is a man-made disaster zone, right inside the Syrian capital of Damascus
Children sit with their belongings as they wait to be evacuated from a besieged area of Homs February 12, 2014.

Aid workers scramble to assist people evacuated from Homs during a shaky ceasefire

More residents of the besieged Syrian city of Homs were able to evacuate Wednesday, as a shaky ceasefire allowed a UN humanitarian intervention to continue.

Aid workers scramble to assist people evacuated from Homs during a shaky ceasefire
Syrian rebel fighters

A new Frontline documentary covers the 'second front' in Syria between rebels and jihadists

The Syrian war has changed in its three years. The Free Syrian Army forces that were attacking the Assad regime and its government soldiers are now locked in battle with Islamic fighters, who were once their allies. PBS Frontline journalist Muhammad Ali slipped across the Syrian border to report on this "second front" in Syria.

A new Frontline documentary covers the 'second front' in Syria between rebels and jihadists
Syrian refugees children

Syrian refugees move into Bulgaria, after losing hope of returning home

As the Syrian war continues, hope is waning in the refugee camps in neighboring countries. Some Syrians who fled to Turkey are now heading into Bulgaria to start new lives. And Bulgarians are growing weary and wary of welcoming them.

Syrian refugees move into Bulgaria, after losing hope of returning home
An Afghan girl named Spozhmai is held in a border police station in the southeastern part of Helmand province, Afghanistan.

A 9-year-old explains how she ended up wearing a suicide bomb vest in Afghanistan

Last week, police in Afghanistan detained a young girl they found wearing an explosive-packed suicide vest near a police checkpoint. Now, she has told her story to a BBC correspondent and says she would rather die than return home to the family that forced her to be a suicide bomber.

A 9-year-old explains how she ended up wearing a suicide bomb vest in Afghanistan

The Power of the Pen(cil)

The Power of the Pen(cil)
Union soldiers entrenched along the west bank of the Rappahannock River at Fredericksburg, Virginia.

How wars end part II: the American Civil War

Jeb Sharp explores the lessons from the American Civil War that resonate with current events in Iraq.

How wars end part II: the American Civil War