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This photo released Wednesday by the UN agency for Palestinian refugees, the UNRWA, shows thousands of men, women and children trapped in the Yarmouk refugee camp on the outskirts of Damascus besieging aid workers as they distribute food parcels.

Close to 60 million people have fled their homes because of either conflict or persecution, A report released Thursday by the UN said. Read more»

Bombed out vehicles Aleppo during the Syrian civil war.

If it were being done entirely in secret, it would be history’s greatest international spy thriller. The world’s biggest global players, not all of them exactly friendly, have to cooperate to pull off the impossible: collect and destroy Syria’s vast stores of chemical weapons. And as fast as possible. Read more»

US President Barack Obama greets UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon at the State Memorial Service of the late former President Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela at FNB Stadium in Soweto.

US President Barack Obama gave an end-of-year press conference Friday, and it likely — much like his entire year — didn't go as he planned. After brief opening remarks, the president's very first question came from Julie Pace of the Associated Press. "Has this been the worst year of your presidency?" she asked. It all went downhill from there. Read more»

Correspondent James Foley in Aleppo, Syria in August 2012.

After a five-month investigation inside Syria and the wider Middle East, GlobalPost and the family of missing American journalist James Foley now believe the Syrian government is holding him in a detention center near Damascus. Read more»

Syria Independence Flag behind a Free Syrian Army member

In Syria, one man’s terrorist is another man’s freedom fighter. It’s a vital distinction that, as evidenced by US reluctance to get involved, could influence the outcome of the conflict. Read more»

American journalist James Foley

More than two months have passed since armed gunmen abducted American journalist James Foley in northern Syria, where he was reporting for GlobalPost and other news organizations. Today, there is still no definitive news about his exact whereabouts or what group is responsible. Read more»

Foley

Unidentified Syrian gunmen kidnapped a U.S. journalist on Thanksgiving Day. More than a month later, he remains missing. American James Foley, 39, was last seen on Nov. 22 in Idlib Province, the scene of heavy fighting in recent months. Foley was held by Libyan forces for 44 days in 2011. Read more»

As the Occupy Wall Street movement, which is often criticized for lacking a focused agenda, begins to hone its message, one issue has emerged as a possible catch-all: campaign-finance reform. Read more» 2

The incident could reveal a shift in the military's loyalties to President Bashar al-Assad's regime as protests gain momentum across the country. Read more»

BEKASI, Indonesia – Packed into the living room of a small house here, several hundred Christians, all dressed in their Sunday best, whispered to each other over the sermon. Read more»