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UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 21, 2017

University of Texas takes down four Confederate statues overnight

The University of Texas removed four Confederate statues from its Austin campus early Monday morning, amid growing pressure to take down such monuments in the wake of racist violence in …


Lawrence A. Kuznar: Detestable monuments should remain

When racists revere these monuments, those of us who oppose racism should double our efforts to use these monuments as tools for education.


UNICEF: More than 40,000 children at risk in Syria’s Raqqa

The United Nation’s children agency warned Friday that the fight for the Islamic State group’s stronghold of Raqqa in northern Syria is threatening the lives of more than 40,000 children, …


Q&A: Offensive against ISIS-held Raqqa has been long in coming

U.S.-backed Syrian forces launched their attack on the Islamic State group’s de facto capital of Raqqa in northern Syria, just as the jihadist group is making its last stand in …


UPDATED: Sun., June 4, 2017

Syrian troops pound Daraa after rebel attack

Syrian government forces pounded parts of the southern city of Daraa with air strikes and artillery fire, activists reported Sunday, one day after rebels attacked government positions in the southern …


On the Syrian border, Haley confronts civil war’s reality

President Donald Trump’s U.N. envoy set foot Wednesday in the no-man’s-land between Syria and Turkey, witnessing the precarious transfer of aid supplies into a seemingly interminable conflict. That reality is …


Lawmaker apologizes for using ‘lynch’ over Confederate statue removal

A Mississippi lawmaker has apologized for saying Louisiana leaders should be lynched for removing Confederate monuments.


UN envoy: All Syria parties agree to talks on constitution

For the first time, all parties to Syria’s conflict – including the divided opposition – have agreed to take part in expert talks to help lay the foundation for a …


As New Orleans silences its Confederate past, Alabama lawmakers grasp firmly onto historical monuments

Alabama lawmakers have voted to prohibit any alterations to Confederate monuments or markers. With a vote of 69-29, the House accepted final revisions Friday and sent the bill to Gov. …


UPDATED: Fri., May 19, 2017

Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee comes down as New Orleans sidelines its Civil War past

The city of New Orleans is taking its final steps to separate itself from its Confederate past, removing a prominent statue of Gen. Robert E. Lee on Friday.


Syrian opposition seeks extension of current Geneva talks

The Syrian opposition will seek an extension of the current round of U.N.-hosted peace talks underway in Geneva, saying Wednesday it needed more negotiating time.


New Orleans takes down third Confederate-era monument

Workers in New Orleans took down a Confederate monument to Gen. P.G.T. Beauregard early Wednesday as onlookers watched from lawn chairs, while defiant statue supporters waved Confederate battle flags and …


Syrian government denies US allegations of mass killings

The Syrian government on Tuesday “categorically” denied U.S. accusations of mass killings at a prison near Damascus, including the alleged execution of political opponents and burning the victims in a …


UPDATED: Thu., May 11, 2017

Removal of Confederate icons stirs nuanced, varied reactions

The second second of four monuments to the Confederate era was taken down Thursday in New Orleans.


James W. Loewen: Civil War revisionism rooted in racism

Donald Trump’s conclusion about Jackson places him in a camp of 1930s historians who called it a “needless war.” That view is a product of its time, and that time …


UPDATED: Mon., May 1, 2017

Trump makes puzzling claim about Andrew Jackson, Civil War

President Donald Trump made puzzling claims about Andrew Jackson and the Civil War in an interview, suggesting he was uncertain about the origin of the conflict while claiming that Jackson …


100 years ago in Spokane: Civil War veteran backs draft for World War I

A Civil War veteran said a draft should be instituted for World War I because it “takes the men who who want someone else to do their fighting for them.”


New Orleans removes white supremacist monument

A monument to a deadly white-supremacist uprising in 1874 was removed under cover of darkness by workers in masks and bulletproof vests Monday as New Orleans joined the movement to …


U.S. senators say food aid constraints delay help amid famine

As President Donald Trump seeks to cut foreign aid under the slogan of “America First,” two U.S. senators are proposing making American food assistance more efficient after meeting with victims …


UPDATED: Fri., April 14, 2017

Syria’s divisions crystallize with latest evacuations

Thousands of Syrians were bused out of their towns on Friday in the first stage of a widely criticized population transfer that reflects the relentless segregation of Syrian society along …


UPDATED: Sat., March 25, 2017

Rape reaches ‘epic proportions’ in South Sudan’s civil war

After months of being raped by her rebel captors, the young woman became pregnant. Amid her suffering, the child was a spark of life. So she named him Barack Obama, …


Syrian who worked on nominated film can’t attend Oscars

U.S. immigration authorities are barring entry to a 21-year-old Syrian cinematographer who worked on a harrowing film about his nation’s civil war, “The White Helmets,” that has been nominated for …


South Sudan promises ‘unimpeded’ aid access amid famine

South Sudan’s president said Tuesday his government will ensure “unimpeded access” for all aid organizations, a day after famine was declared for more than 100,000 people in the country suffering …


Famine declared in part of South Sudan by government and U.N.

Famine has been declared in two counties of South Sudan, according to an announcement by the South Sudan government and three U.N. agencies, which says the calamity is the result …


Syria opposition rejects Russian draft of new constitution

Syria’s opposition rejected a proposal from Russia on a new constitution for the conflict-torn country, warning the Kremlin against repeating the mistake made by the Bush administration after the U.S.-led …


First sign of enhanced U.S.-Russia relations under Trump: An invite to Syria talks

Russia has invited the incoming Trump administration to Syrian peace talks it is sponsoring later this month with Turkey and Iran, part of a process from which President Barack Obama’s …


Russia says it starts Syrian drawdown with aircraft carrier

Russia announced on Friday that it is withdrawing its aircraft carrier and some other Russian warships from the waters off Syria as the first step in a drawdown of its …


Aleppo evacuations in heavy snow end brutal war chapter

Hundreds of rebel fighters and civilians, including small children swaddled in thick blankets, were bused out of war-ravaged Aleppo in heavy snow on Wednesday as the evacuation of former rebel …


‘Aleppo is now a synonym for hell,’ says U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

Diplomats sought to salvage the evacuation of eastern Aleppo after it stalled Friday amid recriminations by both sides in Syria’s civil war, raising fears the cease-fire could collapse with thousands …


Evacuations underway in devastated eastern Aleppo

Hundreds of people were evacuated from the besieged rebel enclave of eastern Aleppo on Thursday with plans for more to soon leave the devastated area.