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Syrian refugee children play in Sidon, southern Lebanon March 6, 2013. A 19-year-old mother of two registered on Wednesday as the millionth refugee to flee Syria, part of an accelerating exodus that is piling pressure on neighboring host countries. REUTERS/Ali Hashisho 
by anthony.derosaon Mar 6, 2013 at 5:20 PM
 A Syrian refugee child poses for a picture in Sidon, southern Lebanon March 6, 2013. A 19-year-old mother of two registered on Wednesday as the millionth refugee to flee Syria, part of an accelerating exodus that is piling pressure on neighboring host countries. REUTERS/Ali Hashisho 
by anthony.derosaon Mar 6, 2013 at 5:21 PM
Syrian refugee children stand inside their a tent at the Al Zaatri refugee camp in the Jordanian city of Mafraq, near the border with Syria, March 6, 2013. UNHCR said the number of Syrians quitting their country has increased dramatically since the beginning of the year with more than 400,000 - nearly half the total - leaving since January 1. Most have fled to Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey, Iraq and Egypt and some to North Africa and Europe, arriving traumatised, without possessions and having lost relatives, it said. REUTERS/Muhammad Hamed 
by anthony.derosaon Mar 6, 2013 at 5:22 PM
 Sawssan Abdelwahab, who fled Idlib in Syria, walks with her children outside the refugees camp near the Turkish-Syrian border in the southeastern city of Yayladagi February 16, 2012. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra
by anthony.derosaon Mar 6, 2013 at 5:24 PM
A Syrian refugee woman waits her turn to get water in Sidon, southern Lebanon March 6, 2013. A 19-year-old mother of two registered on Wednesday as the millionth refugee to flee Syria, part of an accelerating exodus that is piling pressure on neighboring host countries. REUTERS/Ali Hashisho 
by anthony.derosaon Mar 6, 2013 at 5:21 PM
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  • Turkish military police fire teargas at protesting Syrian refugees, many hurt

    BEIRUT, March 27 (Reuters) - Turkish military police fired teargas at Syrian refugees protesting against living conditions in their camp on Wednesday, wounding many, residents of the camp said.

    Residents of the Suleiman Shah camp in Akcakale, a Turkish town near the Syrian border, said young men started a large demonstration after a faulty electrical supply outlet set fire to a tent earlier that day.

    Three brothers aged 7, 18 and 19 were injured in the tent fire, Turkish officials said. Camp residents said one of the brothers had died.

    (Reporting by Erika Solomon; Editing by Louise Ireland)
  • Syria's Nusra Front pledges allegiance to Qaeda's Zawahri-audio tape

    BEIRUT, April 10 (Reuters) - Syria's al-Nusra Front formally pledged allegiance to al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahri, according to an audio tape posted online on Wednesday.

    Abu Mohammad al-Golani, leader of the Syrian group, said: "The sons of Nusra Front renew their pledge (of allegiance) to the Sheikh of Jihad Ayman al-Zawahri and declare obedience."

    (Reporting by Mariam Karouny; Editing by Pravin Char)
  • Kerry tells Putin U.S., Russia share common interests in Syria

    MOSCOW, May 7 (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry told Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday the United States and Russia share common interests in Syria, including promoting regional stability and preventing the spread of extremism.

    At the start of a meeting in the Kremlin, Kerry told Putin that U.S. President Barack Obama believed the two nations can cooperate on Syria, Iran, North Korea and economic issues.

    (Reporting by Arshad Mohammed adn Ale4xei Anishchuk, Writing by Steve Gutterman; Editing by Timothy Heritage)
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Exclusive: U.S. team in refugee camps investigating atrocities against Rohingya

WASHINGTON/COX'S BAZAR, Bangladesh The U.S. government is conducting an intensive examination of alleged atrocities against Myanmar's Rohingya Muslims, documenting accusations of murder, rape, beatings and other possible offenses in an investigation that could be used to prosecute Myanmar's military for crimes against humanity, U.S. officials told Reuters.