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Syrian violence threatens refugee crisis, entangles Turkey, Israel

The Syrian civil war threatens to engage Turkey and Israel. Today, Syria bombed a rebel village on the border with Turkey, where Turkey has deployed military forces. In the Golan Heights, Israel destroyed a Syrian artillery unit after days of cross-border mortar fire. Meanwhile, Syrian refugees are triggering a growing humanitarian crisis, according to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (11/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

1.4 m children under 5 die every year from respiratory diseases like #pneumonia. Clean @cookstoves can help! #WPD2012"


"This year's World Pneumonia Day is important because it hits just as global leaders are meeting to discuss targets for reducing child mortality post-2015 when the MDGs expire. Identifying gold standards is critical."

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