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Ban Ki-moon to U.N. Member States: The World's a Mess -- Fix It!

Extremists rule large parts of Syria and Iraq. Violence consumes communities from the Central African Republic to Mali, Somalia, and South Sudan. Ukraine teeters on the verge of all-out war with Russia. Israelis and Palestinians are as far apart as ever. Libya descends into chaos. Oh, and Ebola is spreading terror and death across West Africa.

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What's in a Word? Confusion About U.S. Policy Toward Syria

The United States insists that it's not helping the Syrian government conduct airstrikes against Islamic State militants by providing intelligence on the fighters' locations. Such actions, American officials say, would only strengthen a brutal regime that has used chemical weapons against its own people and undermine U.S. efforts to train and arm Syrian rebels trying to overthrow Syrian strongman Bashar al-Assad.

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