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A paramilitary police officer carries the lifeless body of a  migrant child after a number of migrants died and a smaller number  were reported missing after boats carrying them to the Greek island of Kos capsized, near the Turkish resort of Bodrum early Wednesday. [Associated Press | DHA]

Dead baby becomes most tragic symbol of refugee crisis

Twelve migrants thought to be Syrian refugees were feared to have drowned off the coast of the Greek island of Kos on Wednesday after the boats carrying them sank. A number of bodies washed ashore on a beach in the Turkish resort town of Bodrum, probably connected to the disaster. The images of the dead soon circul …

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  1. We now know the name of the little refugee drowning victim in the pictures

    World

    ANKARA, Turkey — The 3-year-old in blue shorts and a red T-shirt photographed face-down in the surf set out for Europe only after Canada had rejected his family's refugee application, a Canadian lawmaker says.

    A paramilitary police officer carries the lifeless body of a migrant child, lifting him from the sea shore, near the Turkish resort of Bodrum, Turkey,  early Wednesday. On Thursday, the little boy got a name. He was Aylan Kurdi, 3, whose family had set out for Europe from the Syrian town of Kobani. [Associated Press]
  2. China pledges to cut 300,000 troops from its massive army

    World

    BC-AS—China Parade-Troop Cut, 1st Ld-Writethru,273 China pledges to cut 300,000 troops from its massive army AP Photo XMB128, XMB131, XMAS101, TOK308 Eds: Adds background, details. With AP Photos. BEIJING (AP) — Chinese President Xi Jinping on Thursday pledged to cut China's 2.3 million-member People's Liberation …

  3. Judge lays out path to revive challenge to NSA phone surveillance program (w/video)

    Nation

    WASHINGTON — A federal judge laid out a path Wednesday to revive a constitutional challenge to the National Security Agency's domestic telephone records surveillance program, days after a U.S. appeals court ruled that the plaintiffs lacked standing to sue.

  4. Despite heartbreaking peril, Syrian war refugees struggle to reach western Europe

    News

    Twelve migrants thought to be Syrian refugees were feared to have drowned Wednesday off the coast of the Greek island of Kos after the boats carrying them sank. A number of bodies washed ashore on a beach in the Turkish resort town of Bodrum.

    A paramilitary officer carries a lifeless child Wednesday after 12 migrants drowned when boats carrying them to the Greek island of Kos capsized near Bodrum, Turkey. Refugee boats are often overcrowded inflatable dinghies.
  5. Obama visit to Arctic spotlights tough life in Alaska (w/video)

    Nation

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska — With a historic visit to the Alaska Arctic, President Barack Obama was shining a spotlight Wednesday on the plight of residents in rural Alaska, where Alaska Natives and others toil under rough-and-tumble conditions that most Americans would be hard-pressed to imagine.

    President Barack Obama holds up a fish while visiting with commercial and subsistence fishers Alannah Hurley, left, and Kim Williams on Wednesday at Kanakanak Beach in Dillingham, Alaska.