They Stayed Put, but Their City Disappeared. After more than six years of war, nearly a fourth of all Syrians live in exile. The loneliness of those who remain hangs like thick fog over Damascus, the capital (the New York Times).
Saudi prince detention holds up loan to investment firm - sources. Kingdom Holding’s plan to borrow money to fund new investments has stalled because owner Prince Alwaleed bin Talal has been detained in Saudi Arabia’s anti-corruption crackdown, according to four banking sources familiar with the matter (Reuters).
In the area where U.S. soldiers died in Niger, Islamist extremists have deep roots. In a poor, barren region neglected by the state, the militants were at once the villagers’ benefactors, employers, customers and unofficial police force, according to residents (the Washington Post).
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