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  1. Aid Groups: The U.N. Is Failing Syrians

    It’s just getting worse. Despite three Security Council resolutions last year aimed at improving the lives of civilians caught in Syria’s civil war, 21 charities say the U.N. isn’t doing enough. A new report calls 2014 the deadliest year since the unrest began in 2011, with 76,000 Syrians killed. Aid funding has fallen, doctors have fled and the U.N. has abandoned hard-to-reach areas and those controlled by ISIS. Without a solution to the conflict and an increase in humanitarian aid, Syria’s future looks even bleaker.

    BBC, Reuters

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