In the wake of the Paris attacks, Barack Obama is under mounting pressure to step up the fight against the "Islamic State" - even from some of his supporters.
The US has improved refugee processing times to help meet its target of resettling 10,000 Syrians, Congress has heard. The program has been plagued by red tape, legal efforts to stop refugees arriving and security fears.
On August 20, 2012, President Obama called the use of chemical weapons by Syria's Assad regime a "red line." Four years on with the Syrian war still raging, DW asked three scholars to assess Washington's Syria policy.
UN Chief Antonio Guterres has used World Refugee Day to chastise the United States over its refugee policy. Germany, meanwhile, has been honored for being a "humanitarian frontrunner" in confronting the refugee crisis.
At least 39 people were killed in Istanbul, when a terror attack targeted visitors of a nightclub during the New Year's celebrations. Many of the victims were foreigners. Security forces were searching the city.
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