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Abdelrahman Qaid Mofuk fled with his family when violence broke out in his hometown of Mosul.
Abdelrahman Qaid Mofuk fled with his family when violence broke out in his hometown of Mosul.
Francesco Semprini

QASYAR — Ahmed is wearing a Barcelona soccer jersey with Argentine superstar Lionel Messi’s name on the back. Rasheed has Rodrigo Palacio's from Inter Milan, while Samad is sporting the Chelsea shirt of Brazil midfielder Oscar dos Santos Emboaba Junior.

While their heroes compete in the World Cup on the other side of the world, these Iraqi children are refugees in their own country after the latest jihadist offensive. Holding onto these players' dreams is a way to try and cling to the very innocence of youth threatened by the upheaval around them.

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In Armenia, demonstraters gathered Wednesday night to protest

Emma Albright and Meike Eijsberg

👋 Sannu!*

Welcome to Thursday, where Russian troops have unleashed an all-out assault on the strategic city of Severodonetsk, Ukraine’s president lashes out at Henry Kissinger for “Munich” stance and the writer of a notable “How to” essay is convicted of murder. We also look at how the plague of school shootings is not exclusive to the United States.

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