Survivors of Syrian Chemical Weapons Attack Visit Capitol Hill

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-02_4b2ea2caec.jpgBunyos/Thinkstock (WASHINGTON) -- Two women who survived a chemical weapons attack in the town of Moadamiyeh in Syria last August, came to Capitol Hill Thursday to press lawmakers to increase U.S. involvement in Syria. “We need solutions. This humanitarian aid…helps the survivors to live longer under the suffering. We need the suffering to end first,” Heba Sawan, one of the Syrian women who survived a chemical weapons attack, said in a news conference Thursday.

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Expect Fireworks at Top-Secret Olympics Opening Ceremony

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-02_eb88c53994.jpgLOIC VENANCE/AFP/Getty Images (SOCHI, Russia) -- The Sochi Olympics have officially begun. Men’s snowboard slopestyle qualifying runs opened the games on Thursday, with women’s qualifying runs following. Three of the American athletes competing qualified for the Semis. In the next day, all eyes will be on the opening ceremonies at the Fisht Olympic Stadium, where some 40,000 spectators will be watching from the stands.

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British Intelligence Targets Hacker Group 'Anonymous'

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-02_67ce3f2081.jpgDavid Goddard/Getty Images (LONDON) -- Both the National Security Agency and its British counterpart, the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ), were revealed to have been capable of figuring people's identities by tapping into their smartphone app activity. Now, a classified presentation prepared by GCHQ and leaked by Edward Snowden show that the GCHQ and its partners are up to more than just surveillance.

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Syrian Government, Foes Accused of Atrocities Against Children

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-02_5128bc76dc.jpgPawel Gaul/Thinkstock (NEW YORK) -- A new study on how the Syrian conflict affects children faults both sides for exploiting the most innocent victims of the three-year-long civil war. While estimates of war dead vary, the United Nations report claims that 10,000 children have died as a result of fighting between President Bashar al-Assad's government forces and opposition fighters.

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NATO Chief Predicts Karzai Will Sign Post-War Pact

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-02_682f8b4dd2.jpgSean Gallup/Getty Images (KABUL, Afghanistan) -- Despite Afghan President Hamid Karzai's words to the contrary, the head of NATO predicts that Kabul will sign the Bilateral Security Agreement that would keep a residual force of U.S. and coalition soldiers in Afghanistan past 2014.Karzai has been adamant about refusing to ink a post-war deal with Washington, saying it should be up to the new leaders of Afghanistan who will be elected in April.

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