Security Blocks Road to Sochi’s Shelter for Strays

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-02_a37a4e3b8d.jpgABC News (SOCHI, Russia) -- The road to the only private kennel in the remote hills above Sochi, Russia was blocked by security Friday and the kennel’s operator said the animal shelter had become overcrowded with strays rounded up from the Olympic venue. ABC News tried to visit the kennel on Friday, but was halted by security officers, some in plainclothes and some in uniform. The officers wouldn’t identify who they work for and threatened to call police on an ABC News crew hoping to visit the kennel.

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New Refuge Crisis in Iraq

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-02_1844dae4d6.jpgMarcio Silva/Thinkstock (BAGHDAD) -- There were more signs of Iraq's security deterioration Wednesday as the United Nations reported that upwards of 300,000 people have been dislodged from their homes in the volatile western province of Anbar. Residents have been displaced by militants taking over most of the city of Fallujah and parts of Ramadi, according to the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees.

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As Talks Flop, Violence Heats Up in Syria

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-02_94fdfce831.jpgcreisinger/Thinkstock (LONDON) -- While delegations from Syria and opposition groups make little progress in Geneva, a human rights group says the killing in the ongoing war is reaching record levels. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which sides with the rebels, claimed Wednesday that refugees are flooding into Lebanon to escape the onslaught of government war planes while so-called "barrel bombs" are being dropped on population centers in the northern city of Aleppo.

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Russia's Largest Gay Nightclub Strives to Be a Haven Despite Horrific Attacks

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-02_379fbb4192.jpgABC News (MOSCOW) -- As Russia enjoys the spotlight that shines from the multibillion-dollar splendor of the Sochi Winter Olympics, over in Moscow, dismay runs through Central Station, Russia's largest gay nightclub. With its bullet-sprayed doors and protective razor-wire fencing, Central Station management says it has been subjected to shootings, water and gas attacks, and vandalism.

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George Clooney 'Marbles' Push Puts Reputation in Ruins

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-02_4df193083d.jpgBarry King/WireImage (NEW YORK) -- George Clooney has backed away from his statement that it would be the "right thing to do" for Britain to return the historic Elgin Marbles to Greece, and now says the idea is worth an "open discussion." Clooney, who is starring in Monuments Men, stirred up the long-simmering controversy over the artwork that came from Athens' Parthenon with a statement last week that Britain should send the collection back to Greece.

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