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Paris victims: From all over the world and all walks of life

December 23, 2015

Portraits are emerging of some of the at least 129 people killed and 352 people wounded last week in deadly attacks at six sites in the French capital.

Paris attacks: What we know so far

Here’s a country-by-country look at the victims whose names or nationalities have been confirmed to CNN:

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U.S. ‘reasonably certain’ drone strike killed ISIS mouthpiece ‘Jihadi John’

December 23, 2015

He hid his face, but “Jihadi John” was the English-speaking voice of ISIS. His twisted, videotaped taunts and acts of terrible cruelty — beheading hostages who had gone to the Middle East to report stories and help others — symbolized the Islamist militant group’s depravity and ruthlessness.

Not anymore, it appears.

U.S. Army Col. Steven Warren said Friday that a drone strike the previous night killed everyone in the targeted vehicle, with Mohammed Emwazi — a.k.a. “Jihadi John” — likely among them.

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Flights resume for British travelers in Sharm el-Sheikh, but uncertainty remains

December 23, 2015

The increased security at Sharm el-Sheikh Airport turned into a mixed blessing for British vacationer Nicky Bull, one of tens of thousands whose travel plans became uncertain after Metrojet Flight 9268 crashed.

She felt safer but had to stand in line for hours before boarding a plane.

“At the airport today it was absolutely dreadful,” Bull said Friday after returning to the United Kingdom. “I appreciate all the extra security but they just couldn’t cope with it. … When we tried to go home on Wednesday the security was non-existent. Now it is as it should be but I don’t think they’ve got enough people to deal with it.”

Even worse was the uncertainty.

Bull said she supported her government’s decision to temporarily suspend flights from Egypt but said officials didn’t supply much information about what to do.

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Group: Mustard gas used in Syrian town

November 9, 2015

The world’s chemical weapons watchdog has determined that mustard gas was used over two months ago in a Syrian town, an official from that group said, raising fresh questions about the deployment of such weaponry in the country’s bloody, messy war.

The August 21 incident in Marea, a town about 28 miles (45 kilometers) north of Aleppo, exposed at least two people “to sulfur mustard, and there is reason to believe that a baby might have also suffered and died as a result,” according to an official with the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons.

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Flights resume for British travelers in Sharm el-Sheikh, but uncertainty

November 9, 2015

The increased security at Sharm el-Sheikh Airport turned into a mixed blessing for British vacationer Nicky Bull, one of tens of thousands whose travel plans became uncertain after Metrojet Flight 9268 crashed.

She felt safer but had to stand in line for hours before boarding a plane.

Full story on CNN

Russian Plane Crash: Was A Bomb On Board?

November 9, 2015

British Prime Minister David Cameron says it’s “more likely than not.” U.S. President Barack Obama says “it’s certainly possible.”

But Russian and Egyptian authorities pushed back Thursday on suggestions that a bomb brought down Metrojet Flight 9268 over Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula, saying there’s no evidence yet to support that theory.

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Thousands of migrants caught in European bottleneck

October 29, 2015

Thousands of migrants and refugees are stranded in Serbia as countries farther west in Europe tighten restrictions on their borders.

About 10,000 refugees are in Serbia, where they are facing shortages of aid and shelter, the U.N. refugee agency, the UNHCR, told CNN.

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