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It's World Refugee Day today, and the head of the UN's refugee agency, FiIippo Grandi, has released some startling statistics – starting with the fact that there are 65 million refugees, asylum seekers and displaced persons. That's a record number.

And behind every number, there is a story.

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There are not that many trumpet players in Syria. Milad Khawam was one of them — before he left.

Khawam, now 23, has been playing trumpet since he was 10 years old. He grew up playing Tchaikovsky and Handel. He performed Middle Eastern music with Syria’s national orchestra. He fell in love with the music of Miles Davis.

And as the war in Syria raged around him, he recorded an album with a cellist friend.

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A humanitarian disaster is playing out around the Iraqi city of Fallujah. At least 30,000 people have fled the city in the last few days alone, as Iraqi forces have driven back ISIS fighters in the area.

Many are arriving in displacement camps on the town's outskirts. Aid agencies say they are overwhelmed by the numbers.

“The conditions are nightmarish,” said Karl Schembri from the Norwegian Refugee Council, which is leading humanitarian efforts in the area.

Cheryll Sumner grew up along the water in Norfolk, Virginia. About 15 years ago she moved back to her childhood home to raise her kids.

“It was wonderful that my kids were able to have the same upbringing that I had,” Sumner said, standing in front of her stately brick home in the Chesterfield Heights neighborhood.

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Jan Birck

There are now more than 65 million people displaced by conflict in the world, the highest level ever recorded. Half of these refugees are children.  

Great Britain will vote Thursday on whether to remain in the European Union or to leave it, to exit — hence the name for the vote: "Brexit."

Ever since the United Kingdom joined the European Union's precursor, the Common Market, in 1973, it has been a rocky relationship. So before going to Britain, I visited a country where the relationship with the EU is anything but rocky, to see how the EU works at its best — and whether it might ever work that well for the United Kingdom.

Istanbul riot police break up LGBT rally

Jun 20, 2016

Turkish police fired rubber bullets and tear gas to break up a rally by the LGBT community in Istanbul on Sunday, in the second crackdown in as many days on protests by secular Turks.

Several hundred riot police surrounded the main Taksim Square -- where demonstrations have been banned since major anti-government protests in 2013 — to prevent the "Trans Pride" event taking place during Ramadan.

It was the latest crackdown by police in Turkey against an event during the Muslim holy month.

Although home to the world's largest oil reserves, Venezuela seems to be running out of almost everything these days: food, medicine, electricity, even beer.

The number of refugees, asylum-seekers and internally displaced people around the world has topped 65 million, the United Nations High Commissioner on Refugees said Monday.

As of December 2015, there were 65.3 million displaced people, according to a report from the refugee agency. It's the first time in the organization's history the number has surpassed 60 million — and represents a nearly 10 percent increase over last year's total, of 59.5 million.

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