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Even when they are driven our ISIS leaves death behind... READ our latest report from inside Syria...
Fleeing ISIS fighters have laid so many land mines that at least 15 villages around Hasakah, Syria, are now uninhabitable, a Kurdish commander said.
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HASAKAH : SYRIA : JUL 2015 : The battle for this crucial city was in full flow when we arrived. We were told that ISIS was on the defensive and that they leave buildings littered with land mines as they retreat.

Some mines are even shaped like soda bottles, one commander told us, and children pick them up. Whole villages are ghost towns because of it.

The commander says in a few months he has lost more than 10 men trying to defuse the mines.
Other reports say ISIS is trying to use crude chemical weapons. In a nearby street a local told us people couldn't breath when an ISIS mortar landed. One neighbour was taken to hospital.

ISIS may be on the back foot here, but they are fighting back ruthlessly.
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Reporting live from Athens as Euro negotiations go down to the wire. WATCH:
European leaders are locked in talks to prevent Greece from leaving the European Union while the nation's 25 percent unemployment rate is likely to increase.
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The white-haired retirees digging up the streets of northern Germany think they are getting closer to finding the fabled Amber Room.
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This morning on @todayshow our #unsolvedmysteries series begins with a Russian riddle: The Amber Room...
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LAKE CHAD : JUNE 2015 : Riding a motorised canoe to a remote island on lake Chad this weekend. More coming up here and our full story tonight on NBC Nightly News.
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I've travelled to Moscow for an exclusive interview with a key aide to President Putin, Dmitry Peskov.

Russia hopes that the next U.S. president will help "cure" the icy relations between Washington and Moscow, he tells me.

In a wide-ranging interview with NBC News, the Russian president's press secretary said the Kremlin would not try to "put our nose in your business" in the run-up to the 2016 U.S. election.

"We do want to believe that whoever is elected as a new American president will [work] for a cure in our bilateral relations," Peskov said. "We will respect your choice and we will welcome any slightest sympathy toward our bilateral relations."

More on MSNBC Morning Joe this morning and I'll post more on my page later...
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UMOUDA : SYRIA : JUL 2015 : Three year old Duaa and her family have taken refuge from ISIS in a Syrian school.
The mother from one of the families here, Um Yousef, 31, who did not want to be identified by her true name, says she spent two weeks in living under ISIS and witnessed them behead a man on a bus. “On the bus was a soldier. When they checked his ID, they beheaded him and put his head on a post on the road, and put his body on the other side of the road." While she was walking in the street, she saw seven sisters, aged twenty to forty, suddenly claimed by ISIS fighters and forcibly taken away. She was threatened with beheading herself unless she covered up properly.
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RIVER TIGRIS : SYRIA / IRAQ BORDER : JUL 2015 : Last week we crossed the historic Tigris river and entered Syria. Our journey took us close to the frontline of the fight against ISIS.

We travelled with local Kurds who have formed a democratic army, the YPG. We learned that ISIS is not indestructible, that it doesn't have to be feared. But that politics is getting in the way of what's needed to defeat the Islamic State.

Throughout today I'm gonna post more details about our fascinating journey and the people we met. Only by spending time on the ground do you get the true picture of who ISIS are and who are truly opposing them.
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A year ago my beautiful twin daughters Ilia and Arianna could say a few words... This morning they woke me up saying, 'Happy dad's day daddy' and 'do you want your present'?

How lucky am I to be a dad. To have the privilege of watching these girls grow and helping where I can.

To be a father is a gift from God. An awesome responsibility. The best job in the world.
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LAKE CHAD : JUNE 2015 : We travelled to a remote island on Lake Chad to find thousands of refugees fleeing Boko Haram. One woman told us of seeing her son's throat cut by militants who became infamous after they kidnapped almost 300 school girls last year. But we found many many families still suffering... When aid arrived mothers held up their babies so desperate for simple medicine and water purification tablets. The kidnapping of the school girls led to a online hash tag campaign #bringbackourgirls. But we were left wondering... Did it make any difference?
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MOSCOW — Moscow is at a standstill. The six-lane highway that runs past the Kremlin — the heart of Russian political power — is closed off. Designer stores and luxury car salesrooms have been shuttered. The city came to a standstill just as military jets began to thunder overhead.
Russia is rehearsing for a military parade to mark 70 years since the end of World War II.
But the weekend’s events are about much more than that. Many Western leaders boycotted the parade over what they say is Moscow’s meddling in Ukraine, although the Chinese haven’t.
Chinese President Xi Jinping’s 747 touched down Friday morning. The message? Forget bruising Western sanctions, China is open for business with Russia. Tonight, television will air a documentary about Russian-Chinese relations, including interviews with Xi and President Vladimir Putin.
This week I interviewed Putin’s press secretary, Dmitry Peskov.
While he is a clever diplomat, even Peskov cannot disguise the tensions between Moscow and Washington. He even used the word “freezing” to describe relations.
Russians “do want” to thaw that frozen state with the West, he told me. The majority of Russians support Putin, but yearn for the time when they could travel to Europe and the U.S. freely, according to a pro-Putin member of the Russian parliament.
“America should listen to us, should listen to our people. Because it’s not right in the world when there is only one voice of America,” Alena Arshinova said. “I want Russia to be heard.”
She also doesn’t want to see Russia cut off from the West.
“My generation, the young generation, want to travel all over the world, want to speak different languages,” the 30-year-old said. “We want to develop.”
As Russia and Europe reflect on the millions killed in WWII, it is impossible to miss the fact that the world has changed dramatically. Moscow feels further away from Paris and London and Washington than ever. In Eastern Europe, particularly Ukraine which is being rocked by separatist violence, many people fear growing Russian power.
Meanwhile, the Chinese are offering the Russians a hand of friendship.
What happens to Russia in the coming years will influence the world’s future. It will affect international views on trade and free speech and democracy — for better or worse.

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