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Uganda’s Bidi Bidi refugee camp

Children from South Sudan outside the Bidi Bidi refugee. Uganda is struggling to cope with massive influx of hundreds of thousands of refugees who continue to flee violence in South Sudan and neighboring countries like Burundi. As a result, this camp and others across Uganda can’t provide enough shelter, food, water and medical care.  

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As night fell recently over the Spanish city of Toledo, Hanukkah candles lit up empty streets outside the medieval El Transito synagogue.

Folk songs in Ladino — a blend of Spanish and Hebrew — wafted across the garden of the synagogue, which is now the Sephardic Museum.

Sefarad means Spain in Hebrew, and the term refers to Jews of Spanish descent.

But not a single employee of Toledo’s Sephardic Museum is actually Jewish.

Spanish Jews today number in the low tens of thousands — a fraction of the Jewish population in France, Germany or the United Kingdom. But Toledo’s cobblestone streets were once home to one of Europe’s largest and most vibrant Jewish communities.

“A 13th-century poem describes Toledo’s Jewish life — with eight to 10 synagogues, and a Jewish library,” says historian and museum director Santiago Palomera. “Tax records show this was the most important Jewish enclave — like New York and Silicon Valley combined, in terms of contributions to medieval Spain’s culture and economy.”

After 522 Years, Spain Seeks To Make Amends For Expulsion Of Jews

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After sitting through hours of testimony and reading through thousands of pages of documents, a grand jury decided that there was not enough probable cause to indict police Officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown, an unarmed 18-year-old.

Their decision, like the shooting that led up to all this, sparked violent protests in Ferguson, Mo., overnight.

Read more about the grand jury documents here.

Read more about Officer Darren Wilson’s testimony here.

Read more about what the witnesses saw here.

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