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September 23rd, 2014
05:25 PM ET

200,000 flee in biggest displacement of Syrian conflict, monitor says

Istanbul (CNN) - The sudden, massive flood of refugees fleeing ISIS is unlike any other displacement in the 3½-year Syrian conflict.

As many as 200,000 people have left the area surrounding the Syrian Kurdish city of Kobani, also known as Ayn al-Arab, in just four days as ISIS advances into the area, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Monday. Most have gone into Turkey, the London-based monitoring group said.

Turkey's semiofficial Anadolu news agency and the United Nations said 130,000 Syrian refugees have entered Turkey since Friday.

But the unprecedented surge that broke loose Friday has slowed, as Turkey reduced the number of open crossings from eight or nine to just two, said Ariane Rummery, a spokeswoman for the U.N. refugee agency.

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February 7th, 2014
05:02 PM ET

Officials: 'Air pirate' claims bomb on board, tries to have plane go to Sochi

(CNN) - A passenger announced Friday "that there was a bomb on board" his plane and wanted it diverted to Sochi - the Russian city hosting the Winter Olympics amid terrorism fears - Turkish officials said.

Rather than abide by the request, the Pegasus Airlines' crew sent a hijacking alert that Turkey's Air Force Control Center received at 5:20 p.m. (10:20 a.m. ET), Turkey's semiofficial Anadolu news agency reported. About 20 minutes later, two F-16 fighter jets scrambled to intercept the Boeing 737-800.

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