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Carolyn Presutti
October 09, 2015 12:51 AM
Since taking office, President Barack Obama has spoken out or issued statements about 15 mass shootings. The most recent shooting, in which 10 people were killed at a community college, sparked outrage over the nation's gun laws. But changing those laws isn't as easy as many think. VOA's Carolyn Presutti reports.

Video Why Are Gun Laws So Hard for Congress to Tackle?

Since taking office, President Barack Obama has spoken out or issued statements about 15 mass shootings. The most recent shooting, in which 10 people were killed at a community college, sparked outrage over the nation's gun laws. But changing those laws isn't as easy as many think. VOA's Carolyn Presutti reports.

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Driven by war from their village in southwestern Syria, a group of families found shelter in Lebanon, resettling en masse in a half-built university to form one of the biggest settlements of its kind in Lebanon. Three years later, however, they now face being kicked out and dispersed in a country where finding shelter as a refugee can be especially tough. John Owens has more for VOA from the city of Saida, also known as Sidon.

Video Iraqi-Kurdish Teachers Vow to Continue Protest

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Video Refugee Begins New Life in US but Heart Remains in Syria

Nearly 300,000 people have died since the Syrian civil war began more than four years ago. Of the four million refugees who have fled the country, only 1500 have come to the United States, although President Obama has decided to take 10,000 over the next year. How have these Syrian refugees adapted to their new life in the U.S.? Grace Wang takes a look at one family that has settled in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Grace Wang reports.

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