Border Patrol agent Vincent Pirro walks near where the border wall ends that separates Tijuana, Mexico, left, from San Diego, right, Feb. 5, 2019, in San Diego.
Border Patrol agent Vincent Pirro walks near where the border wall ends that separates Tijuana, Mexico, left, from San Diego, right, Feb. 5, 2019, in San Diego.

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Downsizing the Wall
As the U.S. president holds onto the idea of a new barrier along the border with Mexico, he keeps slamming into the biggest wall Washington can put up - a lack of Congressional funding  shattering Trump's dreams for a barrier behemoth. He's unhappy with lawmakers, but faced with the prospect of another government shutdown and Democrats who wanted to rein in his deportation escalation, the president yielded to Capitol Hill this week but then declared a national emergency to collect wall funding from other parts of the government.

The longest winter
Winter in the remotest parts of the desert between Syria and Jordan is bone-chillingly brutal. For 40,000 refugees at Rukban camp, there is no doctor and few supplies. Eight children have died since January. The conditions, described by a refugee nurse, are like "operating in the stone age."

FILE - Syrian refugees are seen at Rukban camp, located in a no-man's-land on the border between Syria and Jordan, March 1, 2017
UN Official: Conditions in Syrian Rukban Camp Throwback to 'Stone Age'
A senior U.N. official reports the distribution of life-saving aid is nearly complete for 40,000 Syrians stranded in the remote Rukban camp near the Jordanian border. The U.N.’s largest humanitarian convoy in Syria’s eight-year conflict arrived at Rukban six days ago.This is the second U.N. convoy to reach this harsh desert outpost since November. Corinne Fleischer, the World Food Program representative in Syria and Rukban Convoy team leader, said the Syrian Arab Red Crescent and U.N.

Refugee situations worsen in South Sudan, Myanmar
Fighting in South Sudan leaves thousands of displaced people without food, water and pushes thousands more into DRC for safety.

South Sudanese SPLA soldiers are pictured in Pageri in Eastern Equatoria state, Aug. 20, 2015.
New Violence in South Sudan Sends Thousands Fleeing to DR Congo
The United Nations refugee agency says a surge of violence in South Sudan's Yei State has displaced some 8,000 civilians and sent an estimated 5,000 people fleeing to the neighboring Democratic Republic of Congo. Clashes between the South Sudanese army and a rebel group, the National Salvation Front or NAS, broke out on January 19. This was barely four months after the latest peace deal aimed at ending the country's five-year civil war was signed by President Salva Kiir and opposition leader Riek…

Violence in Myanmar's southern Chin State and Rakhine State prompts more departures.