FROM Melissa Fleming
Wars, Natural Disasters and a Refugee Generation The latest Global Trends report by the UN's High Commissioner for Refugees contains shocking figures. The number of forcibly displaced people around the world has doubled in the past 10 years — to 60 million -- more than ever recorded before. Half of them are children. The world's poorest countries are bearing most of the burden, as the UN and other organizations run short of resources for humanitarian aid. The UN is also taking some of the blame for failing to mediate conflicts and reduce violence. Many member nations like things the way they are. Are countries in the Middle East, Africa and Southeast Asia losing a generation of children?
Is Venezuela becoming a dictatorship? Venezuela may have the world's largest oil reserves, but it's a nation in trouble… economically and politically. Is a populist promise to rescue democracy turning out to be a prelude to dictatorship?
In Janesville, WI, Middle America meets the new American dream Janesville, Wisconsin is the hometown of Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan. But he couldn't prevent the closing of the General Motors factory after 100 years. We hear what's happened to what once was a model of American middle-class unity.
Mixed Messages from US diplomats on the new hard line on Syria Since President Trump's surprise retaliation against Syria's use of chemical weapons, Bashar al-Assad has used the same airport to launch conventional attacks on his own people. It's not clear what the US, its allies — or Vladimir Putin's Russia -- plan to do now.