A member of Iraq's elite counterterrorism forces stands as the group advances toward the city of Mosul, Iraq, on Thursday. Iraqi special forces charged into the Mosul battle with a pre-dawn advance on a nearby town held by the Islamic State group, a key part of a multi-pronged assault on eastern approaches to the besieged city.
Afghan scholar Naser Mozaffari survived harrowing experiences in Afghanistan, Syria, and Turkey. But his asylum application in Turkey has yet to be approved.
One group is making headway by helping former slaves demand enforcement of labor protection laws and social welfare entitlements that are often ignored.