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Who says a wedding has to be all about the bride and groom?

"Turkish weddings are usually all about the couple. There's lots of food, lots of dancing.  It's a huge affair,” says reporter Dalia Mortada.   

One Turkish couple, Fethullah Üzümcüoğlu and Esra Polat, decided to forego the money that would have gone for a lavish wedding and use it instead to provide dinner for about 4,000 refugees from Syria.

The idea actually came from the groom's father, who's an active member of the Kimse Yok Mu, a Turkish charity that helps thousands of refugees.  

Bruce Wallace

Digital Harbor High is in a shiny new building, just south of downtown Baltimore. It’s summer, though, and the halls are quiet except for a small conference room on the first floor, where a handful of students and teachers gather around a table. They're here, in part, because a year ago, things at Digital Harbor were anything quiet.

Turkish Kurds fear a return to the bad old days

Aug 6, 2015
Marine Olivesi

There little question that Turkey is a mess these days. The government in Ankara had avoided getting involved in the fighting next door in Syria, and it had maintained a two-year ceasefire with a Kurdish rebel group called the PKK.

But now the Turkish government — especially its air force — is finding itself fighting against both the Kurdish group and ISIS-inspired Islamic insurgents.

Perhaps no one examplifies the sad state of affairs more than Mehmet Uyar.

REUTERS/Mohamed Mounzer Masri

Let's not mince words about the Obama administration's plan to train moderate Syrian to fight against the Islamic State.

"Objectively, it's been a disaster," says Mike Giglio, a reporter with BuzzFeed who has spoken to some of the fighters.

The program was announced more than a year ago, in response to the Islamic State's expansions in Iraq. "There was this big outcry domestically and internationally 'what are you going to do to stop these guys?'" he says.