‘Within a week, 150,000 refugees from Syria streamed into Turkey, adding to the million-plus refugees Turkey has accommodated in the three-and-a-half years since the devastating conflict in Syria began.’ Above, Syrian refugees cross the Syrian-Turkish border near Sanliurfa, Turkey, on September 26th. Photograph: EPA/Sedat Suna

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