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NATO-led Kosovo Force (KFOR) soldiers rest after taking part in a crowd and riot control exercise near the town of Ferizaj on August 29, 2014. Despite the deteriorating situation in the Middle East and Ukraine, NATO does not plan to reduce the number of its peacekeeping troops in Kosovo.

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NATO-led Kosovo Force (KFOR) soldiers rest after taking part in a crowd and riot control exercise near the town of Ferizaj on Friday

aerial view of the flooded city of Obrenovac,

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The flooded city of Obrenovac, 40 km from Belgrade. At least 34 people have died and tens of thousands have been evacuated throughout Serbia and Bosnia as the emergency services battle overflowing rivers and landslides following the worst floods in a century.

Syrian children try to stay warm near an open fire in front of their unheated tents in a refugee camp in the town of Harmanli, Bulgaria. Thousands of Syrian and other refugees from the Middle East, Asia and Africa, who find enough courage to make a dangerous journey from their war-ravaged states, often end up in the crammed settlements in the Balkans, including Bulgaria, Greece or Serbia, after being caught on the borders of wealthy Western European nations for attempting to cross illegally.

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Refugee children from Syria try to stay warm near an open fire in front of their unheated tents in a refugee camp in the town of Harmanli, Bulgaria