Germany, the U.S. and Turkey saw the most applications.
There's a lack of respect among warring sides for the protected status of water, according to the Red Cross.
A drought blamed on climate change caused demographic shifts that set the stage for conflict.
Socialist chairman denounces Assad as 'a butcher' after French cross-party delegation visits Damascus this week.
The lawyers, who documented abuses in Syria, are being held by opposing sides in the country's ongoing conflict.
The Republican-led House Committee on Homeland Security says it could allow potential terrorists to sneak into the country.
There are now over 20,000 foreigners who have joined Sunni militant groups in Middle East.
The trainers will work with moderate Syrian opposition forces who will battle Islamic State fighters, the Pentagon said on Friday.
About 13.6 million people, equivalent to the population of London, have been displaced by conflicts in Syria and Iraq, and many are without food or shelter as winter starts, the U.N. refugee agency UNHCR said on Tuesday.