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In pictures: Bethlehem under threat

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Stories of hope and resilience in Syria

“I have seen so many people suffer. I want to come up with solutions; I want to help.” Farsidheh, 15

In the three years since Syria’s brutal civil war began, the efforts of ordinary Syrians to support each other and rebuild their lives have often been overlooked. Here we highlight some of hopeful stories that rarely make the headlines.

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Elders in Iran: encouraging openness and trust

“We believe very firmly that it is possible for all of God’s children to live harmoniously together.” Desmond Tutu

A delegation of Elders visited Tehran in January 2014 for a series of meetings with the Iranian leadership.

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“Reconciliation is a long-term process, not an event”

Kofi Annan visited Côte d’Ivoire last month to assess the country’s progress since the post-election violence of 2010-11. While welcoming promising signs of economic recovery, he urged Ivorians to work together to build an inclusive future and prepare for peaceful elections in 2015.

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Listening to the people transforming Myanmar

During the first Elders delegation to Myanmar in September 2013, Jimmy Carter, Martti Ahtisaari and Gro Harlem Brundtland heard a range of perspectives on the country's political transition, from President Thein Sein to the leaders of the 1988 democracy movement.

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20 years after Oslo: facts on the ground

The 1993 Oslo Accords were a landmark peace agreement, establishing the two-state solution as the formula for ending the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. But they deferred the most important and difficult issues: the status of Jerusalem; refugees and the right of return; Israeli settlements; security; and borders.

Twenty years on, we look at where these issues stand and what challenges remain before a peaceful resolution can finally be negotiated.

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Peace, power and patriarchy in Africa’s Great Lakes

“Women can no longer accept peace deals that reward the men who raped them with a position in the army. Impunity only leads to more sexual violence.” Gogo Kavira, eastern Congo

From community leaders and journalists to female army generals, women across Africa’s Great Lakes region are working together to build peace and hold their governments to account. Here they speak out on the struggle for equality, security and justice.

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Glimmers of hope: Elders talk peace in Washington and London

The Elders concluded their visit to Washington DC and London encouraged and impressed by US efforts to revive the Middle East peace process. During a series of high-level meetings, media interviews and public debates, they discussed the prospects for peace in Israel-Palestine and in neighbouring Syria.