Middle East Violence Mars Improving World Peace Outlook

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Syrians gather at the site of a double car bomb attack in the Al-Zahraa neighbourhood of the central Syrian city of Homs on February 21, 2016.

Photographer: Stringer/AFP via Getty Images

Violence in the Middle East increased last year, while the rest of the world largely got safer, underscoring a “global inequality in peace,” according to an annual study.

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