Today's Takeaways: A Refugee's Story, The Man Big Banks Fear, and A Student's Push for Graduation

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Wednesday, July 02, 2014

Christian Raja (L), of Brooklyn, reacts while watching the United States versus Belgium game in the World Cup on a projected screen under the Manhattan Bridge on July 1, 2014. (Andrew Burton/Getty)

1. Syria's Refugee Crisis: One of Six Million Stories | 2. Meet the Man Big Banks Fear the Most | 3. U.S. Foreign-Born Population at All-Time High | 4. One Student's Final Push to Graduation

Syria's Refugee Crisis: One of Six Million Stories

 The United Nations Human Rights Council estimates that more than 6 million Syrians have been displaced as a result of the war. We bring you just one story of all those countless tales of devastation, heartache, and loss. Here, a Syrian refugee describes the homeland he's left. 


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Meet the Man Big Banks Fear the Most

Benjamin Lawsky, the Superintendent of Financial Services for the State of New York, might just be the man that big banks fear the most. He helped bring a criminal case against France's biggest bank, levying the largest and most substantial fine against a bank in history.

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Thousands Protest in Hong Kong

Promises of autonomy have remained largely unfulfilled, which has triggered annual protests in Hong Kong every year on July 1. This week, hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets of Hong Kong to demand democracy in one of the largest marches in Hong Kong’s history. 

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Has American Soccer Finally Won?

Belgium defeated the U.S. Tuesday evening in a heartbreaker, knocking the team out of World Cup competition. But despite the loss, the U.S. may have won something bigger - Americans may finally have fallen in love with soccer.

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U.S. Foreign-Born Population at All-Time High

Every year on the Fourth of July, at some point between the cookouts and the fireworks, thousands of foreign-born residents across the United States become citizens through annual naturalization ceremonies. With the Fourth just around the corner, we take a closer look at immigration patterns over the past five years.


The Final Push to Graduation

Danielle Motindabeka has overcome incredible odds to succeed in the United States—she has learned English and made a home here. She tried very hard to graduate high school, and the last test she needed is one she's failed three times.

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