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Allentown Syrians divided on Trump travel ban

PBS NewsHour

MEGAN THOMPSON: Syrian refugee Mohamad Taleb and his 7-year-old son Obaida are learning English at this class for refugees in eastern Pennsylvania. Taleb arrived in the United States a year and a half ago with his wife and four children. They settled in Allentown, about 60 miles northwest of Philadelphia, and far from the violence at home. MOHAMAD TALEB (VOICE OF INTERPRETER): It's such a rough thing to be in the middle of war and destruction and watch children dying in front of you. You just want to escape with your children.

In Pennsylvania, Syrians react to Trump's immigration ban

PBS NewsHour

George Khallouf, who emigrated to the United States more than 40 years ago, favors a recent executive order issued by President Donald Trump, that bans Syrian refugees for an indeterminate amount of time. He is shown here at his home with a photo of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in the background, along with a picture of Trump, both of whom he supports, and American and Syrian flags. Allentown, Pennsylvania and the surrounding Lehigh County are home to one of the largest Syrian communities in the United States, with roots in the region dating back at least 100 years, and dozens flooding in more recently during Syria's six-year civil war. President Donald Trump's executive order last week banning refugees and immigrants from seven countries, including Syria, has ignited mixed feelings among some of the 4,200 Syrian residents who live in this area. During a recent interview in his suburban home outside Allentown, his kitchen was adorned with a large photo of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and a smaller image of Trump.

Artificial Intelligence That Sees All Human Faces, with Taleb Alashkar, AlgoFace


Sign in to report inappropriate content. AlgoFace co-founder Taleb Alashkar speaks on Artificial Intelligence That Sees All Human Faces at the May 5, 2020 Emotion AI Conference (

The Curse of the Bell Curve – Part 2


The'Bell curve' or the'Gaussian bell curve' is one of the fundamental concepts on which most of the statistical analysis is based. From social sciences to astronomy to financial services- most of the application of statistics in the real world relies on the assumption that the data being analysed is distributed in the shape of the bell curve. In the last article we discussed the usefulness of the Bell curve. It helps us simplify things and use rules to understand distributions. In this article, we will discuss how these same qualities of the bell curve that make it so tempting and useful can also be a curse.

3 Mississippians Accused of Killing Louisiana Shop Worker

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The Washington Parish Sheriff's Office says surveillance video shows Taleb working outside when the three suspects pulled into the gas station's parking lot. It says two of them got out of the vehicle with shotguns and confronted Taleb. It says they then walked past Taleb and robbed the store before fleeing the scene. They were caught days later in Alabama.