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Russia says Will Need U.N. Guarantee For New Aleppo Humanitarian Pauses

MOSCOW, Nov 12 – The Russian Defence Ministry said on Saturday it would need the U.N. mission in Syria to formally confirm its ability to deliver aid to eastern Aleppo before Moscow agreed to any new humanitarian pauses in fighting in the shattered Syrian city. Moscow says previous temporary ceasefires on the ground, called to

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Jazz in the Time of War in Iraq

High notes and low notes at Sulaimania’s first and only jazz BISTRO By Tanya Goudsouzian and Lara Fatah The only way to describe the opening of Uptown Jazz in the Iraqi Kurdish city of Sulaimania last September, is to call it an act of rebellion. In a country where the typical live music cafés feature Middle

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Disease Stalks Yemen as Hospitals, Clinics Devastated by War: WHO

LONDON – More than half of war-battered Yemen‘s hospitals and clinics are closed or only partially functioning, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Monday, warning a lack of adequate health services was increasing the risk of disease outbreaks. Only 45 percent of 3,507 health facilities surveyed by WHO were fully functional and accessible, while

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Blood, Dirt and Bombs: Battle for Mosul is Fierce Urban War

By Michael Georgy MOSUL, Iraq, Nov 4 – As Iraqi troops battled to gain ground a few streets away, soldiers in the Mosul district of Intisar wrapped a wounded and bloodied colleague in a blanket, lifted him off his Humvee, and sped him away from the frontlines for treatment. Heavy shooting and mortar fire shook

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The Real War-Torn Yemen

A bleak future awaits Yemenis who’ve been impoverished by armed conflicts By Yasser Rayes  In 2014, Iran-backed Houthi rebels (also known as Ansar Allah) launched an offensive that took over most of northern Yemen, an event which was followed by a series of negotiations under pressure from neighboring countries to back off. One year later, on March

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The Disappeared: Victims of the Lebanese Civil War

The mothers of those who disappeared during the Lebanese Civil War have never stopped searching for their loved ones, even after some 41 years have passed since they last saw or heard from them. Learn more: http://owl.li/Zthtk Social Streams

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Syrian Superbugs: The End of Antibiotics

Bashar Al Assad’s war in Syria could produce something far more deadly than DAESH: the end of antibiotics BY Peter Schwartzstein Mohammed Abu Ara is the face of a grave new threat, but propped up on his bed in an airy segregated hospital ward in Jordan, there’s not a hint of menace about him. With his

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UK, France Stick to Calais Migrant Deal “Now and When” Britain Leaves EU

PARIS, Aug 30- British and French interior ministers agreed on Tuesday to develop cooperation “now and when the United Kingdom leaves the EU” to address challenges posed by flows of migrants to the European Union. Britain’s new interior minister, Amber Rudd, came to Paris to meet her French counterpart, seeking assurances on a deal which

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Yemen’s Exiled Government Welcomes U.S. Plan for Restart of Peace Talks

ABU DHABI, Aug 28 – Yemen’s Saudi-backed exiled government said on Saturday it welcomed a plan agreed by the United States, Gulf Arab states and the United Nations to restart peace talks with a goal of forming a unity government. U.N.-sponsored negotiations to end 18 months of fighting in the impoverished country on Saudi Arabia’s

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Iraq’s Youth Orchestra – A Musical Dream That Shattered

By Anna MacSwan LONDON, Aug 28 – For nearly six years, young Iraqis defied the war, coming from all over the country to play in an orchestra, but the emergence of Daesh has dashed their dream of making music to bridge deadly sectarian divides. The Iraqi National Youth Orchestra’s story is told in a memoir by Paul

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