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5 reasons to worry about Syria, Iraq
Events in Iraq and Syria have alarmed U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder.(7/23/2014 4:27:07 PM)
Syria says hopes new peace mediator will be fair
Syria urged a newly appointed international mediator to be "objective and honest" as he seeks an end to the country's civil war, Syrian state television reported on Wednesday. It was Damascus's first reaction to the appointment of Staffan de Mistura by United Nations chief Ban Ki-moon two weeks ago, shortly after President Bashar al-Assad was re-elected in a June 3 poll. A U.N. official for 30 ...(7/23/2014 7:33:34 AM)
Polio still threatens Middle East after Syria, Iraq cases: U.N.
By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA (Reuters) - Thirty-six children in Syria and two in Iraq have been paralyzed by polio since October, and the risk of the virus spreading further in the Middle East remains high, U.N. aid agencies said on Tuesday. A crippling and incurable disease, polio erupted in October in the northeast province of Deir al-Zor, marking Syria's first outbreak since 1999. The two ...(7/22/2014 11:34:49 AM)
Jihadists organise tours in their Syria, Iraq 'caliphate'
Known for kidnapping, public stonings, lashings and executions, the Islamic State (IS) is now expanding into tourism, taking jihadists on honeymoon and civilians to visit other parts of its "caliphate". Running twice-weekly tours from Syria's Raqa to Iraq's Anbar, IS' buses fly the group's black flag and play jihadist songs throughout the journey. One of the first clients was Chechen jihadist ...(7/22/2014 11:16:08 PM)
Syria war causes $21.4 bn losses to oil industry
Syria's oil and gas industries have suffered total losses of $21.4 billion since the outbreak of the country's war three years ago, Oil Minister Suleiman Abbas said Tuesday. "The circumstances the country is going through have caused considerable losses to the oil and gas sectors," said Abbas in a statement. Abbas said the war had caused a $3.5 billion direct loss, in terms of stolen and wasted ...(7/22/2014 10:32:35 AM)
Malaysia Airlines flight over Syria reflects war zone challenge
Malaysia Airlines rerouted a flight over Syria on Sunday after its usual path over Ukraine was closed, reflecting the challenges airlines face in finding conflict-free routes between Asia and Europe. After Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 was shot down Thursday by a ground-to-air missile in eastern Ukraine, airlines began to avoid the airspace above where the Ukrainian military has been fighting ...(7/21/2014 4:45:30 PM)
Syria rebels press bid to expel jihadists from Damascus area
Rebels have expelled jihadists from four areas in the Damascus region, after having lost territory to the Islamic State in the north and east of Syria, a monitoring group said Monday. IS, meanwhile, has started selling Syrian oil to Iraqi businessmen, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. On the diplomatic front, Foreign Minister Walid Muallem told his Russian counterpart he was ...(7/21/2014 12:59:41 PM)
Syria says crisis has cost its oil sector $23.5 bln
(Adds context, details) BEIRUT, July 22 (Reuters) - Syria's oil sector has lost around $23.5 billion due to damage to facilities and pipelines, looting and production delays since the start of the country's crisis in 2011 and output has fallen sharply, Syria's oil minister said. Syria is not a significant oil producer and has not exported any crude since late 2011, when international sanctions ...(7/22/2014 10:01:56 AM)
UN in Syria vaccination drive against polio
The United Nations called for help Tuesday to vaccinate 765,000 young Syrian children against polio in a bid to prevent a resurgence of the crippling disease across the restive Middle East. "Inside Syria, 765,000 children under the age of five live in hard-to-reach areas where conflict and restriction make it extremely difficult to reach them with humanitarian assistance including regular access ...(7/22/2014 11:47:32 AM)
Syria fly-over sparks fresh criticism of Malaysia Airlines
Embattled Malaysia Airlines faced fresh outrage Tuesday as it confirmed one of its planes flew over war-torn Syria, just days after the MH17 disaster laid bare the risks civilian aircraft face in flying over war zones. The Malaysian flag carrier confirmed that flight MH4, bound from London for Kuala Lumpur on Sunday, re-routed over Syria following the closure of the flight's usual route over ...(7/22/2014 1:03:38 PM)
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