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July 10, 2017
In IS-held Raqa, parched civilians risk lives for water
Beirut (AFP) July 8, 2017
Syria's Raqa once thrived on the banks of the gushing Euphrates River, but dire shortages in the Islamic State group stronghold are forcing desperate civilians to risk their lives for water. The northern city has been without steady running water for several weeks after damage to pipelines by heavy bombardment, including suspected strikes by the US-led coalition. Civilians dehydrated by the blistering summer heat are venturing out to the Euphrates and makeshift wells around the city. But as ... read more

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China lowers number of missing in landslide to 73
The number of people missing from a huge landslide that buried a mountain village in southwest China last weekend has been revised down from 93 to 73, authorities said Tuesday. ... more
Hopes dim in search for 93 missing in China landslide
Rescuers kept digging through rocks and earth for more than 90 people still missing Sunday after a huge landslide entombed a village in southwest China, but some relatives lost hope of finding them alive. ... more
Hopes dim in search for 118 buried by China landslide
Rescuers dug through earth and rocks for a second day on Sunday in an increasingly bleak search for some 118 people still missing after their village in southwest China vanished under a huge landslide. ... more
Kurdish designers bring fight with IS to Paris catwalk
Dilan Lurr and his sister Lezan often ask themselves where would they be now if their parents had not left Iraq when they were children. ... more
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