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Facing new flight, Turkish Kurds in Iraq long for home HAJYAWA: Families who once fled a Turkish crackdown on Kurdish rebels in the 1990s now languish in a mosque in northern Iraq after escaping from brutal militants, longing to return home.They lived as refugees in Makhmur, a town in northern Iraq, until the Islamic State (IS) militant group, which spearheaded a militant offensive that has overrun large areas of Iraq, forced them to leave.Hundreds of thousands of people across northern Iraq have fled violence which has seen members of minority groups face kidnapping and death, but for these Kurdish families, it is not the first time they have been displaced."I have suffered displacement a total of nine times in my life. I've been a refugee for 20 years," says Ramazan Mohammed Khalil, a 47-year-old father of six who lived in Makhmur alongside some 10,000 other Kurds from Turkey.Makhmur is now a ghost town, inhabited only by fighters from the Kurdistan ...

Arab meet in Geneva for Palestinian protection ISLAMABAD: A host of Arab officials are scheduled to hold talks on Thursday with Swiss government officials on a Palestinian request to provide international protection for the Palestinian people against Israeli attacks.According to a statement from the pan-Arab body, an Arab delegation would meet with officials from Switzerland, which is the depository for Geneva Conventions, to discuss a request by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to provide international protection for the Palestinians against Israeli "aggression", ...
Pregnant woman, three children among six dead in Gaza strike GAZA CITY: An Israeli air strike Wednesday on a house in the Gaza Strip town of Deir el-Balah killed a pregnant woman, three young children and two male relatives, emergency services said. They named the dead as Rafat Aloah, 32, three of his children, his brother Mohammed 21 and the woman, Nabilah Aloah, whose relationship to the others was not immediately clear.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2014 ...
Abbas to meet Qatar emir, Hamas's Meshaal in Doha Thursday DOHA: Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas will travel to Doha on Wednesday and hold talks the next day with the emir of Qatar and Hamas exiled leader Khaled Meshaal, the Palestinian ambassador in Qatar said.Abbas's visit to Qatar was initially announced for Monday by Palestinian officials who are in Cairo for indirect talks with Israel on a lasting truce in Gaza.Abbas will on Thursday discuss separately with Meshaal and Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani latest developments ...
UN offers to monitor Gaza construction material UNITED NATIONS: The United Nations is ready to check imports of construction material sent to Gaza in order to ease Israel's concerns that supplies could be used to rebuild Hamas tunnels, a UN envoy said Monday.UN Mideast envoy Robert Serry told the UN Security Council that reconstruction of Gaza remained the main priority once a durable ceasefire is agreed between Hamas and Israel."Construction material must be allowed into Gaza to this effect aggregate, bar and ...
Donor conference in Cairo once lasting truce in Gaza: Norway OSLO: International donors will meet in Cairo to pledge funds for the reconstruction of Gaza as soon as a lasting ceasefire is reached between Israel and the Palestinians, Norway announced on Monday.The funds raised under the aegis of Egypt and Norway will be released to Palestinian Authority president Mahmud Abbas, said Norwegian Foreign Minister Boerge Brende, whose country heads the international coordination committee for aid to the Palestinians.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2014 ...
Israel warns on security as Gaza truce talks resume JERUSALEM: Israel warned on Sunday it would refuse any long-term truce deal that failed to satisfy its security needs as Gaza ceasefire talks resumed in Cairo. Egyptian-brokered indirect negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians are taking place during a five-day lull in the fighting that is due to expire at midnight (2100 GMT) on Monday.The aim is to broker a long-term arrangement to halt over a month of bloody fighting which erupted on July 8 ...


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Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
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