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Retaken but not rebuilt: Syria's Raqa a year after IS ouster

Ak - All day, dinghies cross the Euphrates River to shuttle residents into the pulverised cityscape of Syria's Raqa, where bridges, homes, and schools remain gutted by the offensive against the Islamic State group.

US says no Syria reconstruction aid if Iran stays

Washington - The United States said Wednesday it will refuse any post-war reconstruction assistance to Syria if Iran is present, expanding the rationale for US involvement in the conflict.

Russia at UN makes case for Syria reconstruction aid

New York - Russia on Friday urged world powers to help Syria's economic recovery and the return of refugees as its Damascus ally pressed on with a campaign to re-take territory in the seven-year war.

Street by street, gutted Syrian town begins modest reconstruction

Harasta - Khaled's delicate hands were accustomed to cutting and styling hair in his Syrian hometown Harasta. Now, they're hauling concrete and sweeping floors to repair homes ravaged by years of fighting.

Years after IS, Syrian Kurds rebuild Kobane alone

Yildiz - After giving up on getting help from Syrian Kurdish authorities, Ahmed Saleh relied on relatives abroad to repair his home in Kobane after it was heavily damaged in a battle against jihadists.

Nearly a year since fall of Iraq's Mosul, hunt for bodies goes on

Mosul - Atop an enormous mound of rubble under blistering sun in Iraq's second city Mosul, fire crews and police chip away at a grim but vital task.

Iraq to rebuild iconic Mosul mosque destroyed in IS fight

Baghdad - The United Arab Emirates and Iraq on Monday launched a joint effort to reconstruct Mosul's Great Mosque of al-Nuri and its iconic leaning minaret, ravaged last year during battles to retake the city from jihadists.

Baghdad's infrastructure in ruins 15 years after Saddam fell

Baghdad - After the US-led invasion of Iraq in 2003 there were hopes its millennium-old capital Baghdad could rise again from the ashes, but construction sites have remained idle as if time stood still.

Iraq force that helped beat IS turns to reconstruction

Qurnah - Three months ago, Ibrahim Ali was using his digger to smash down defensive embankments built by Islamic State group jihadists in northern Iraq.

Donors pledge $30 bn for Iraq reconstruction at Kuwait conference

Kuwait City - Governments, global funds, organisations and investors on Wednesday pledged billions of dollars in loans and investment for the reconstruction of Iraq, a nation reeling from a three-year war against the Islamic State group.

$30 bn pledged for Iraq reconstruction: Kuwait FM

Kuwait City - Iraq received pledges Wednesday totalling $30 billion at an international conference for reconstruction of the war-torn country, the host Kuwait announced.

Turkey pledges $5 bn for Iraq reconstruction: minister

Kuwait City - Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu on Wednesday pledged $5 billion in loans and investment for Iraq's reconstruction after its devastating three-year war with the Islamic State group.

Tillerson says end of combat does not spell end of IS

Kuwait City - Washington's top envoy Tuesday called on allies to keep fighting the Islamic State group, saying that the end of major combat did not mean "enduring defeat" of the extremists.

US envoy Tillerson calls on allies to keep fighting IS

Kuwait City - Washington's top envoy Tuesday called on allies to keep fighting the Islamic State group, saying the end of major combat did not mean "enduring defeat" of the extremists.

War-battered Iraq says it's 'open for investors'

Kuwait City - War-battered Iraq sought Tuesday to attract international investors to rebuild the country after defeating the Islamic State group, offering hundreds of projects and touting extensive legal guarantees.

Devastated Iraq seeks $90 billion for reconstruction

Kuwait City - Iraq needs nearly $90 billion to rebuild after three years of war with the Islamic State group, officials said Monday, with large parts of the country in ruins and tens of thousands left homeless.

Iraq seeks $88.2 bln for reconstruction: minister

Kuwait City - Iraq needs $88.2 billion to rebuild after years of war against the Islamic State group, Planning Minister Salman al-Jumaili said Monday, as an international conference on the country's reconstruction opened in Kuwait.

Baghdad mayor has ambitious plans for her city

Baghdad - The mayor of Baghdad wants to revive her war-torn city, fix its decrepit infrastructure and twin it with Paris -- another female-led metropolis.

Mosul's old heart in ruins six months after IS ousted

Mosul - Along the waterfront of the Tigris river in Iraq's war-torn Mosul, gaping holes in hotel walls reveal little but enormous heaps of rubble.

IS long gone, but former Iraqi oil hub still dead

Bayji - A white rocking horse and a child's toy car lie abandoned on a dusty lane in the Iraqi city of Baiji, a small sign of the ruin that can be seen all around.

Fears of bombs, IS cells haunt Mosul months after 'liberation'

Mosul - Hussein Faleh has only one dream: to return to his home in the ravaged Old City of Iraq's Mosul.

Iraq faces vast challenges securing, rebuilding Mosul

Mosul - With Mosul in ruins and nearly a million displaced, Iraq now faces the enormous task of restoring order and rebuilding its second city after driving out Islamic State group jihadists.

After the battle: Mosul looks to rise from the ashes

Mosul - The battle over, it's now time to start rebuilding Iraq's second city, parts of which were literally flattened during the offensive against holed up jihadists of the Islamic State group.

West Mosul residents start mammoth task of rebuilding

Mosul - Near Mosul's war-ravaged historic heart, Maher Al-Nejmawi watches a worker repainting his long-abandoned stall. Residents of Iraq's second city are trying to put their lives back together after months of fighting."Here, a car bomb exploded.

Fort McMurray recovery from 2016 forest fire plods along

Fort Mcmurray - A few late-season snowflakes flutter over Fort McMurray, their whiteness contrasting against surrounding forests blackened one year ago by the most destructive wildfire in Canadian history.

Aleppo: the massive task of rebuilding a shattered city

Aleppo - Midnight means lights out in Syria's Aleppo: as the clock strikes 12, overworked power generators shut off across the city, plunging war-ravaged neighbourhoods and heritage sites into darkness.

Italy PM vows to restore quake towns to former glory

Rome - Picturesque hamlets devastated by Italy's deadly earthquake will be restored to their former glory, Prime Minister Matteo Renzi said Friday, a month after the disaster which claimed nearly 300 lives.

Grim search for bodies continues in earthquake-hit central Italy

Amatrice - Searchers are looking for at least 10 residents missing in the wreckage of Amatrice following last week's powerful earthquake that killed hundreds of people and destroyed several historic towns in Italy's central mountains, 65 miles east of Rome.

Homeless Gazans struggle during harsh winter

Khan Yunis - Azza al-Najjar struggles in vain to keep her two-year-old warm by wrapping him in blankets in her prefabricated metal home as a winter storm lashes the Gaza Strip."The cold increases the suffering of people here," the 24-year-old mother says.

Six years after devastating Haiti quake, risks still high

Port-au-prince - Six years after Haiti was devastated by a magnitude-seven earthquake, the government seismologist who predicted it warns little has been done to protect people in the likely event of a repeat disaster.
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