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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.

Aid groups appeal for end to Gaza blockade

Paris - Some 35 aid groups from around the world, including ActionAid and Oxfam, launched a joint call Wednesday to end Israel's blockade of the Gaza Strip, which is in dire need of reconstruction.

Palestinians lay first brick for Gaza reconstruction

Gaza - Palestinian housing minister Mufid al-Hasayneh laid a brick Wednesday for the first Gaza home to be rebuilt since the Israel-Hamas war a year ago, as frustration mounts over the slow pace of reconstruction.

NGOs condemn donors over slow Gaza reconstruction

Paris - Six months after donors pledged billions of dollars (euros) for devastated Gaza, most of the money remains blocked, and reconstruction efforts are painfully slow, a coalition of aid groups said Monday.

UN halts Gaza house repairs saying donors failed to pay up

Gaza - The UN agency for Palestinian refugees said on Tuesday that it cannot afford to repair Gaza homes damaged in last year's war with Israel because donors have failed to pay.

Making facial transplants easier

Several facial transplants have been successfully completed. One of the on-going concerns is rejection by the recipient. Scientists have a new insight on the rejection process.

Haiti marks fourth anniversary of quake that killed 250,000

Port-au-prince - Haiti marked four years on Sunday since a violent earthquake shattered the impoverished nation, which is still struggling to recover from the widespread devastation that killed 250,000 people.

Four years after earthquake, Haiti still in ruins

Port-au-prince - Four years after Haiti was hit by a violent earthquake, the dragging pace of reconstruction is nowhere more apparent than the capital, where its landmark presidential palace and cathedral remain in ruins.

Op-Ed: Hockey sticks and climate change, what's the connection?

U.N. climate talks were initiated in 1992, when scientists warned we were pumping CO2 and other gases into the atmosphere at alarming rates. With the Warsaw talks nearing an end today, the world's still in a quandary over climate change and its effects.

Three years after quake, Haitians continue to suffer in camps

Three years after Haiti was hit by a disastrous earthquake, over 358,000 people continue to live in makeshift camps spread around Port-au-Prince, where they remain exposed to crime and diseases, such as the cholera outbreak affecting the country.

Penn's profanity-laden speech and Haiti's reconstruction efforts

Since the devastating 2010 earthquake that hit Haiti, actor and activist Sean Penn has been constantly involved in assisting the Caribbean country’s recovery.

Contemplation, connection, and hope at the 9/11 Memorial Special

New York - The tenth anniversary of the terrorist attacks of 9/11 came and went in September. I'd been avoiding going to the memorial - until recently. I'm glad I did.

After Libyan conflict, race is on for Libyan oil

Tripoli - Libya is positioning itself as for an economic revival after recent social unrest is leading to an apparent regime change, with five international oil companies already back in the country, having resumed operations to get its oil into their pipelines.

US cannot account for billions of Iraq reconstruction dollars

The US Department of Defence can't account for $8.7 billion which were supposed to go toward reconstruction in Iraq. No central organization oversaw how the funds were dispersed.

Development and Aid in Haiti: Looking into the shadows Part I

Curtained behind the bloated non-profit sector working in Haiti are the for-profit corporations who work for USAID. Not much is known about the for-profits because they are accountable only to the organizations that give them funding.

'Don't forget Haiti,' relief organizations urge

Port-au-prince - It's been four months since Haiti was hit with a devastating earthquake. In spite of millions of dollars given to Haiti and relief organizations to help the quake-struck victims, reconstruction is slow and difficult.

Billions pledged to Haiti for rebuilding, will poverty end too?

A meeting of the world at the United Nations Wednesday saw nations pledging billions to Haiti for reconstruction. The pledges will cover the first 18 months of reconstruction in all sectors.

Saving Haiti, your donations at work Special

On January 12, 2010, a 7.0 earthquake hit Haiti, with devastating results in the capital city, Port-au-Prince and surrounding towns and villages. Millions of impoverished Haitians were left without homes.

Canada seeks lead role in Haiti reconstruction

Canadian Ambassador Gilles Rivard met with Haitian Prime Minister Jean-Marc Bellerive to discuss Canada's role in Haiti's reconstruction.

Op-Ed: Message to Congress: Apologize for Slavery and Reconstruction Special

America elected an African American as President. Even as suspicion and distrust arose in the South, the aftermath of election could be used for healing. That’s because reconstruction as well as slavery needs to be part of an apology.
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