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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.

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.
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