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A luxury city shows blueprint for Syria’s rebuilding plans

  DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — At a building site in Damascus, trucks and bulldozers zigzag back and forth ferrying sand and stones for a luxury development of residential high-rises and shopping centers. The area was up until recently a working-class neighborhood of informal settlements and irregular housing running through orchards …

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Opinion: Hope for Afghanistan’s democracy lies with voters

  Afghan voters have shown their democratic determination by voting in parliamentary elections at the risk of their lives. It’s state authorities and US policy toward the Taliban hindering democracy, says Florian Weigand. Is democracy possible in Afghanistan? Absolutely, judging by the country’s electorate. DW correspondents and Afghan media outlets …

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Gaza toll rises to 60 as fresh protests against Israel gather

Palestinians were gathering Tuesday for fresh protests along the Gaza border, a day after Israeli forces killed dozens there as the US embassy opened in Jerusalem on what was the conflict’s bloodiest day in years. Palestinians on Tuesday marked the Nakba, or “catastrophe”, commemorating the more than 700,000 Palestinians who …

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Dubai: Can the city of black gold go green?

In just a few decades, Dubai has gone from sleepy fishing village to glittering metropolis, complete with some of the largest shopping malls in the world and indoor ski slopes. The boom has been fuelled by oil, first discovered in the United Arab Emirates in the late 1950s. But now, …

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Pentagon issues warning over running app used by soldiers

The Pentagon said Monday it was reviewing soldiers’ contributions to a “Global Heat Map” posted by Strava Labs, a San Francisco-based firm that collects data worldwide from joggers, cyclists and other athletes out exercising. On Sunday, the Washington Post reported that the map – combining satellite position (GPS) fixings plus …

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