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Solar solution brings water to besieged Syria town

Douma lies outside the capital Damascus, in the rebel stronghold of Eastern Ghouta, and has been under a suffocating government siege since 2013. Residents have had no electricity for four years, relying instead on generators for everything from lighting to refrigeration. But the siege also means generator fuel is expensive …

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In Syria, night is a friend to anti-ISIL fighters

RAQQA // Faced with an onslaught of armed drones, mortar rounds and snipers, US-backed fighters in Syria’s Raqqa say the cover of night is a good ally against ISIL. The Syrian Democratic Forces are battling to throw the extremists out of the northern city after breaking into its first neighbourhood …

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Two Emiratis killed in Oman bus-lorry crash

MUSCAT // Eight people, including two Emiratis, were killed in central Oman on Thursday when the bus they were travelling in collided with a trailer lorry. Police said six of the fatalities were Yemenis and two were from the UAE. Twelve people were also injured in the accident which occurred …

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World in focus – best photos for June 15, 2017

Muslim girls attend a yoga lesson at a school ahead of International Yoga Day in Ahmedabad, India. Amit Dave / Reuters People travel to work in Colombo. Dinuka Liyanawatte / Reuters A Muslim man prays at a mosque in Kalutara, Sri Lanka. Dinuka Liyanawatte / Reuters Texas Rangers’ Jonathan Lucroy …

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