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Iraq: Political Butterfly Lands the Top Job

Iraq: Political Butterfly Lands the Top Job

Defying the doom-mongers who claim that Iraq is paralyzed by its internal divisions, the political establishment in Baghdad has just forged a compromise on both the presidency and the premiership ending weeks of intense political maneuvering. Although the presidency is a largely ceremonial post u

Aid Groups Now Using the Same Data Technology as Bitcoin

Aid Groups Now Using the Same Data Technology as Bitcoin

In the Za'atari refugee camp in Jordan, Amar Al-Eid heads toward the checkout of the food distribution store carrying supplies for his two children. The shopkeeper raises a black box to his face and scans the Syrian refugee's iris.

Can Iraq's New Leaders Deliver Stability after Months of Deadlock?

The election of a respected Kurdish politician as Iraq's new president and his designation of a compromise figure as premier gives the country a fighting chance of achieving stability after years of sectarian bloodshed, war and economic turmoil, said a Reuters report on Wednesday. President Barha

In Abandoned Villa, Syrian Children Study on the Ground

In Abandoned Villa, Syrian Children Study on the Ground

In rebel-held northern Syria, displaced children sit or lie on the ground of an unfinished villa, bending over their notebooks to apply themselves as they write the day's lesson. Four teachers instruct around 100 children -- girls and boys aged six to 12 -- at the makeshift school in an oppositio

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