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Gaza’s wasteland seen via bicycle after six months of war

Gaza Reuters Before the Gaza war erupted, the tiny enclave run by the Palestinian militant group Hamas was impoverished and densely populated, but full of life – restaurants, shops, makeshift soccer pitches, universities and hospitals. Six months after the conflict began, Reuters cameramen took bicycle rides along its ruined streets to gauge the destruction left […]

Returning to ruined city, Libyan family struggles to rebuild

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Sirte, LibyaReuters Displaced for years by war, the Mokhtar family is set on reoccupying their home in Libya’s ruined city of Sirte but bitter that they are repairing the shell-cratered apartment with almost no help. The central coastal city, once home to 80,000, was smashed repeatedly as it passed from one side to another in […]

Israel-Hamas ceasefire holds, UN to launch Gaza aid appeal

Gaza Palestinians conflict aftermath

Jerusalem/Gaza Reuters A ceasefire between Israel and Hamas held into a third day on Sunday as mediators spoke to all sides about extending the period of calm after the worst outbreak of fighting in years. Egyptian mediators have been shuttling between Israel and the Gaza Strip, which is ruled by Hamas, to try to sustain […]

Climate change is taking its toll on Greek monuments, say scientists

Greek Monuments

Athens, GreeceReuters Climate change is threatening ancient Greek monuments, among them the Acropolis, one of the most-visited archaeological sites in the world, scientists said. Air pollution and acid rain are eroding marbles, while extreme weather phenomena such as droughts or torrential rains have led ancient walls and temples to develop structural problems. People make their […]