Lebanese leaders rally late to drive up voter turnout

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Low numbers worried politicians who made last-minute calls for citizens to vote Lebanese officials count votes at a polling centre in Beirut after polling stations closed for Lebanon’s first parliamentary elections in nine years on May 6, 2018. Polling stations closed after 12 hours of voting that were marred only by minor incidents and were…

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Chaldeans are the Indigenous People of Iraq

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Patriarch Louis Raphael Sako Historically, Chaldeans are inhabitants of Mesopotamia and Iraq’s indigenous; their roots are traced back to thousands of years. Babylon was the capital of Chaldean’s great empire that ruled Mesopotamia during the 7th Century BC and expanding to the…

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Iraq’s ‘Tree of Knowledge’ draws visitors across faiths

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Wassim Bassem Iraqi children gather around what is believed to be Adam’s tree in the Garden of Eden, Qurna, Iraq, May 19, 2003. A convoy from Babil province traveled nearly 250 miles in early April to visit Adam’s Holy Tree, also known as the “Tree of Knowledge.” For the thousands of Muslims who…

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Syrian troops briefly take villages east of Euphrates river

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By: BASSEM MROUE, Associated Press BEIRUT (AP) – Syrian government forces on Sunday briefly captured four villages east of the Euphrates River in the eastern province of Deir el-Zour after rare clashes with U.S.-backed Kurdish-led fighters, then lost the area in a counteroffensive by the Kurdish-led force.…

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By Rudaw 16 hours ago Oshano Nisan Hozairan a National Bait al-Nahrain Union candidate in Erbil promised to make “grassroots” changes in favor of his people in the next parliament. ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – “We are a nation that is behind,” lamented a Christian…

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IMAD YOUKHANNA, THE GILGAMESH OF THE 21st CENTURY

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“To complete together … … addressing and maintaining the independence of the decision” – Someone asked why I like to write. My response was because I can move the human conscience. From the moment he walks in the room, you sense you’re in the presence of greatness,…

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Chaldean Priest: The slow rebirth of Mosul after Isis

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“After the fear” young Christians, Yazidi and Sabei are returning “to crowd” the classrooms of the city’s university. Many travel tens of kilometers to attend the lessons. Fr. Paul: economic problems remain, but people want to “go out, live”. Emirates donate 50 million for the reconstruction of the great mosque of al-Nuri.…

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