Record-Setting Sale Of An Ancient Assyrian Stone Relief Sparks Looting Fears In Iraq

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By Jane Arraf
NPR.org, November 4, 2018 · A bidding war at Christie’s this week sent the price of a 3,000-year-old stone relief from $7 million to more than $28 million, setting a world record for ancient Assyrian artworks and raising fears among some archaeologists that soaring prices will fuel the market for looted antiquities as well as legally acquired ones. Continue reading

Iraq may not welcome US deportees, contrary to court arguments

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By Sonia Moghe, CNN
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New York (CNN)As more than 100 detained Iraqi nationals wait to see if they will be released after many have been held for nearly 18 months, recently unsealed documents raise new questions about Iraq’s desire or ability to accept those detainees against their will. Continue reading

Syrian refugees starting the trek home

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By Lyndsey Koh
MENA (MNN) — At least 5,000 Syrian refugees living in Lebanon have voluntarily gone home since the start of August when five crossings opened between the two countries. There are still about 1.5 million refugees in Lebanon, but the slow trickle back to Syria has begun since Beirut and Damascus struck a deal. Continue reading

Iraqi minority shuns children born of IS rape, enslavement

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In this Aug. 22, 2018 photo, Ardawan, 4, eats melon on the kitchen floor of an orphanage for Yazidi children, in Sheikhan, Iraq. The child’s father and four siblings have been missing since August 2014, when Islamic State militants took over northern and western Iraq; he lives at the orphanage with his mother and two remaining siblings. Continue reading