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2008-10-10 00:00:13

Two U.S. journalists were handed over to the U.S. embassy in Damascus late Thursday after being detained in Syria. Taylor Luck, 23, and Holli Chmela, 27, were to be returned to Jordan where they work for The Jordan Times, The New York Times reported. The Syrian state news agency Sana said Chmela and Luck were picked up Oct. 2 as they entered the country "illegally with the help of a smuggler." Officials said they would be handed over to the U.S. Embassy in Damascus after "necessary...

2008-09-26 12:00:31

Food rations in Iraq will likely decline due to the country's slumping grain produce and rising food prices worldwide, the Iraqi Trade Ministry says. The Trade Ministry said in a statement that while $5 billion in government funding has been allocated for food imports, the cost of food on the international market would likely bring about significant food rationing, Azzaman, an Iraqi newspaper, reported. The ministry said the typical wheat harvest in Iraq exceeds 2 million tons but that...

2008-09-15 21:00:19

By Andria Lisle Age has not affected the B-52s. (http://www.astralwerks.com/b- 52s/default.asp) The new-wave band, which dominated the college party scene in early 1980s Athens, Ga., long before they became bona fide hit makers, benefits from its built-in kitsch factor, which seems even more timeless the second or third time around. And, as band mates Kate Pierson, Cindy Wilson, Keith Strickland and Fred Schneider demonstrated at on Friday night, they've still got the stamina they...

2008-09-06 09:00:15

Text of report by state-run Syrian news agency SANA website ["Signing of Seven Agreements and Protocols for Cooperation Between Syria and France" - SANA headline] Damascus (SANA) - Syria and France yesterday evening signed seven agreements, memorandums of understanding, and protocols for cooperation in the fields of oil, gas, electricity, and railways. A memorandum of understanding was signed between the General Establishment for Electrical Power Generation and the company (MAN Diesel...

2008-08-14 12:00:23

Doha Al-Jazeera Satellite Channel Television in Arabic was observed at 0504 gmt on 14 August to report on Lebanese President Michel Sulayman's visit to Syria "his first since assuming the presidency, and the first by a Lebanese president since the withdrawal of Syrian forces from Lebanon in 2005." The channel carries a three-minute video report by its Damascus bureau chief, Abd-al-Hamid Tawfiq, who starts by saying: "In the first round of their first summit in Damascus, Presidents Al-Asad...

2008-08-03 09:00:11

Text of report by Iraqi privately-owned newspaper Al-Zaman on 25 June [Article by Ali Diya-al-Din: "Water: Ringing Alarm Bells; When Do We Work Seriously?"] Is the word "Mesopotamia" soon to be void of any substance? Is the phrase "the land of the two rivers" turning into something of the past and losing all relevance to our present? This is what many fear, not out of clairvoyance or pessimistic melodrama, but out of their awareness of the dangerous developments that they have seen unfold...

2008-08-03 00:00:13

By The Associated Press BAGHDAD (AP) - Just months after Americans repaired a sewage treatment plant in southern Baghdad, insurgents attacked the facility and killed the manager. Looters took care of the rest.Nearly three years later, the plant remains an abandoned shell. Raw sewage is still flowing freely through giant pipes into the Tigris River, ending up in some of the capital's drinking water. And those pipes are hardly the only source of contamination.Many residents only have to sniff...

2008-07-09 09:00:31

Text of report by Iraqi Media Network weekly newspaper Al-Sabah on 3 July [Report by Mustafa Majid in Baghdad: "An Iraqi Expert Says the Tigris River Waters Will Not Meet 50 Per cent of Mosul's Need for Water After the Construction of the Turkish Ilisu Dam in 2011."] An expert at the Water Resources Ministry has stated that Iraq's share in the Tigris River after the construction of the [Turkish] Ilisu Dam within the next three years will drop to 211 cubic meters per second in summer...

2008-06-29 09:00:57

Text of report by Iraqi Media Network weekly newspaper Al-Sabah on 14 June [Report by Husayn Thaghab in Baghdad: "The Drop in Water Levels Worries Farmers, Fish-Breeders"] It [water scarcity] is a fact that has a negative impact on the reality of agriculture and life in Iraq. It has started to complicate the problems of the Iraqi economy and to increase the imbalance, which it suffers from, in all activities that support the economy. Agriculture, which is considered to be one of the...

2008-06-19 15:00:34

Text of report in English by Syrian News Agency SANA website ["Syria can play important role in providing gas supply to Europe" - SANA headline] DAMASCUS, 19 Jun (SANA) - Minister of Oil and Mineral Resources Sufyan Allaw said Thursday [19 June] that Syria can play an important role in providing a secure supply of gas to Europe via Turkey due to its geographical location in the region, the infrastructure available and trained working forces in field of gas industry. "Syria has a number...


Word of the Day
baudekin
  • A rich embroidered or brocaded silk fabric woven originally with a warp of gold thread.
'Baudekin' seems to be an alternative form of 'baldachin,' from the Italian 'Baldacco,' Baghdad, the city where the material was made.
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