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THREE LEBANESE KIDNAPPED IN IRAQ FREED: MINISTRY

BEIRUT – Three Lebanese nationals kidnapped in the Iraqi capital Baghdad last week have been freed and were expected to arrive in Beirut later on Sunday (October 29), Lebanon’s interior ministry said. The three men, named as Imad al-Khatib, Nader Hmadeh and George Batrouni, were kidnapped on arrival in Baghdad on October 22. A statement from the interior ministry said Sunday the men were freed in an operation coordinated between Lebanese and Iraqi authorities. It said the men had been kidnapped by a “gang”, adding that one kidnapper had been killed in the rescue operation and others arrested. The statement said additional kidnappers were still being pursued, without specifying the suspected motives for the abduction. Kidnappings for ransom or for…

Iraq steps up efforts to restore lost heritage at ancient Nimrud

An Iraqi army soldier walks among historic ruins destroyed by Islamic State militants in the Assyrian city of Nimrud, south of Mosul, Iraq, Nov. 16, 2016. (photo by REUTERS/Ari Jalal) Iraqi authorities announced last month that UNESCO has started the first stage of the restoration of the ancient city of Nimrud, which is located on the banks of the Tigris River, about 20 miles south of Mosul. The city was liberated from the Islamic State (IS) in November 2016 and is the cradle of the Assyrian civilization founded in the 13th century B.C. After the defeat of the Islamic State in Mosul, a campaign to reconstruct the ancient city of Nimrud with the cooperation of UNESCO has begun. Author Wassim Bassem…