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Postwar Syria? Arab world moving to bring Damascus back into the fold.

Postwar Syria? Arab world moving to bring Damascus back into the fold. After nearly eight years of trying to topple the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, Gulf states and their Arab allies are rapidly embracing Damascus anew. The bitter enemies in the civil war-turned-proxy war that has killed more than 500,000 people and displaced millions are reopening embassies, reestablishing trade ties, and paving the way for Syria’s return to regional organizations. At stake in the shorter term are regional efforts to contain Shiite Iran, and in the long term even the international rehabilitation of Syria.


Sharp Dressed Man gives tailored suits to those in need

Sharp Dressed Man gives tailored suits to those in need On a frigid December afternoon, Tyler Freburger is standing in front of a set of mirrors wearing a suit picked out for him by a tailor. Since 2011, the organization has been helping men improve their lives by equipping them for job interviews and other occasions with well-fitting suits and accessories. “It’s a blessing that they are here,” says Freburger, who notes that the organization has treated him well and has been working to supply what he needs – something he is not accustomed to in his daily life.


Meanwhile in … Japan, an enormous rare-earth mineral deposit has been found

Meanwhile in … Japan, an enormous rare-earth mineral deposit has been found On Minamitori Island, Japan, an enormous rare-earth mineral deposit has been found. Elements like yttrium, dysprosium, europium, and terbium are used in products such as smartphone batteries and electric cars. There are few other deposits of ­rare-earth minerals that are economically viable for mining, meaning Japan will be a major player in the market.


For Turkey's strongman Erdoğan, trouble seeing eye to eye with Trump

For Turkey's strongman Erdoğan, trouble seeing eye to eye with Trump It was a jubilant moment of victory for Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. In a mid-December telephone call, he appeared to persuade President Trump to upend years of American policy in Syria by stepping away from US-backed Kurdish militias that Turkey calls terrorists and handing the reins to America’s NATO ally. It’s yours,” Mr. Trump reportedly said of Syria.


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