The ancient Syrian city of Palmyra has captured the imagination of scholars and philosophers. This desert city stretches some three kilometers and was at the crossroads of cultures and religions. The Islamic State terror group has damaged parts of the site. An on-line exhibit by the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles attempts to show the beauty of Palmyra before that destruction. VOA’s Elizabeth Lee reports.
Christians fearing attacks by Islamic State group militants fled volatile northern part of Sinai Peninsula, after a string of sectarian killings there sent hundreds packing and raised accusations government is failing to protect minority
A full week into a renewed government offensive, witnesses and military commanders said the Iraqi force, backed by U.S.-led airpower, had liberated the districts and were focusing on extending and securing bridges across the Tigris River