Turning Iraq history to rubble, leaving the mess to looters

Iraq archaeologist Layla Salih, left, confers with UNESCO's representative in Iraq Louse Haxthausen, right, at the ancient site of Nimrud, Iraq, in this Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2016 photo. Days after Iraqi forces drove the Islamic State group from Nimrud in November, Salih arrived to survey the damage they wreaked on the nearly 3,000-year-old site. She confirmed that, as international forces closed in this fall, IS bulldozed a 140-foot tall ziggurat, or step pyramid, that archaeologists had never had to chance to explore. (AP Photo/Maya Alleruzzo)NIMRUD, Iraq (AP) — The giant winged bulls that once stood sentry at the nearly 3,000-year-old palace at Nimrud have been hacked to pieces. The fantastical human-headed creatures were believed to guard the king from evil, but now their stone remains are piled in the dirt, victims of the Islamic State group’s fervor to erase history.

الجبير: سياسة المملكة تجاه سوريا أو اليمن أو ليبيا تجنح للحلول السياسية

دبي، الإمارات العربية المتحدة (CNN)— قال عادل الجبير، وزير الخارجية السعودي، إن سياسة حكومة بلاده تجاه كل من سوريا أو اليمن أو ليبيا كانت تجنح دائما إلى الحلول السياسية والسلمية ما استطاعت إلى ذلك سبيلا.

Australia kicks off global New Year party defying terror threat

Fireworks arrive on a barge to the Sydney Harbour ahead of New Year's Eve extravaganzaGlobal terror attacks have cast a pall over New Year celebrations but Sydney was on Saturday set to defy the threats and ring in 2017 with a firework extravaganza on the glittering harbour. 2016 has seen repeated bloodshed, most recently a deadly truck attack at a Berlin Christmas market, a similar incident on Bastille Day in France that killed 86, and atrocities in Turkey and the Middle East. “My encouragement to everyone is to enjoy New Year’s Eve … in the knowledge that police are doing everything they can to keep us safe,” Baird said.