Kungas, a mix of female donkeys and male Syrian asses, were powerful, expensive animals that were bred 4,500 years ago in Mesopotamia.
A small clay tablet dating back 3,500 years and bearing a portion of the Epic of Gilgamesh, which was looted from an Iraqi museum during the first Gulf War in 1991, is returned to Iraq along with two other artefacts.
The return of the Babylon International Festival has become a symbol of new hope for the future of Iraq, signalling that "security and stability have returned" to the country.
The 3,700-year-old tablet sitting in an Istanbul museum revealed that Babylonians predated Pythagoras by over 1000 years.
Human Rights Watch says the Syrian regime has developed a policy and legal framework to divert "reconstruction resources to fund its atrocities, punish those perceived as opponents and benefit those loyal to it."
The US approach to Syria has also been considered a failure, or a sign of its waning influence in the region, but testimony from a former Pentagon official changes the narrative somewhat.
Artist Youssef Shaabou is one of millions of Syrians hoping to find some comfort in the midst of a war that has killed hundreds of thousands of people.
Sculptor Safa'eddin al Mashhadani aims to revive the ancient writing system after the defeat of Daesh in Iraq's Mosul.
After seven years of war, many Syrian children may be seeing their homeland for the first time.
Pakistani national Muhammad Akram and his wife Sighra Bibi escaped eastern Ghouta, leaving behind several family members, including Akram's children from his second wife, who was a Syrian.
In the early part of the last century it was not Daesh that propelled Mosul into international news. It was a thirst for oil that pushed global powers to fight over the city.
Attackers kill 16 at a power plant site in Dibis while at least six policemen were killed during clashes elsewhere in Kirkuk.
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