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12 Dec 2020
The Korek mountain, about 120 kilometres northeast (75 miles) of the Iraqi Kurdish capital Arbil, has become a hotspot for paragliding -- the newly-found sport of wind enthusiasts. The Arbil Aeroclub, founded in 2008, has more than 40 members, including trainers and solo jumpers -- among them, a growing number of women.
18 Nov 2020
This month marks five years since the northern Iraqi city of #Sinjar – home to the #Yazidi ethno-religious minority – was liberated from the Islamic State group, under which it suffered horrific persecution in 2014. Between June and September, more than 34,000 internally displaced persons returned to live in the region. In addition to the closure of #refugee camps and the desire to return home, the Covid-19 pandemic has also played a role. But the Yazidis are returning at a time of political tensions. Our correspondents Jack Hewson and Lucile Wassermann report.

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