BEIRUT — Syrian warplanes on Tuesday struck a strategic rebel-held town in the country’s north in an attempt to reopen a key supply route, activists said, as a U.N.-proposed cease-fire meant to start this week appeared increasingly unlikely to take hold.
Qatari emir visits Gaza, boosting Hamas rulers
GAZA CITY — The emir of Qatar received a hero’s welcome in Gaza on Tuesday, becoming the first head of state to visit the Palestinian territory since the Islamist militant group Hamas seized control of the coastal strip five years ago.
Hamas wrested control of Gaza from Mr. Abbas‘ Fatah forces in 2007, and West Bank officials fear the emir’s visit will give the Iranian-backed Hamas a lift in their feud and make the split between the two territories more permanent.
BAGHDAD — Iraq on Tuesday signed a multimillion-dollar deal with South Korea’s natural gas company that will set in motion the building of two key gas pipelines in the country’s north — the latest step by Baghdad to develop dilapidated infrastructure to meet growing energy needs.
The $127.5 million deal stipulates that the state-run Korean Gas Corp. will construct two 68-mile-long pipelines to link the oil-rich city of Kirkuk and the industrial city of Beiji to transport liquid and dry natural gas.
The lines are to be completed by September 2014.View Entire Story
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