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|A boy rides a bicycle in the war-ravaged city of Zabadani Chris Jones Jersey , northwestern countryside of Syria's Damascus near the Lebanese border, on Jan. 6, 2018. A total of 1,500 families have returned to the city of Zabadani in the northwestern countryside of the capital Damascus near the Lebanese border, state news agency SANA reported on Saturday. The returning families are part of 10,000 others that had fled Zabadani when the battles there were raging before the Syrian army retook it and nearby areas in April 2017, after a deal was struck for the evacuation of the rebels toward northwestern Syria. (XinhuaAmmar Safarjalani) DAMASCUS Kareem Hunt Jersey , Jan. 6 (Xinhua) -- A total of 1,500 families have returned to the city of Zabadani in the northwestern countryside of the capital Damascus near the Lebanese border, state news agency SANA reported on Saturday.
The returning families are part of 10,000 others that had fled Zabadani when the battles there were raging before the Syrian army retook it and nearby areas in April 2017, after a deal was struck for the evacuation of the rebels toward northwestern Syria.
The governor of Damascus countryside, Alaa Ibrahim, said during a tour in the city on Saturday that contracts have been signed to complete the clearing of rubble and the wreckage from the city that had started more than seven months ago.
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The city has a strategic importance due to its proximity to the Lebanese border, as the rebels had used it as a conduit to smuggle fighters and weapons between Syria and Lebanon.
The Lebanese Hezbollah group has had a big role in retrieving the city to protect areas of its influence on the Lebanese side of the border.
URUMQI, Jan. 6 (Xinhua) -- Natural gas and electricity will become the only heating sources in northwest China's Urumqi City, capital of Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region.
According to the city's heating bureau, over 19,000 coal-fired heating facilities on the urban fringe will be replaced with clean energy heating by the year end.
Urumqi began replacing coal with natural gas in the city proper in 2012. Since last year, it has dismantled 32 Patrick Mahomes II Jersey ,000 coal-fired boilers in its rural regions, reducing winter coal burning by 183,000 tonnes, and emissions by 2,900 tonnes of sulfur dioxide and 7,300 tonnes of smoke and dust.
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NEW YORK, Nov. 12 (Xinhua) -- U.S. stocks extended losses Thursday, as worries about a year-end rate hike and a plunge in oil prices weighed on market sentiment.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average shed 254.15 points, or 1.44 percent, to 17,448.07. The S&P 500 dipped 29.03 points, or 1.40 percent Sammy Watkins Jersey , to 2,045.97. The Nasdaq Composite Index slid 61.94 points, or 1.22 percent, to 5,005.08.
As the U.S. jobs report for October came out much stronger than expected, it is widely believed that the Federal Reserve will pull the trigger on an interest rate hike next month.
On Thursday, fresh remarks from several Fed officials further strengthened the case for a December rate liftoff.
Chicago Fed President Charles Evans said in a speech that the Fed is close to reaching its employment mandate Anthony Hitchens Jersey , but added he is less confident about reaching the inflation goal within a reasonable time frame.
Richmond Fed President Jeffrey Lacker said he does not think that recent low inflation "implies a more permanent departure from our target."
St. Louis Fed President James Bullard said the Fed is quite close to normal with an unemployment rate of 5 percent and inflation only slightly below target.
Meanwhile, the market took a hit by a sharp decline in oil prices, which plunged Thursday after the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) reported a larger-than-expected increase in U.S. crude stockpiles last week.
The West Texas Intermediate for December delivery moved down 1.18 dollars to settle at 41.75 dollars a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange, while Brent crude for December delivery decreased 1.75 dollars to close at 44.06 dollars a barrel on the London ICE Futures Exchange.
Dragged by falling oil prices, the energy sector sank 2.39 percent as the biggest loser among the S&P 500's ten sectors.
On the economic front, in the week ending Nov. 7, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 276 Breeland Speaks Jersey ,000, unchanged from the previous week's unrevised level, said the U.S. Labor Department Thursday.
The four-week moving average was 267,750, an increase of 5,000 from the previous week's unrevised average of 262,750 Cheap Kansas City Chiefs Hats , but still hovering around the lowest level in years.
In a separate report, the department reported that the number of job openings was little changed at 5.5 million on the last business day of September.
Overseas, European equities suffered big losses Thursday, with French benchmark index CAC 40 decreasing 1.94 percent, although European Central Bank President Mario Draghi reiterated that the monetary policy will continue to expand.
In Asia, Chinese shares closed lower after volatile trading Thursday, with the benchmark Shanghai Composite Index down 0.48 percent to close at 3 Cheap Kansas City Chiefs T-Shirts ,632.9 points.
The CBOE Volatility Index, often referred to as Wall Street's fear gauge, rose 14.38 percent to end at 18.37 Thursday.
In other markets, the U.S. dollar decreased against most major currencies on Thursday as investors took profits on the greenback's recent gains.
In late New York trading, the euro rose to 1.0792 dollars from 1.0743 dollars in the previous.