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3D printers could help rebuild monuments destroyed by IS

Artefacts and monuments from the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra which have been destroyed by the so-called Islamic State militant group may be brought back to life using high-tech reconstructions.

The terrorists, also known as Daesh, have demolished a number of of the iconic monuments in the city which date back thousands of years.

But last year, when the Syrian army briefly retook control of the city, many of the shattered remains were whisked away to safety.

Experts in Italy have now meticulously reconstructed some of them thanks to high-tech laser scanners and 3D printers.

ITV News correspondent Geraint Vincent reports:

Suicide bomber wounds eight at Shia mosque in Kuwait

Local media scenes of the aftermath Credit: APTV

A suicide bomber has blown himself up at a Shia mosque during Friday prayers in Kuwait City, according to reports.

"Eight casualties have been taken to the Emiri hospital, two in critical condition," Kuwaiti newspaper al-Jarida said on its Twitter feed, without giving a source.

The paper also said said the attack was at Imam al-Sadeq Mosque in the Sawaber district.


Details emerge over death in combat of ex-Saddam aide

The King of Clubs: Ezzat al-Douri Credit: RTV

The last of Saddam Hussein's key aides still at large, Ezzat al-Douri, was killed in combat with security forces, according to Iraqi sources.

Al-Douri, who helped lead Saddam's 1968 coup, and who had a $10m US bounty on his head, was apparently killed when he and other insurgents were surrounded by government soldiers.

"A group of security forces went and surrounded the area and those terrorists were killed. Three of them were suicide bombers and blew themselves up. Amongst the bodies was al-Douri's," said Raed al-Jubouri, the governor of the country's Salahuddin province.

Al-Douri was considered so important to capture that he had been assigned the king of clubs in decks of cards issued to American soldiers hunting important figures from Saddam's regime shortly after it fell.

Blair 'in discussions' over Middle East peace role

Tony Blair is in discussions about a change in his role as peace envoy in the Middle East, according to the Financial Times (£).

Senior diplomats told the newspaper the former prime minister was being eased out, which they suggested was "long overdue".

Former prime minister Tony Blair. Credit: Dennis Van Tine/Geisler-Fotopres/DPA/PA Images

"He has been ineffective in this job. He has no credibility in this part of the world," they were quoted as saying.

But a senior source in the US administration said Blair has been "a valued partner in trying to bring peace to the Middle East", adding, "We will continue to value his input and support."

EU foreign policy chief calls Middle East peace meeting

The European Union's foreign policy chief has called a meeting of the Middle East Quartet peace mediators in Munich today in an effort to revive the peace process.

Federica Mogherini, EU high representative for foreign policy Credit: Wiktor Dabkowski/DPA/PA Images?

"We need a collective rethinking of our overall approach to the conflict. The Quartet will prepare for a resumption of the peace process, including regular and direct outreach to Arab states," Federica Mogherini told the Munich Security Conference.

The Quartet members are the United Nations, the US, the European Union and Russia.

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