19th century Mosul church celebrates first mass since IS defeat


Dozens of faithful celebrated mass on Saturday at a Mosul church in northern Iraq for the first time since it was restored after its ransacking by the militant Islamic State group. IS swept into Mosul and proclaimed it their “capital” in 2014, in an onslaught that forced hun-dreds of thousands of Christians in the northern Nineveh province to flee, some to Iraq’s nearby Kurdistan region.

The Iraqi army drove out the militants three years later after months of gruelling street fighting that devastated the city.—AP