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Iraqi security forces and Shiite militiamen patrol in Amirli, about 170 kilometers (105 miles) north of Baghdad, Iraq, Aug. 31, 2014.

Photogallery Iraqi, Kurdish Forces Near Besieged Town

Fighters advance from four directions on town of Amerli, largely cut off from water, food and other supplies since June More

A member of the Fajr Libya (Libya Dawn) Islamist militia stands at the gym of a villa at the U.S. diplomatic compound after members of the group moved into the complex of several villas in southern Tripoli to prevent it from being looted, Aug. 31, 2014.

Libyan Militia Takes Control of Vacant US Embassy Annex in Tripoli

US envoys fled to neighboring Tunisia in late July to avoid the clashes in Tripoli; militants move into residential annex to prevent it from being looted, they say More

Israeli women walk in a Jewish settlement known as "Gevaot" - in the Etzion settlement bloc - near Bethlehem, Aug. 31, 2014.

Israel Appropriates More West Bank Land From Palestinians

Israel says it is appropriating 400 hectares of Palestinian territory on orders from country's political leaders, in response to June killing of three Israeli teenagers More

Philippine military chief Gen. Gregorio Pio Catapang, center, talks to reporters about the situation of Filipino peacekeepers in Golan Heights during a press conference at Camp Aguinaldo military headquarters in suburban Quezon city, Philippines, Aug. 31,

UN: Philippine Peacekeepers Safe After 'Greatest Escape'

UN Disengagement Observer Force says 40 Philippine peacekeepers use a nighttime cease-fire to escape from besieged camp in Golan Heights More

Barbara Slavin Reports

Column: Saudi-Iran Meeting Could Boost Fight Against Islamic State

The fact that Iranians and Saudis are talking again does not guarantee a breakthrough, but it could make it easier to build a broad coalition against IS More



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Photogallery Iraqi, Kurdish Forces Near Besieged Town

Fighters advance from four directions on town of Amerli, largely cut off from water, food and other supplies since June
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Iran Nuclear Talks to Continue on Sidelines of UNGA

Catherine Ashton tells reporters that the P5+1 will hold discussions on sidelines of upcoming UN assembly
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Iraq Bombing Kills 11

Authorities say bomber detonated explosives in his car at army checkpoint in Youssifiyah, about 20 kilometers south of capital
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Australian Forces Ready to Join Iraq Airstrikes

Though not yet asked, Canberra is willing to support US efforts to ‘disrupt and defeat’ Islamist radicals
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Iran Bolsters Phone, Internet Surveillance

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Gunfight erupts between Philippine peacekeepers and Syrian rebels in Israeli-occupied area
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Kerry Calls for Global Coalition to Fight I.S.

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UN Security Council Urges Yemen's Houthis to End Hostilities

Council statement also warns foreign countries not to interfere by encouraging instability in the impoverished Arab state
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Some US Lawmakers Seek Vote on Military Action Against Islamic State

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