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President Barack Obama, Aug. 28, 2014.

Obama Signals No Immediate Airstrikes in Syria

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Syrian refugees, fleeing the recent fighting in Arsal, wait by trucks in Majdel Anjar in the Bekaa valley, near the Lebanese border with Syria, Aug. 8, 2014.

UN: Syria Refugee Count Tops 3 Million

The U.N. estimates that half of Syria's population has been forced to abandon their homes since fighting began in March 2011 More

Turkey's new Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu announces his cabinet ministers in Ankara, Aug. 29, 2014.

New Turkish Cabinet Unlikely to Make Major Policy Shift

Opponents fear Ahmet Davutoglu's election as president will herald more authoritarian rule More

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, right, speaks to Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, back to a camera, during their meeting in Moscow, Aug. 29, 2014.

Iran's FM Hopes for Nuclear Accord by Deadline

Iran, global powers working to strike comprehensive agreement by Nov. 24 deadline, under which Iran would curb its nuclear activities in exchange for easing of sanctions More

Hamas chief Khaled Meshaal holds a press conference in the Qatari capital Doha, Aug. 28, 2014.

Hamas Leader: Gaza Conflict 'Milestone' to Reaching Objective

Hamas will not cease resisting Israel until all its demands are met, Khaled Meshaal said Thursday at a news conference in Doha More



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