Middle East

FILE - Iraqi lawmakers attend the session to approve the new government in Baghdad, Iraq, September 2014.

Iraq Parliament Rejects Defense, Interior Minister Nominees

Mithal al-Alusi, a prominent secular politician, said main Shi'ite alliance prevented appointments of Riad al-Ghareeb for post of interior minister, Jaber al-Jaberi as defense minister More

A Kurdish Peshmerga fighter walks past a house destroyed by American air strikes at Barznki village two days ago in Zummar, controlled by Islamic State (IS), near Mosul, Sept. 15, 2014.

US Expands Airstrikes in Iraq as Congress Debates Aid to Syrian Opposition

US warplanes carried out bombings in Iraq on Monday, striking targets southwest of Baghdad More

FILE - Displaced Iraqis from the Yazidi community gather at a park near the Turkey-Iraq border at the Ibrahim al-Khalil crossing, as they try to cross to Turkey, in Zakho, 475 km northwest of Baghdad, Aug. 15, 2014.

Escape from the Islamic State Militant Group

Two teenage girls who manage a rare, personal victory over the IS militants tell their story to the world More

FILE - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry speaks during a press conference.

US Open to Future Talks With Iran on Fighting IS Militants

State Department official says it is no secret that US has had discussions with Iran about coalition against IS militants in Iraq but two countries will not coordinate militarily More

Syrian Army Destroys Militant-Controlled Bridge

Media run by Hezbollah says destruction the bridge in Deir al-Zor city a blow to group in swathe of Syrian territory it controls near Iraq More



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Egypt Muslim Brotherhood Leader Badie Gets Life in Jail

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International Organization for Migration says the incident occurred last week near Malta; more than 200 feared dead after Sunday incident off Libyan coast
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Syrian Army Destroys Militant-Controlled Bridge

Media run by Hezbollah says destruction the bridge in Deir al-Zor city a blow to group in swathe of Syrian territory it controls near Iraq
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Ex-Libyan General's Forces Seek to Close Benghazi Port

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US Open to Future Talks With Iran on Fighting IS Militants

State Department official says it is no secret that US has had discussions with Iran about coalition against IS militants in Iraq but two countries will not coordinate militarily
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Leading Egyptian Activist Alaa Abdel Fattah Freed on Bail

Activist swamped by dozens of jubilant friends and family immediately after decision was announced
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