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Iraq suffers worst year of violence since 2008

Iraq suffers worst year of violence since 2008

Violence in Iraq surged in 2013 to its worst level in five years, fuelled by widespread discontent among the Sunni Arab minority and Syria's civil war, figures released Wednesday showed. Bombs tore through markets, cafes, football fields and mosques, militants assaulted prisons, police...

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Sunni fighters repel army in western Iraqi cities

Sunni fighters repel army in western Iraqi cities

Sunni Muslim fighters clashed on Thursday with Iraqi troops trying to regain control of two western cities, in a serious escalation of their confrontation with the Shi'ite-led government of Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki. Tension has been running high in the Sunni-dominated province of...

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Turkish president urges respect for rule of law

Turkish president urges respect for rule of law

Amid a corruption scandal that has called into question the independence of the judiciary in Turkey, President Abdullah Gul is urging his country to respect the rule of law. In a statement marking the new year, Gul noted "a tough year for both our country and the world."...

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Jordan assumes U.N. Security Council chair as conflicts persist

Jordan assumes U.N. Security Council chair as conflicts persist

 Jordan takes over the U.N. Security Council presidency on Wednesday, the first day of its two-year stint on a 15-nation body struggling to cope with conflicts in Syria, South Sudan, Central African Republic, Mali and elsewhere. Jordan will join Chad, Chile, Lithuania and Nigeria...

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