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Lacking breakthrough, sides weigh next moves in Iran nuclear drama

Lacking breakthrough, sides weigh next moves in Iran nuclear drama

(Reuters) - Senior officials from Western powers and Iran started a one-day round of talks in Muscat on Tuesday, with a deadline for reaching a nuclear deal less than two weeks away and no imminent breakthrough in sight. Tuesday's discussions follow two days of meetings...

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Aide to Islamic State's Baghdadi killed near Falluja: Iraqi TV

Aide to Islamic State's Baghdadi killed near Falluja: Iraqi TV

(Reuters) - An aide to Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has been killed in an air strike near the city of Falluja, Iraqi state television reported on Monday. State television identified the man as Abu Huthaifa al-Yamani. It did not say when the strike took place or...

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What's known after IS leader reportedly wounded

What's known after IS leader reportedly wounded

BAGHDAD (AP) — After Iraqi officials said an airstrike wounded Islamic State group leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, here are some questions and answers about what's known now about his status and the effect it could have on the extremist group that holds a third of both Iraq and Syria....

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Iraqi president to visit Saudi Arabia amid hopes of diplomatic thaw

Iraqi president to visit Saudi Arabia amid hopes of diplomatic thaw

(Reuters) - Iraqi President Fouad Masoum will visit Riyadh on Tuesday, Saudi state media reported, raising hopes of a tentative thaw in long-chilly relations between the Arab neighbors. Real power in Iraq resides with the country's Shi'ite-led government and prime minister,...

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Egyptian rights groups fear government crackdown looms

Egyptian rights groups fear government crackdown looms

(Reuters) - Some Egyptian human rights groups shredded documents on Sunday and instructed their staff to stay home as a government deadline approached for them to register under a Hosni Mubarak-era law they say seeks to eliminate them. Egypt's government says groups doing...

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Lebanon's Druze community fearful as Syria's war moves closer

Lebanon's Druze community fearful as Syria's war moves closer

By Laila Bassam and Sylvia Westall RASHAYA Lebanon (Reuters) - On mountains close to the Syrian border, members of Lebanon's minority Druze sect say they are ready to defend their towns and villages with arms if the civil war next raging door gets much nearer....

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Palestinians clash with Israeli troops again over holy site

Palestinians clash with Israeli troops again over holy site

(Reuters) - Palestinian protesters fought with Israeli security forces in East Jerusalem and the occupied West Bank on Friday, the latest clashes in a fortnight of violence over access to Jerusalem's holiest site. At the Qalandia checkpoint separating Ramallah from Jerusalem,...

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Obama to send 1,500 more troops to Iraq as campaign expands

Obama to send 1,500 more troops to Iraq as campaign expands

(Reuters) - President Barack Obama has approved sending up to 1,500 more troops to Iraq , roughly doubling the number of U.S. forces on the ground to advise and retrain Iraqis in their battle against the militant group Islamic State, U.S. officials said on Friday. Obama's...

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Jerusalem tension leaves Jordan more exposed to Mideast turmoil

Jerusalem tension leaves Jordan more exposed to Mideast turmoil

(Reuters) - As Jordan joins a military campaign against Islamic State militants in Syria , tensions in Jerusalem pose a potentially bigger risk to a nation only slightly scathed by the turmoil sweeping the Middle East. The U.S. ally has been alarmed and angered by recent...

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Israel arrests 8 Palestinians in Jerusalem

Israel arrests 8 Palestinians in Jerusalem

Israeli forces arrested four more Palestinians Wednesday afternoon following clashes in East Jerusalem, the Israeli police have said. Israeli Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said on Twitter that Israeli forces had arrested four Palestinians while dispersing a protest near...

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Jordan recalls envoy to Israel over Jerusalem 'violations'

Jordan recalls envoy to Israel over Jerusalem 'violations'

(Reuters) - Jordan recalled its ambassador to Israel on Wednesday in protest at an increase in Israeli "violations", including in Jerusalem and its holy sites, the first time it has done so since the countries made peace in 1994, government officials said. Jordan has...

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Lebanon parliament extends term to 2017

Lebanon parliament extends term to 2017

BEIRUT (AFP) - Lebanon's parliament on Wednesday extended its mandate until 2017, a parliamentary source said, once again postponing elections amid political paralysis and security concerns tied to the conflict in neighbouring Syria. "The parliament voted...

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Egyptian militant group denies pledging loyalty to Islamic State: Twitter

Egyptian militant group denies pledging loyalty to Islamic State: Twitter

CAIRO (Reuters) - Egypt's most active militant group, Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis, denied in a Twitter message on Tuesday that it had pledged allegiance to Islamic State and it distanced itself from a statement that appeared in its name online. A statement purporting...

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Iraq Shi'ite Ashoura ritual escapes major attacks

Iraq Shi'ite Ashoura ritual escapes major attacks

(Reuters) - A gathering of millions of Shi'ite Muslims at shrines and mosques across Iraq for the Ashoura religious commemoration passed without any major attacks on Tuesday, under tight security imposed for fear of Islamic State bombers. Crowds of hundreds of thousands of...

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Islamic State kills 36 more members of embattled Iraqi tribe

Islamic State kills 36 more members of embattled Iraqi tribe

(Reuters) - Islamic State militants have executed 36 more members of an Iraqi tribe that had resisted the Sunni militant group's advances in western Anbar Province for weeks, a member of the tribe said on Monday. "They were shot dead in Ramadi," said Hamdan al-Nimrawi of the...

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Hollande says Iraq army must do more; bombing won't end ISIS crisis

Hollande says Iraq army must do more; bombing won't end ISIS crisis

(Reuters) - The Iraqi army must do more to show it can fight Islamic State militants who have taken over a third of the country, French President Francois Hollande said on Monday. The Iraqi army, riven by sectarian divisions between Sunni and Shi'ite Muslims, put up little...

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Israel advances plan for 500 settler homes in East Jerusalem

Israel advances plan for 500 settler homes in East Jerusalem

(Reuters) - An Israeli government committee on Monday advanced plans for 500 settler homes in East Jerusalem, an official said, in the face of disapproval from the United States at construction on occupied Palestinian land. The Interior Ministry panel's preliminary...

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Israel jails Arab citizen who fought for Islamic State

Israel jails Arab citizen who fought for Islamic State

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - An Israeli court handed a relatively light prison sentence on Monday to an Arab citizen who spent three months fighting with Islamic State in Syria before quitting the group and returning home to face prosecution. Ahmed Shurbaji is the first...

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