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Monday, August 18, 2014
Turkey's outgoing President Abdullah Gul is not being considered as a possible successor to Recep Tayyip Erdogan as prime minister, a senior ruling party official said Sunday.
At least 31 Islamic State militants were killed in Syrian air force raids Sunday in the northern province of Raqa, a stronghold of the jihadist fighters, a monitoring group said.
Six suspected al-Qaida militants and three Yemeni troops died in clashes Sunday in the southeastern province of Hadramawt, scene of frequent attacks on the army, a local official said.
Sunday, August 17, 2014
Islamic fighters kill scores of Yazidi men in Iraq
Islamic extremists shot scores of Yazidi men to death in Iraq, lining them up in small groups and opening fire with assault rifles before abducting their wives and children, according to an eyewitness, government officials and people who live in the area.
Strikes on militants at Iraq dam after 'massacre'
Airstrikes pounded the area around Iraq's largest dam on Saturday in an effort to drive out militants who captured it earlier this month, as reports emerged of the massacre of some 80 members of the Yazidi religious minority by Islamic extremists.
Pakistan's Khan vows to protest until PM quits
Pakistan's Imran Khan vowed Saturday that thousands of protesters rallying in Islamabad would not move until Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif stepped down, as the cricketer-turned-politician attempts to topple the government he claims was elected fraudulently.
A 91-year-old Dutch man honored by Israel for shielding a Jew from the Nazis has handed back his medal after six of his relatives were killed in a Gaza air strike.
Saturday, August 16, 2014
Relief as Maliki out, fears little will change
Iraqis and foreign brokers alike breathed a sigh of relief Friday after Nuri al-Maliki stepped aside, which many saw as vital to tackling a spiraling military and humanitarian crisis.
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A fragile cease-fire around Gaza held for a second day Friday as Israel's relations with its U.S. ally showed new signs of strain with tough talks looming on a more lasting peace.
Friday, August 15, 2014
Iraq: Al-Maliki steps down, gives up post to rival
Iraq's embattled Nouri al-Maliki has stepped down as prime minister, caving in to international and domestic pressure to give up his post to a rival politician.
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