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Pole position
Lebanese men cast their fishing poles from a rocky coastal area along the Beirut coastline, Lebanon, Wednesday, May 18. Beirut's coastline has been for thousands of years a vital source of sustenance for local residents, but privatization and pollution have now made it increasingly difficult to scrape by on catches from the Mediterranean Sea.
 
Bombs hit markets in Baghdad Shiite areas, kill at least 69
A wave of bombings struck outdoor markets in Shiite-dominated neighborhoods of Baghdad on Tuesday, killing at least 54 people, officials said -- the latest in deadly militant attacks far from the front lines in the country's north and west where Iraqi forces are battling the Islamic State group.
 
World powers set modest goals for Syria
World and regional powers agreed Tuesday to try and turn Syria's shaky pause in fighting into a comprehensive cease-fire as a step toward ending the five-year war that left hundreds of thousands dead and fueled the rise of Islamic extremists.
 
Iran's parliament on Tuesday voted through a law obliging the government to demand damages from the United States for 63 years of "hostile action and crimes," state television reported.
 
IS attack and bombings leave 29 dead across Iraq
The Islamic State group launched a coordinated assault Sunday on a natural gas plant north of Baghdad that killed at least 14 people, while a string of other bomb attacks in or close to the capital killed 15 others, Iraqi officials said.
 
Afghan capital locked down for power line demonstration
Authorities locked down Afghanistan's capital Monday as tens of thousands of members of an ethnic minority group marched through the streets to protest the proposed route of a power line.
 
LBGT activists stage rare Lebanon sit-in
BEIRUT - Some 50 activists backing the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community staged a rare sit-in Sunday in Lebanon to demand the abolition of a law criminalising relations "against nature".
 
The African island nation of the Comoros has said it is ready to consider taking thousands of stateless people denied citizenship in the Gulf state of Kuwait, newspapers reported on Monday.
 
IS attack and bombings leave 29 dead across Iraq
The Islamic State group launched a coordinated assault Sunday on a natural gas plant north of Baghdad that killed at least 14 people, while a string of other bomb attacks in or close to the capital killed 15 others, Iraqi officials said.
 
A suicide bombing claimed by the Islamic State group and a second attack killed 37 police on Sunday in the Yemeni port of Mukalla where a year of al-Qaida rule was ended just last month, medics said.
 
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