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Tuesday, June 24, 2014
Kerry in Iraq as militants seize strategic town, airport
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry was in Baghdad Monday to push for stability, as Sunni militants overran a strategic Shiite town and an airport, tightening their grip on north Iraq.
Int'l outrage as Egyptian court sentences Al-Jazeera journalists
An Egyptian court sentenced three Al-Jazeera journalists including Australia's Peter Greste to jail terms from seven to 10 years Monday in a verdict denounced internationally as “appalling” and “unjust.”
Israeli troops kill 2 West Bankers in manhunt for missing teenagers
Israeli troops shot dead two Palestinians in the West Bank early Sunday in separate clashes that erupted as they made more arrests in the hunt for three missing teenagers.
Monday, June 23, 2014
Sunni militants advanced through west Iraq after seizing a strategic Syria border crossing, as U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in the region Sunday aiming to bridge widening rifts.
The teenage son of an Israeli defense ministry contractor was killed on the Golan Sunday in the most serious incident on the plateau since the Syrian civil war erupted in 2011.
Iraqis seek shelter from battles and privation
On a dusty patch of land off a highway in northern Iraq, Faisal watches his three-week-old son cry in the tent that is now his home.
Sunday, June 22, 2014
Sunni fighters expand offensive in western Iraq
Sunni insurgents led by an al-Qaida breakaway group have expanded their offensive in a volatile western province of Iraq, capturing three strategic towns and the first border crossing with Syria to fall on the Iraqi side.
Thousands of heavily armed Shiite militiamen paraded through several Iraqi cities on Saturday as Sunni militants seized two strategically located towns in what appeared to be a new offensive in the western Anbar province.
An Egyptian court confirmed Saturday death sentences for more than 180 Islamists, including Muslim Brotherhood chief Mohamed Badie, a prosecutor said, after a mass trial that sparked an international outcry.
Pakistani helicopter gunships pounded militant targets in the country's northwest Saturday, killing up to 30 rebels, as the number of civilians fleeing an expected ground offensive passed 200,000.
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