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U.S. jury convicts ex-Blackwater guards in 2007 Baghdad killings

Blackwater security personnel.A U.S. federal jury found three American former Blackwater guards guilty of manslaughter and weapons charges on Wednesday and a fourth of murder in connection with the 2007 killing of 14 unarmed Iraqis at a Baghdad traffic circle.

Al-Qaeda kills 30 Shi'ite rebels in central Yemen

A Yemeni tribesman.Sunni Al Qaeda militants and Shi'ite Muslim rebels have fought a bloody battle in central Yemen, tribal sources said on Wednesday, amid fears of worsening sectarian tension in the impoverished Arabian country.

Islamic State advances against Yazidis on Iraq's Sinjar mountain

Shiite fighters.Islamic State militants advanced on Iraq's Sinjar mountain on Tuesday, tightening a siege of thousands of stranded Yazidis, who called on the United States and its allies to act to avert more bloodshed.

U.N. chief says moving ahead with Gaza war inquiry

The Gaza strip.U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Tuesday he was setting up an investigation into attacks on United Nations facilities during Israel's recent war against Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip and the use of U.N. sites to store weapons.

Purely military action in Syria could fuel extremism - U.N.

Free Syrian army soldiers.United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned on Tuesday that using only military means to fight the threat of Islamic State in Syria could radicalize more Sunni armed groups and spark greater violence.

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