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Middle East

A nation in peril - Iraq's struggle to hold together

Iraqi special forces patrol Ramadi.Salman Khaled has already lived through Baghdad's sectarian disintegration; with Iraq now splintering into Shi'ite, Sunni Arab and Kurdish regions, he says this time the survival of the country is at stake.

At least six dead in attacks on southern Yemen army posts

Militants have killed at least six in an attack on a Yemeni army outpost.Militant attacks on two army outposts in southern Yemen killed at least eight people early on Sunday, local officials said, two months after the government said it had cleared that area of al Qaeda fighters in an offensive.

Destroy Hamas? Something worse would follow - Pentagon intel chief

A Hamas militant.A top Pentagon intelligence official warned on Saturday that the destruction of Hamas would only lead to something more dangerous taking its place, as he offered a grim portrait of a period of enduring regional conflict.

Attack on bus in Iraq kills 52 prisoners, nine police

A burnt out bus in Iraq.A shooting and bombing attack on a bus near Baghdad killed 52 prisoners and nine policemen on Thursday, Ministry of Justice sources said, as politicians faced pressure to form a power-sharing government that can tackle a Sunni insurgency.

Crunch time for Gaza truce talks as death toll passes 800

An Israeli airstrike in Palestine.U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry pressed regional leaders to nail down a Gaza ceasefire on Friday as the civilian death toll soared, and further violence loomed between Israelis and Palestinians in the occupied West Bank and Jerusalem.

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