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Suicide attacks on restaurants, checkpoint, kill 60 in southern Iraq

A vehicle destroyed by a suicide bombing in Iraq.Three suicide attacks claimed by Islamic State killed at least 60 people in southern Iraq on Thursday, a health official and police sources said, suggesting a shift in the ultra-hardline group’s tactics since it lost control of its stronghold in Mosul.


Western powers press Iraq Kurd leaders to shelve 'very risky' independence vote

Protestors carrying the Kurdish flag.The United States and Western allies pressed Iraqi Kurdish leaders to ditch a “very risky” independence vote on Thursday, presenting an alternative plan in an attempt to avoid conflict between the oil rich region and central government in Baghdad.


Hezbollah declares Syria victory

Hezbollah fighters in Syria.The Syrian government’s powerful Lebanese ally Hezbollah has declared victory in the Syrian war, dismissing remaining fighting as “scattered battles”, a pro-Hezbollah newspaper reported on Tuesday.


US approves $3.8 billion in arms sales to Bahrain

An F-16.The U.S. State Department has approved arms sales packages worth more than $3.8 billion to Bahrain including F-16 jets, upgrades, missiles and patrol boats, the Pentagon said on Friday.

Syrian opposition leader says U.N. mediation has failed

The Syrian opposition says mediation has failed.A prominent Syrian opposition leader said on Thursday U.N. mediation to end the country’s six-year conflict has failed and the revolution would continue.


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