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0Islamist militants strengthen grip on Iraq's Falluja

An Iraqi firing a gun.Al Qaeda and other insurgent groups have tightened their grip on Falluja, defying the Shi'ite-led Iraqi government's efforts to persuade local tribesmen to expel them from the Sunni Muslim city, residents and officials say.
 

Bomb blasts kill 26 people in Baghdad

A car bomb in Iraq.Seven bomb explosions killed 26 people and wounded 67 in the Iraqi capital on Monday, police and medics said, as security forces battled Sunni Muslim militants around the western cities of Falluja and Ramadi.
   

World powers, Iran to activate landmark nuclear deal after IAEA nod

The IAEA headquarters.Iran has halted its most sensitive nuclear activity under a ground-breaking deal with world powers, a confidential U.N. atomic agency report reviewed by Reuters on Monday showed, paving the way for the easing of some Western sanctions.
   

White House releases summary of six-month Iran nuclear plan

The IAEA building.The White House on Thursday released a summary of the deal reached between six major world powers and Iran to curb its nuclear program, responding to calls from the U.S. Congress and other groups for more transparency about what the agreement entails.
   

Bodies of 14 kidnapped Sunni tribesmen found in Iraq

An Iraqi funeral.The bodies of 14 Sunni Muslim tribesmen were found in date palm groves north of Baghdad on Thursday, a day after they were kidnapped by uniformed men in security forces vehicles, Iraqi police and medics said.
   

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