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Middle East

As Iraq seeks U.S. arms, bombs kill another 55

Fifty five people were killed by bombings in Iraq on Sunday.A dozen bombings in Iraq killed 55 people on Sunday as the prime minister prepares to travel to Washington to seek President Barack Obama's help in confronting a wave of sectarian violence fuelled by Syria's civil war.

Kurdish militants tighten grip on Syria's northeast

Kurdish militants are fighting in Syria.Kurdish militants sought to consolidate their control of an oil-producing region in northeastern Syria on Sunday after seizing a border crossing with Iraq from Islamist rebels, activists said.

Syrian army siege east of capital tightens as food, supplies dwindle

Humanitarian conditions are worsening in Syria.Syria's army has sealed the few remaining smuggling routes into the besieged eastern suburbs of Damascus, activists and aid workers said on Wednesday, tightening a chokehold on rebel-held areas near the capital.

Four killed in Sunni-Alawite clashes in Lebanon's Tripoli

Sectarian fighting in Lebanon has resulted in four deaths.Four people have been killed in fighting in Lebanon's northern city of Tripoli between Sunni Muslim gunmen who oppose Bashar al-Assad and Alawites loyal to the Syrian president, security and medical sources said on Thursday.

Syrian opposition resists calls to commit to peace talks

A Syrian opposition fighter.Syria's opposition in exile resisted calls from Western and Arab countries on Tuesday to commit to attending peace talks, saying they would not take part if there was any chance President Bashar al-Assad could cling to power.

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