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2 hrs ago | The Washington Post

Turkish party to confirm Erdogan's successor

Turkey's ruling party is holding a congress to confirm Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu as its new chairman and prime minister-designate, to replace president-elect Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

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Related Topix: Turkey, World News, Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Tue Aug 26, 2014

Cybercast News Service

10 Things to Know for Wednesday

Israel and Hamas agree to an open-ended cease-fire after seven weeks of fighting, but barriers to lasting peace persist - such as Palestinian appeals for the end of a Gaza blockade.

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Related Topix: Israel, World News, Terrorism

KOLD-TV Tucson

Possible airstrikes in Syria raise more questions

The intelligence gathered by U.S. military surveillance flights over Syria could support a broad bombing campaign against the Islamic State militant group, but current and former U.S. officials differ on whether air power would significantly degrade what some have called a "terrorist army."

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Related Topix: Terrorism, Iraq, World News, US Politics, US News, Barack Obama

Washington Times

Saudi diplomats hold rare talks with Iran

Saudi Arabia's foreign minister met Tuesday with an Iranian deputy foreign minister in the highest-level bilateral talks between the two Mideast powers since moderate Iranian President Hassan Rouhani's election last year.

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Related Topix: Saudi Arabia, World News

KCBD-TV Lubbock

Officials: Egypt, UAE behind airstrikes in Libya

Egypt and the United Arab Emirates secretly carried out airstrikes against Islamist militias inside Libya, U.S. officials said Tuesday, decrying the intervention as an escalation of the North African country's already debilitating turmoil.

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Related Topix: World News, Africa, Libya, United Arab Emirates, Muammar Gaddafi (Gadhafi),

Asbury Park Press

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Israeli police said Tuesday they are searching for a young New Jersey religious student who went missing during a hike in a forest outside Jerusalem last week.

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Related Topix: Israel, World News, Lakewood, NJ, Palestinian Territories

ABC News

Israel Destroys 2 Gaza High-Rises in Escalation

Israel bombed two Gaza City high-rises with dozens of homes and shops Tuesday, collapsing one building and severely damaging the other in a further escalation of seven weeks of cross-border fighting with Hamas.

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The Times of Israel

Details emerge of IS killing of 670 Shiite prisoners in Mosul

This image posted on a militant website on Saturday, June 14, 2014, which has been verified and is consistent with other AP reporting, appears to show militants from the al-Qaida-inspired Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant leading away captured Iraqi soldiers dressed in plain clothes after taking over a base in Tikrit, Iraq.

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Related Topix: Iraq, World News,

Mon Aug 25, 2014

Brandon Sun

Biden calls Iraqi leaders to press for formation of new government

Vice-President Joe Biden is calling top Iraqi leaders to call for the formation of a new government and encourage their opposition to the Islamic State group.

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Related Topix: Iraq, World News, US Politics, Joe Biden, US News

The Virginian-Pilot

Defense rests in Blackwater guards' trial

Four Blackwater security guards on Monday rested their defense in the shootings that killed or wounded more than 30 Iraqis seven years ago in Baghdad.

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Stars and Stripes

Syria warns US: No unilateral strikes on militants

Syria said Monday it was ready to help confront the rising threat from the Islamic State group, but warned the United States against carrying out airstrikes without Damascus' consent, saying any such attack would be considered an aggression.

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Related Topix: Syria, World News, US Politics, US News, Barack Obama, Terrorism

The Times of Israel

Dempsey: We will act if Islamic State threatens US

US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Martin Dempsey speak to the media during a press briefing at the Pentagon August 21, 2014 in Arlington, Virginia.

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NewsOK.com

Iraq premier-designate: militias must follow state

Iraq's prime minister-designate called on the countries numerous Shiite militias and tribes to come under government control and stop acting independently on Monday, adding that discussions between political rivals to form a new government were "constructive and positive."

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Cybercast News Service

Israel strikes kill 2 in Gaza; official's home hit

A new round of Israeli airstrikes and tank fire pounded Gaza on Monday as officials in the coastal strip said two more Palestinian civilians died from the violence.

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Sun Aug 24, 2014

The Times of India

Israeli drone 'shot down' over Iranian nuclear site

TEHRAN: Iran's elite Revolutionary Guard said it has brought down an Israeli stealth drone above the Natanz uranium enrichment site in the centre of the country.

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Related Topix: Iran, World News

Brandon Sun

Islamic extremists capture Syrian air base, eliminating Assad presence in northeast province

Islamic State fighters captured a major military air base in northeastern Syria on Sunday, eliminating the last government-held outpost in a province otherwise dominated by the jihadi group, activists and state media said.

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Related Topix: Iraq, World News, Terrorism

KION 46

IDF: Rockets from Syria land in Golan Heights

At least five rockets fired from Syria hit various locations through the Golan Heights early Sunday, the Israel Defense Forces said.

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The Verona-Cedar Grove Times

US says American held in Syria has been freed

An American held hostage in Syria by an al-Qaida-linked group has been released after about two years, the Obama administration and a relative confirmed Sunday, days after militants had beheaded a U.S. journalist abducted while covering that country's civil war.

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Related Topix: US Politics, John Kerry, US News, US Senate, Democrat, Israel, World News

WRAL.com

Qatar denies funding extremist Islamic State group

The energy-rich OPEC member has come under renewed scrutiny over its ties to militants, including the Palestinian Hamas and Syrian rebel groups.

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Related Topix: World News, Qatar, OPEC (Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries), Palestinian Territories

WHAS11

Yemen's Shiite rebel group refuses to stop rallies

Spokesman Abdel-Malek al-Mikhlafi said Sunday the delegation would head back to the capital, Sanaa, to discuss the situation with the president after the Hawthis rejected their draft proposal calling for a new government and a review of the country's economic policies to halt the demonstrations.

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Related Topix: Yemen, World News

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