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Bombings strike busy areas in Iraq, killing 25

BAGHDAD (AP) — Bombings tore through busy areas in the Iraqi capital and cities to the north and south on Wednesday, killing at least 25 people, officials said. Iraq is experiencing its worst surge in violence since the sectarian bloodletting of 2006 and 2007, which pushed the country to the brink of civil war. The U.N. mission in Iraq said ...

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France targets flow of jihadis to Syria

The three young Frenchmen were arrested as they tried to make their way to Syria to wage jihad. They had not harmed anyone in France or made plans to do so, according to the evidence at their trial in January, but in France these days, seeking to fight in Syria is enough to bring a charge of plotting terrorism — ...

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Germany Investigates NSA Merkel ‘Phone Tap’

4 June 2014, 16:49 Germany Investigates NSA Merkel ‘Phone Tap’ Tweet Prosecutors in Germany have launched an investigation into the National Security Agency’s alleged monitoring of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s mobile phone. The allegations of US spying on the German chancellor and dozens of other foreign leaders emerged last October in documents provided by NSA leaker Edward Snowden. Ms…

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Kerry Pledges Refugee Aid in Lebanon

Reuters U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Lebanon on Wednesday, where he pledged more aid to help Syria’s neighbors deal with an influx of refugees and press Lebanese parliamentarians to swiftly choose a new president. Lebanon has been unable to agree on a consensus candidate for president, creating a political vacuum at a time when the country is ...

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Red Cross worker killed in Libya

Foreign Affairs comments Readers Recommend Image Caption: The ICRC has had a delegation in Libya since unrest broke out in 2011 (Keystone) swissinfo.ch and agencies June 4, 2014 – 16:51 The Geneva-based International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has confirmed that one of its delegates, a Swiss citizen, had been killed in the western Libyan city of Sirte. “He ...

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