AFP/File / by Karim Abou Merhi | In Iraq, the battle of security forces, Kurdish troops, Shiite militias and Sunni tribesmen against the Islamic State jihadist group is parallelled by a "war of flags."
From the Islamic State jihadist group's black banner to colourful depictions of revered Shiite figures, the Kurds' golden sun and the official tricolour, a "war of flags" rages in Iraq. Banners mark...
Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman speaks during a news conference after talks with his German counterpart Frank-Walter Steinmeier in Berlin June 30, 2014.
Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman proposed on Friday that Arab citizens of Israel be offered financial incentives to leave the country and relocate to a future Palestinian state.   Lieberman, whose ultra-...
Pope Francis waves to the faithful as he arrives to lead his weekly audience in Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican, November 26, 2014.
Pope Francis begins a visit to Turkey on Friday with the delicate mission of strengthening ties with Muslim leaders while condemning violence against Christians and other minorities in the Middle East. His...
Demonstrators shout 'Hands up, don't shoot,' while protesting the killing of unarmed black teen Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri 20 August 2014.
The streets of Ferguson, Missouri were mostly quiet overnight after two days of racially charged unrest sparked by a grand jury decision not to prosecute a white policeman who shot dead an unarmed black teenager. On the...
Public services ground to a halt in Greece on Thursday as unions launched a general strike in protest at more austerity planned in the coming year. The walkout came a day after crucial talks between Greece and its EU-...

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AFP/File / by Philippe Alfroy | A general view of Mardin in southeastern Turkey, pictured on November 19, 2014
In a small village in the southeast of Turkey stand two Assyrian churches, one...
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Michael Brown's name, written as 'Mike Brown', is seen with other names written on an upside down U.S. flag during a protest in Boston, Massachusetts November 25, 2014. REUTERS/Brian Snyder
A UN watchdog on Friday slammed police shootings of blacks in the United States...
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