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Wearing military fatigues and a white turban, the Shi'ite cleric gave an eve-of-battle address to Iran-backed fighters preparing to attack Islamic State militants in Tikrit, praising them for defending their faith and urging them to fight...
German Chancellor Angela Merkel warned Russia on Wednesday that any serious violation of the current ceasefire in east Ukraine - which she described as "fragile" - would prompt Europe to impose further sanctions on Moscow for supporting...
Simply demanding Iran's capitulation is no way to get a nuclear deal with the Islamic Republic, US Secretary of State John Kerry said on Wednesday as he wrapped up three days of talks with a veiled dig at Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin...
Egypt's central bank kept the pound steady at 7.53 pounds to the dollar at a foreign exchange auction on Wednesday, and the pound remained marginally weaker albeit relatively stable on the black market. The central bank said it offered $40...
Palestinian leaders began a two-day meeting on Wednesday at which they could decide to suspend security coordination with Israel, a move that would have a profound impact on stability in the occupied West Bank.   Relations between the two sides...
Kurdish forces in Syria say deepening military coordination with the United States and its allies has helped them make rapid advances against Islamic State in an offensive under way in the northeast near the border with Iraq.   The Kurdish...
Eurozone finance ministers have no plans to discuss a possible third rescue package for Greece when they meet on Monday, a German finance ministry spokesman said on Wednesday after a Spanish minister revived the possibility of more aid for Athens....
A charred kapok tree and around a dozen graves scattered amongst the mud brick houses of Meliandou are painful reminders of the toll Ebola has taken on this village in southeast Guinea.   Scientists traced the source of the worst-ever outbreak...
Orascom Construction plans to offer 11 percent of its shares on the Cairo bourse to raise 1.41 billion Egyptian pounds (US$185 million). The company is being spun off from OCI NV, which will retain its fertiliser and chemicals operation. The...
At least 10 North African migrants died when their rubber boat overturned in the southern Mediterranean while hundreds more from that vessel and another were rescued, Italian and Tunisian authorities said on Wednesday.   The Italian coast guard...

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