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UN: 1,420 people killed in Iraq in August

Iraqi officers in a graduation ceremony at a police academy. A suicide bomber killed 15 people and wounded more than 20 others as he blew himself up in front of a police academy in Baghdad on Sunday, Iraqi security officials said. (AFP Photo/Ahmad al-Rubaye)
01 Sep 2014
Violence in Iraq left at least 1,420 people dead in August as Iraqi forces fought to regain areas overrun by jihadist-led militants, the United Nations said on Monday. At least 1,370 people were wounded during the same period, the UN Iraq...
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Ukraine soldiers battling Russian tanks at Lugansk

Pro-Russian fighters stand by a T-64 tank in Starobesheve, southeast of Donetsk, on August 31, 2014 
01 Sep 2014
Ukrainian troops on Monday were battling a Russian tank contingent in the eastern city of Lugansk, Kiev said, accusing Moscow's army units of moving into large cities in the region. "The battle between Ukrainian paratroopers and a...
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Fighting erupts between Syrian army, rebels on Golan Heights

Snow on the ground last week in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights on the border with Syria. Israel has offered to send humanitarian aid to Syrian civilians affected by the regime's crackdown on protests through the International Committee of the Red Cross, the foreign ministry says.
01 Sep 2014
Heavy fighting between Syrian army forces and rebels erupted on the Golan Heights on Monday, a Reuters photographer said, but it was unclear if either of the two sides had gained an advantage to control a key frontier crossing.  ...
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Dozens of Turkish police detained over 'anti-government plot'

Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan
01 Sep 2014
Dozens of Turkish police officers, including a former chief of a police financial unit, were detained on Monday in a fresh wave of arrests over allegations that officers were involved in plotting against the government, local media said....
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Pakistan anti-PM protesters storm state TV

Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif
01 Sep 2014
Hundreds of protesters trying to topple Pakistan's government stormed the state broadcaster on Monday as fresh clashes with police broke out in Islamabad. Transmission of the main Pakistani Television (PTV) news channel was cut minutes...
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Officials: Iraqi forces break two-month siege of Amerli

Iraqi security forces ride on vehicles during an intensive security deployment in the town of Jurf al-Sakhar, south of Baghdad, 30 June 2014.
31 Aug 2014
Iraqi security forces backed by Shia militias on Sunday broke the two-month siege of Amerli by Islamic State militants and entered the northern town, officials said.   The mayor of Amerli and army officers said troops backed by...
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Israel plans to expropriate 400 hectares of West Bank: army

Israeli soldiers watch with Palestinian students from Birzeit University in the West Bank protest against the ongoing Israeli offensive on the Gaza Strip on 18 November 2012.
31 Aug 2014
Israel announced plans on Sunday to expropriate 400 hectares (988 acres) of Palestinian land in the Bethlehem area in the south of the occupied West Bank, the military said.   "On the instructions of the political echelon... 4,...
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Ukraine says Russian tanks flatten town; EU to threaten more sanctions

A column of Topol ballistic missile launchers roll through Red Square during a Victory Day parade in Moscow, on 9 May 2013.
31 Aug 2014
Ukraine said Russian tanks had flattened a small border town and pro-Russian rebels had made fresh gains in its east, as EU leaders signaled on Saturday they would threaten more sanctions against Moscow over the crisis.   Ukrainian...
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Fiji says no word on location of UN peacekeepers seized in Golan Heights

Militants are seen on the Syrian side of the Quneitra border crossing between the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights and Syria, 29 August 2014.
31 Aug 2014
The head of the Fijian army said on Sunday negotiations for the release of 44 soldiers seized by an al Qaeda-linked group on the Syrian side of the Golan Heights were being pursued but he worried there had been no word on where his men are...
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Pressure mounts on Pakistan leader to quit as protests continue

Supporters of Tahir ul-Qadri, Sufi cleric and leader of political party Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT), carry sticks as they move towards the Prime Minister's house during the Revolution March in Islamabad, 30 August 2014.
31 Aug 2014
Thousands of protesters massed outside the residence of Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Saturday to demand he step down, after efforts to find a negotiated solution to the country's political crisis failed.   Pakistan has...
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