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Serbian nationalist Vojislav Seselj's rhetoric "has reopened the victims' psychological wounds" from the war and the atrocities of the early 1990s.

EU Lawmakers Condemn Seselj

A European Parliament resolution backed by all the main political groups has slammed the recent activities of accused Serbian war criminal Vojislav Seselj. More

Islamic State Targeted In 17 Air Strikes By U.S., Allies

The U.S. military says it has led 17 air strikes on Islamic State (IS) targets in Iraq and Syria since November 24. More

Lavrov Says Russia Will Keep Supporting Syria In Countering 'Terrorism'

Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has said Russia and Syria agree that "terrorism" is the main threat to stability in the Middle East. More

Grand Ayatollah Nasser Makarem Shirazi, appealed on November 23 for consensus among Islam's two main branches -- urging all Muslim clerics to work together to discredit groups espousing extremism.

Shi'ite, Sunni Clerics Discuss IS Threat

Shi'ite and Sunni clerics from 80 countries have gathered in Iran's holy city of Qom discuss how to combat Islamic State (IS) militants. More

Iraqis Recapture Towns From IS

Iraqi forces say they have recaptured two towns northeast of Baghdad from Islamic State (IS) militants. More

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Iraqi Forces In Ramadi Repel 'Fiercest, Most Violent Attack Yet' From IS

Local authorities in Ramadi, the provincial capital of Iraq’s Anbar Province, say that Iraqi forces have managed to push back what was the "fiercest and most violent" attack yet from Islamic State (IS) militants. More
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Features & Commentary

With Hagel Out, Past Contenders Eyed As Next U.S. Defense Chief

U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel’s abrupt announcement of his resignation on November 24 leaves a top cabinet position open in U.S. President Barack Obama’s administration, and early speculation suggests that candidates previously considered for the job could be tapped to lead the Pentagon.
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Who's In, Who's Out: Republicans Take Over Top U.S. Foreign-Policy Committees

Republicans won big in U.S. Congressional elections on November 4, a surge whose impact could ripple beyond the borders of the United States.
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Falling Oil Prices Spell Trouble For Some, But Could Also Boost Global Growth

The price of oil has fallen some 20 percent since June, spelling big trouble for oil exporting countries like Russia and Iran. What's behind the drop?
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Video Iraqi Kurds Urge Turkey To Let Volunteers Through To Defend Kobani

Speaking in Prague, the foreign minister of Iraq's Kurdish regional government is calling on Turkey to open its border to volunteers seeking to reinforce the Syrian Kurdish city of Kobani.
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Iraq's Sole Yazidi Lawmaker Says 25,000 Girls Abducted By IS To Be Raped, Sold

The winner of the 2014 Anna Politkovskaya Award says Islamic State militants are raping and selling Yazidi women and that the human rights situation in Iraq is deteriorating.
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Peshmerga General: IS Air Strikes Helpful, But 'We Will Need Ground Forces'

In an interview with Samira Ali Mandee of RFE/RL's Radio Free Iraq, General Jabbar Yawar, secretary-general of the Peshmerga Ministry of Iraq's Kurdish region, discusses the ongoing fight against Islamic State militants, cooperation with Iraqi and outside militaries, and the mood on the front.
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Iraqi Line Of Defense Goes Unpaid

Tens of thousands of Iraqis took up the call to battle Islamic State. But after months on the front line many who volunteered for the fight say they have gone unpaid, weakening a needed line of defense against an encroaching enemy.
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Tajikistan's 'Jihadist' Village On The Defensive

A small village in northern Tajikistan has come under scrutiny after it was revealed that it was home to a number of suspected jihadists.
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Coalition Of One: Iran Leads Own Fight Against Islamic State

Iran is not part of the international coalition against Islamic State militants. But it is waging a war of its own with the group that is likely to overlap with the U.S.-led effort in unpredictable ways.
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Wide Array Of Countries Expected To Join Coalition Against Islamic State Militants

Various Middle Eastern and European countries are expected to join the U.S.-led coalition to roll back Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria. We look at who they are and what they will do.
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