Monday, May 02, 2016


News and Features from the Middle East

Video Double Car Bombings Strike Southern Iraq

Double car bombings claimed by Islamic State have killed at least 18 people and injured up to 40 others in southern Iraq, Iraqi officials said on May 1.
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From Blog To Telegram, Iranian Citizen Journalist Keeps Challenging Regime

An Iranian emigre toils over serious questions of nuclear safety all day, but his nights are filled with humor -- often at the expense of Iran's leadership.
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Rohani Welcomes Results From Runoff Election

Iranian President Hassan Rohani welcomed the success of the moderate-reformist bloc in the second round of parliamentary elections.
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Iraqi Forces Battle IS In North

Iraqi military forces reported success in a final offensive to retake the predominantly Turkoman town of Bashir from Islamic State fighters.
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Video Iraqi Protesters Leave Baghdad's Green Zone

Iraqi protesters who stormed Baghdad's Green Zone and set up camp have left the heavily fortified government district after issuing political demands but vowed to return to maintain pressure on political leaders.
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Powerful Car Bomb Hits Baghdad Suburb

Police say at least 19 people were killed and more than 40 injured in a powerful car bombing that targeted civilians in a southeastern suburb of Baghdad on April 30.
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Rohani Allies Score Resounding Win In Second-Round Elections

Preliminary results indicate that reformists and moderate politicians are leading in Iran's second round of parliamentary elections, Iranian media reported on April 30.
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UN Ready To Help On Iran Assets Dispute With U.S. If Both Sides Ask

The UN says that Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is ready to help settle a dispute between Iran and the United States over Tehran's frozen assets if both sides ask for his assistance.
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Iran Runoff Results Due By May 1

Iranian Interior Minister Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli says results from Iran's second round of parliamentary elections will be announced on May 1.
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Video Kerry Hails Efforts Against IS, Says Saudis Could Do More

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says there's been "slow and steady" progress in the international community's battle against the Islamic State militant group.
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