Wednesday, April 16, 2014


News and Features from the Middle East

Bombers Strike Checkpoints In Ramadi

Officials in Iraq's conflict-torn Anbar Province say two suicide bombers have blown up vehicles packed with explosives, killing at least five people.
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Iran Says Missile Program Off-Limits In Nuclear Talks

An Iranian official says Tehran will not include its ballistic-missile program as part of talks with six world powers on an agreement to curb Iran's controversial nuclear program.
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Families Flee Possible Anbar Offensive

In Iraq, more than 1,000 families are reported to have fled the city of Fallujah ahead of possible government air strikes targeting Islamist militants.
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Iraq Announces Closure Of Abu Ghraib

Iraqi authorities have announced the closure of the infamous Abu Ghraib prison, citing security concerns.
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Iran Asks For UN Committee Meeting

Iran has requested a special meeting of a UN committee after the United States announced it will not grant a visa to Tehran's new UN ambassador appointee.
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Civilians Warned To Leave Fallujah

Iraqi military jets have dropped leaflets over the city of Fallujah urging remaining civilians there to leave within three days in anticipation of intense air strikes.
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At Least 16 Killed In Violence In Iraq

Iraq has seen an upsurge in violence, with almost daily attacks mainly targeting security forces and Shi'ite civilians.
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Iran Jails Iranian-American Marine

An Iranian appeals court has reportedly upheld the 10-year prison sentence of a former U.S. Marine held in Iran since 2011.
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Heavy Fighting Reported In Iraq's Anbar

Heavy fighting between Iraqi security forces and Al-Qaeda-linked militants and antigovernment tribesmen is reported in the violence-plagued city of Ramadi.
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Iran Will Deal With UN After U.S. Envoy Snub

Tehran dismissed a U.S. decision to deny a visa to Iran's proposed new UN envoy, Hamid Abutalebi, saying it would take up the case directly with the United Nations.
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