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People watch an address by Iraq’s Prime Minister

  BAGHDAD (AP) — A defiant Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki on Wednesday rejected calls for an interim “national salvation government” in his first public statement since President Barack Obama challenged him last week to create a more inclusive leadership or risk a sectarian civil war. U.S. officials, meanwhile, said there are indications that Syria [...]

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Egypt sentences 3 Al-Jazeera reporters to 7 years

  CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian court convicted three Al-Jazeera journalists and sentenced them to seven years in prison each on terrorism-related charges in a verdict Monday that stunned their families and raised international outrage, with a chorus of voices denouncing the ruling as a blow to freedom of expression. The verdicts against Australian Peter [...]

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Malaysia court upholds ‘Allah’ ban for non-Muslims

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia’s top court weighed in Monday on the country’s longstanding fight over the word “Allah,” saying non-Muslims cannot use it to refer to God. But the government said hours later the judgment applied only to one newspaper at the center of the case, adding still more confusion to [...]

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Egypt sentences 3 Al-Jazeera reporters to 7 years

  CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian court convicted three Al-Jazeera journalists and sentenced them to seven years in prison each on terrorism-related charges in a verdict Monday, June 23 that stunned their families and was quickly denounced as a blow to freedom of expression. International pressure mounted on Egypt’s president to pardon the three. The verdicts [...]

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Chinese company demands edits to ‘Transformers’

  BEIJING (AP) — A Beijing property developer said Saturday it has terminated cooperation with the new “Transformers” movie, wants Paramount Pictures to make edits to it and is asking China to suspend screenings of the blockbuster film. The company owns the Pangu Plaza, a dragon-shaped hotel, office and mall complex that stretches the length [...]

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Obama to speak on Iraq; US weighs its options

  WASHINGTON (AP) — In the strongest sign yet of U.S. doubts about Iraq’s stability, the Obama administration is weighing whether to press the Shiite prime minister in Baghdad to step down in a last-ditch effort to prevent disgruntled Sunnis from igniting a full-scale civil war. President Barack Obama is also expected to announce Thursday, [...]

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Albanian police battle heavily armed pot growers

  LAZARAT, Albania (AP) — Near-continuous gunfire rang out Tuesday, June 17,  from a lawless village in southern Albania as hundreds more police arrived to battle well-armed marijuana growers who were trying to thwart a government crackdown. By mid-day, about 800 police had surrounded the village of Lazarat after shooting overnight wounded a special forces [...]

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Iraq: Signs emerge of reprisal sectarian killings

  BAGHDAD (AP) — Signs emerged Tuesday of a reprisal sectarian slaughter of Sunnis in Iraq, as police said pro-government Shiite militiamen killed nearly four dozen detainees after insurgents tried to storm a jail and free them northeast of Baghdad. The Iraqi military insisted the Sunni inmates were killed when the attackers shelled the facility [...]

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Huge US-Iran gap on nukes as target date nears

  VIENNA (AP) — Any thaw in relations between Iran and the United States under the pressure of Iraq’s turmoil is unlikely to hasten progress in difficult negotiations seeking limits on Tehran’s nuclear program. Recent high-level U.S.-Iran talks that were meant to pave the way to a final nuclear deal only highlighted the two nations’ [...]

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Albanian police storm lawless marijuana village

  TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Hundreds of Albanian police, backed by armored vehicles, stormed a lawless southern village Monday after suspected marijuana growers allegedly fired rocket-propelled grenades, mortars and machine guns at officers during a drug raid. Police said no one was hurt in the hostilities in and around Lazarat, a major marijuana-producing center 230 [...]

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Missing Israeli teenager has strong US roots

  JERUSALEM (AP) — The family of an Israeli-American teen believed to have been abducted in the West Bank says it has received an outpouring of support from friends and family back in the U.S. Naftali Fraenkel is believed to have been abducted late Thursday June 12, with two other teens, Gilad Shaar, 16, and [...]

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