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FILE - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry speaks to reporters in London, Feb. 21, 2015.

Iran Nuclear Talks, IS Among Key Issues for Kerry Trip

Secretary of State will be away from Washington when Israeli prime minister speaks to Congress, opposing Iranian nuclear talks More

FILE - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attends a weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem, Jan. 4, 2015. Netanyahu is headed to Washington to give a controversial address to the U.S. Congress.

Netanyahu on 'Historic Mission' to Stop Iran Nuclear Deal

Israel PM heads to Washington where he is set to give controversial address to joint session of US Congress More

A combination of handout CCTV pictures received from the Metropolitan Police Service shows (L-R) British teenagers Kadiza Sultana, Amira Abase and Shamima Begum passing through security barriers at Gatwick Airport, south of London, on Feb. 17, 2015.

Video Shows British Teens Waiting at Istanbul Bus Station for Hours

Police sources say schoolgirls spent 18 hours at Bayrampasa before boarding bus to Sanlifurfa, about 50 kilometers from IS-controlled Syrian border region More

A five-minute video from the Islamic State group purports to show militants destroying ancient artifacts in Iraq’s Mosul Museum. It was released Feb. 26, 2015.

In Iraq, Syria, Battling to Preserve Cultural Heritage Under Siege

Anonymous workers try to safeguard artifacts, countering terrorist attacks, collateral damage from war More

FILE - This SANA photo shows Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, right, speaking with U.N. envoy Staffan de Mistura in Damascus, Nov. 10, 2014.

UN Envoy to Push Peace Plan in Syria

Staffan de Mistura's objective is to stop fighting in Aleppo through local truces that would allow humanitarian aid to be taken in More


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UN Envoy to Push Peace Plan in Syria

Staffan de Mistura's objective is to stop fighting in Aleppo through local truces that would allow humanitarian aid to be taken in
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Balad Ruz, Samarra Attacked in Iraq

Car bombs in Iraq have targeted a market and a checkpoint north of Baghdad, killing more than a dozen people
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Turkey, Kurdish Leaders Call for Conference

Disarmament has become a major stumbling block in efforts to end a four-decade-long insurgency that has claimed more than 40,000 lives
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Egyptian Court Rules Hamas a Terrorist Organization

Decision, aimed at Hamas' political wing, followed similar ruling against its military branch, 'Ezzedin Kassam Brigades,' about a month ago
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Oil Smuggling Highlights Challenges in Shutting Down IS Finances

Pentagon spokesman says Islamic State 'certainly continues to get revenue from the oil industry black market' but that airstrikes have made a dent
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Pentagon: Syrian Rebel Training Likely Soon

Spokesman says US military has identified about 1,500 Syrian rebels to take part in the training to fight Islamic State
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Opinion: Extreme Intolerance Will Doom 'Islamic State'

There is growing resistance to the militant group’s harsh interpretation of Islamic law and medieval rampage against minority groups
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Who Joins Islamic State and Why

Psychologists say most simply want to join group for various reasons
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IS Uses Ancient Arabic Traditions to Get Its Message Out

Islamic State militants are using the concepts of ancient Arabic traditions to lure followers via social media
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Video Solar Plane Prepares for Global Circumnavigation

Solar Impulse 2 completed two successful test flights Thursday in United Arab Emirates, and weather permitting, may start its journey as soon as March 3
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France, Britain Dismiss Calls to Renew Relations With Syria's Assad

French PM Laurent Fabius, British PM Philip Hammond say such a move would end all hope of a political transition, push moderates toward radical Islamist groups
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Video Kurdish Fighters Seize Key Islamic State Stronghold in Syria

Spokesperson for the People's Protection Units, or YPG, confirmed to VOA that Kurdish fighters had seized the city of Tal Hamis, in Hassakeh province
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