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People carry the body of a child they uncovered from under the rubble of houses destroyed by Saudi airstrikes near Sanaa Airport, Yemen, March 26, 2015.

Video Yemen Rebels Protest Saudi-led Airstrikes

update Bombing campaign in support of internationally-backed Yemeni leader Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi also denounced by Iran, a supporter of the Shia Houthi group More

Somalia's Islamic al-Shabab spokesman Sheik Muktar Robow Abu Mansur (C) addresses a news conference where he vowed to step up attacks against government soldiers and foreign troops in Mogadishu December 14, 2008.

IS Likely Trying to Add Al-Shabab to Its Ranks

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FILE - Fighters from Kurdish popular defense units gather during a short break before heading out to fight for new positions in Kobani, Syria.

Britain to Help Train Syrian Rebels to Fight IS Militants

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A member of an Iraqi Shiite militant group called Imam Ali Brigades patrols in Tikrit, 130 kilometers (80 miles) north of Baghdad, Iraq, Wednesday, March 25, 2015.

Iraqi Official: Troops Launch 'Final Phase' of Tikrit Offensive

News comes hours after US launched airstrikes on Islamic State-held city, which is Saddam Hussein's hometown More

Energy Ernest Moniz, third left,  National Security Council point person on the Middle East Robert Malley, 2nd right,  and European Union Political Director Helga Schmid attend a meeting with Iranian officials at a hotel in Lausanne, Switzerland, March 26

Kerry, Zarif Press for Nuclear Deal with Deadline Days Away

A senior State Department official told reporters that the US 'can see a path forward to get to agreement' by the March 31 deadline More



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Amnesty Accuses Palestinian Groups of War Crimes

Amnesty says 13 Palestinian citizens were killed, including 11 children, when a projectile launched by an Islamist group landed in Gaza's al-Shati refugee camp
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Kerry, Zarif Press for Nuclear Deal with Deadline Days Away

A senior State Department official told reporters that the US 'can see a path forward to get to agreement' by the March 31 deadline
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Saudi Arabia, Other Gulf States Launch Airstrikes in Yemen

Move announced by Saudi envoy to US; Adel Al-Jubeir says more than one city targeted in effort ‘to protect the legitimate government of Yemen’
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Video Yemen Rebels Protest Saudi-led Airstrikes

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Syria, Iraq Conflicts Push Asylum Claims to 22-Year High

Almost 150,000 asylum applications, or one in every five asylum claims in the industrialized world, were lodged by Syrians
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Iraqi Official: Troops Launch 'Final Phase' of Tikrit Offensive

News comes hours after US launched airstrikes on Islamic State-held city, which is Saddam Hussein's hometown
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UN: Iraqis Suffer Shocking Atrocities at Hands of IS Group

World body’s Commission of Inquiry submitted to the UN Human Rights Council singles out crime of genocide against Yazidi minority
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US-led Coalition Begins Airstrikes in Tikrit

Iraq asked US for air support as it struggles to retake strategically important city from Islamic State militants
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Move announced by Saudi envoy to US; Adel Al-Jubeir says more than one city targeted in effort ‘to protect the legitimate government of Yemen’
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Palestinians Push for Expanded Role in Israeli Politics

Leader of Arab-dominated coalition stresses working alongside Jewish forces in Israel to help protect the rights of minority Palestinians
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Kerry Heads to Switzerland for Renewed Iran Nuclear Talks

Two diplomats will meet again in Lausanne to reach an agreement that could restrain development of Iranian nuclear weapons and ease Western economic sanctions
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