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Oilfield standoff mirrors Libya's conflict as UN seeks dialogue

Deep in Libya's southern Sahara, men in army uniforms guard a pipeline at the El Sharara oilfield. Hundreds of kilometers to the north, rival fighters turn off the pumps to stop the oil flowing.   The standof

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More Kurd troops into standoff with Iraq army

Iraq's Kurdish region has sent reinforcements to a disputed area where its troops are involved in a standoff with the Iraqi army, a senior Kurdish military official said, despite calls on both sides for dialogue to calm the situation.

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US navy fears mini Iranian boats

US and Iranian warships shadow each other as they ply the Gulf in a standoff over Iran's nuclear programme. But it is the small Iranian boats that worry the US Navy most, said experts. The Iranians make their presence felt every time U

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Iraqi, Iran forces stand off in oil well row

Iraqi and Iranian forces are dug in on either side of a disputed inactive oil well in the sensitive border area, with Iraqis vowing to fight if necessary to fend off another occupation of the well by Iranian soldiers. Iraqi troops say they

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US flexes muscle in standoff with Somali pirates

The US Navy prepared on Friday to increase pressure on Somali pirates to give up an American ship captain held hostage in a lifeboat in a strategic part of the Indian Ocean for two days. The standoff was sparked when four gunmen briefly hi

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Lanka says nearing final standoff with Tigers

Sri Lanka's military on Thursday said it has one kilometre left to go before trapping the Tamil Tigers separatists in a no-fire zone, along with thousands of civilians at grave risk in the 25-year war's final act. President Mahinda

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