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IS battle a 'Third World War’: Iraqi diplomat

Iraq’s top diplomat has described the global fight against the Islamic State as a 'Third World War'. Iraqi Foreign Minister Dr Ibrahim Al Jaafari said efforts to eradicate the extremist movement, which has taken ove

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US weighs sanctions on Libyan factions to halt proxy war

The United States is considering imposing sanctions on Libya's combative factions to prevent a proxy conflict fueled by regional powers from erupting into full-blown civil war and to force militant leaders to negotiate, US officials said.

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In oil price war, Saudi's biggest rival is next door

Kuwait, Saudi Arabia's traditional Gulf ally, is challenging its bigger neighbour in an increasingly competitive battle for market share as it sells oil to buyers in Asia at the widest discount to a comparable Saudi grade in 10 years.

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As Kurds regain ground in Iraq, new challenges emerge

The changing fortunes of war in northern Iraq are recorded in layers of graffiti daubed on the walls of villages overrun by Islamic State militants this summer, but since re-appropriated by Kurdish peshmerga forces. "Bravo pe

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Famine, war dash hopes for South Sudan economy

When South Sudan was born, the world's youngest country had generous Western allies and sturdy oil exports, a formula that offered a chance to build a modern economy and drag its people out of their daily struggle to feed themselves.

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Islamic State drags Obama back into Mideast quagmire

American-led and Arab-backed air strikes carrying the fight against Islamic State from Iraq into Syria have dragged Washington into a new Middle East war - exactly the kind of conflict Barack Obama spent his presidency trying to avoid.

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Peace activists sign key pact in South Korea

A key agreement has been in South Korea by representatives of 172 nations, including Bahrain, in a bid to end war and establish world peace. The Unity of Religion Agreement, put forward as part of the three-day Summit for the Worl

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Gaza faces huge challenges to rebuild after war

Fifty days of war in one of the most densely-populated parts of the world have left swathes of Gaza in ruins. With the economy reeling under an Israeli-Egyptian blockade, the enclave now faces an almost impossible task of rebuilding.

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US 'fuelling cold war in Mideast’: expert

An emerging regional cold war is a direct result of changing US foreign policies towards the Middle East, according to a leading expert. International Institute of Strategic Studies (IISS) consulting senior fellow for the Middle E

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Syria death toll tops 190,000 in 3 years

More than 191,000 people were killed in the first three years of Syria's civil war, a UN report said on Friday, and the world body's human rights envoy rebuked leading powers for failing to halt what she branded a "wholly avoidable

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