Ukraine’s Chief Says Most Russian Forces Gone, Vows More Local Powers

Ukraine’s Chief Says Most Russian Forces Gone, Vows More Local Powers

By Sergei L. Loiko, Los Angeles Times KIEV, Ukraine -- Russia has withdrawn about 70 percent of the armed groups it sent into eastern Ukraine in recent weeks, Ukraine President Pe ...

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Syrian Rebels Seize Border Crossing Into Israel-Held Golan Heights

Syrian Rebels Seize Border Crossing Into Israel-Held Golan Heights

By Laura King and Nabih Bulos, Los Angeles Times TEL AVIV, Israel -- Fighting in Syria's civil war reached Israel's doorstep on Wednesday, with rebels seizing the Syrian side of a ...

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Maliki Spurned As Iraq President Nominates New PM

Maliki Spurned As Iraq President Nominates New PM

Baghdad (AFP) - Iraq moved closer to turning the page on Nuri al-Maliki's controversial reign Monday when his own clan spurned him for another prime minister to save the country f ...

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Iraq Jihadist Advances Spark Christian Exodus, Western Alarm

Iraq Jihadist Advances Spark Christian Exodus, Western Alarm

Kirkuk (Iraq) (AFP) - Jihadists seized much of Iraq's Christian heartland and moved within striking distance of autonomous Kurdistan on Thursday in a push that stirred panic among ...

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‘Barrel Bomb’ Use In Syria On The Rise, Rights Group Says

‘Barrel Bomb’ Use In Syria On The Rise, Rights Group Says

By Carol J. Williams, Los Angeles Times The Syrian government has escalated its use of "barrel bombs" against densely populated neighborhoods near Aleppo in defiance of a U.N. Sec ...

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On July 4, A Message For Patriots Of All Persuasions

On July 4, A Message For Patriots Of All Persuasions

When the flags fly proudly on the Fourth of July, I always remember what my late father taught me about love of country. He was a deeply patriotic man, much as he despised the sco ...

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Iraq PM Rejects Salvation Government As Jihadists Bolstered

Iraq PM Rejects Salvation Government As Jihadists Bolstered

Baghdad (AFP) - Iraq's premier rejected forming a salvation government to confront jihadists whose sweeping offensive in the country was bolstered Wednesday when Al-Qaeda's Syrian ...

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Ukraine Seeks Putin Help To Save Crumbling Truce

Ukraine Seeks Putin Help To Save Crumbling Truce

Slavyansk (Ukraine) (AFP) - Ukraine's new Western-backed leader sought urgent talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday after separatist rebels shot down an army he ...

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Iraq PM Under Mounting Criticism As U.S. Holds Back On Air Strikes

Iraq PM Under Mounting Criticism As U.S. Holds Back On Air Strikes

Baghdad (AFP) - Iraq's leader faced mounting criticism Friday for his Shiite-led government's failure to do more to woo the Sunni Arab minority as U.S. President Barack Obama prom ...

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Obama: U.S. Ready For ‘Precise’ Military Action In Iraq

Obama: U.S. Ready For ‘Precise’ Military Action In Iraq

Washington (AFP) - U.S. President Barack Obama on Thursday said he was ready to send 300 military advisors to Iraq and if necessary to take "targeted" and "precise" military actio ...

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