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Israel tightens W. Bank grip as Abbas blasts kidnappers

JERUSALEM: Israel further tightened its grip on the West Bank Wednesday, arresting another 65 people, as Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas lashed out at those behind the kidnapping of three Israeli




UAE recalls envoy to Iraq, slams ‘sectarian’ policies

ABU DHABI: The United Arab Emirates said Wednesday it had recalled its ambassador to Iraq for consultations over the growing unrest and slammed the Shiite-led government’s “sectarian” policies.



Turkey warns citizens to leave all but Iraq’s Kurdish north

ANKARA: Turkey extended a warning to its citizens in Iraq to leave all but the Kurdish-run north on Wednesday, citing a potential battle for Baghdad and saying “negative propaganda” was being spread a




Boehner opposes working with Iran to aid Iraq

WASHINGTON: House Speaker John Boehner says the United States should not be talking to Iran about a joint effort to help the Iraqi government battle insurgents who have been overrunning large swaths o



Iraqi Kurds form government after months of wrangling

ARBIL, Iraq: Iraq’s autonomous Kurdish region formed a new government Wednesday after months of wrangling, with premier Nechirvan Barzani using the occasion to call for defending disputed northern ter



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