Iraq battles militant onslaught as Kerry presses unity

BAGHDAD: Iraqi forces held off attacks on a key town and an oil refinery as top US diplomat John Kerry pushed Tuesday for unity in a conflict the UN says has killed nearly 1,100.

AP names Vivian Salama as Baghdad bureau chief

CAIRO: Vivian Salama, a television and print journalist who has reported on the Middle East for over a decade, has been named as Baghdad bureau chief for The Associated Press.

UAE jails 7 for ties with Al-Qaeda

ABU DHABI: Seven men arrested last year on suspicion of planning attacks on the UAE were jailed on Monday for belonging to an Al-Qaeda network and aiding its affiliate in Syria.

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