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Militants kidnap, kill 20 Iraqi soldiers: officials

Militants attacked a military base in north Iraq, kidnapped 20 soldiers and later shot them dead, police and a morgue employee said.

Militants kidnap, kill 20 Iraqi soldiers: officials
Iraqi forces cast ballots ahead of election
Iraqi forces cast ballots ahead of election

Security personnel cast their ballots nationwide Monday ahead of Iraq's first election since US troops withdrew, amid attacks on voting centres and fears the country is slipping into all-out conflict.

Iraqi forces cast ballots ahead of election
Iraq attacks kill 10 as bomber hits university
Iraq attacks kill 10 as bomber hits university

Attacks in Iraq, including a suicide bombing at a university in north Baghdad, killed at least 10 people on Sunday, security and medical officials said.

Iraq attacks kill 10 as bomber hits university
Fort Hood gunman's motivation 'may never be known'
Fort Hood gunman's motivation 'may never be known'

Investigators said Friday they may never know exactly what drove a troubled US soldier to shoot dead three people and wound 16 earlier this week at Fort Hood.

Fort Hood gunman's motivation 'may never be known'
Four dead at Fort Hood including shooter, 16 wounded: commander
Four dead at Fort Hood including shooter, 16 wounded: commander

Four people were killed in a shooting at Fort Hood on Wednesday including the assailant, a soldier who served in Iraq and was being treated for mental health issues, the commander of the US base said.

Four dead at Fort Hood including shooter, 16 wounded: commander
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S. Korean constructors win $6bn refinery deal in Iraq

A consortium of four major South Korean construction companies has won a $6.04 billion deal to build an oil refinery in Iraq.

S. Korean constructors win $6bn refinery deal in Iraq
Iran's Zarif to visit Syria ahead of peace talks
Iran's Zarif to visit Syria ahead of peace talks

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif is due to travel to Tehran ally Damascus in the next few days, media reported Sunday, amid preparations for a Syria peace conference.

Iran's Zarif to visit Syria ahead of peace talks
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Iran exiles say camp struck by rockets near Baghdad airport

Rockets struck near Baghdad airport on Thursday in what an exiled Iran opposition group said was an attack on their camp that left three dead and around 50 wounded.

Iran exiles say camp struck by rockets near Baghdad airport
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Man who oversaw Saddam hanging recalls dictator's end

Mowaffak al-Rubaie sits in his office with a statue of Saddam Hussein behind him, the rope used to hang the dictator around its neck, recalling his final minutes.

Man who oversaw Saddam hanging recalls dictator's end
Jerusalem buried in snow as rare storm pounds Mideast
Jerusalem buried in snow as rare storm pounds Mideast

A fierce winter storm shut down much of the Middle East Friday, burying Jerusalem in snow, flooding parts of Gaza and bringing frigid, wet weather to war-ravaged Syria.

Jerusalem buried in snow as rare storm pounds Mideast
OPEC to sit tight over oil output on supply strains
OPEC to sit tight over oil output on supply strains

OPEC is set to stick to its oil output limit at a meeting here on Wednesday, even as Iraq and Iran eye higher crude exports amid slashed Libyan production.

OPEC to sit tight over oil output on supply strains
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Oxfam launches '12 Days of Giving' for Syria refugees

International aid agency Oxfam on Tuesday launched a "12 Days of Giving" appeal to help destitute Syrian refugee families in Jordan and Lebanon survive the region's harsh winter months.

Oxfam launches '12 Days of Giving' for Syria refugees
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Middle East unrest fuels Sunni-Shiite rift

Relations between Sunni and Shiite Muslims in the Middle East could plunge to new lows as the violence in Syria worsens and sectarian rhetoric looms in upcoming Iraqi elections, experts say.

Middle East unrest fuels Sunni-Shiite rift
Spate of Baghdad blasts kill 24
Spate of Baghdad blasts kill 24

A wave of attacks, most of them car bombs targeting Shiite neighbourhoods, rocked Baghdad early on Wednesday, killing at least 24 people in the latest bout of bloodshed to rock Iraq.

Spate of Baghdad blasts kill 24
US renews vow to help Iraq combat terror attacks
US renews vow to help Iraq combat terror attacks

The US vowed to help Iraq combat terror groups as mounting attacks claimed more lives ahead of talks between Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki and President Barack Obama.

US renews vow to help Iraq combat terror attacks
Bomb kills 12 as war-related deaths near 500,000 in Iraq
Bomb kills 12 as war-related deaths near 500,000 in Iraq

A bomb ripped through a crowd of worshippers at a Sunni mosque in Iraq, killing 12 people as a study put the death toll in the war-torn country at nearly half a million since the US-led 2003 invasion.

Bomb kills 12 as war-related deaths near 500,000 in Iraq
Baghdad area bombings kill at least 50
Baghdad area bombings kill at least 50

Twelve car bombs, mainly targeting Shiite-majority areas in and around Baghdad, killed at least 47 people Monday, while at least three died in a blast against Sunni worshippers.

Baghdad area bombings kill at least 50
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Clashes as Iran exiles claim dozens dead in Iraq raid

Clashes and explosions were reported in a camp housing Iranian exiles, with the group claiming Iraqi troops killed more than 50 of their members, charges officials steadfastly denied.

Clashes as Iran exiles claim dozens dead in Iraq raid
Suicide bomber kills 25 at Baghdad park
Suicide bomber kills 25 at Baghdad park

A suicide bomber killed at least 25 people in Baghdad on Friday while seven died in other attacks, as security forces seek to stem spiralling violence with wide-ranging anti-insurgent operations.

Suicide bomber kills 25 at Baghdad park
Qaeda claims deadly attacks as Iraqis blame government
Qaeda claims deadly attacks as Iraqis blame government

An Al-Qaeda front group on Sunday claimed a wave of attacks that killed dozens of people during the Eid al-Fitr holiday, as Iraqis angrily blamed authorities for failing to prevent the violence.

Qaeda claims deadly attacks as Iraqis blame government