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World 15 Dec 2014 | 8:35 PM

Iraq's new premier battles to unite a fractured nation

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Three months after he took office with a mission to unite his broken, warring country, Iraq's new prime minister has swept away the divisive legacy of his predecessor with a burst of rapid and dramatic measures.

World 29 Aug 2014 | 10:55 PM

U.S. sends arms to bolster Lebanon army after Islamist incursion

BEIRUT (Reuters) - The United States has begun delivering nearly $20 million of arms including assault rifles, anti-tank missiles and mortars to bolster Lebanon's army after Islamist insurgents seized a border town for several days this month, U.S. officials said on Friday.

World 16 Jan 2014 | 12:50 AM

Violence kills 75 in Iraq, PM seeks world's support

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Bomb attacks and shootings killed at least 75 people in Iraq on Wednesday, police and hospital sources said, making it one of the bloodiest days in months.

World 06 Jan 2014 | 7:00 AM

Syria rebels push al Qaeda back; U.S. open to Iran role

AMMAN/JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Syrian rebel fighters loyal to al Qaeda ceded ground near the Turkish border to rival Islamists on Sunday, activists said, in what seemed to be a tactical withdrawal to end clashes between Syrian- and foreign-led opponents of President Bashar al-Assad.

World 27 Oct 2013 | 1:40 AM

Italy's right could split after Berlusconi move - lawmakers

ROME (Reuters) - Italy's political centre-right could split, lawmakers said on Saturday, after Silvio Berlusconi resurrected his old Forza Italia party and suspended the People of Freedom (PDL), part of the wobbly left-right coalition government.

World 01 Oct 2013 | 11:01 PM

Insight - Saudi Arabia boosts Salafist rivals to al Qaeda in Syria

AMMAN (Reuters) - Alarmed by the rise of al Qaeda in Syria, Saudi Arabia is trying to strengthen rival Islamists with ties to Riyadh and this week helped engineer a consolidation of rebel groups around Damascus under a Saudi-backed leader.

World 13 Jul 2013 | 12:15 AM

Tunisian opposition seeks to copy Egypt's ouster of Islamists

TUNIS (Reuters) - Secular opponents of Tunisia's Islamist-led government are hoping to emulate their counterparts in Egypt, who have acclaimed an army coup against Islamist President Mohamed Mursi.

World 25 Mar 2013 | 12:00 AM

Arab summit may struggle to paper over Syria opposition rifts

DOHA/AMMAN (Reuters) - An Arab Summit intended to showcase the unity of the Syrian opposition threatens to veer wildly off script and expose deepening factionalism, potentially hurting Western and Arab efforts to end the war.

World 06 Nov 2012 | 12:00 AM

Britain floats safe exit for Syria's Assad

JEDDAH/AMMAN (Reuters) - Britain floated the notion on Tuesday of Syria's President Bashar al-Assad leaving power with immunity from prosecution while the opposition said at least 100 more people were killed in the country's 19-month revolt.

World 06 Nov 2012 | 12:00 AM

Britain floats safe exit for Syria's Assad

JEDDAH/AMMAN (Reuters) - Britain floated the notion on Tuesday of Syria's President Bashar al-Assad leaving power with immunity from prosecution while the opposition said at least 100 more people were killed in the country's 19-month revolt.