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Iraq’s top cleric increases pressure on al-Maliki

An Iraqi woman living in Iran holds a poster of the Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, Iraq’s top Shiite cleric, in a demonstration against Sunni militants of the al-Qaida-inspired Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or ISIL, and to support Ayatollah al-Sistani, in Tehran,...
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Pope’s view on legalizing drugs: Just say no

Pope Francis exchange gifts with the Grand Master of the Sovereign Order of Malta, Fra’ Matthew Festing, during a private audience in the pontiff’s private library at the Vatican, Friday, June 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Claudio Peri, Pool) Pope Francis exchange gifts with...
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AP PHOTOS: Glimpse at refugees, as UN count surges

Eritrean female asylum seekers sit along with their children on the sidewalk in Sanaa, Yemen, Friday, June 20, 2014. Since April 29, over 200 Eritrean asylum seekers including women and children living on the streets of Sanaa wait to be resettled to a third country. For the first...
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Russian buildup seen as fighting rages in Ukraine

A pro-Russian fighter holds a gun during a handover of the bodies of Ukrainian troops killed in a plane shot down near Luhansk, at a check point in the village of Karlivka near Donetsk, eastern Ukraine, Wednesday, June 18, 2014. The two sides managed to arrange a brief truce...
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Shooting incidents mar Brazil’s WCup celebration

A man who identified himself as a police officer points his gun at anti-World Cup protesters blocking a road that leads to the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, June 15, 2014. The man told people not come any closer to him, and fired shots into the air which...
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Kurds emerge as winners in Iraq chaos

Kurdish security forces prepare combat positions while a Kurdish flag flies outside the oil-rich city of Kirkuk, 180 miles (290 kilometers) north of Baghdad, Iraq, Thursday, June 19, 2014. As Sunni insurgents swept over a large chunk of northern Iraq and barreled toward Baghdad...
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Iraq: al-Maliki’s rivals jockey to replace him

FILE – This Dec. 3, 2011 file photo shows Iraq’s Shiite Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki talks during an interview with The Associated Press in Baghdad, Iraq. The prospect of the U.S. military returning to the fight in Iraq has turned congressional hawks into doves....
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Back to Iraq: Obama sending military advisers

President Barack Obama speaks about the situation in Iraq, Thursday, June 19, 2014, in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington. Obama said the US will send up to 300 military advisers to Iraq, set up joint operation centers. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)...
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Snacks, no banquet, for frugal new Spanish king

Spain’s King Juan Carlos, left, signs an abdication law in the presence of Queen Sofia during a ceremony at the Royal Palace in Madrid, Spain, Wednesday June 18, 2014. Spain’s Juan Carlos formally ratified the law, signing a legislation setting out the legal...
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Gulf nations struggle with Iraq militant blowback

FILE – This April 28, 2014 file photo shows armed, masked antigovernment gunmen patrolling Fallujah, Iraq, after Al-Qaida-linked fighters and their allies seized the city months ago. Saudi Arabia and other Gulf petro-powerhouses encouraged a flow of cash to Sunni rebels in...