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Petrol crisis bites in Iraq's Kurdish region
Friday, June 27, 2014

ARBIL: The shutdown of Iraq's biggest refinery, roads blocked by fighting, and skyrocketing demand have created the worst oil crisis in years in the country's autonomous Kurdish region.
 
At petrol stations across the three provinces of the northern region, but particularly in and around the city of Dohuk and the Kurdish regional capital Arbil, lines extend for hours, sometimes even days....

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Poroshenko hails 'historic day' of EU-Ukraine association accord
Friday, June 27, 2014

BRUSSELS: Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko said the Friday signing of an association accord with the EU marked a "historic day" that offered his ex-Soviet country a fresh start after years of political instability.
 
The accord, which will seal closer political and economic ties with the European Union, offered "an absolutely new perspective for my country," Poroshenko said as he arrived for the signing ceremony in Brussels....

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Libyan human rights activist gunned down in Benghazi
Thursday, June 26, 2014

BENGHAZI: Human rights activist Salwa Bugaighis was shot dead by unknown assailants at her home in the restive east Libyan city of Benghazi late Wednesday, hospital and security sources said.
 
"Unknown hooded men wearing military uniforms attacked Mrs Bugaighis in her home and opened fire on her," said a security official, who did not wish to be named.
 
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Bomb blast in Nigeria capital kills 21, wounds 17
Thursday, June 26, 2014

ABUJA: A bomb exploded in a crowded shopping centre in Nigeria's capital Abuja on Wednesday, killing at least 21 people in a city already gripped by fear after a series of deadly attacks by Boko Haram Islamists, police and the government said.
 
The blast shook the Emab Plaza at 4:00 pm (1500 GMT), the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) said, as shoppers were buying groceries ahead of...

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Qaeda merges with ISIL at Syria-Iraq border town: NGO
Wednesday, June 25, 2014

BEIRUT: Al-Qaeda's Syrian offshoot on Wednesday made an oath of loyalty to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant at a key town on the Iraqi border, a monitor said.
 
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the merger is significant because it opens the way for ISIL to take control of both sides of the border at Albu Kamal in Syria and Al-Qaim in Iraq, where the jihadist group has led a major offensive this month....

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4 bombs in Cairo metro stations, 4 hurt
Wednesday, June 25, 2014

CAIRO: Four makeshift bombs exploded within minutes of each other at three Cairo metro stations during morning rush hour on Wednesday, wounding at least four people, police and health officials said.
 
Militants have stepped up attacks in Egypt, mostly against security forces, since the army ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in July 2013 and the authorities launched a deadly crackdown on his supporters....

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Militants seize Iraq-Syria border crossing
Tuesday, June 24, 2014

RAMADI, June 23 -- 2014: Sunni Arab militants have seized the Al-Waleed border post between Iraq and Syria, officers said today, meaning that all crossings between the neighbouring countries are now outside government control. The militants took the crossing yesterday, a colonel and a captain in the border guards said. ...

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Egypt jails Al-Jazeera journalists for up to 10 years
Monday, June 23, 2014

CAIRO, June 23 -- 2014: An Egyptian court today sentenced three Al-Jazeera journalists including Australian Peter Greste to jail terms ranging from seven to 10 years after accusing them of aiding the blacklisted Muslim Brotherhood. Greste and Egyptian-Canadian Mohamed Fadel Fahmy each got seven years, while producer Baher Mohamed received two sentences -- one for seven years and another for three years....

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Death toll in twin Malaysian boat accidents rise to 15
Friday, June 20, 2014

KUALA LUMPUR, June 20 -- 2014: Malaysian authorities said today that a 15th body was found and 27 people remain missing from two boat accidents, at a time when Indonesian illegal migrant workers head home for the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan.
 
Eighty-two people have been rescued so far in an ongoing search off western Malaysia after the boats, believed to be...

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MH370 hunt to shift south
Friday, June 20, 2014

SYDNEY, June 20 -- 2014: The drawn-out search for missing Malaysian Flight MH370 will revert to an area hundreds of kilometres south of the previously suspected crash site following new analysis of the plane's flight path, a report said today.
 
Investigators grappling to solve the mystery of the jet's disappearance are set to scour a zone 1,800 kilometres west of...

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