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Over 2 million Muslims begin annual hajj pilgrimage

More than 2 million Muslims have begun the annual hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia.

Taliban storm Afghan army base, kill 17 troops

The spokesman for the Defense Ministry in Kabul says the Taliban have overrun a military base in northern Afghanistan, killing 17 soldiers and wounding at least 19 troops.

UN report: Up to 30,000 Islamic State members in Iraq, Syria

The Islamic State extremist group has up to 30,000 members roughly equally distributed between Syria and Iraq and its global network poses a rising threat — as does al-Qaida, which...

9 people killed in Taiwan nursing home fire; 16 hurt

A fire at a nursing home in Taiwan early Monday left nine people dead and 16 injured.

Iran: China's state-owned energy CNPC takes over French TO

Iran's official IRNA news agency is reporting that China's state-owned petroleum corporation has taken a majority share of the country's South Pars gas project after French oil and gas company...

Iran says 10 militants killed in Kurdish area near Iraq

Iran's elite Revolutionary Guard says it has killed 10 militants in a Kurdish region near the border with Iraq.

3 Palestinians killed in Israeli airstrikes in Gaza Strip

The Gaza Health Ministry says a pregnant woman, her 1-year-old daughter and a Hamas fighter have been killed in Israeli airstrikes in the Gaza Strip.

UN envoy urges Iraqi leaders to form inclusive government

The U.N. envoy for Iraq urged its political leaders on Wednesday to listen to the people and seize the opportunity to form "a patriotic, inclusive and non-sectarian national government" that...

Yemen: US allies don't defeat al-Qaida but pay it to go away

Secret compromises with al-Qaida in Yemen risk strengthening the most dangerous branch of the terror network that carried out the 9/11 attacks, an Associated Press investigation has found.

Saudi Arabia orders Canadian envoy to leave over criticism

Saudi Arabia has ordered the Canadian ambassador to leave the ultraconservative kingdom after criticism of its arrests of activists.

 
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UN report: Up to 30,000 Islamic State members in Iraq, Syria

The Islamic State extremist group has up to 30,000 members roughly equally distributed between Syria and Iraq and its global network poses a rising threat — as does al-Qaida, which ...

Taliban storm Afghan army base, kill 17 troops

The spokesman for the Defense Ministry in Kabul says the Taliban have overrun a military base in northern Afghanistan, killing 17 soldiers and wounding at least 19 troops.

9 people killed in Taiwan nursing home fire; 16 hurt

A fire at a nursing home in Taiwan early Monday left nine people dead and 16 injured.

Over 2 million Muslims begin annual hajj pilgrimage

More than 2 million Muslims have begun the annual hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia.