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3:07 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

World's Chemical Weapons Watchdog Clears Syria

Originally published on Mon June 23, 2014 7:07 pm

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Iraq
3:07 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

Along Iraq-Syria Border, Two Key Crossings Fall To Insurgents

Originally published on Mon June 23, 2014 7:07 pm

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Along Iraq's long border to the west with Syria, ISIS fighters have seized control of two key crossings between the two countries. Al Qaim and Al Waleed are now in the insurgents' and hands. Joining me to talk about what that means is Ned Parker, the Baghdad bureau chief for Reuters. And Ned, the first to go was Al Qaim followed very quickly by Al Waleed. Did the Iraqi army put up a fight there?

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Iraq
3:07 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

Maliki's Power Base Crumbles As Iraq Slips Into Chaos

Will Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki be able to unite Iraq's various factions, or will he be forced out?
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Originally published on Mon June 23, 2014 7:18 pm

Tens of thousands of Iraqi men brandishing assorted weapons are responding to a call to arms. They invoke the Mahdi, a figure from Shiite Muslim prophecies, as they march in a recent parade in Sadr City, a Shiite suburb of Baghdad, the Iraqi capital.

"We volunteer to protect our dear country," says Hazem al-Shemmari.

When Sunni militants took over parts of Iraq this month, Shiite religious leaders called for volunteers to fight back.

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Iraq
3:07 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

Kerry Lands In Badhdad, Bearing Warnings For Iraqi Leaders

Originally published on Mon June 23, 2014 7:07 pm

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Middle East
3:07 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

Guilty Verdicts Claim 3 More Reporters, As Egyptian Courts Roll On

Originally published on Mon June 23, 2014 7:07 pm

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It's a case that's drawn international condemnation. Today, an Egyptian court sentenced two journalists to seven years in jail, and a third to 10 years. They all work for the Al Jazeera English news network and were convicted of being or aiding terrorists and tarnishing Egypt's image. No evidence of their alleged crimes were present - was presented in court. NPR's Leila Fadel has more.

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The Two-Way
2:44 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

Under Attack By ISIS, Iraq Agrees To Give U.S. Troops Immunity

Iraqi Kurdish forces take position near Taza Khormato as they fight jihadist militants from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) positioned five kilometers away in Bashir on Monday.
Karim Sahib AFP/Getty Images

Remember last week when President Obama said he planned to send up to 300 military advisers to Iraq?

Well, the U.S. couldn't do it until the Iraqi government gave U.S. soldiers immunity from prosecution, through what's called a "diplomatic note." If those U.S. soldiers committed any crimes or had any legal troubles while advising Iraqis, the U.S. wanted to handle any prosecutions.

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The Two-Way
2:17 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

Beijing: Hong Kong Democracy Referendum 'An Illegal Farce'

People vote Sunday at a polling station for an unofficial referendum on democratic reform in Hong Kong. Beijing has denounced the vote as illegal.
Kin Cheung AP

Originally published on Mon June 23, 2014 2:26 pm

China state media have denounced an unofficial democracy referendum being held in Hong Kong that has drawn more than 700,000 voters so far, saying it is "tinged with mincing ludicrousness."

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Latin America
12:03 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

Child Detention Centers: A 'Headache' For The Obama Administration

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Wisdom Watch
12:03 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

Hugh Masekela Reminisces On Musical Motivations, Mandela

Originally published on Wed June 25, 2014 1:33 pm

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The Two-Way
11:23 am
Mon June 23, 2014

Top Malaysian Court Upholds Ruling On Who Can Use 'Allah'

Malaysia's highest court agrees with him.
Shamshahrin Shamsudin EPA/Landov

Originally published on Mon June 23, 2014 1:21 pm

Malaysia's highest court has upheld a ruling by a lower court that non-Muslims cannot use the word "Allah" as a synonym for God. But the scope of Monday's decision by the Federal Court of Malaysia was unclear because the government issued a statement that said the ruling applied only to the Catholic newspaper that brought the case.

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