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Gunmen, suicide bombers storm Iraq council building

BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Gunmen and suicide bombers stormed a provincial council in central Iraq on Tuesday after exploding a car bomb outside, killing at least 8 people before U.S.-assisted Iraqi forces regained control of the building. The assault in Diyala province’s capital Baquba, 40 km (65 miles) northeast of Baghdad,…

Lebanon gets Hezbollah-led cabinet after 5-month lag

BEIRUT (Reuters) – Lebanon’s Prime Minister Najib Mikati announced Monday a long-delayed government dominated by Iranian-backed Hezbollah and its allies, which is likely to cause alarm among Western powers at a time of regional turmoil. Formed after five months of political stalemate, the new Lebanese leadership was welcomed by President…

Bahrain forces launch crackdown on protesters

MANAMA (Reuters) – Bahraini forces backed by helicopters launched a crackdown on protesters on Wednesday, imposing a curfew and clearing hundreds from a camp that had become the symbol of an uprising by the Shi’ite Muslim majority. Hospital sources said three policemen and at least two protesters were killed in…

Iran objects to foreign troops in Bahrain

TEHRAN (Reuters) – Iran called the deployment of foreign troops in Bahrain unacceptable on Tuesday and warned Saudi Arabia and its ally Washington of “dangerous consequences” for intervening in the island nation’s political crisis. About 1,000 Saudi soldiers entered Bahrain on Monday as part of an effort by the six-nation…

Riot police flee anti-government protesters in Bahrain

MANAMA (Reuters) – Anti-government protesters in Bahrain swarmed back into a symbolic square on Saturday, putting riot police to flight in a striking victory for their cause. Crowds had approached Pearl Square in Manama from different directions, creating a standoff with riot police who had moved in earlier to replace…

Protesters, police clash in Bahrain on “Day of Rage”

NUWEIDRAT, Bahrain (Reuters) – Protesters clashed with police in Bahrain on Monday as the government tightened security in the Gulf island state for an opposition “Day of Rage” inspired by upheaval in Egypt and Tunisia. Helicopters circled over the capital Manama, where protesters were due to gather later in the…

48 deaths reported in Iraq suicide bombing

SAMARRA, Iraq – The toll from a suicide bombing that targeted Shi’ite pilgrims near the city of Samarra, one of Iraq’s worst in recent weeks, rose to 48 dead and 80 wounded, police and officials said on Sunday. The bomber detonated an explosives vest on Saturday at a bus depot…

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