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  • Israel pummels Gaza; Kerry on diplomatic push Wednesday, 23 Jul 2014 | 5:42 AM ET

    Israeli forces pounded the Gaza Strip, sending thousands of residents fleeing, and said it was meeting stiff resistance from Hamas Islamists.

  • PARIS, July 20- The head of one of the world's largest airlines has called for an international meeting of carriers to agree a response to the downing of a Malaysian airliner, including a potential rethink of the threats posed by regional conflicts.

  • Iraq PM committed to government formation process Wednesday, 25 Jun 2014 | 6:04 AM ET

    Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki said on Wednesday that he is committed to the process of forming a new government.

  • Kerry in Cairo for talks over Iraq Sunday, 22 Jun 2014 | 5:11 AM ET
    Secretary of State John Kerry.

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Cairo on Sunday for talks with President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi over Egypt's crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood and the threat which the conflict in Iraq poses to the Middle East.

  • Militants take Iraq-Syria border town Saturday, 21 Jun 2014 | 11:53 PM ET
    Town of al-Qaim at the Iraqi-Syrian border

    Sunni fighters have seized a border post on the Iraq-Syria frontier, security sources said, smashing a line drawn by colonial powers a century ago in a campaign to create an Islamic Caliphate from the Mediterranean Sea to Iran.

  • Debate brews as US mulls airstrikes in Iraq Monday, 16 Jun 2014 | 12:34 PM ET
    Volunteers, who have joined the Iraqi Army to fight against predominantly Sunni militants, carry weapons during a parade in the streets in Baghdad's Sadr city June 14, 2014.

    As rebels continue to create unrest in Iraq, policymakers and observers alike can't agree on what, if anything, the U.S. should do.

  • Iraq burns again: What has sparked the fire? Thursday, 12 Jun 2014 | 8:53 AM ET
    DATE IMPORTED:June 10, 2014Civilian children stand next to a burnt vehicle during clashes between Iraqi security forces and al Qaeda-linked Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in the northern Iraq city of Mosul, June 10, 2014.

    Iraq has been absent from the global agenda for years – but now the very existence of the state is being called into question.

  • US foreign policy showdown     Thursday, 29 May 2014 | 8:24 AM ET

    NBC's Richard Engel reports on how President Obama's foreign policy has impacted U.S. allies.

  • President Obama announces America's combat mission in Afghanistan will be over by the end of this year. He outlines the United States' objectives going forward.

  • President Obama traveled to Afghanistan this Memorial Day weekend to thank serving men and women in uniform and deployed civilians. President Obama says America's longest war will come to a "responsible end" this year.

  • The general making waves in Libya: Who is he? Monday, 26 May 2014 | 4:53 PM ET
    A Libyan carries a portrait of retired general Khalifa Haftar during a rally in support of the rogue former general whose forces have launched a 'dignity' campaign to crush jihadist militias on May 23, 2014 in Benghazi, eastern Libya.

    General Khalifa Haftar, once scorned in the North African country, is now the man to watch, after starting a massive military offensive on May 16.

  • Obama promises year-end close to Afghanistan war Sunday, 25 May 2014 | 2:10 PM ET
    US President Barack Obama speaks during a surprise visit with US troops at Bagram Air Field, north of Kabul, in Afghanistan, May 25, 2014, prior to the Memorial Day holiday.

    President Barack Obama is promising U.S. forces in Afghanistan that America's longest war will come to a close at the end of the year.

  • HONG KONG/ KABUL, May 23- A move by some Chinese commercial lenders to stop doing dollar business with most Afghan banks is connected to Beijing's concern over recent unrest in China's western Xinjiang region, two senior Chinese banking sources said on Friday.

  • From battlefield hero to Wall Street pro     Tuesday, 20 May 2014 | 3:18 PM ET

    Medal of Honor recipient Sergeant Kyle White, discusses his military service and his position at RBC Capital Markets. White received the medal for his courageous actions during combat operations in Afghanistan.

  • KABUL, May 20- The frontrunner in Afghanistan's presidential race, Abdullah Abdullah, has promised to rescue the ailing economy by healing a rift with the West and passing laws to tackle corruption and money laundering to reassure hesitant foreign donors.

  • KABUL, May 19- A bored security guard, a Kalashnikov rifle over his shoulder, stands guard alone outside an idle construction site for a 10- story building in downtown Kabul, one of more than a dozen concrete shells with not a single construction worker in sight.

  • KABUL, May 19- A bored security guard, a Kalashnikov rifle over his shoulder, stands guard alone outside an idle construction site for a 10- storey building in downtown Kabul, one of more than a dozen concrete shells with not a single construction worker in sight. However, business has now ground to a halt across much of Afghanistan.

  • Dozens dead as violence spreads in Ukraine Saturday, 3 May 2014 | 2:37 AM ET
    Violence in Odessa as pro-Russian and pro-Ukrainian activists clashed on Friday.

    At least 30 people were killed in southern Ukraine on Friday when clashes between pro-Kiev and pro-Russia protesters spread from the east of the country. The FT reports.

  • Shakib Noori, Former Economic Attaché at Embassy of Afghanistan, describes the country's security situation ahead of Saturday's election.

  • New, smaller US military has long road to reality Tuesday, 4 Mar 2014 | 3:15 PM ET
    USS George Washington

    Proposed military budget cuts proposed by the Pentagon last week may be far from what Congress finally agrees on.