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  • *U.S. air support helping Kurds in Mosul Dam drive. DOHUK, Iraq, Aug 17- Kurdish fighters pushed to retake Iraq's largest dam on Sunday in an attempt to reverse gains by Islamic State insurgents who have overrun much of the country's north, officials said.

  • DOHUK, Iraq, Aug 17- Kurdish fighters are advancing towards the militant-held city of Mosul, aiming to reverse gains by Islamic State insurgents, witnesses and a Kurdish peshmerga commander said on Sunday.

  • Islamic State said to kill 80 Yazidis in Iraq Friday, 15 Aug 2014 | 5:38 PM ET
    Iraqi Yazidi refugees rest inside a tent at the Newroz camp in Hasaka province, northeastern Syria.

    Islamic State insurgents "massacred" some 80 members of Iraq's Yazidi minority, a Yazidi lawmaker and two Kurdish officials said on Friday.

  • N. Korea welcomes pope to Asia by firing 3 rockets Thursday, 14 Aug 2014 | 9:21 AM ET
    Replicas of a North Korean Scud-B missile (C-behind) and South Korean Hawk surface-to-air missiles (foreground) are seen at the Korean War Memorial in Seoul.

    North Korea fired three short-range rockets off its east coast on Thursday, shortly before Pope Francis arrived in Seoul on his first visit to Asia.

  • US starts Iraq aid amid reports of airstrikes Thursday, 7 Aug 2014 | 5:10 PM ET
    President Barack Obama meets with the National Security Council in the Situation Room of the White House, Aug. 7, 2014.

    Administration officials had said earlier that the president was considering both airstrikes against militants and airdrops of humanitarian aid.

  • ARBIL, Iraq, Aug 7- Islamist militants surged across northern Iraq towards the capital of the Kurdish region on Thursday, sending tens of thousands of Christians fleeing for their lives, in an offensive that has alarmed the Baghdad government and world powers.

  • ARBIL, Iraq, Aug 7- Islamic State militants extended their gains in northern Iraq on Thursday, seizing more towns and strengthening a foothold near the Kurdish region in an offensive that has alarmed the Baghdad government and regional powers.

  • ARBIL, Iraq, Aug 4- Sheik Ali Hatem Suleiman, one of the leaders of the Sunni revolt against the Shi'ite-led government of Iraq, sat cross-legged on a couch last month, lit another Marlboro Red, and discussed the struggle with visitors from his home city of Ramadi, where the uprising began late last year.

  • SAUDI KING CALLS ON MUSLIM SCHOLARS AND LEADERS TO PREVENT ISLAM BEING HIJACKED BY' TERRORISTS'.

  • INSIGHT-Purge of minorities re-draws Iraq map Thursday, 24 Jul 2014 | 7:58 AM ET

    *Islamic State militants harry minorities after fall of Mosul. KABERLI, Iraq, July 24- A new map is being drawn across the plains of northern Iraq as Sunni militants of the Islamic State purge the rural landscape of religious and ethnic minorities that have co-existed for hundreds of years.

  • SPENCER, Mass., July 24- Tucked off a two-lane highway in a hilly, wooded section of central Massachusetts, a group of Roman Catholic monks has embraced a centuries-old tradition they hope can sustain their aging members in a world of rapidly rising health costs.

  • EDINBURGH, July 18- Ruth McPherson was born and educated in Scotland but left to work in London two years ago and so has no say on whether her native country should end three centuries of union with England.

  • *Blast in Lagos port claimed by Islamist militants Boko Haram. ABUJA, July 13- As long as violence perpetrated by Islamist militants was more or less contained in Nigeria's remote northeast, the attitude of many citizens and expatriates in the more prosperous south was a shrug of the shoulders.

  • JAKARTA, July 10- The man most likely elected Indonesia's new president warned on Thursday against tampering with ballots ahead of a final count of votes later this month.

  • Obama torn by faith groups vs gay work rules Wednesday, 9 Jul 2014 | 12:00 AM ET

    Obama is being pressed by religious groups demanding exclusion from an executive order to bar discrimination against gays by federal contractors. The NYT reports.

  • TASIKMALAYA, Indonesia, July 7- The closest and dirtiest presidential race in Indonesia's young democracy could be decided on Wednesday among the mosques and rice paddies of West Java, the nation's most populous province.

  • *Helps banks to navigate restrictions in Turkey, Algeria. In January, Dubai- based Noor Islamic Bank changed its name to Noor Bank. Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank, the emirate's largest sharia-compliant lender, now plans to call itself Abu Dhabi International Bank when operating abroad.

  • Ultra-Orthodox Jews in un-Orthodox high-tech jobs Tuesday, 1 Jul 2014 | 2:07 PM ET
    Tech advisor, Hillel Fuld, left, meets with Jeremie Berrebi of Kima Ventures, a haredi angel investor.

    Though ultra-Orthodox Jews may lack basic math skills, Torah studies provide them with tools applicable to Israel's booming high-tech industry

  • Pro-life and pro-choice demonstrators eagerly awaited the U.S. Supreme Court decision on contraception on Monday. CNBC's Hampton Pearson reports on the ruling.

  • Judge Richard Holwell, weighs in on the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling that employers can refuse to pay for contraception coverage for employees. Holwell says it's a 1st amendment issue that should have little impact on Obamacare. Judge Holwell also comments on the labor union fee decision.