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  • *Separatist rebels control territory in east Ukraine. "At 10:34 a.m. the Ukrainian flag was raised over City Hall in Mariupol," Interior Minister Arsen Avakov wrote on Facebook, less than six hours after the attack began on the city of 500,000, Ukraine's biggest Azov Sea port.

  • LONDON, June 13- In 1988, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini "drank the cup of poison" and agreed to a U.N.-mediated ceasefire with Saddam Hussein to end the devastating Iran- Iraq war.

  • BAQUBA, Iraq, June 13- Sunni Islamist militants gained more ground in Iraq overnight, moving into two towns in the eastern province of Diyala, while U.S. Militants from the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant overran the northern city of Mosul earlier this week and have since pressed south towards Baghdad in an onslaught against the Shi'ite-led government.

  • Iraq: US involvement would be 'embarrassing'     Friday, 13 Jun 2014 | 2:30 AM ET

    Jamie Ingram, Middle East analyst at IHS Country Risk, comments on the situation in Iraq and on how the U.S. could choose to intervene.

  • WASHINGTON, June 12- Top U.S. weapons maker Lockheed Martin Corp on Thursday said about 25 of its employees were being evacuated from the Balad area in northern Iraq as part of a larger effort to ensure their safety given growing violence in the region.

  • Former envoy says airstrikes needed on Iraqi rebels Thursday, 12 Jun 2014 | 6:06 PM ET
    An armored vehicle belonging to Iraqi security forces is in  flames after hundreds of militants launched a major assault.

    James Jeffrey, the former U.S. Ambassador to Iraq, said the U.S. needs to deploy air power to stop the escalating violence in Iraq.

  • U.S. accuses Sudan of deadly attacks on civilians, Thursday, 12 Jun 2014 | 4:43 PM ET

    Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power came just days after a coalition of 45 organizations providing humanitarian aid or supporting peace efforts in Sudan wrote to the U.N. Security Council, African Union and Arab League demanding an end to attacks on civilians.

  • UNITED NATIONS, June 12- The top U.N. official in Iraq told the U.N. Security Council on Thursday there was no immediate danger of violence spreading to Baghdad, but that the northern offensive by Islamist rebels posed a great threat to the country's sovereignty, diplomats said.

  • Iran deploys forces to fight rebels: Report Thursday, 12 Jun 2014 | 1:11 PM ET
    In a file picture, Iran's elite Revolutionary Guard special forces participate in military manoeuvers at an undisclosed location near the Gulf.

    Iran has sent elite troops to Iraq to assist the country's government against al Qaeda-inspired rebels, according to the Wall Street Journal.

  • Key facts about the group wreaking havoc in Iraq Thursday, 12 Jun 2014 | 12:33 PM ET
    This undated file image posted on a militant website on Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014 shows fighters from the al-Qaida linked Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) marching in Raqqa, Syria.

    While seizing key Iraqi cities has catapulted ISIS onto the world’s radar, the Sunni group has been around for years. NBC News reports.

  • Insurgents surround Iraq's largest refinery in Baiji Thursday, 12 Jun 2014 | 10:25 AM ET

    TIKRIT, Iraq, June 12- Insurgents surrounded Iraq's largest refinery in the northern town of Baiji on Thursday, police and an engineer inside said. Sunni militants first moved into Baiji late on Tuesday, closing in on the refinery, but later withdrew to the surrounding villages after reaching a deal with local tribal chiefs.

  • 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.

  • *Ukraine reports several overnight clashes with rebels. KIEV, June 10- Ukraine's new president ordered the creation of evacuation "corridors" on Tuesday to help civilians escape fighting between pro-Russian separatists and government forces in east Ukraine.

  • BAGHDAD, June 10- Iraq's Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki has asked parliament to declare a state of emergency after Sunni Islamist insurgents seized control of most of the country's second largest city, Mosul.

  • *Ukraine's president has vowed to put down rebellion. MARYNIVKA/LUHANSK, Ukraine, June 9- Ukrainian border guards stand grim-faced and nervous at the remote Marynivka checkpoint on the frontier with Russia, fearing an attack by pro- Moscow separatists at any time.

  • MOSCOW, June 9- Oleg Makarenko wants to set the story straight and answer the "Russophobes" who he says are trying to split and humiliate Russia. His website Ruxpert may not command the viewer numbers of Wikipedia which inspired it, but inside Russia it holds a prominent position in what Makarenko calls an information war with the West.

  • Putin, Ukraine leader break the crisis ice on D-Day Friday, 6 Jun 2014 | 10:47 AM ET
    Ukraine president-elect Petro Poroshenko (L), German Chancellor Angela Merkel (C) and Russian President Vladimir Putin talk after a group photo during the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings in Benouville, France June 6, 2014.

    Western officials hope that informal contacts between Putin and Poroshenko during the event can help ease tensions over Ukraine's future.

  • World leaders commemorate D-Day in Normandy     Friday, 6 Jun 2014 | 3:30 AM ET

    The gathering of veterans in Normandy, France, is "very poignant", but diplomatically all eyes are on Barack Obama and Vladimir Putin, NBC's Andrea Mitchell reports.

  • WASHINGTON, June 4- The Keystone XL oil pipeline would be vulnerable to attacks threatening water supplies for millions of homeowners and farmers, according to a report by NextGen Climate, a political group led by billionaire activist Tom Steyer.

  • Greenberg on Tiananmen: AIG did the right thing Wednesday, 4 Jun 2014 | 11:30 AM ET

    The former AIG CEO made the decision to stay in China in 1989, even as other Western businesses fled the country.