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Roses lie amongst rows of gravestones assembled by Oxfam, Northern Ireland, symbolizing the 93,00 people killed in Syria on June 17, 2013 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Recent events have left President Obama with no good options in the Middle East.

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At last, Iraq might have a government. After eight months of acrimonious deadlock, Iraqi political parties have finally made a politically fragile but significant step. But the decision to divide power along ethnic lines does not bode well for the country. Read more»

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Processing Iraqi election papers.

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