February 27, 2009 Last month's provincial election shifted the balance of power in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul and the surrounding Nineveh province. The change could bring long-simmering tensions between the region's Arabs and Kurds to the boiling point.
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February 24, 2009 Samir Safwat al-Hadithi, a 60-year-old lawyer and politician, was the victim of unknown gunmen who had apparently been lying in wait. He became the third member of his political party to be assassinated in a month in killings that seem to mark a new chapter in Iraq's struggle for stability.
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February 23, 2009 Iraq's National Museum was partially reopened Monday, almost six years after rioters plundered it of priceless artifacts. The looting at the museum and many other government institutions occurred shortly after U.S. troops occupied the Iraqi capital.
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February 19, 2009 Muntadhar al-Zeidi, the Iraqi man who threw his shoes at former President George W. Bush, defended his actions in court Thursday before his trial was adjourned. Court officials need to examine technical issues regarding the nature of the former president's visit.
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February 17, 2009 Iraq's state minister for women's affairs has quit her job, saying she was frustrated by the government's lack of support. The resignation highlights the plight of Iraqi women, especially widows created by decades of war. Critics say Nawal al-Samarraie was a bad choice to begin with.
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January 30, 2009 The global economic downturn is triggering strikes and protests in Europe, including a massive general strike in France and roadblocks by farmers in Greece. Economists say it could happen in the U.S., especially if unemployment worsens.
January 28, 2009 The U.S. is considering sending as many as 30,000 additional service personnel to Afghanistan, but Defense Secretary Robert Gates told a Senate panel on Tuesday that after more than seven years of war, there still is no clear plan for using them.
January 23, 2009 George Mitchell and Richard Holbrooke have built careers as bargainers in politics, business and war. Now they'll try to untangle the barbed wire around two of America's biggest foreign-policy problems: Arab-Israeli relations and issues in Afghanistan and Pakistan.
January 16, 2009 The U.S. has promised to provide technology and training to help find and destroy tunnels between Egypt and Gaza. Israel says the tunnels are used to smuggle weapons and explosives to Palestinian militants.
January 15, 2009 Susan Rice, Obama's choice for U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, got a warm reception from the Senate Foreign Relations Committee during her confirmation hearing Thursday. Some committee members were less than warm in their feelings toward the U.N.
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January 14, 2009 The Obama administration is likely to face new challenges in deciding what to do with terrorist suspects held at the prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. That's especially true in light of the current chief prosecutor's statement that she refused to prosecute a key suspect in the 9/11 terrorist attacks because he had been tortured.
January 13, 2009 As the conflict in Gaza drags into Day 18, no one, including the combatants themselves, knows whether the war is nearing an end or beginning a new, drawn-out and more deadly phase.
January 13, 2009 In prepared remarks at her confirmation hearing before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Hillary Clinton says that the new administration would employ what she calls a "smart power" combination of diplomatic activity and military power, with diplomacy in the vanguard.
January 9, 2009 An international effort to disrupt a surge in pirate attacks in some of the world's busiest shipping lanes has led to the capture of would-be high-seas bandits. Now, governments are faced with the vexing legal problem of what to do with them.
January 7, 2009 Photojournalist David Gilkey spoke with Corey Flintoff via telephone Tuesday from Israel. Gilkey had just returned from a reporting trip to Sderot, one of the Israeli towns near the border with Gaza. Here are some excerpts from the interview.
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