June 30, 2008 Iraq's Oil Ministry announced Monday that it is opening six prime oil-producing regions to long-term development by international oil companies. Iraqi opposition leaders have denounced the plans, saying they put the country's oil wealth into Western hands.
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June 27, 2008 Iraq's Salahuddin province has been known for years as a violent stronghold of Sunni insurgents, including al-Qaida. But lately it has been relatively quiet. U.S. military units there say that's because former rebel fighters are turning themselves in by the hundreds — including some who had been the most virulently anti-American leaders.
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June 24, 2008 Many parts of Baghdad are enjoying relative calm. But the price of improved security is concrete walls, checkpoints and armed guards. In one formerly violent Baghdad market, the U.S. military is experimenting with ways to open up the walls so that merchants can flourish.
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June 18, 2008 The leader has seen a rise in public support since government forces took on militias and insurgent groups in Iraq's major cities. Some Iraqi lawmakers say the prime minister should use his newfound strength to revamp his weak Cabinet and push important legislation through Iraq's hyperpartisan parliament.
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June 17, 2008 A car bombing in Baghdad has killed more than 50 people and left dozens wounded. The explosion took place at an outdoor market in a Shiite district of the Iraqi capital.
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June 9, 2008 After two months of fierce fighting, U.S. and Iraqi forces have imposed relative calm on Baghdad's poor Sadr City neighborhood. But the battle brought devastation — and a barrier wall — to the Jamiila wholesale market, the economic heart of the area.
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June 6, 2008 We were in Sadr City to do an update on recovery in the area that was devastated by two months of heavy fighting between U.S. and Iraqi forces and fighters from the Mahdi Army militia, when a fratricidal skirmish broke out.
April 2, 2008 At the NATO summit, President Bush wanted a bigger commitment of troops and resources to NATO's operation in Afghanistan, and he wanted to bring more former Soviet-bloc nations into the organization, a move that Russian President Vladimir Putin has strongly opposed.
April 1, 2008 There's been no love lost between President Robert Mugabe and a succession of American leaders. The election in Zimbabwe could provide an opportunity for improved relations between the African nation and the United States.
March 12, 2008 On the surface, Iran's elections Friday would seem to have little relevance for anyone except the country's ruling clerics. But some observers say that even a flawed election can show the United States a lot about factions in the Iranian government.
March 12, 2008 Former Thai leader Thaksin Shinawatra was in exile, mostly in Britain, for the past 17 months after being deposed by the Thai military. He received two very different welcomes upon his return — one from adoring supporters, the other from Thai officials who have charged him with corruption and conflict-of-interest.
March 4, 2008 Dmitri Medvedev won Sunday's presidential election in Russia, and is set to take over as Vladimir Putin's sucesssor. Speculation among Kremlin watchers now is focused on what kind of president Medvedev might be, and what the United States can do to engage him.
February 26, 2008 Kosovo declared its independence from Serbia on Feb. 17. The United States and Britain are among the nations that support Kosovar independence. Russia and China oppose it. We address some of the questions raised by the prospect of nationhood for Kosovo.
February 21, 2008 The party of major U.S. ally President Pervez Musharraf lost heavily in Pakistan's parliamentary elections. But some observers say the results could give the United States new options in the struggle against extremist groups.
February 19, 2008 Although Fidel Castro has announced he's giving up his role as Cuba's president, the leader has demonstrated that he doesn't necessarily need a title to exert control over the island nation's government.
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