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Syrian Civil War Rooted In Drought Years Before Fighting Began

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Disagreement On Syria Adds To Chill In U.S.-Saudi Relationship

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Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki is welcomed by Vice President Biden in Washington on Wednesday. Maliki is asking for U.S. military hardware to fight radical groups behind a recent surge in violence in Iraq. Cliff Owen/AP hide caption

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In the northern Syrian city of Aleppo last month, there was a class about how to protect against chemical weapons attacks. J.M. Lopez/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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A Marmaray Project train awaits its inauguration ceremony in Istanbul on Tuesday. Ozan Kose/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Ottoman Dream Come True: Train Links East And West In Istanbul

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Palestinians Celebrate Release Of Prisoners

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Syrian Drug Sales Fuel Country's Civil War

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Polio Returns To Syria As Health System Crumbles

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Israeli-Palestinian Talks Progressing, Despite Sore Spots

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Japan's Mizuho Financial Group Inc. said it had punished a total of 54 current and former executives over its loans to organized crime groups, but a third-party panel found no sign of a deliberate cover-up. Mizuho Bank president Yasuhiko Sato said his salary would be cut for six months and other executives would step down from their posts or face pay reductions. Frank Robichon/EPA /LANDOV hide caption

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Will Hard-Line Critics Scuttle Iranian Talks?

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Syria On Course To Meet Weapons Destruction Deadlines

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Turkish Cease-Fire With Kurish Militants Hangs By A Thread

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