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Nuri al-Maliki Fast Facts

Children: Four daughters and a son Education: Usul al-Din College, B.A., Islamic Studies, 1973; Salahaddin University, M.A., Arabic Literature, 1992 Religion: Shiite Muslim Other Facts:Prono: NOO-ree al-MAA-lick-ee Changed his name to Jawad al-Maliki while he…

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Kerry wants new Israeli-Palestinian talks

The bid, which will occur at a meeting Sunday with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Rome, comes after Kerry’s efforts to forge a peace deal have repeatedly been thwarted and Obama himself has suggested…


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New U.S. troops to Iraq a 'possibility'

And while officials won’t publicly confirm it, there have been several meetings to begin to determine if more troops are needed for the upcoming battle for Iraq’s second-largest city and what those troops might do…



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Mohamed Morsy Fast Facts

Education: Cairo University, B.S., Engineering, 1975; Cairo University, MS, Metallurgical Engineering, 1978; University of Southern California, PhD, Materials Engineering, 1982 Other Facts:His two oldest children have U.S. citizenship; they were born in Los Angeles. Timeline:1980s…


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Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei Fast Facts

Mother: Name unavailable publicly Marriage: Married in 1964 Children: Mostafa, Mojtaba, Massoud, Maysam, Hoda and Boshra Education: Studied under Ayatollah Khomeini in Qom, Iran Religion: Shiite Muslim Timeline:1962 – Begins his involvement in protests against…


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ISIS remains deadly despite recent setbacks

Governments and rebel groups are making concerted efforts to regain key territory lost to the jihadist group, but ISIS remains a formidable enemy, according to the top U.S. intelligence chief. “Unfortunately, despite all our progress…


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This Picasso painting just sold for…

Art auctions: A look at the top record breakers Pablo Picasso, Femme Assise, (1909). Oil on canvas. Price Realized — $43,269,000 – One June 21, 2016, Pablo Picasso’s “Femme Assise,” one of the artist’s earliest…


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'No sense' in U.S. strategy in Libya

When asked by the committee’s chairman, Sen. John McCain, an Arizona Republican, whether the U.S. had a strategy for Libya, Marine Lt. Gen. Thomas Waldhauser said he didn’t know about one. “I am not aware…