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Iraq suffers deadliest month in five years

More than 1,000 people were killed in violence across Iraq in May, according to the UN mission to the country.<p>The UN figures, <b>released</b> on Saturday, showed that 1,045 civilians and security personnel were killed last month, which surpasses the 712 killed in April, and making it the deadliest month …

UN wants safe corridor for Syrian citizens

Both sides fighting in the ongoing battle for Syria's western city of Qusayr have been called upon by the United Nations to let trapped civilians escape the war-ravaged town.<p>Forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad and rebels were warned on Saturday that they would be held accountable for the …

Turkey counts cost of mass protests

Turkey is assessing the damage of violent anti-government protests over the last two days, the worst to have swept the nation in recent times.<p>Taksim Square in Istanbul, the focus of the demonstrations, was calm on Sunday morning, but protesters say their fight against the policies of the government …

UK murder suspects still in hospital

Three people arrested over the murder of a soldier in the London suburb of Woolwich have been released on bail, while the two main suspects remain in hospital, police say.<p>Michael Adebolajo, 28, and Michael Adebowale, 22, both British Muslim converts from Nigerian Christian families, remain under …

Tenth arrest made in UK soldier killing case

British police have arrested a tenth suspect in connection with the street killing of a soldier in London, an attack that has heightened racial tensions in the country.<p>This developed as Britain's parliamentary intelligence committee said on Tuesday that it will carry out a report into whether UK …

EU lifts arms embargo on Syrian rebels

European foreign ministers have lifted an arms embargo on Syria, paving the way for individual EU member states to provide weapons to the Syrian rebels. <br>The foreign ministers met in Brussels on Monday to bridge their differences over the issue, with Britain and France pushing to allow European …

Lebanese soldiers killed at checkpoint

Armed men killed three Lebanese soldiers at an army checkpoint in the eastern Bekaa Valley then fled towards the Syrian border, Lebanese officials say.<p>It was not clear who carried out Tuesday's attack, which is the latest incident in a frontier region which has been increasingly drawn into the …

Bashir threatens to block S Sudan oil

Omar al-Bashir, Sudan's president, has said he will order the flow of oil from South Sudan to be cut off if it backs rebels in the insurgency-hit Sudanese states of South Kordofan and Darfur.<p>He said on Monday he would "completely close the pipeline" that carries oil from South Sudan to ports on …