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Islamic State takes Iraqi oilfield and towns

Islamic State fighters have captured the northern Iraqi town of Zumar and a nearby oilfield after a battle with Kurdish forces who had control of the area, witnesses say.<p>Islamic State, which staged a lightning advance through northern Iraq in June, has warned residents of nearby villages along the …

The Week in Review: The Evolution of Marriage Equality

Inside Flipboard / June 27, 2014<p>Though it’s been a year since the Supreme Court struck down part of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), both …

Gaza ceasefire: Gone with the wind?

At first the Israeli government accepted the ceasefire proposed by Egypt. The Israeli prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, said it offered an opportunity to clear out rockets from the Gaza Strip.<p>The plan called for both sides to end all hostilities. That meant Israel would have to stop its air …

Pakistan captures key Taliban commander

The Pakistani military has captured a high-ranking Taliban commander who once tried to assassinate former president Pervez Musharraf and later escaped jail with hundreds of other prisoners, security officials have said.<p>Adnan Rashid was captured on Friday in a house where he was living with his …

Iraq's Crisis is Kurdistan's Opportunity and it is Seizing the Moment

Iraq's Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has accused the country's Kurds of exploiting the crisis in Iraq to push for statehood.<p>With anti-Maliki …

Iraqi PM offers amnesty to rebel Sunni tribes

Iraq's prime minister has offered a general amnesty to Sunni tribes fighting the central government, in an attempt to undercut support for a rebellion that threatens the country's unity.<p>Nouri al-Maliki made the surprise call in his weekly televised address on Wednesday, urging fighters to "return …

Erdogan nominated for Turkey presidency

Turkey's ruling party has nominated Recep Tayyip Erdogan to run in Turkey's first directly elected presidential race in August.<p>The AK party announced the prime minister's candidacy on Tuesday before thousands of cheering supporters.<p>Erdogan, in power since 2003, is barred by party rules from running …

Syria rebel groups reject 'Islamic caliphate'

Some rebel groups and Islamic scholars in Syria have rejected the announcement of a so-called Islamic caliphate by an increasingly powerful rival.<p>Nine groups, including fighters and religious scholars, have dismissed the statement by Islamic State, an al-Qaeda offshoot which declared its leader …

Iraq's Baghdadi calls for 'holy war'

The leader of the so-called Islamic State has called on Muslims worldwide to take up arms and flock to the "caliphate" it had declared on captured Syrian and Iraqi soil.<p>Proclaiming a "new era" in which Muslims will ultimately triumph, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi issued the call to jihad - holy war - in an …