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Iraq Hopes to Have First Democratic Transition of Power Since US Withdrawal in 2011

Iraq Hopes to Have First Democratic Transition of Power Since US Withdrawal in 2011
Iraq's top Shiite cleric urged unity on Friday after Nouri al-Maliki agreed to step down as prime minister, reviving hopes for a new government that can take on Sunni insurgents who have overrun large parts of the country. Al-Maliki announced he was giving up his post on national television late Thursday, standing alongside senior members of his Shiite Islamic Dawa Party, including his rival and premier-designate Haider al-Abadi.
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Sameer N. Yacoub and Vivian Salama
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Tricks of Trade: WikiLeaks Uncovers Another Brutal, Secret, International Corporate Power Grab

Tricks of Trade: WikiLeaks Uncovers Another Brutal, Secret, International Corporate Power Grab
The secrecy surrounding TISA is being described as worse than the bastion of non-transparency that is the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP). There is warranted fear that TISA would be the most dangerous piece in this axis of evil.
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UN: Humanitarian Crisis in Iraq Reaches 'Level 3 Emergency'

UN: Humanitarian Crisis in Iraq Reaches 'Level 3 Emergency'
The U.N. on Wednesday called its highest level of emergency for the humanitarian crisis in Iraq, where hundreds of thousands have been driven from their homes and tens of thousands have been trapped in a desert mountain by the advance of Islamic militants across the north of the country. The declaration of a "Level 3 Emergency" will trigger additional goods, funds and assets to respond to the needs of those displaced, said U.N. special representative Nickolay Mladenov, who pointed to the "scale and complexity of the current humanitarian catastrophe."
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Vivian Salama and Sameer N. Yacoub
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Supply of Unproven Ebola Drug Now Exhausted, as People Continue to Die from Outbreak

Supply of Unproven Ebola Drug Now Exhausted, as People Continue to Die from Outbreak
A leading physician in Sierra Leone's fight against Ebola has died from the disease, an official said Wednesday, as it emerged that another top doctor last month was considered for an experimental treatment. There was very little of the experimental treatment available, which has stoked debate about ethics on who should get it even though it hasn't been tested in humans. There is no way of knowing if the drug, known as ZMapp, made a difference in the few people who have gotten the now-exhausted supply of the drug.
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Clarence Roy-Macaulay and Maria Cheng
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The Face of War: 7-Year-Old Poses With Severed Head in Syria

The Face of War: 7-Year-Old Poses With Severed Head in Syria
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Tuesday described a photograph of a Sydney-born 7-year-old boy clutching the severed head of a Syrian soldier as "disturbing" and "grotesque," and called for international cooperation against the terrorist threat posed by foreign fighters returning home from Iraq and Syria.
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Bangladesh Workers Demand Unpaid Wages, Cops Respond with Rubber Bullets and Teargas

Bangladesh Workers Demand Unpaid Wages, Cops Respond with Rubber Bullets and Teargas
Bangladesh police on Thursday stormed a factory where garment workers were on their 10th day of a hunger strike in a demand for unpaid wages.
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WATCH: MSNBC's Joe Scarborough Blasts Israel for Indiscriminate Bombing Campaign

WATCH: MSNBC's Joe Scarborough Blasts Israel for Indiscriminate Bombing Campaign
MSNBC's Joe Scarborough called out Israel for its relentless and lopsided bombing campaign against Gaza recently on his show.
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American Hedge Fund and Their 'Predatory Payment' Forces Argentina into Default

American Hedge Fund and Their 'Predatory Payment' Forces Argentina into Default
Argentina fell in default on Wednesday following the collapse of negotiations between the country and "vulture funds" that are demanding full payment for the $1.3 billion in debt the funds bought up at bargain rates.
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As World Condemns Attack on Gaza, US Resupplies Israel with Weapons

As World Condemns Attack on Gaza, US Resupplies Israel with Weapons
The Pentagon on Wednesday announced its recent approval for unlocking a massive stockpile of ammunition for use by the Israeli Defense Forces who continue to pummel the civilian population living inside the Gaza Strip where the death toll now nears 1,400 people—a majority of whom are civilians, including close to 300 children.
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State Department OKs Largest-Ever Sale of Hellfire Missiles to Iraq

State Department OKs Largest-Ever Sale of Hellfire Missiles to Iraq
In a sign that the U.S. Pentagon is preparing further military backing of the government of Nouri al-Maliki, the State Department on Monday granted its approval of the largest shipment to date of Hellfire missiles to Iraq.
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