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Iraq headed for chaos unless politicians unite: UN

Iraqi soldiers backed by Shi'ite militias fought Sunni rebels for control of a military base northeast of Baghdad as a UN envoy warned of chaos if divided lawmakers did not make progress on Sunday towards naming a government.

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Sermons on Syria fan ME sectarian flames

Leading Muslim preachers condemned Iran and its "Satanic" Shi'ite allies in Friday sermons, after a battle in Syria that has inflamed sectarian rhetoric which risks spreading violence around the Middle East. In Tehra

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$2m US aid for Bahrain opposition

Radical Shia groups, claiming to be human rights defenders in Bahrain and other GCC countries, have received more than $2 million in financial support from a US institute, a report said.   The support was received from the US

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String of bombings kill 101 in Pakistan

  At least 101 people were killed in bombings in two Pakistani cities on Thursday in one of the country's bloodiest days in recent years, officials said, with most casualties caused by sectarian attacks in Quetta.

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Pakistan blast kills 20 Shia pilgrims

  A car bomb exploded on Sunday near a convoy of buses taking Pakistani Shia pilgrims to Iran, killing 20 people and wounding 24, officials said, the latest attack on the minority sect.   Witnesses

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Gunmen, soldiers fight in Lebanon

  At least seven people were killed and dozens wounded in gunbattles in the Lebanese capital Beirut and coastal Tripoli on Monday in further unrest linked to the conflict in neighbouring Syria, security and hospital sources said.

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Syria 'a political conflict, not sectarian'

  Turkey believes Damascus is now portraying the Syrian crisis as a Sunni-Shi'ite conflict to mask President Bashar al-Assad's loss of political authority, according to a senior adviser to Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan.

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44 killed in Iraq bomb attacks on pilgrims

Bombs targeting Shi'ite pilgrims in Baghdad and police in southern Iraq killed at least 44 people on Wednesday in a wave of attacks during a major religious festival, police and hospital sources said. Violence in Iraq has eased since the h

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