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Posted: August 12, 2014 at 3:54 a.m.

A Palestinian boy walks by the rubble of the toppled minaret of the Abu Jihad Al Wazer mosque, destroyed by an Israeli strike during the war, in Gaza City, Monday, Aug. 11, 2014. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

3-day truce on, Gaza talks start again

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Kurdish forces in Iraq's north retake 2 towns

Iranian Revolutionary Guards prevent the media from approaching the wreckage of a passenger plane crash near the capital Tehran, Iran, Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014. An Iranian passenger plane crashed Sunday while taking off from an airport near the capital, Tehran, killing tens of people onboard, state media reported. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)

BAGHDAD -- Reinvigorated by American airstrikes, Kurdish forces retook two towns from Sunni militants Sunday, ... Read »

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Islamists crush Syria tribe's revolt

BEIRUT -- Islamic militants have crushed a tribal uprising against their rule in eastern Syria after three days of clashes in a string of villages near the border with Iraq... Read »