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Tuesday, September 13 2011 , Your time is 15:58:00
Residents of Kurdish-majority areas of northern Syria began voting on Sept. 22 in the region's first local elections, as part of a push to cement a semi-autonomous regional government.
TEHRAN - Agence France-Presse
President Hassan Rouhani vowed on Sept. 22 that Iran would boost its ballistic missile capabilities despite criticism from the United States and also France.
RAMALLAH - Agence France-Presse
Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas and Hamas leader Ismail Haniya spoke on Sept. 18 for the first time in nearly a year, adding impetus to a surprise reconciliation between their factions locked in bitter dispute for 10 years.
MOSCOW – The Associated Press
Russia has issued a stern warning to U.S. forces and their allies in Syria, saying it has deployed Russian special forces alongside Syrian government troops in the battle for the oil-rich Deir el-Zour province and that Moscow would retaliate if the Russians come under fire.
Fevzi Kızılkoyun – ANKARA
The Turkish wives and children of Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) militants in Iraq are facing an obscure future, with many families in Turkey searching desperately to reach their relatives.
Zeynep Bilgehan – ALEPPO
Residents of Syria’s once-thriving trading hub Aleppo are today trying to continue their lives among debris and ruins after six years of war.
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said on Sept. 18 that he had formally demanded the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) region suspend an independence referendum
Iraqi Vice President Nouri al-Maliki has rejected an initiative sponsored by the United Nations regarding a planned independence referendum in northern Iraq, saying that it contains several elements that are against the country’s constitution.
MOSCOW – Agence France-Presse
Syrian government troops came closer yesterday to encircling the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in a pocket of Deir Ezzor city after crossing the adjacent Euphrates River, Moscow and a monitoring group said.
Police deployed overnight in the northern Iraqi oil city of Kirkuk to prevent any outbreak of ethnic violence ahead of an independence referendum strongly opposed by the Baghdad government, local residents said.
RAMALLAH - Agence France-Presss
Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah is poised to visit Gaza for talks, a senior official said yesterday,