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VIOLENCE

Japan Times
WORLD / Politics
Aug 11, 2014
Defiant al-Maliki deploys special forces to key areas of Baghdad: police
Special forces loyal to Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki were deployed in strategic areas of Baghdad on Sunday night after he delivered a tough speech indicating he would not cave in to pressure to drop a bid for a third term, police sources said.
Japan Times
WORLD
Aug 10, 2014
Islamic State killed 500 Yazidis and buried some victims alive, Iraq minister says
Islamic State militants have killed at least 500 members of Iraq's Yazidi ethnic minority during their offensive in the north, Iraq's human rights minister told Reuters on Sunday.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Aug 9, 2014
Iraq looks to protect oil in south
Iraq's Sunni Islamist insurgency has further crippled the nation's dream to match the oil power of Saudi Arabia, making oil fields in the safer south even more vital — but even that region has not been completely free from attacks.
WORLD
Aug 9, 2014
Obama faces doubts latest foray in Iraq can turn tide against rebels
Even as warplanes dropped the first U.S. bombs on Islamic militant targets in northern Iraq, President Barack Obama faced doubts inside his administration and out that the limited mission he circumscribed is enough to shift the balance in a conflict threatening to tear Iraq apart.
Japan Times
WORLD
Aug 9, 2014
Baghdad sends Kurds ammo in 'unprecedented' assistance
The Iraqi government provided a planeload of ammunition to fighters from Iraq's semiautonomous Kurdish region on Friday, a U.S. official said, in an "unprecedented" act of military cooperation between Kurdish and Iraqi forces brought on by an urgent militant threat.
WORLD
Aug 7, 2014
Reward offered for man shown kicking squirrel into Grand Canyon
An animal rights group offered a reward of nearly $17,000 on Wednesday for information leading to the arrest and conviction of a man who apparently kicked a squirrel into Arizona's Grand Canyon in a video that went viral on the Internet.
Japan Times
WORLD
Aug 7, 2014
Kurds clash with Islamic State militants on outskirts of regional capital Irbil
Kurdish forces attacked Islamic State fighters near the Kurdish regional capital of Irbil in northern Iraq on Wednesday in a change of tactics supported by the Iraqi central government to try to break the Islamists' momentum.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC / Crime & Legal
Aug 3, 2014
Imam's killing in China may be aimed at making Muslim Uighurs choose sides
The murder of a state-backed imam in China's Xinjiang region underscores an escalation in 18 months of violence and could be part of a bid by extremists to persuade moderate Muslim Uighurs to turn against Beijing's controlled current of Islam.
Japan Times
WORLD / Politics
Aug 1, 2014
After Iraqi army crumbles, Maliki turns to state TV for help
State television is working overtime to persuade Iraqis to help Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki confront an al-Qaida offshoot that has seized wide tracts of the country, but its unifying call has been blunted by his sectarian reputation.
Japan Times
WORLD / Politics
Aug 1, 2014
An Iraq in peril struggles to hold together
Salman Khaled has already lived through Baghdad's sectarian disintegration; with Iraq now splintering into Shiite, Sunni Arab and Kurdish regions, he says this time the survival of the country is at stake.
Japan Times
WORLD
Jul 31, 2014
Fourth female suicide bomber strikes Kano, slaying six
Fourth female suicide bomber strikes Nigeria's Kano, slaying six
WORLD / Society
Jul 31, 2014
Nigeria opens battle of ideas with program to combat Boko Haram ideology
In classrooms facing a sandy courtyard in the northern Nigerian city of Kaduna, Maska Road Islamic School teaches a creed that condemns the violent ideology of groups like Boko Haram.
WORLD
Jul 28, 2014
Xinjiang extremists may have joined Iraq conflict, China envoy says
Muslim extremists from China's far western region of Xinjiang have gone to the Middle East for training and some may have crossed into Iraq to participate in the conflict there, China's special envoy for the Middle East said on Monday.
ASIA PACIFIC / Crime & Legal
Jul 27, 2014
Pakistani boy loses arms after row with landowner over cows: police
Pakistani police have arrested the son of a landowner for an assault on a 10-year-old boy that resulted in his injured arms being amputated, the latest case highlighting harsh treatment of villagers by so-called feudal families.
Japan Times
WORLD
Jul 27, 2014
U.S. evacuates embassy after 'free-wheeling militia violence' in Libya
The United States evacuated its embassy in Libya on Saturday, driving diplomats across the border into Tunisia under heavy military escort after escalating clashes broke out between rival militias in Tripoli.
Japan Times
WORLD / Society
Jul 27, 2014
Pope Francis renews attack on mafia in Italian region scarred by toxic waste
Pope Francis called for nature to be protected from criminal abuse on Saturday during a visit in the southern Italian town of Caserta, near Naples, in a region long blighted by illegal toxic waste dumps and the pervasive grip of the Camorra mafia.
WORLD
Jul 25, 2014
Group divorced from reality: top Turkish cleric
The declaration of a so-called caliphate by Islamist militants in Iraq lacks legitimacy and their death threats to Christians are a danger to civilization, Turkey's top cleric, the successor to the last caliph's most senior imam, said.
Japan Times
WORLD
Jul 25, 2014
Islamic State crushes, coerces opposition
Using its own version of soft and hard power, the Islamic State is crushing resistance across northern Iraq so successfully that its promise to march on Baghdad may no longer be unrealistic bravado.
WORLD / ANALYSIS
Jul 24, 2014
Young Islamic State robs al-Qaida of militant prestige
In hiding, targeted by drone strikes and unable to land a blow in the West, al-Qaida's aging leaders are losing a power struggle with ultra-radical young militants in Iraq and Syria who see themselves as the true successors to Osama bin Laden.
Japan Times
WORLD
Jul 21, 2014
Nigerian journalists fear state censorship
Nigeria's press is traditionally free to write almost anything about anyone — whether it's true or not. But reporters fear a government sensitive to criticism is now cracking down, especially on coverage of the battle against Boko Haram.

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