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Behind ISIS, A Masked Man Known More By Brutality Than By Name

The man who is leading the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria in its offensive across Iraq is a mysterious figure. His nom de guerre is Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, but no one seems to agree on his real name or even what he looks like today. But he and ISIS have become a force that has taken key Iraqi cities and threatens to unleash a sectarian civil war.
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China Sentences 3 To Death For Tiananmen Attack

The defendants were accused of planning an October attack in which a car plowed into a crowd near the Forbidden City and then burst into flames.
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Iraq Violence: Is There an End In Sight?

As the violence in Iraq begins to close in on Baghdad, host Michel Martin learns more about the conflict from The Wall Street Journal's Farnaz Fassihi, and former U.S. interpreter Tariq Abu Khumra.
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The Key Sticking Points In The Iranian Nuclear Talks

Iran and six world powers have set a July 20 deadline for reaching a deal on Iran's nuclear program. With the clock ticking, here's a look at the main obstacles.
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In Escalation, Russia Cuts Gas Supplies To Ukraine

Russia announced the move after the two sides failed to come to an agreement over the price of natural gas.
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Afghan Voters Defy Taliban Threat; Vote In Presidential Runoff

Afghans went to the polls on Saturday to vote for a successor to Hamid Karzai who's ruled since 2001. Former foreign minister Adbullah Abdullah faced off against former finance minister Ashraf Ghani.
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A Chinese Chemical Company And A 'Bath Salts' Epidemic

When the drugs first appeared, U.S. law enforcement officials had a tough time figuring out what they contained and where they came from. One source was a lab in Shanghai.
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Maliki Government Blamed For Militants Advance In Iraq

Linda Wertheimer talks to Reuters Baghdad Bureau Chief Ned Parker about Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's time in office, and how his policies have contributed to deteriorating security conditions.
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In Iraq, Conflict Involving Sunni Militant Group Escalates

A Sunni militant group has captured swaths of Iraq including Mosul and the province surrounding it. Late Sunday, there were reports that the group had also seized Tal Afar.
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Gulf Neighbors Struggle To Deal With Militant Advance In Iraq

The takeover of much of Iraq — one of the hubs of the Middle East — by extremist militants has shaken the region. How do Iraq's neighbors see the conflict rippling throughout the area?

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