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Obama shakes hands with Ghani after their joint news conference at the White House in Washington

Newly elected Afghan president visits U.S. to rebuild relations

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Afghan President Ashraf Ghani’s first official visit to the U.S. underscored a changing relationship between the two countries and an increased focus on security. Continue reading

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U.S. Secretary of State Kerry holds a negotiation meeting with Iran's Foreign Minister Zarif over Iran's nuclear programme in Lausanne

Are the U.S. and Iran close to a nuclear deal?

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Conflicting reports arose this week on the terms of a nuclear arms deal between the U.S. and Iran as the countries continue negotiations. Continue reading

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Netanyahu declares he will not support a Palestinian state

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he would not establish a Palestinian state shortly before defeating opponent Isaac Herzog in the Israeli election. Continue reading

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Militant Islamist fighters on a tank take part in a military parade along the streets of northern Raqqa province

Obama seeks congressional approval for war on ISIL

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The authorization would give President Barack Obama the ability to use military force against “ISIL or associated persons or forces.” Continue reading

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Iraqi troops fight to retake key city of Tikrit from ISIL

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The offensive marks a test for Iraqi forces as they prepare to retake the city of Mosul from ISIL control. Continue reading

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