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    June 11, 2014  

    In our news wrap Wednesday, a group of Sunni militants broadened their control in Iraq by capturing the city of Tikrit, only 80 miles north of Baghdad. The al-Qaida linked group took over Mosul, Iraq’s second largest city, a day earlier. Also, a bill designed to help people refinance their student loans stalled in the Senate. Republicans said the legislation was too expensive. Continue reading

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    WASHINGTON — After years of delays, four former guards from the security firm Blackwater Worldwide are facing trial in the killings of 14 Iraqi civilians and the wounding of 18 others in bloodshed that inflamed anti-American sentiment around the globe.

    Whether the shootings were self-defense or an unprovoked attack, the carnage of Sept. 16, 2007 was seen by critics of the George W. Bush administration as an illustration of a war gone horribly wrong.

    A trial in the nearly 7-year-old case is scheduled to begin with jury selection on Wednesday, barring last-minute legal developments. Prosecutors plan to call dozens of Iraqis to testify in what the Justice Department says is likely to be the largest group of foreign witnesses ever to travel to the U.S. to participate in a criminal trial. Continue reading

    April 29, 2014  

    Iraqis are preparing to go to the polls in the first national elections since American forces withdrew. However, as the government faces a resurgence of al-Qaida-linked groups, fears intensify that security forces are losing their grip on a key part of the country. Journalist Jane Arraf reports from Baghdad. Continue reading

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    April 25, 2014  

    In our news wrap Friday, three bombs exploded at a stadium in Baghdad during a campaign rally, killing at least 31 people and wounding dozens more. Reporter Jane Arraf talks to Judy Woodruff about the violence from the ground. Also, President Obama, during a visit to South Korea, issued a new warning to North Korea not to carry out a fourth nuclear test amid reports of new activity. Continue reading

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    December 25, 2013  

    In our news wrap Wednesday, car bombings targeted against Christian areas of Baghdad killed at least 37 people. In other parts of the world, the weather put a damper on Christmas celebrations with ice storms knocking out power in parts of Eastern Canada and severe flooding in Britain and France. Continue reading

  • November 21, 2013  

    In our news wrap Thursday, an apparent U.S. drone strike in Pakistan killed three top militants, including a key leader of the Haqqani network, an Afghan group allied with the Taliban. Also, another series of bombings in Iraq killed nearly 50 people. Continue reading

  • November 14, 2013  

    In our news wrap Thursday, bombings in Baghdad that targeted Shiites on a major religious holiday killed at least 41 and wounded more than 100 others. Also, a U.S. counterterrorism official warned that al-Qaida in Iraq is stronger than it has been since 2006 and other affiliates are spreading. Continue reading

  • September 30, 2013  

    In our news wrap Monday, the Justice Department has filed suit against the state of North Carolina over alleged racial discrimination in a new state law that scales back early voting and imposes stricter identification requirements. Also, the latest series of car bombings in Baghdad killed more than 50 Iraqis over the weekend. Continue reading

  • September 3, 2013  

    In other news Tuesday, an Egyptian court ordered Al Jazeera’s Egypt affiliate and three other stations go black for siding with ousted President Mohamed Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood. Also, at least 67 Iraqis were killed in a series of bombings in Baghdad. Continue reading

  • August 28, 2013  

    In other news Wednesday, Army Maj. Nidal Hasan was sentenced to death for the murder of 13 people during his 2009 shooting rampage at the Fort Hood Army base. Hasan could become the first American soldier executed in more than 50 years. Also, a series of coordinated car bombings in Baghdad killed 70 and wounded 200. Continue reading