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Iraq
8:29 am
Sat May 23, 2015

Gates: Obama Should Step Up Military Assistance To Iraq

Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates at the Boy Scouts of America's annual meeting in 2014. "There's no certainty about any of this," he says of the situation in Iraq.
Mark Zaleski AP

The self-declared Islamic State gained a real grip on Iraq and Syria this week, capturing the cities of Ramadi and parts of Mosul in Iraq, and the ancient town Palmyra, Syria.

Most recently, ISIS has claimed credit for a suicide bomb attack inside Saudi Arabia on a Shiite mosque during Friday prayers. That attack killed at least 19 and could represent a significant escalation of the extremist group's operations in the kingdom.

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The Two-Way
8:07 am
Sat May 23, 2015

Dozens Dead In Mexican Shootout Between Gangs, Police

Vehicles burn, that authorities say caught fire during a gunbattle, in a warehouse at Rancho del Sol, near Ecuanduero, in western Mexico, on Friday. At least 43 people died Friday in what authorities described as a fierce, three-hour gunbattle between federal forces and suspected drug gang gunmen.
Oscar Pantoja Segundo AP

Forty-two suspected gang members and one Federal Police officer were killed in a shootout at a ranch in western Mexico that is being described as the deadliest such encounter in recent memory.

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Author Interviews
7:23 am
Sat May 23, 2015

'Mislaid' Punctures Notions Of Gender And Race

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Asia
7:23 am
Sat May 23, 2015

People-Smuggling Is Big Business In Myanmar

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Television
7:23 am
Sat May 23, 2015

TLC's '19 Kids' Pulled For Sex-Abuse Scandal

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