Middle Orient

Troops sweep western Iraqi town

BAGHDAD (Reuters) — Around 1,000 US and Iraqi troops swept through the western town of Haditha on Wednesday, searching homes and seizing suspects in an anti-insurgent raid that follows a surge in militant attacks. The US military said Marines, sailors and Iraqi soldiers were all involved in the operation, dubbed …

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Egypt votes on poll reform as boycott urged

CAIRO (AP) — Plainclothes government agents beat protesters Wednesday, then watched as supporters of President Hosni Mubarak punched other demonstrators, in scattered violence that cast a pall over a referendum the 24-year ruler has called a crucial step towards democracy. Women protesters in particular seemed to be targeted for beatings …

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Iran at a glance

HISTORY : The plateau of Iran is amongst the oldest civilization centers of antic era in Asia , and has an important place in archeology science. The history of settlement in the plateau of Iran from new Stone Age till migration of Aryans is not yet very clear. But there …

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