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A series of attacks in Iraq killed 35 people Tuesday, the majority of them in the Baghdad area, as the worst protracted unrest since 2008 showed no let-up.
Another 14 people were wounded, 10 of them soldiers.
Pro-government fighter flashes the "V-sign" for victory next to comrades in the Syrian town of Yabrud, after they seized full control of a rebel-controlled area in the strategic Qalamun region near the Lebanese border, on March 16
The town was once home to some 30,000 people, including a Christian minority, and had been a rebel bastion since early in the Syrian uprising that began in March 2011.
Forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad approach a hole blown in a wall in the old city of Aleppo on February 11, 2014
Last weekend marked the third anniversary of Syria's civil war, a conflict that has, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, claimed the lives of more than 146,000 people
A group of Taliban insurgents, including two suicide bombers, stormed an office of the election commission in the Afghan capital Tuesday, killing six people, around the same time as two other suicide bombers killed six members of the Afghan security forces in an eastern province, in a third attack, a suicide bomber detonated an explosives-laden vest during an athletic competition, killing five people.