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Palestinian truck carrying fuel after it arrived in Rafah town through the Kerem Shalom crossing between Israel and the southern Gaza Strip on December 5, 2013. Israel allows to pump limited quantities of petrol and diesel and cooking gas, Kerem Shalom commercial crossing, the only interference from cargo and fuel to the Gaza Strip, where the Israeli authorities to close it on Friday and Saturday of each week.  Photo by Ahmed Deeb / WN Qatari-funded fuel enters Gaza to ease power crisis
Swissinfo  Arab Spring Reuters December 15, 2013 - 13:12 By Nidal al-Mughrabi GAZA (Reuters) - Israel allowed the entry of 450,000 litres of fuel, paid for by Qatar, into the Gaza Strip on Sunday to enable the... (photo: WN / Ahmed Deeb)
 Sudanese Vice President Ali Osman Taha speaks during a conference on ´Federalism´ at the European Parliament in Brussels, Saturday March 5, 2005. Osman and John Garang, head of the main southern Sudanese rebel group, who both signed the Sudan Bashir announces resignation of Sudan vice president - state media
Swissinfo  Reuters December 8, 2013 - 02:18 KHARTOUM (Reuters) - Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir announced the resignation of First Vice President Ali Taha on Saturday, state media reported, the first... (photo: AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)
Iraq Shiite fighters with the "Peace Brigades" patrol during a sand storm on the outskirts of Samarra, 60 miles (95 kilometers) north of Baghdad, Iraq, Sunday, July 13, 2014. Iraqi Shiite fighters of Balad provide bulwark for Baghdad
The Los Angeles Times The Shiite militia commander, slight of build and decked out in green fatigues, views the checkpoint that he oversees as much more than an isolated outpost amid the endless palm groves of the Tigris... (photo: AP)
Marine captain refused to leave Afghan interpreter behind Marine captain refused to leave Afghan interpreter behind
Stars and Stripes BERKELEY, Calif.Long after completing a 2010 tour of duty in Afghanistan, Marine Capt. Adrian Kinsella felt haunted by the sense that he didn't uphold a core military commitment: Leave no one... (photo: US DoD / U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Joseph Scanlan)
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British Foreign Secretary William Hague, left, meets with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry at talks between the foreign ministers of the six powers negotiating with Tehran on its nuclear program in Vienna, Sunday, July 13, 2014. Discussions center on imposing long-term restrictions on Iran's uranium enrichment and against plutonium production — materials usable in nuclear warheads. In exchange, the U.S. and other powers would scrap a series of trade and oil sanctions against Tehran. A great divide: John Kerry says stumbling blocks remain in Iran nuclear talks
Canberra Times Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif (left) meets with US Secretary of State John Kerry during talks on Tehran's nuclear program in Vienna. Photo: Jim Bourg... (photo: AP / Jim Bourg)
A Kurdish peshmerga fighter carries his weapon on his base, near where two flags of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) are seen on a building, right, and water tower, left, at the front line with the al-Qaida-inspired militants in Tuz Khormato, 100 kilometers (62 miles) south of the oil rich province of Kirkuk, northern Iraq, Wednesday, June 25, 2014. Kurds seize Iraq oilfields as ministers pull out of government
The Irish Times Kurdish forces seized two oilfieds in north Iraq today and took over operations from a state-run oil company, while Kurdish politicians formally suspended their... (photo: AP / Hussein Malla)
Energy Minister participates in Energy Conference in Malta (Government of the Republic of Cyprus) Energy Minister participates in Energy Conference in Malta (Government of the Republic of Cyprus)
noodls (Source: Government of the Republic of Cyprus) The sessions of the Energy Conference on "The security of natural gas supply: the role of gas developments in the... (photo: EC / (C)2014- EUROPEAN COMMISSION)
File - Workers on an oil field in Zakho, Iraqi Kurdistan. Iraq crisis: Kurds pin hopes on an oil-rich future
The Independent Iraqi Kurds have already governed their territory, a land of wheat fields and rugged mountains that extends from Iraq's northern and western border with Turkey to the... (photo: WN / Jamal Penjweny)
FILE - In this Friday, March 26, 2010, file photo, Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al Maliki speaks to the press in Baghdad, Iraq. Iraq's Vice President Khudeir al-Khuzaie called on parliament to convene on Tuesday, July 1, 2014, taking the first step toward forming a new government to present a united front against a rapidly advancing Sunni insurgency while Britain's top diplomat started an official visit to the country to urge the country's leaders to put their differences aside for the good of the nation. Al-Maliki's political bloc won the most seats in April 30 elections, but he needs support from other blocs to govern with a majority. His efforts to form a coalition have been complicated by the current crisis as critics blame his failure to promote national reconciliation for the Sunni anger fueling the insurgent gains and want him to step down. Unity over politics, urges Maliki
The Australian IRAQI Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki told his nation yesterday that rallying behind his government in its fight against militant extremism was more ­important than... (photo: AP / Hadi Mizban)
A column of smoke rises from an oil refinery in Beiji, some 250 kilometers (155 miles) north of Baghdad, Iraq, Thursday, June 19, 2014. Iraq claims control of Baiji oil refinery
Al Jazeera Iraq's foreign minister has said government forces are back in control of an important oil refinery after days of fighting with Sunni rebels led by the Islamic State of... (photo: AP)
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Blindfolded Mahmoud Asgari, 16, left, and another unidentified teenager are set to be publicly hanged, in Mashhad, Iran, on charges of raping boys in this photo taken on July 19, 2005.
Iran And Iraq Responsible For 'Sharp Global Spike' In Executions
Oil up above $100 on Russia, Libya supply risks
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This undated image posted on a militant website on Jan. 4, 2014, which is consistent with other AP reporting, shows Shakir Waheib, a senior member of the al-Qaida-linked Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), left, next to a burning police vehicle in Iraq's Anbar Province. With al-Qaida linked fighters and allied tribal gunmen camped on the outskirts, a tentative calm took hold over Fallujah on Friday, Jan. 10, 2014 and residents started to return to the besieged city west of Baghdad. Government forces were stationed nearby as sporadic street fighting breaks out in other cities. The picture painted by residents, officials and international groups suggests that both the militants and government forces are preparing for a long standoff with civilians caught in the middle.
BP and Exxon pull staff from Iraq
File - In this Monday, Oct. 6, 2003 file photo, an abandoned watchtower and lines of barbed wire are seen surrounding Iraq's largest oil refinery as smoke rises from a petroleum gas flare, in the city of Beiji, north of Baghdad. On Wednesday, June 18, 2014, a top Iraqi security official said Islamic militants of the al-Qaida-inspired Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant laid siege to Iraq's largest oil refinery late Tuesday night, threatening a facility key to the country's domestic supplies as part of their ongoing lightning offensive across the country. The Beiji refinery accounts for a little more than a quarter of the country's entire refining capacity and any lengthy outage at Beiji risks long lines at the gas pump and electricity shortages, adding to the chaos already facing Iraq.
Militants lay siege to Iraq's largest oil refinery
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U.S. Navy SEALs board tanker hijacked in Libya - Pentagon
U.S. Navy SEALs board tanker hijacked in Libya - Pentagon
Sultan Qaboos, second right, receives Iranian president Hassan Rouhani, left, at Al Alalam Palace in Muscat, Oman, Wednesday, March 12, 2014. Rouhani is in Oman for a two day visit.
Iran's Visit to Oman: An Omen of Things to Come?
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Iraqi refugees sit at the Khazir refugee camp outside Irbil north Iraq, Friday, June 20, 2014.
Iraq militants take border post with Syria
This image made from video posted on a militant website Saturday, July 5, 2014, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, purports to show the leader of the Islamic State group, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, delivering a sermon at a mosque in Iraq.
Why Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is an impostor