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  • ** FILE ** Syrian President Bashar Assad speaks during an interview on Wednesday, April 17, 2013. (Associated Press/Syrian State TV via AP video)

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  • A supporter of ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi shouts during clashes with Egyptian security forces in Cairo's Nasr City district, Egypt, Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013. Egyptian police in riot gear swept in with armored vehicles and bulldozers Wednesday to clear two sprawling encampments of supporters of the country's ousted Islamist president in Cairo, showering protesters with tear gas as the sound of gunfire rang out. (AP Photo/Manu Brabo)

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  • Pakistan Muslim League party supporters celebrate their party's victory in the parliamentary election in Lahore, Pakistan, on Sunday. Nawaz Sharif is the likely next prime minister. (Associated Press)

    Sharif poised to lead Pakistan again

    Nawaz Sharif, a two-time former prime minister who has talked about ending Pakistan's role in the U.S.-led war against terrorism, was set to win a third term as the South Asian nation's leader on Sunday.

  • ** FILE ** Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani gives an interview at his home on Monday, Dec. 5, 2011. (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen)

    Rift stirs fears of military coup in Pakistan

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  • A covered statue of slain Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri stands in Beirut. Eleven of 30 Lebanese Cabinet members, all supporters of Hezbollah, resigned Wednesday, sinking the coalition government after months of disagreement over how to respond to a U.N. probe into the assassination. (Associated Press)

    Lebanese coalition collapses in turmoil over probe

    Lebanon's year-old coalition government collapsed Wednesday amid fears that a United Nations report into the 2005 assassination of the country's prime minister will trigger a new civil war and plunge the Middle East into another conflict.

  • Pervez Musharraf, former president of Pakistan, in a magazine interview accuses the West of ignoring Kashmir, a "core" dispute between Pakistan and India. (Associated Press)

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