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Iraq: Shiite Leader Announces New Protests

Shiite leader Muqtada al-Sadr posted a statement March 12 declaring a March 18 sit-in outside of Baghdad's government district to push for anti-corruption reforms, Reuters reported. Read more…

Poland: Protests Break Out Over Constitutional Tribunal Dispute

An estimated 50,000 demonstrators marched from Warsaw's Constitutional Tribunal to the presidential palace March 12 to denounce changes to the constitutional court by the ruling Law and Justice Party, according to the municipal government, Associated Press reported. Read more…

Yemen: Government Secures Routes Into Besieged Taiz

Saudi-backed forces loyal to Yemeni President Abd Rabboh Mansour Hadi took control of the western and southern peripheries of the nation's third-largest city, Taiz, on March 12, exiled Governor Ali al-Maamari and military sources said, Al Jazeera reported. Read more…

Syria: Government Rejects Presidential Election Demands

The government of President Bashar al Assad will send representatives to Geneva on March 13 for peace talks, Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem confirmed March 12, Reuters reported. Read more…

Syria: Cease-Fire Is Breaking Down, Diplomatic Source Says

According to a diplomatic source in the Levant with a history of fairly accurate reporting on Syria's conflict, Syria's partial cease-fire is breaking down because Syrian government forces have an advantage due to Russian air support. Read more…

Syria: Government Airstrikes Hit Aleppo Neighborhood

Syrian government airstrikes killed at least five civilians in a rebel-occupied neighborhood of Aleppo, AFP reported March 11. Read more…

Iraq: Kurdish Oil Flows To Turkey Resume

Oil flows from Iraqi Kurdistan to Turkey's port of Ceyhan have resumed after a three-week outage, Reuters reported March 11. Read more…

Angola: President Says He Will Step Down In 2018

Angolan President Jose Eduardo dos Santos, who has led the country since 1979, said on March 11 that he will step down in 2018, Reuters reported. Read more…

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