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Iraq's al-Maliki extends overtures to rivals

Iraqi forces and Sunni militants battled fiercely for control of the nation's largest oil refinery on Wednesday as Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki went on a diplomatic offensive, reaching out in a televised address to try to regain support from the nation's disaffected Sunnis and Kurds.

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An Iraqi woman fled fighting between security forces and al-Qaida inspired militants in her hometown of Tal Afar sits in a tent at Germawa camp for displaced Iraqis, in a hot dusty plain in the largely-autonomous Kurdish area of Dahuk, 260 miles (430 kilometers) northwest of Baghdad Tuesday, June 17, 2014. It’s not clear how many people fled Tel Afar. The aid group, the International Rescue Committee estimated 3,000 families fled, most to Sinjar. Others trickled to the Germawa camp.(AP Photo)
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