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Iraq's luxury property hot spot

Forget war and divisive sectarian tensions, the city of Erbil in northern Iraq is experiencing a luxury property boom ensuring the city lives up to its reputation as the Switzerland of the Middle East.

Syria chemical weapons materials on ship for destruction

The international effort to dismantle Syria's chemical weapons program hit a milestone Tuesday when a first batch of important chemical material was loaded onto a ship for permanent removal from the country, the group overseeing the work said.

Ice-bound ships reported freed off Antarctica

The Russian research ship stranded for two weeks in Antarctic ice has broken free and is headed for open water to the north, its captain told Russian media Tuesday.

John Kerry defies the odds with intense drive for Middle East peace

No-one can fault U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry for lack of effort. He has just wrapped up his 10th visit to the Middle East in pursuit of a peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinian Authority -- the most elusive prize in international diplomacy.

Turkey purges police force

In what appears to be a broader government purge of Turkey's police force, 350 police officers were removed from their positions in the capital of Ankara on Tuesday.

Capturing the Northern Lights

Ralitsa Vassileva interviews Norwegian photographer Ole C. Salomonsen. Check it out here:

10-year-old Afghan girl says she was sent on a suicide mission

A 10-year-old girl was brought into a border police station in Lashkar Gah in Afghanistan's southern Helmand Province on Monday when she told Afghan police she had been instructed by her brother to carry out a suicide mission.

Angry Rodman defends N. Korea game

Eccentric basketball star Dennis Rodman Tuesday defended his controversial visit to North Korea with a team of former NBA players, saying it was a "great idea for the world."