Insurgent Violence Keeps Pushing Up Iraq's 2013 Death Toll

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-09_312042d636.jpgiStockphoto/Thinkstock(BAGHDAD) -- Insurgents remain on the warpath in Iraq with dozens of people killed and scores more injured Tuesday by attacks inside Baghdad and north of the capital. According to Iraqi authorities, at least 23 civilians died in seven separate bombings mainly targeting Shiite neighborhoods.

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Egypt's State of Emergency Hurting Business

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-09_1012df4e23.jpgiStockphoto/Thinkstock (CAIRO) -- Egypt's economy, which has been having problems since the February 2011 revolution, has been weakened even more by the ouster last July of President Mohamed Morsi. A huge part of the problem is the security crackdown imposed by the interim government after the military bulldozed two encampments of pro-Morsi supporters in August, leading to hundreds of deaths.

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Snowden Hiding Under Guard at Secret Location, Lawyer Says

GETTY_61013_Edward Snowden.jpg?__SQUARESPACE_CACHEVERSION=1379412622383The Guardian via Getty Images (MOSCOW) -- Former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden is reportedly hiding somewhere in Russia under guard at a secret location, according to his lawyer. Interfax reports that Anatoly Kucherena told RT, an English-language TV network in Russia, that no one is being told of Snowden's place of residence.

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Obama to Meet with Iranian President at UN?

GETTY_61813_Hassan Rouhani.jpg?__SQUARESPACE_CACHEVERSION=1379406259678BEHROUZ MEHRI/AFP/Getty Images (NEW YORK) -- Even as the 68th Session of the United Nations General Assembly begins Tuesday, all eyes will be on the Manhattan headquarters next week. The Guardian is reporting a possible meeting could be in the works between President Obama and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani.

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Who's Running for President of Afghanistan? No One Yet

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-09_67992fa90f.jpgiStockphoto/Thinkstock (KABUL, Afghanistan) -- With Afghan President Hamid Karzai due to step down next year, the independent election commission of Afghanistan began the process Monday of signing up candidates to run in the April 5 election. But unlike the U.S., where a dozen different names have been mentioned for a race still years away, there's a great reluctance by Afghan politicians to jump into the ring.

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