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The U.S. should accept a Syrian Kurdish state, says Turkish opposition leader (+video)

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry was in Geneva on Monday aiming to further the progress of peace talks over the conflict in Syria. A February cease-fire jointly brokered by Washington and Moscow is in tatters as the Syrian regime continues to pound civilian areas, particularly in and around the beleaguered city of Aleppo.

Cubans getting bolder in acts against government

They call it “The Valley of Prehistory,” an odd park with oversized sculptures of dinosaurs and other ancient animals in the Baconao National Park on the outskirts of Santiago de Cuba. In what was designed as a fun outing for children, hundreds of dissidents and their neighbors and supporters turned up there recently — a sign of the growing popularity of Cuba’s largest opposition group.

State of emergency declared in Baghdad as protesters take Iraqi parliament (+video)

BAGHDAD - Protesters stormed Iraq’s parliament Saturday in a dramatic culmination of months of demonstrations, casting uncertainty over the tenure of the country’s premier and the foundations of the political system laid in place after the 2003 U.S.-led invasion.