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Middle East a la française

With a new year comes new expectations about our region. This may be U.S. President Barack Obama's last year in office, but the Middle East will be higher on the agendas of other leaders. French President François Hollande tops the list.

No forces to be deployed in Mosul until Baghdad's concerns are addressed: Turkish PM

Ankara would never take any step that would damage Iraq's sovereignty and territorial integrity, Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davuto?lu has said in a letter to his Iraqi counterpart, Haider al-Abadi, noting that Turkey would not deploy troops in the area until Baghdad's concerns are assuaged.