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Iraq says opposes U.S. sanctions on Iran, proposes mediation

Iraq said on Sunday that it opposes sanctions imposed by the United States on Iran and proposed to mediate if asked. "We...
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8 killed, 12 wounded in suicide bombing in eastern Baghdad

At least eight people were killed and 12 other were injured on Thursday in a suicide bomb attack at a marketplace in Sadr City...
Followers of Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr are seen in central Baghdad, Iraq on April 30, 2016. Thousands of followers of Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr on Saturday stormed the heavily fortified Green Zone in central Baghdad and took control of the parliament building and surrounding areas, while dozens of lawmakers, officials and employees tried to escape the government district. [Xinhua]

2 killed, 6 wounded in suicide bombing in eastern Baghdad

At least two people were killed and six other were injured on Thursday in a suicide bomb attack at a marketplace in Sadr City...
Boys aboard an abandoned boat collect recyclable items through polluted waters in front of fishing boats at Fish Harbor in Karachi, Pakistan, August 17, 2016. Reuters

Report paints Baghdad as the Worst City to live in

Iraqi capital Baghdad has been ranked at the bottom of the world's 231-city list emerging as the worst city in the world in...
insecticide poisoning

Woman kills IS Militant

A local Iraqi woman killed two Islamic State (IS) militants by poisoning them in revenge for the killing of her son and her husband...
terrorism

Jan. 3 Middle East news summary at 2200 GMT

TEHRAN -- Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif will visit India and Iraq in the coming days for talks on boosting bilateral cooperation, Tasnim...
Person voting

May 12 Middle East news summary at 2200 GMT

Millions of Iraqis headed Saturday to polling stations across the country to elect the next parliament, for the first time after defeating the Islamic...
China’s new reforms to fuel anti-corruption campaigns

Iraqis determine their future in polls

Millions of Iraqis headed Saturday to polling stations across the country to elect the next parliament, with hopes that the election can make a...
Iraqi policemen show their ink-stained fingers after casting their vote at a polling station in Baghdad on March 4, 2010. More than 800,000 Iraqis including security personnel, doctors, prisoners and hospital workers voted prior to the general national election Sunday, March 7th. UPI photos/Ali Jasim

Iraqis Vote for Change and Better Governance

Iraqis voted on Saturday in the first parliamentary election after winning a four-year war with the Islamic State (IS) group, hoping that the war-torn...
Person voting

Iraq holds first parliamentary election after defeating IS

Iraq will hold its parliamentary election vote on May 12, in which about 7,000 candidates will compete for 329 seats. This is the first...
Iraq

158 soldiers mass grave discovered in Iraq

Iraqi authorities discovered Monday the remains of 158 bodies believed to belong to soldiers of Speicher Camp who were executed by the Islamic State...
AFP / Ahmad Al-Rubaye A member of the Iraqi pro-government forces fires a rocket-propelled grenade launcher during an operation in al-Shahabi village, east of Fallujah, in an operation to retake the city from Islamic State group, on May 24, 2016

Iraqi military blames IS for killing dozens of civilians in western Mosul

The Iraqi military on Sunday blamed the Islamic State (IS) militant group for the killing of dozens of civilians at a house in the...
AFP / Ahmad Al-Rubaye A member of the Iraqi pro-government forces fires a rocket-propelled grenade launcher during an operation in al-Shahabi village, east of Fallujah, in an operation to retake the city from Islamic State group, on May 24, 2016

IS fighters completely “trapped” in Mosul – U.S. envoy

Islamic State (IS) fighters are completely "trapped" and "the last road out of Mosul" has been cut off, claimed a US envoy Sunday in...

Over 100,000 civilians flee homes in western Mosul in clashes against IS

The ongoing operations to free the western side of Mosul from Islamic State (IS) militants have pushed up to 100,000 civilians to flee their...

Saudi FM arrives in Baghdad on official visit

Saudi Arabian Foreign Minister arrived on Saturday in the Iraqi capital of Baghdad on an official visit, an Iraqi foreign minister official told Xinhua. ...
Iraq

Feb. 22 world news summary at 0030 GMT

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on Tuesday released detailed policies on crack downs of illegal immigrants, which included bolstering...
Islamic State

Feb. 20 Middle East news summary at 2200 GMT

ANKARA -- A total of 34 members of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) were killed on Monday in two separate cross-border airstrikes in...
Adama Barrow

Feb. 20 world news summary at 0030 GMT

BANJUL -- Gambian President Adama Barrow Saturday night released 174 prisoners from the State Central Prison, situated at the outskirts of Banjul, a government...
Iraq

Feb. 19 Middle East news summary at 2200 GMT

ABU DHABI -- The biennial International Defense Exhibition and Conference (IDEX) kicked off here on Sunday with special focus on disruptive technology. ...
Sana/AFP A car in flames at the scene of bombings in the Syrian city of Tartus, northwest of Damascus, on May 23, 2016

Car Bomb Kills 48 In Baghdad

A car packed with explosives blew up near car dealerships in the Shia area of Bayaa in the south of the city. More than...
Iraq

Feb. 14 Middle East news summary at 2200 GMT

DAMASCUS -- Syrian army captured the Hayan gas field in central province of Homs, following battles with the Islamic State (IS) militants, pro-government al-Watan...
bomb blast

Feb. 14 world news summary at 1530 GMT

DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania -- At least five miners were trapped and 13 others rescued after a gold mine collapsed in Tanzania's northern region...
AFP / Ahmad Al-Rubaye A member of the Iraqi pro-government forces fires a rocket-propelled grenade launcher during an operation in al-Shahabi village, east of Fallujah, in an operation to retake the city from Islamic State group, on May 24, 2016

IS launches tank attack on Iraqi paramilitary units west of Mosul

Hundreds of Islamic State (IS) militants launched an attack on the paramilitary units of Hashd Shaabi, using tanks for the first time, west of...
SpaceX

Feb. 12 world news summary at 0100 GMT

LOS ANGELES -- After more than five years, the historic launch pad has a rocket on it again. SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket has gone...
Haider al-Abadi

Iraqi PM vows to avoid being part of regional conflicts

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said that Iraq will not be part of regional and international conflicts, an official Iraqi television reported on Saturday. ...

Iraq puts out major oil well fire in Qayyara

The Iraqi Oil Ministry on Thursday said firefighters have put out fire at an oil well near the town of Qayyara, which Iraqi forces...
Palestine, Israel

Feb. 1 Middle East news summary at 2200 GMT

JERUSALEM -- Violent confrontation erupted between Israeli far-right activists and police officers carrying out evacuation of an unauthorized outpost in the West Bank on...
Iraq

382 civilians killed in violence, armed conflicts in Iraq in January

Terrorist acts, violence and armed conflicts across Iraq killed a total of 382 civilians and wounded 908 others in January, the United Nations Assistance...
Iraq

Iraqi lawmakers urge government to respond to U.S. travel ban

Iraqi lawmakers urged the Iraqi government on Sunday to take counter-measures against the latest restrictions by U.S. President Donald Trump on the entry of...
Haider al-Abadi

Iraqi PM orders probe into abuses by troops in Mosul

Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi on Monday ordered an investigation into allegations of violations of human rights reportedly committed by government troops and allied paramilitary...