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Iraqi MPs approve partial cabinet as thousands protest

Baghdad - Iraqi lawmakers approved five of the prime minister's candidates for a new cabinet on Tuesday after weeks of delays and chaos at parliament, as thousands of people demonstrated for reforms.

Suicide bomber hits Baghdad shops, killing seven

Baghdad - A suicide bombing ripped through shops in eastern Baghdad on Monday, killing at least seven people, Iraqi security and medical officials said.

Op-Ed: Jihad and the path to peace

New York - Religious or not, all people are Jihadis. We battle against that version of ourselves we least admire, and labor, indeed battle with all we can muster to be and become better, step by step, day by day.

Clashes between Iraqi Kurds, Turkmen kill nine

Kirkuk - Clashes between Kurdish peshmerga forces and Turkmen Shiite paramilitaries killed nine people in a flashpoint northern town and closed the road to Baghdad before a ceasefire was announced on Sunday.

Obama says U.S. will stay in Iraq over the longer term

Baghdad - At a press conference during his visit to Saudi Arabia, President Barack Obama said the U.S. will continue its presence in Iraq over the longer term. He cited the country's political instability as showing that the U.S. needs to remain involved.

Suicide bomber kills eight at Iraq Shiite mosque: officials

Baghdad - A suicide bomber targeted Shiite worshippers at a Baghdad mosque after Friday prayers, killing at least eight people, security and medical officials said.The attack in southwest Baghdad also wounded at least 31 people, the officials said.

U.S. to send more troops to Iraq

Baghdad - The United States is to send more troops to Iraq. The troops will be put closer to the front lines of the battle against the Islamic State.

Iraq speaker suspends parliament 'until further notice'

Baghdad - Embattled Iraqi parliament speaker Salim al-Juburi Tuesday announced the suspension of parliament sessions "until further notice" after a week of turmoil during which lawmakers brawled and sought to sack him.

US to deploy additional forces to Iraq, says Pentagon chief

Baghdad - The United States will deploy additional forces to Iraq and make Apache attack helicopters available to support the country's troops, US Secretary of Defence Ashton Carter said Monday in Baghdad.

Demonstrators hold new Baghdad sit-in demanding reform

Baghdad - Several hundred demonstrators took part in a renewed sit-in in central Baghdad on Sunday to call for reforms, following another that lasted for two weeks last month.

Iraqi political crisis continues as PM tries to form new cabinet

Baghdad - The Iraqi parliament canceled a vote Thursday on the reshuffling of the cabinet of PM Haider al-Abadi. There has been a sit-in within the parliament over a revised list of candidates for the cabinet that Abadi had put forward.

Iraq MPs quit session aimed at replacing speaker

Baghdad - A group of Iraqi lawmakers said they would not take part in a Saturday parliament session to select a replacement for the speaker, apparently leaving it without the necessary quorum.

Iraq says town of Heet retaken from IS after weeks of fighting

Baghdad - Iraqi forces retook the town of Heet from the Islamic State group Thursday after weeks of fighting, the military said, the latest in a series of losses for the jihadists.

Iraq MPs vote to sack speaker, deepening political turmoil

Baghdad - Iraqi lawmakers voted Thursday to remove the parliament speaker and his deputies from office, increasing political turmoil as the country battles jihadists and struggles with a financial crisis.

Iraq PM to attend parliament for cabinet vote: Speaker

Baghdad - Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi will attend parliament on Thursday for a vote on a new cabinet lineup, after two previous sessions ended in chaos, the speaker's office said.

Coalition, Iraq to 'turn up the pressure' on IS: Kerry

Baghdad - US Secretary of State John Kerry vowed Friday that America and Iraq will "turn up the pressure" on the Islamic State jihadist group, and said that retaking its stronghold Mosul is a "top" priority.

Kerry visits Iraq to back crisis-hit government

Baghdad - US Secretary of State John Kerry visited Baghdad on Friday to back Iraq's government as it battles jihadists, struggles with a financial crisis and attempts to carry out reforms.

Suicide bombings, mortar fire kill 17 in Iraq

Baghdad - Four suicide bombings targeting Iraqi security forces and civilians and mortar fire that struck houses near Baghdad killed at least 17 people on Monday, security and medical officials said.

Iraq PM calls for legal action over oil bribery scandal

Baghdad - Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi called Saturday for legal action over allegations that senior officials took millions of dollars in bribes to help major firms secure lucrative oil sector contracts.

It's home bittersweet home for returning Iraqi migrants

Aziziyah - Disappointment, simple homesickness and even the high cost of cigarettes are pushing a growing number of Iraqis to return home after risking everything to reach Europe last year.
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