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Millions mark Shiite religious festival in Iraq's Karbala

Karbala - Over 13 million Shiite pilgrims crowded Iraq's holy city of Karbala Tuesday to mark the annual Arbaeen commemoration, under tight security less than a year after the country declared victory over the Islamic State group.

'On Her Shoulders' tells of painful burden carried by Nobel winner

Los Angeles - In the soon to be released documentary "On Her Shoulders," Nobel Peace Prize winner Nadia Murad says she didn't want to become known as a "victim of Daesh terrorism.

UN chief hopes for 'swift' formation of Iraqi government

New York - United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said Wednesday he hopes for the "swift" formation of an "inclusive" Iraqi government following the election of the country's president.

Murders of trailblazing Iraqi women spark conspiracy fears

Baghdad - Over the last few weeks, four go-getting Iraqi women have separately met premature deaths -- two falling victim to men firing automatic weapons into their vehicles.

Iraq hosts military chiefs from Iran, Russia and Syria

Baghdad - Senior Iraqi military commanders hosted their Russian, Iranian and Syrian counterparts in Baghdad on Saturday to discuss security cooperation and information-sharing in the Middle East, where the Islamic State group continues to carry out attacks.

Cellist brings sounds of 'peace, coexistence' to ruins of Iraq's Mosul

Mosul - Iraqi cellist and conductor Karim Wasfi has played a concert for "peace and co-existence" amid the ruins of Mosul, almost a year after Iraqi forces ousted the Islamic State group from the capital of its self-declared "caliphate".

Pope to appoint 14 new cardinals

Vatican City - Pope Francis announced Sunday that he will hold a meeting of the Church's top council to appoint 14 new cardinals next month, including from Iraq, Pakistan, Madagascar and Japan.

IS leader travels in east Syria with tight-knit group: Iraqi official

Baghdad - Islamic State group leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is hiding in eastern Syria and moves around with only a small group of followers, including one of his sons, an Iraqi intelligence official said Wednesday.

Iraq journalist who threw shoes at Bush stands for parliament

Baghdad - The Iraqi journalist who grabbed headlines around the world by hurling his shoes at then US president George W. Bush is pitching for a seat in parliament at upcoming elections.

US flags burned as Iraqis protest Syria strikes

Baghdad - Thousands of Iraqis took to the streets in several cities on Sunday to protest against US-led strikes on Syria, following a call by influential Shiite cleric Moqtada Sadr.

Feline pampered: Basra moggies set paw in Iraq's first cat hotel

Basra - Cats in Iraq's southern city of Basra are purring with delight as the country's first feline hotel opens for guests.In a part of the country where many struggle to make ends meet, a prime venue for cat naps may seem like a luxury.

In Mosul, hundreds fear arrest for sharing names with jihadists

Mosul - Since jihadists were pushed out of Mosul, Mohammed has not left his home. Although he never joined the Islamic State (IS) group, he shares a name with one of its fighters and fears arrest.

Iraqi official says wounded IS chief alive in Syria

Baghdad - An Iraqi interior ministry official said the Islamic State group's head Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is alive and being treated at a field hospital in Syria after being wounded in an air strike.

Mosul's old heart in ruins six months after IS ousted

Mosul - Along the waterfront of the Tigris river in Iraq's war-torn Mosul, gaping holes in hotel walls reveal little but enormous heaps of rubble.

River cruise weddings return to Iraq's Basra

Basra - To the sound of drums and trumpets, an Iraqi groom and his bride this week stepped hand-in-hand onto a speed boat on the river in Basra to celebrate.

Iran scrambles to aid victims of killer quake

Mostafa - Thousands of Iranians prepared Tuesday to spend a third night in the cold as authorities scrambled to help those made homeless by a major earthquake that killed more than 400.

Trump warns McCain: 'I fight back, and it won't be pretty'

Washington - US President Donald Trump reignited a long-standing feud with John McCain Tuesday, warning "I fight back, and it won't be pretty" after the respected senator appeared to take aim at him in a speech.

Trump warns McCain: 'I fight back, and it won't be pretty'

Washington - US President Donald Trump launched into a fresh war of words with a fellow Republican on Tuesday, warning John McCain "I fight back, and it won't be pretty" after the respected senator criticized him in a speech.

Kurdish infighting opened way for Iraqi advances

Kirkuk - Iraq's lightning seizure of oil-rich Kirkuk has pitched the country's main Kurdish factions against each other as Baghdad exploits deep divisions over an independence vote.

Anti-IS 'sheikh sniper' killed in battle for Iraq's Hawija

Basra - A veteran fighter known as "the sheikh of snipers" has been killed in Iraq's battle to retake the town of Hawija from the Islamic State group, his paramilitary force announced Saturday.

Trump son-in-law Kushner visits Iraq, meets PM

Baghdad - President Donald Trump's son-in-law and top aide Jared Kushner visited Baghdad Monday with the US's top military officer, meeting Iraq's premier to discuss the fight against the Islamic State group.

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They announce Saddam Hussein execution of the subordinate ones
 

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