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Syria, Iraq say joint border crossing to re-open soon

Damascus - A border crossing between Syria and Iraq is to re-open soon, Damascus and Baghdad's top diplomats said Monday, hours after other Syrian frontier posts reopened with Jordan and the Israeli-occupied Golan.

Kurdish, Iraqi forces arrest IS financiers: coalition

Washington - Ten members of a key financial network for the Islamic State network have been arrested in Iraq, the US-led coalition fighting the jihadists announced Thursday.

PM-designate asks Iraqis to apply online for cabinet

Baghdad - Iraq's prime minister designate Adel Abdel Mahdi launched a website on Tuesday to allow candidates to apply for a ministerial position online as he struggles to form a government.

Nobel peace prize winner wants IS jihadists to face trial

Washington - Nobel peace prize winner Nadia Murad wants to see members of the Islamic State jihadist group face justice -- not death, but trial in a courtroom, she said on Monday.

Nobel for Nadia Murad 'honour for all Iraqis': president

Baghdad - New Iraqi President Barham Saleh Friday hailed the awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize to a Yazidi, Nadia Murad, calling it "an honour for all Iraqis who fought terrorism and bigotry".

Yazidis celebrate Murad's Nobel prize as they mark top ritual

Dohuk - Yazidi pilgrims trekked up a mountain in northern Iraq barefoot Friday for their most important ritual, their joy doubled on hearing that their "daughter" Nadia Murad had won the Nobel Peace Prize.

UN chief says Nobel Peace Prize winners 'defended our values'

New York - UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Friday congratulated Congolese doctor Denis Mukwege and Yazidi campaigner Nadia Murad after the two jointly won the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize.

Nadia Murad: from jihadist slave to Nobel laureate

Baghdad - Nadia Murad survived the worst cruelties inflicted on her people, the Yazidis of Iraq, before becoming a global champion of their cause and winning the Nobel Peace Prize.

Nobel Peace Prize honours champions of fight against sexual violence

Oslo - Congolese doctor Denis Mukwege and Yazidi campaigner Nadia Murad won the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize on Friday for their work in fighting sexual violence in conflicts around the world.

Nadia Murad: from jihadist slave to Nobel laureate

Baghdad - Nadia Murad survived the worst cruelties ever inflicted on her people, the Yazidis of Iraq, before becoming a global champion of their cause and winning the Nobel Peace Prize.

Turkey parliament extends mandate for troop deployment in Syria, Iraq

Ankara - Turkish parliament on Wednesday approved a motion to extend the deployment of troops in neighbouring Syria and Iraq for another year, the official Anadolu news agency reported.

Adel Abdel Mahdi, Iraq PM-designate shouldering hopes home and abroad

Baghdad - Adel Abdel Mahdi, the veteran tapped to become Iraq's next prime minister, is seen as an independent capable of bringing together rivals on the country's fractious political scene.

Iraqi PM designate gets challenge of forming government

Baghdad - Veteran Iraqi politician and now prime minister designate Adel Abdel Mahdi Wednesday began the tough task of forming the next government, seeking to overcome sharp differences and unite fractious political parties.

Kurdish moderate Barham Saleh elected Iraq president

Baghdad - Moderate Kurdish candidate Barham Saleh swept to the post of president of Iraq Tuesday evening in a parliamentary vote pitting Kurdish heavyweights against each other for the first time following an ill-fated independence referendum.

Kurdish moderate Barham Saleh elected Iraq president

Baghdad - Moderate Kurdish candidate Barham Saleh swept to the post of president of Iraq Tuesday evening in a parliamentary vote pitting Kurdish heavyweights against each other for the first time.

Kurd parties contest Iraq presidency for first time

Baghdad - A parliamentary vote for a new Iraqi president was delayed on Monday as the Kurds' two dominant parties for the first time contest the post reserved for a Kurd.

Iraqi Kurds vote for new parliament

Arbil - Iraqi Kurds voted on Sunday for a new parliament in their autonomous region, which is mired in an economic crisis a year after an independence referendum that infuriated Baghdad.Almost 3.

Voting begins to elect new parliament in Iraq's Kurdistan

Arbil - Voting began Sunday across Iraq's Kurdistan for a new parliament in the autonomous region which is mired in an economic crisis a year after an independence referendum that infuriated Baghdad.More than 3.

Iraq 'regrets' US closure of Basra consulate

Baghdad - Iraq's foreign ministry voiced "regret" on Saturday over a US decision to shut its consulate in the southern city of Basra which has been rocked by weeks of deadly protests.

Iraqi Kurdistan struggles to rebuild tattered economy

Sulaimania - The oil-rich Iraqi region of Kurdistan is struggling to rebuild its economy, a year after an ill-fated independence referendum that Baghdad deemed illegal.

Iraq's Kurds vote, their statehood dream in tatters

Arbil - A year ago, the roads of Iraqi Kurdistan were decked out with green, red and white Kurdish flags as the region voted overwhelmingly for independence from Baghdad.

German federal police chief faces kidnapping probe

Berlin - German prosecutors said Thursday they are investigating the head of the federal police for kidnapping, after he travelled in person to Iraq to secure a rape-murder suspect who had fled there.

Iran president says not seeking US conflict in Middle East

New York - President Hassan Rouhani said Wednesday that Iran was not seeking conflict with the United States in the Middle East and questioned why US forces remained in the region.

IS leader Baghdadi, world's 'most wanted', sought in Syria offensive

Paris - US-backed forces have launched an offensive on the Islamic State group's last stronghold in eastern Syria, but the man dubbed the world's "most wanted"-- IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi -- could yet again slip through the net, experts warn.

Iraq court condemns to death 'deputy of IS leader'

Baghdad - An Iraqi court on Wednesday sentenced to death on terror charges a prominent jihadist described as a deputy of Islamic State group leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, after he was captured in Turkey.

Iraq court condemns to death 'deputy of IS leader'

Baghdad - An Iraqi court on Wednesday sentenced a prominent jihadist described as a deputy of Islamic State group leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi to death on terrorism charges.

Iraq parliament elects pro-Iran candidates

Baghdad - The Iraqi parliament elected pro-Iran candidates as speaker and first deputy speaker on Saturday, boosting the country's chances of forming a new administration more than four months after national elections.

Iraq parliament elects pro-Iran list candidate as speaker

Baghdad - The Iraqi parliament elected the candidate of a pro-Iran list as speaker on Saturday, paving the way for the formation of a government more than four months after legislative polls.

Five killed as car bomb hits diners in Iraq

Kuwait - Jihadists attacked a restaurant north of the Iraqi capital with a car bomb on Wednesday, killing five people and wounding more than 30, medical and police sources said.

Iran says US blame over Iraq protests 'astonishing'

Tehran - Iran described as "astonishing" Wednesday accusations by the White House that Tehran's allies in Iraq were responsible for attacks on US diplomatic missions during deadly unrest last week.
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