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In Iraq, where weapons are stored in urban centres and unexploded bombs litter border areas, fears of a catastrophe are acute.

The trial of Bashir over the military coup that brought him to power more than three decades ago, opened with a brief hearing in July.

Lebanese father, daughter shot dead in Tehran

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Lebanese father, daughter shot dead in Tehran

A Lebanese man and his daughter have been shot dead in Tehran amid reports that the man was a Hezbollah activist.

Iraqi PM to visit Trump, signalling warming US ties

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Iraqi PM to visit Trump, signalling warming US ties

Iraq's PM Kadhimi will visit Trump in Washington on 20 August, signalling US-Iran ties are recovering seven months after breaking down over the ...

The Iraq Report: Beirut blast sends political shockwaves

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The Iraq Report: Beirut blast sends political shockwaves

The tragedy in Beirut has reignited calls by Iraqis for militant factions and groups linked to the government to remove their weapons stockpiles ...

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Iraqi general who 'abandoned Mosul' released from jail

Iraqi General Mahdi Gharawi, who was accused of desertion and treason for allowing IS to take over Mosul in 2014, was released from prison to the shock of many Iraqis.

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Iraq's PM promises early parliamentary polls for June 2021

Fulfilling a key demand of the months-long protest movement, Prime Minister Kadhimi announced Iraq's parliamentary elections would be held in ...

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The Iraq Report: Support for Iran evaporates

As temperatures soar in Iraq, violence against protesters returns despite promises of reconciliation by the new PM, while Iran's role in the ...

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Iraqi policemen killed protesters with hunting rifles: minister

Using their own hunting rifles, Iraqi policemen killed protesters in Baghdad.

Two anti-government protesters killed by police in Baghdad

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Two anti-government protesters killed by police in Baghdad

Iraqi security forces killed two protesters taking part in demonstrations on Monday, local reports confirmed.

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Activists urge release of Palestinian preacher detained in Sudan

Activists say an image purportedly showing Palestinian preacher Mahmoud al-Hasanat at a pro-Bashir protest was not actually him, as calls for ...

The Iraq Report: Iran outplays Saudi on diplomatic front

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The Iraq Report: Iran outplays Saudi on diplomatic front

Iraq has found itself caught in a delicate balancing act between Iran and Saudi Arabia.

US presence in Iraq 'cause of insecurity', says Khamenei

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US presence in Iraq 'cause of insecurity', says Khamenei

Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhemi of Iraq met Ayatollah Ali Khamenei in the Iranian capital during his first trip abroad since taking office.

Sudan starts trial of ousted president Bashir over coup

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Sudan starts trial of ousted president Bashir over coup

Omar al-Bashir, ousted last year amid a popular uprising, and 27 others face trial over a 1989 Islamist-backed coup.

Sudan to try ousted Bashir over 1989 coup

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Sudan to try ousted Bashir over 1989 coup

Bashir, 76, who is already behind bars for corruption, could face the death penalty.

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Iraqi Prime Minister to travel to Saudi Arabia, Iran

Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi will travel to Saudi Arabia and Iran next week in a trip carefully calculated to balance Iraq’s ties to the two regional rivals.

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Iraq to face 'severe shortages' as river flows drop

A recent UN report found that water levels of the Tigris and Euphrates are decreasing at an "unprecedented rate".

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The Iraq Report: Coronavirus cases spiral out of control

While Iraq saw a relatively under-reported spread of Covid-19 in the first five months of 2020, June alone saw a 600 percent spike in infections.

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France urges Iraq to keep away from regional tensions

France urged Iraq to 'dissociate' itself from boiling regional tensions.

Malian jihadist on trial at ICC over Timbuktu destruction

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Malian jihadist on trial at ICC over Timbuktu destruction

Al Hassan is the second Islamist extremist to face trial at the ICC for the destruction of the Timbuktu shrines, following a 2016 landmark ...

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US: UN report 'whitewashes' Iran general

A UN report describing the US-directed killing of Qasem Soleimani as unlawful was 'intellectually dishonest' and 'whitewashed' the Iranian ...

Iraq intelligence chief sacked in latest military shakeup

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Iraq intelligence chief sacked in latest military shakeup

Observers say the reshuffle is linked to investigations into the deadly suppression of protests which broke out in October last year.

Rockets target American sites in Iraq despite militia arrests

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Rockets target American sites in Iraq despite militia arrests

Two rocket attacks have targeted American sites in and around Baghdad on Saturday night, wounding a child, despite recent arrests of suspected ...

Iraq launches operation against IS, anti-US militias in Baghdad

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Iraq launches operation against IS, anti-US militias in Baghdad

The Iraqi government has launched a new operation against IS militants in the north of Baghdad, which security sources say will also target ...

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