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In-depth: With elections on the horizon, activists and mainstream parties have been discussing possible alliances. But many in Iraq's protest movement fear they will be silenced.

The March 5-8 visit - the first ever by a pope - will include stops in Baghdad, Najaf, Nasiriya, Erbil, Mosul and Qaraqosh.

Renewed protests in Nasiriyah demand release of detained activists

The New Arab Staff

Renewed protests in Nasiriyah demand release of detained activists

Protesters gathered in Nasiriyah and called on the Iraqi government to release detainees and end the abuses suffered by activists.

Hundreds protest in Iraq after attacks on activists

The New Arab Staff

Hundreds protest in Iraq after attacks on activists

Hundreds of protesters have blocked roads and bridges in the southern Iraqi city of Nasiriyah after one activist was kidnapped and another ...

Protesters return to Iraqi streets despite coronavirus pandemic

The New Arab Staff

Protesters return to Iraqi streets despite coronavirus pandemic

Protesters have accused Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi of stalling reforms he promised to carry out and taken to the streets over the ...

The New Arab & agencies

Iraq death toll rises to nine as protests multiply

Popular protests in Iraq increased in number on Wednesday, as demonstrators confronted security officers using tear gas and live fire. Nine people have been killed in the past 24 hours.

The New Arab

Thousands of Syrian rebels and civilians to leave Qalamoun

Syrian rebels are expected to begin leaving one of the final strongholds in the Damascus area Saturday, following a deal with regime ally Russia.

The New Arab & agencies

Iraq to build new refinery with major Chinese investment

Oil makes up 60 per cent of Iraq's GDP, but decades of neglect and recent conflict have badly damaged the country's oil sector.

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