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Sailors feared the discovery of a limpet mine on the MT Pola, involved in transferring oil to a vessel owned by a shipping company traded in the US.

In-depth: There are hopes that Pope Francis' historic visit could be a turning point for Iraqi Christians, a community ravaged by war and sectarian persecution.

Cards from across Iraq bring Christmas cheer to Christians

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Cards from across Iraq bring Christmas cheer to Christians

Iraqi Christians woke up to Christmas cards from their Muslim neighbours in a heartfelt exchange of love and solidarity.

In town brutalised by IS, Iraq tests its power

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In town brutalised by IS, Iraq tests its power

The Iraqi government is attempting to restore control over Sinjar, the Yazidi homeland previously controlled by a web of paramilitary ...

The Iraq Report: Deadly unrest in Iraqi Kurdistan

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The Iraq Report: Deadly unrest in Iraqi Kurdistan

With a crumbling economy, rampant corruption and unpaid salaries, Iraqi Kurdistan's woes are intricately linked to the wider problems the ...

Judit Neurink

Violence will only incite desperate young Kurds even more

Comment: The brutal crackdown on anti-government protests is a dangerous way to react to the desperation of young, jobless people who have lost all trust in politics, writes Judit Neurink.

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'Tony Blair' musical to be staged in London

A new musical charting the life of former British prime minister Tony Blair will be staged in London, featuring 'special appearances' from ...

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Pope plans first historic Iraq trip in March

The Vatican on Monday confirmed Pope Francis is scheduled to make the first ever trip by a pontiff to Iraq in March.

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The Iraq Report: Sadr makes a gamble for power

The powerful cleric's political ambitions have been branded a cynical ploy by youth protesters who have been demonstrating against corruption, a ...

The Iraq Report: Mass execution sparks international concern

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The Iraq Report: Mass execution sparks international concern

The execution of 21 men on terrorism-related charges, and warnings hundreds more risk the same fate, have raised fears that Iraq's ...

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Hundreds of Iraqi prisoners risk 'imminent' execution: UN

Following reports that 21 men convicted on terrorism-related charges were hanged in Iraq, the UN warned several hundred more prisoners in the ...

Iraq hangs 21 'terrorism' convicts: medics, police

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Iraq hangs 21 'terrorism' convicts: medics, police

The Iraqi men from various provinces had all been convicted under a 2005 Counter-Terrorism Law, which carries the death penalty, but there were ...

Syria marks 50 years of Assad family rule

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Syria marks 50 years of Assad family rule

Like the Castro family in Cuba and North Korea’s Kim dynasty, the Assads have attached their name to their country the way few non-monarchical ...

Iraq's pro-Iran factions see smoother sailing with Biden

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Iraq's pro-Iran factions see smoother sailing with Biden

Pro-Tehran factions in Iraq have signalled a positive response to the US election results.

Iraq Report: Kurd-on-Kurd violence as protesters clash with police

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Iraq Report: Kurd-on-Kurd violence as protesters clash with police

Kurd-on-Kurd violence intensifies between the PKK and the KRG, while Iraq's October Revolution is being revived and continued.

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Iraq reopens Green Zone bridge year after revolt

Al-Sinak bridge was partially closed for security reasons after it turned into the site of fierce clashes between protesters and police in October 2019.

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Saddam Hussein's right hand man Izzat Al-Douri 'dies'

Izzat Al-Douri died at the age of 78 in Iraq, the Baath Party announced on Monday.

Giorgio Cafiero and Diana Vasconcellos

Could Biden save the nuclear deal with Iran?

Analysis: Joe Biden has vowed that the US could rejoin the Iran nuclear deal if he wins the 2020 election. But time might be running out.

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Iraq arrests ex-governor for multi-million dollar graft

Nawfel Akoub, who was sacked as governor of Nineveh in March 2019 after a ferry sank killing 150 people, had evaded arrest by hiding Iraqi ...

The legacy of Tehran's weaponised sectarianism in Iran-Iraq war

Tallha Abdulrazaq

The legacy of Tehran's weaponised sectarianism in Iran-Iraq war

Comment: Sectarianism is seen as the tragic norm in today's Middle Eastern conflicts, but its roots were put down 40 years ago during the ...

The New Arab Staff

WATCH: Detained Iraqi brothers reunite after 40 years

This is the moment two brothers that were separated four decades ago reunited in the Iraqi capital.

Palestine: A history punctuated by the intifadas

Maher al-Charif

Palestine: A history punctuated by the intifadas

Comment: To mark 20 years since the Second Intifada, Maher al-Charif takes a look back at the 1940 general strike and armed rebellion, and the ...

Crown prince becomes oil-rich Kuwait's new ruling emir

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Crown prince becomes oil-rich Kuwait's new ruling emir

Sheikh Nawaf had served as the crown prince since 2006, jumping a traditional order of alternating rule between the Al Jaber and the Al Salam ...

Iraq's foreign minister makes first visit to Iran

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Iraq's foreign minister makes first visit to Iran

Iranian media have not elaborated on the reasons behind the top Iraqi diplomat's two-day trip to Tehran.

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