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Muslims mark Eid el Maulud with sufi rituals and gifts

From sufis in Iraqi Kurdistan shaking their hair to rhythmic drumbeats, to Libyan children receiving toys and Egyptians swapping sweets — Muslims across the world celebrated Prophet Mohammed’s birthday on Tuesday.
Iraqi President Barham Salih has announced that his country has agreed to establish a free-trade zone along its border with Iran, following a meeting with his Iranian counterpart, Hassan Rouhani in Tehran. AFP

Iraq to establish free-trade zone along border with Iran

Iraqi President Barham Salih has announced that his country has agreed to establish a "free-trade zone" along its border with Iran, following a meeting with his Iranian counterpart, Hassan Rouhani in Tehran.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani meets with UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres(not shown) in New York on September 26, 2018, on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly. - AFP PHOTO - Don EMMERT

Iran arrests groups planning attacks on pilgrims

Iran on Tuesday said it has arrested three militant groups planning attacks on Shi’ite Muslims at the annual pilgrimage of Arbaeen.

Four dead after migrant boat capsizes off Turkey coast

Four people died after a boat carrying illegal migrants capsized off Turkey’s western coast, the Turkish coastguard said on Wednesday, while search efforts continued to find 30 other people on board.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in May. (J. Scott Applewhite-AP)

Mike Pompeo: US terminating 1955 Treaty of Amity with Iran

The U.S. Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, said on Wednesday that the U.S. is terminating the 1955 Treaty of Amity with Iran.
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Adel Abdul Mahdi named Iraqi prime minister

Newly elected Iraqi President Barham Salih has named independent Shia candidate Adel Abdul Mahdi as prime minister-designate, ending months of deadlock after an inconclusive national election in May.
Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani of the KDP cast his vote shortly after polls opened on Sunday morning [Thaier Al-Sudani-Reuters]

Iraq’s Kurds vote in parliamentary election

Kurds have started voting in Kurdish parliamentary elections a year after the semi-autonomous region's failed bid for independence from Iraq.

Iraq ‘regrets’ US closure of Basra consulate

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.

US shuts down consulate in Iraq’s Basra citing Iranian ‘threats’

The United States has announced it is closing its consulate in the Iraqi city of Basra and evacuating its diplomats from there after increasing threats and rocket fire from Iran and Iran-backed fighters.

Presidential election postponed in Iraq

The election has been postponed due to intense opposition and objection raised by the Kurdistan Democratic Party after the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan nominated Berhem Salih as the presidential candidate.

Eight soldiers killed, more than 20 injured in Iran parade attack

At least eight troops were killed on Saturday in an attack on a military parade in the southwestern province of Khuzestan, the province’s deputy governor Ali-Hossein Hosseinzadeh said.

Iraq slams death sentence on ISIS deputy chief

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.

Two dead, 16 rescued after migrant boat capsizes

Two women died and sixteen other mainly Iraqi migrants, including eight children, were rescued on Monday after their boat capsized off the southwestern Turkish coast, the coastguard said.
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US issues fresh warning to airlines about using Iranian airspace

The updated guidance from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to U.S. operators, was issued on Sunday at the expiry of the prior year’s advisory, said there were also military activities emanating from or transiting through Iran’s airspace associated with the conflict in Syria.
Protesters burn Iranian Consulate in Basra

Iraq imposes curfew on riot-ravaged Basra

Iraqi officials have imposed a curfew on Basra, the country’s second biggest town, following five days of deadly demonstrations, in which government buildings have been ransacked and set alight by protesters.
Demonstrators crowd around a water cannon of the police during a protest organised by the right-wing populist "Pro Chemnitz" movement, the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) party and the anti-Islam Pegida movement, on September 1, 2018 in Chemnitz, eastern Germany. The demonstration was organised in a reaction to a knife killing, allegedly by an Iraqi and a Syrian, that set off anti-immigrant mob violence. John MACDOUGALL / AFP

Nine injured in German protests for and against migrants

Nine people were injured Saturday on the sidelines of opposing demonstrations by the far-right and the left in the German city of Chemnitz, which was hit by anti-migrant protests last week.

Two policemen die in suicide bomb attack

A suicide bomber has killed two Iraqi policemen near a former bastion of the Islamic State group, days after IS claimed a similar attack near Syria’s border, a security official said on Friday.

Reports: Iran supplies ballistic missiles to Shi’ite proxies in Iraq

Iran has given ballistic missiles to Shi’ite proxies in Iraq and is developing the capacity to build more there to deter attacks on its interests in the Middle East and to give it the means to hit regional foes, Iranian, Iraqi and Western sources said.

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