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Record backing expected for UN anti-death penalty vote

A record number of countries are expected to back a UN General Assembly call for a moratorium on capital punishment on Thursday.

Record backing expected for UN anti-death penalty vote
UN chief Ban Ki-moon arrives in Baghdad: TV
UN chief Ban Ki-moon arrives in Baghdad: TV

UN chief Ban Ki-moon arrived in Baghdad on Thursday for talks with Iraqi leaders, state television said, after a visit to Kuwait in which he called for a new era in relations between the two countries.

UN chief Ban Ki-moon arrives in Baghdad: TV
Spate of Iraq bombings kill 15 on eve of Islamic new year
Spate of Iraq bombings kill 15 on eve of Islamic new year

A series of bombings across Iraq on the eve of a Muslim festival killed 15 people and wounded dozens of others on Wednesday.

Spate of Iraq bombings kill 15 on eve of Islamic new year
 Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki. ©RIA Novosti
Maliki in Russia for huge arms deal, Syria agreement

Russia eyes a record arms deal and rare agreement over Syria on Tuesday when it hosts Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki for the first time in almost four years.

Maliki in Russia for huge arms deal, Syria agreement
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Wave of Iraq attacks kills at least 33

Militants carried out bombings and shootings in 10 cities and towns in Iraq on Sunday, killing at least 33 people and wounding 106, in the latest wave of deadly attacks to hit the country.

Wave of Iraq attacks kills at least 33
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Blair could have prevented Iraq war: Annan

Former British prime minister Tony Blair was the only person capable of turning George Bush against the 2003 Iraq invasion, ex-United Nations chief Kofi Annan claimed.

Blair could have prevented Iraq war: Annan
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Iraq aims to unite with new national anthem, flag

Iraq is seeking to replace its national anthem and flag in a move aimed at providing unifying national symbols and putting decades of conflict and hardship in the country behind it.

Iraq aims to unite with new national anthem, flag
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Iraq oil growth slowing would be 'bad news': IEA economist

The International Energy Agency's top economist warned in an interview with AFP that any unexpected slowdown in the growth of Iraq's energy output would be "bad news" for the rest of the world.

Iraq oil growth slowing would be 'bad news': IEA economist
Jolie in Iraq urges open borders for Syria refugees
Jolie in Iraq urges open borders for Syria refugees

Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie on Sunday called for Syria's neighbours to keep their borders open to refugees, during a visit to a refugee camp in Iraq's autonomous Kurdistan region.

Jolie in Iraq urges open borders for Syria refugees
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Obama nominates new US ambassador for Iraq

President Barack Obama nominated a career diplomat as the new US ambassador to Iraq on Monday, after the previous candidate withdrew amid allegations of sexual impropriety.

Obama nominates new US ambassador for Iraq
Iraq fugitive VP gets death term on day of carnage
Iraq fugitive VP gets death term on day of carnage

Iraq's fugitive Vice President Tareq al-Hashemi, a top critic of Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, was convicted of murder, sentenced to the gallows.

Iraq fugitive VP gets death term on day of carnage
Wave of attacks kills 88 in Iraq
Wave of attacks kills 88 in Iraq

A wave of more than 30 attacks across Iraq killed 88 people and wounded more than 400 on Saturday and Sunday, security and medical sources said, with the security forces and markets among the targets.

Wave of attacks kills 88 in Iraq
All eyes on France after Alps massacre: British press
All eyes on France after Alps massacre: British press

The horrific massacre of a British-Iraqi family in the French Alps dominated the front pages of Britain's newspapers on Friday with the performance of French investigators coming under the microscope.

All eyes on France after Alps massacre: British press
Decade on, Iraq to replace iconic Saddam statue
Decade on, Iraq to replace iconic Saddam statue

Nearly a decade after Saddam Hussein's statue was pulled down in an iconic moment seen globally, Baghdad will finally replace it with new artwork to mark its selection as the 2013 Arab Capital of Culture.

Decade on, Iraq to replace iconic Saddam statue
Attacks in Iraq killed 409 people in Ramadan: AFP tally
Attacks in Iraq killed 409 people in Ramadan: AFP tally

Bombings and shootings in Iraq killed at least 409 people and wounded 975 during the holy Muslim fasting month of Ramadan.

Attacks in Iraq killed 409 people in Ramadan: AFP tally
 Iraq says not helping Iran avoid sanctions
Iraq says not helping Iran avoid sanctions

Iraq insisted on Monday that its trade with neighbouring Iran was above board, and denied reports that it was helping the Islamic republic skirt sanctions by smuggling oil and secretly moving cash.

Iraq says not helping Iran avoid sanctions
Bombs, attacks kill more than 50 in Iraq ahead of Eid
Bombs, attacks kill more than 50 in Iraq ahead of Eid

A spate of bombings and gun attacks that killed at least 53 people in Iraq overshadowed preparations Friday to mark the end of the holy month of Ramadan, amid warnings that insurgents could strike again.

Bombs, attacks kill more than 50 in Iraq ahead of Eid
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Divorces on the rise again in Iraq

Divorces are on the rise in Iraq, official figures show, though the number of couples parting ways is still far lower than the latter years of Saddam Hussein's rule, and marriages much higher.

Divorces on the rise again in Iraq
111 killed in Iraq's deadliest day in two years
111 killed in Iraq's deadliest day in two years

A wave of violence swept across Iraq Monday, with 111 killed on the country's deadliest day in two and a half years, after Al-Qaeda warned it would seek to retake territory and mount new attacks.

111 killed in Iraq's deadliest day in two years
Iraq attacks kill 37 after Al-Qaeda warning
Iraq attacks kill 37 after Al-Qaeda warning

Violence in Baghdad and north of the capital killed at least 37 people on Monday, the country's bloodiest day in three weeks after Al-Qaeda's front group in Iraq warned it sought to retake territory.

Iraq attacks kill 37 after Al-Qaeda warning