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Iraq ‘police club’ banned after football brawl

  Baghdad: Iraq’s Police football club, owned by the country’s interior ministry, was banned Wednesday from playing in Baghdad’s main stadium following a brawl between police and stadium guards. The confrontation broke out as guards tried to keep out an Al-Shorta — which means “police” in Arabic — club official who had opened fire on…

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Twin suicide bombing kills at least 26 in Baghdad

BAGHDAD: A double suicide bombing killed 26 people in Baghdad on Monday, officials said, the second such attack in the Iraqi capital in three days. Dr Abdel Ghani al-Saadi, health chief for east Baghdad, reported “26 dead and 90 wounded”. “Two suicide bombers blew themselves up in Tayyaran Square in central Baghdad,” said General Saad…

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Russia says Iraqi Kurds must act in concert with Baghdad

MOSCOW: Russia respects the desire of Iraqi Kurdistan to seek to assert its identity but this must be done in dialogue with the Iraqi government, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Monday at talks with his Iraqi government counterpart, reported Reuters. Lavrov said Russia would continue its economic ties with Iraqi Kurdistan, as it…

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Kurdish referendum: Iran closes border with Iraqi Kurdistan over independence vote fears

NEWS DESK: Iran has closed its border with the Kurdish region of Iraq at the request of Baghdad, a statement from the Iranian foreign ministry has said, reported The Independent. Land crossings into Iran were shut to Iraqi Kurdistan on Monday, as Iraq’s 8.4 million Kurds lined up at polling stations to vote in a referendum on creating an independent state….

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Karachi among world’s most stressful cities, study finds

Karachi is listed among the 10 most stressful cities, according to a new study that reveals the world’s most and least stressful cities of 2017. Stuttgart is the least stressed out city across the globe, the 2017 Global Least and Most Stressful Cities Ranking says, with four of the top 10 relaxing cities situated in…

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Iraq rocked by three suicide blasts; death toll 42

BAGHDAD: Three suicide bombings in Baghdad and a city to the west have killed at least 42 people, targeting Iraqis breaking their fast and elderly people collecting their pensions, officials said. The strikes came as forces fought to retake the last areas held by the Islamic State group in their former stronghold of Mosul. The…

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As Iraqi forces fight to take Mosul, car bomb in Baghdad kills 23 people

MOSUL, IRAQ: Islamic State militants captured an Iraqi police colonel and eight other officers on Monday after they ran out of ammunition during a skirmish in the battle for western Mosul, an Iraqi Interior Ministry official said.

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Twin Damascus bombs targeting Iraqi pilgrims kill 46

Twin bombs targeting Shiite pilgrims on Saturday killed 46 people in Damascus, most of them Iraqis, a monitoring group said, in one of the bloodiest attacks in the Syrian capital. There have been periodic bomb attacks in Damascus, but the stronghold of the regime of President Bashar al-Assad has been largely spared the destruction faced…

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Baghdad suicide car bomb blast kills 17: police

BAGHDAD: A suicide car bomb attack in a densely-populated neighbourhood of Baghdad Monday killed at least 17 people and left dozens wounded, police and hospital officials said. Many of the victims were daily labourers waiting for jobs at an intersection in Sadr City, a sprawling majority Shiite neighbourhood in the northeast of the capital that…

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Fearful Christmas in Baghdad after attacks on Christians

BAGHDAD: Christians in Baghdad celebrated Christmas on Sunday in a heightened state of fear after deadly attacks on Christian-owned shops that sell alcohol.

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Suicide truck bomb kills about 100 in Iraq, mostly Iranian pilgrims

BAGHDAD: A suicide truck bomb killed about 100 people, most of them Iranian Shi’ite pilgrims, at a petrol station in the city of Hilla 100 km (62 miles) south of Baghdad on Thursday, police and medical sources said.

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Suicide bombing, shootouts kill around 55 in Iraq: police

BAGHDAD: Around 55 people were killed in Iraq in attacks on Saturday that targeted a Shi’ite Muslim gathering, a police check-point and the family of a Sunni paramilitary leader opposed to Islamic State, according to security and medical sources. The escalation comes as Iraqi forces are getting ready to launch an offensive to take back…

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Rebellion within IS, 58 ‘rebels’ led by Baghdadi’s close aide executed

BAGHDAD: Islamic State has crushed a rebellion plot in Mosul, led by one of the group’s commanders who aimed to switch sides and help deliver the caliphate’s Iraqi capital to government forces, residents and Iraqi security officials said. Islamic State (IS) executed 58 people suspected of taking part in the plot after it was uncovered…

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Bombings near Baghdad mall kill at least 13 people

BAGHDAD: Two overnight bomb blasts outside a shopping mall in central Baghdad killed at least 13 people and wounded more than 30, security and medical officials said on Saturday. The blasts were the latest in a series of deadly attacks at Baghdad shopping centres this year, including one that killed more than 300 people in…

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Iraq blast survivors live with fear and nightmares

BAGHDAD: Sheets of flame and smoke engulfed the street and buildings around Sami Aziz’s Baghdad shop, burning people alive in scenes he likened to “the day of judgement”. Aziz and others are now repairing their stores at the site of a suicide bombing that sparked raging fires and killed 323 people on July 3, while…

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Baghdad attacks kill at least 48 people

BAGHDAD: Attacks including suicide bombings killed at least 48 people in Baghdad on Tuesday, the second time in a week the Iraqi capital has been hit by a deadly spate of bombings. The attacks bring the toll for violence in and near Baghdad to more than 150 people killed in just seven days. The unrest…

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Moqtada al-Sadr: Iraq’s powerful unpredictable cleric

BAGHDAD: Moqtada al-Sadr is the scion of an influential clerical family who raised a rebellion after the 2003 US invasion of Iraq and has now reinvented himself as a reform champion. Sadr, who has a grey-streaked, bushy black beard and wears the black turban of a “sayyid” or descendant of the Prophet Mohammed, gained widespread…

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Thousands of protesters break into Baghdad ‘Green Zone’

BAGHDAD: Thousands of protesters broke into Baghdad’s heavily fortified “Green Zone” on Saturday and rampaged to parliament after lawmakers again failed to approve new cabinet ministers. An AFP reporter said thousands of angry protesters moved into the restricted area, which houses the country’s key government institutions, and some began ransacking the parliament building. Rioters rampaged…

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Bomb attack on Shiite pilgrims kills 14 in Iraq: officials

BAGHDAD, IRAQ: A car bomb targeted Shiite pilgrims in an area near Baghdad on Saturday, killing at least 14 people and wounding at least 25, security and medical officials said. The bomb was left on a road in the Nahrawan area used by Shiite pilgrims who are walking to the shrine of Imam Musa Kadhim in…

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Baghdad area bombings kill at least eight: officials

BAGHDAD: Bombings targeting security forces in the Baghdad area killed at least eight people and wounded more than 30 on Saturday, security and medical officials said. A suicide bomber detonated an explosives-rigged vehicle at a checkpoint on the northeastern edge of the city, killing at least seven people and wounding at least 24. Another car…

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Truck bomb kills at least 60 people south of Baghdad

BAGHDAD: Daesh claimed responsibility for a suicide attack with an explosive-laden fuel tanker on an Iraqi police checkpoint south of Baghdad, killing at least 60 people and wounding more than 70, medical and security officials said. Responsibility was claimed in a posting on the website of the Amaq news agency. “A martyr’s operation with a…

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