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Ali Allawi, Iraq's finance minister speaks during an interview with The Associated Press in Baghdad, Iraq, Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020. Allawi said on Thursday there is growing political will to execute drastic reforms needed for the country to grapple with a daunting liquidity crisis, which has left Iraq teetering on the brink of collapse. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed)

Finance minister says Iraq's leaders willing to make reforms

Oct. 15, 2020 12:41 PM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's finance minister said Thursday there is growing political will to undertake drastic reforms needed for the country to tackle a daunting liquidity crisis, which has pushed Iraq to the brink of collapse. “There is more will now than there was five months ago,” Finance...

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan addresses the mmbers of his ruling party at the parliament, in Ankara, Turkey, Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020. Erdogan on Wednesday accused Greece and Cyprus of failing to fulfill

France warns Turkey of EU sanctions over 'provocations'

Oct. 15, 2020 11:37 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — France warned Turkey on Thursday that it could face European Union sanctions for its “provocations,” after Ankara redeployed its search vessel on a new energy exploration mission in the eastern Mediterranean. Speaking in Paris after a meeting of the French-German-Polish...

FILE - In this Sunday, Oct. 11, 2020 file photo, people wear protective face masks to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus in downtown Tehran, Iran. For the second day in a row, Iran announced Monday its highest single-day death toll from the coronavirus with 272 people killed. The announcement by Health Ministry spokeswoman Sima Sadat Lari saw Iran also give its single-day highest count of new cases with 4,206 new patients.(AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi, File)

Iran virus death toll hits record high, 3rd time in a week

Oct. 14, 2020 2:23 PM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — For the third time in a week, Iran on Wednesday marked its highest single-day record for new deaths and infections from the coronavirus, with 279 people killed and 4,830 new cases. A Health Ministry spokeswoman, Sima Sadat Lari, made the announcement as Iran, with a population of more...

Warner, Gade focus on health issues in final debate

Oct. 13, 2020 10:42 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Warner of Virginia and his Republican opponent, Daniel Gade, sparred over how best to respond to the coronavirus and other health care issues Tuesday in their third and final debate. The televised event, sponsored by the AARP, focused heavily on the pandemic...

Iran-backed militias offer truce for US pullout from Iraq

Oct. 11, 2020 4:04 PM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi militias backed by Iran have agreed to temporarily halt attacks targeting the American presence in Iraq, on the condition that U.S.-led coalition troops withdraw from the country in line with a parliamentary resolution, three militia officials said Sunday. The militia officials spoke...

Probe launched into death of director of Korean firm in Iraq

Oct. 10, 2020 12:52 PM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq launched Saturday an investigation into the death of a high-level director of a Korean company implementing a strategic port project in Iraq's south, after Iraqi lawmakers cast doubt over initial reports deeming the incident a suicide. Park Chul-Ho, director for the South Korean Daewoo...

ACLU aids appeal of two Montana men accused of stolen valor

Oct. 6, 2020 6:55 PM EDT

GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) — Two Montana men who lied about their military service in court have appealed some conditions of their sentences. The American Civil Liberties Union of Montana called the conditions degrading and unconstitutional. Montana Eighth District Court Judge Greg Pinski sentenced Ryan...

Shiite pilgrims arrive Karbala, Iraq, for the Arbaeen ritual Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2020. Arbaeen holiday marks the end of the forty day mourning period after the anniversary of the martyrdom of Imam Hussein, the Prophet Muhammad's grandson in the 7th century. (AP Photo/Anmar Khalil)(AP Photo/Anmar Khalil)

Dozens injured in clashes in Iraq's south during pilgrimage

Oct. 6, 2020 1:18 PM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — Dozens of people were wounded in clashes between Iraqi security forces and anti-government protesters in Iraq's south Tuesday during the annual Shiite Muslim pilgrimage of Arbaeen. The violence took place at a location between two important shrines in the holy city of Karbala as thousands...

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Review: 'Missionaries' sees our forever wars as vocation

Oct. 5, 2020 12:13 PM EDT

Phil Klay’s “Missionaries” (Penguin) Phil Klay’s “Redeployment” was a masterwork in mostly spare prose, its tonal range from laugh-out-loud, Joseph Heller-esque absurdity to soul-crushing bleakness. It may be our best literary window into the Iraq war. A young Marine...

A woman holds a picture of her a missing son during anti-government protest in Baghdad, Iraq, Sunday, Feb. 23, 2020. There are 25 activists still missing since the protests erupted on Oct. 1, 2019, according to the semi-official Iraqi High Commission for Human Rights. No group has claimed responsibility but activists have blamed the militias. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed)

In Iraq a father faces militia power as he seeks missing son

Oct. 2, 2020 7:08 AM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — In the span of 30 seconds, Ali Jasb, a young rights lawyer, vanished into the night in southern Iraq. On an evening a year ago, a woman emerged from a dimly lit street in the city of Amara, her face hidden in a black abaya, and greeted Jasb. Almost immediately a black SUV pulled up, two men...