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In Baghdad's Sadr City, cleric's support underpins protests

Aug. 05, 2022 11:40 AM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — Khalil Ibrahim’s four sons are among thousands of followers of an influential Shiite cleric staging a sit-in outside Iraq’s parliament after storming the building last week in a stunning move that threw the country into a new era of political instability. ...

Hundreds of thousands gather for mass prayer in Baghdad

Aug. 05, 2022 10:38 AM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — Hundreds of thousands of Iraqis heeded the call of an influential Shiite cleric to gather in a show of strength for a mass prayer in the heart of Baghdad's government zone on Friday. The gathering took place amid an escalating political crisis that has put the country's capital on...

Iran demands release of its citizen held in Saudi Arabia

Aug. 05, 2022 03:21 AM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran on Friday issued a public statement saying it is seeking the release of an Iranian national who has been held by Saudi Arabia since this year's hajj pilgrimage, which concluded a month ago. Iran’s Foreign Ministry said the country's top diplomat Hossein...

Iraqi cleric calls for dissolution of parliament, early vote

Aug. 03, 2022 15:16 PM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — Influential Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr told followers Wednesday to continue their sit-in inside Iraq’s government zone, and called for the dissolution of parliament and early elections, signaling a deepening power struggle with his rivals. Speaking for the...

Influential Shiite cleric whose followers stormed Iraqi parliament says protest will continue, calls for early elections

Aug. 03, 2022 13:18 PM EDT
BAGHDAD (AP) — Influential Shiite cleric whose followers stormed Iraqi parliament says protest will continue, calls for early elections.

Senate approves bill to aid vets exposed to toxic burn pits

Aug. 02, 2022 21:10 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A bill enhancing health care and disability benefits for millions of veterans exposed to toxic burn pits won final approval in the Senate on Tuesday, ending a brief stalemate over the measure that had infuriated advocates and inspired some to camp outside the Capitol. ...

Followers of cleric told to withdraw from Iraq's parliament

Aug. 02, 2022 10:26 AM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — Followers of an influential Shiite cleric camped out inside the Iraqi parliament building for a fourth straight day were instructed Tuesday to leave the building but maintain their protest outside. In a tweet, a representative of cleric Muqtada al-Sadr told the...

EXPLAINER: How health care for vets became fight in Congress

Aug. 02, 2022 06:05 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A bill that would enhance health care and disability benefits for millions of veterans exposed to toxic burn pits hit a snag in the Senate last week, angering advocates like comedian Jon Stewart who say help from the government is long overdue. Lawmakers have been...

Today in History: Aug. 2, Iraq invades Kuwait

Aug. 02, 2022 00:01 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Tuesday, Aug. 2, the 214th day of 2022. There are 151 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Aug. 2, 1923, the 29th president of the United States, Warren G. Harding, died in San Francisco; Vice President...

Threat of protests, violent escalation stirs fears in Iraq

Aug. 01, 2022 15:44 PM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — Thousands gathered in Baghdad on Monday for a counter-rally called by Iran-backed groups against their rival, an influential cleric whose followers are staging a sit-in inside the Iraqi parliament — only to withdraw hours later. It wasn't immediately clear if the...