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Iraq electoral commission confirms October election results

Nov. 30, 2021 12:13 PM EST

BAGHDAD (AP) — The final results announced by Iraq’s electoral commission on Tuesday confirmed Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr as the biggest winner in last month's vote, securing 73 out of Parliament’s 329 seats. A Sunni party headed by Parliament Speaker Mohamed...

Iraqi migrants caught in border crisis in Belarus fly home

Nov. 18, 2021 15:39 PM EST

BAGHDAD (AP) — Hundreds of Iraqis returned home Thursday from Belarus after abandoning their hopes of reaching the European Union — a repatriation that came after tensions at Poland’s eastern border, where thousands of migrants became stuck in a cold and soggy forest. ...

Iraqi Shiite cleric calls on pro-Iran militias to disband

Nov. 18, 2021 13:00 PM EST

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq’s influential Shiite cleric who emerged as a winner in last month’s general elections on Thursday called on the country’s myriad pro-Iran Shiite armed factions to disband if they want to join his upcoming government. Muqatada al-Sadr also...

UN condemns attempts to discredit Iraq's recent election

Nov. 15, 2021 17:47 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council on Monday condemned attempts to discredit Iraq’s election and deplored the use of violence to settle election-related grievances. The U.N.’s most powerful body congratulated the Iraqi government and the Independent...

UAE bans some Mideast travelers from flights to Belarus

Nov. 15, 2021 07:56 AM EST

BAGHDAD (AP) — The United Arab Emirates has banned travelers from several Middle Eastern countries from boarding flights to Belarus, cutting off one of the last major air routes for would-be migrants to a nation on the European Union’s eastern border. The decision...

Polish PM mulls asking NATO to hold talks amid border crisis

Nov. 14, 2021 11:53 AM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland, Lithuania and Latvia are considering asking NATO to hold emergency talks as they struggle to manage a tense migration standoff on their borders with Belarus, the Polish prime minister said Sunday. Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said he...

Iraqi PM tours Baghdad area days after assassination attempt

Nov. 10, 2021 13:25 PM EST

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq’s prime minister toured a Baghdad neighborhood on foot Wednesday, three days after he escaped an assassination attempt at his home in the Iraqi capital. In his first public appearance outside his residence since the attack, Prime Minister Mustafa...

Powerful Iranian general visited Iraq after attack on PM

Nov. 08, 2021 13:46 PM EST

BAGHDAD (AP) — A top Iranian general visited Baghdad after the assassination attempt against Iraq’s prime minister, and said Tehran and its allies had nothing to do with the drone attack that lightly injured the Iraqi leader, two Iraqi politicians said Monday. News of...

Tension rises in Iraq after failed bid to assassinate PM

Nov. 07, 2021 15:55 PM EST

BAGHDAD (AP) — The failed assassination attempt against Iraq’s prime minister at his residence on Sunday has ratcheted up tensions following last month’s parliamentary elections, in which the Iran-backed militias were the biggest losers. Helicopters circled in the...

Iraqi prime minister survives assassination bid with drones

Nov. 07, 2021 04:19 AM EST

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi survived an assassination attempt with armed drones that targeted his residence early Sunday and officials said he was unharmed. The attack was a major escalation amid tensions sparked by the refusal of Iran-backed militias to accept...