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Iraqi PM calls meeting of senior politicians to end crisis

Aug. 17, 2022 09:32 AM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq’s caretaker prime minister called a meeting of senior political leaders and party representatives Wednesday, seeking a way out of a monthslong crisis amid a power struggle between rival Shiite blocs. But the party of influential Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr did not attend...

Article on 'fat' Arab women sparks uproar over body-shaming

Aug. 17, 2022 02:13 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — To Enas Taleb, the headline felt like a spiteful punch line. “Why women are fatter than men in the Arab world,” it read in bold, above a photograph of the Iraqi actress waving onstage at an arts festival. The Economist article...

Iraq's finance minister resigns over political crisis

Aug. 16, 2022 09:20 AM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's finance minister resigned Tuesday, two government officials said, over the country's worst political crisis in years involving an influential Shiite cleric and his Iran-aligned rivals. The officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity in line with...

Despite public anger, no progress in Iraq political deadlock

Aug. 14, 2022 08:32 AM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — Weeks after followers of an influential cleric stormed parliament, Iraq’s political crisis shows no signs of abating, despite rising public anger over a debilitating gridlock that has further weakened the country's caretaker government and its ability to provide basic services. ...

Iraqi judiciary says it has no powers to dissolve parliament

Aug. 14, 2022 08:05 AM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq’s top judicial body said Sunday it doesn't have the authority to dissolve the country’s parliament, days after an influential Shiite cleric gave it one week to dismiss the legislature so that new elections can be held. The decision by the Supreme Judicial...

Rival Iraq protests underscore inter-Shiite power struggle

Aug. 12, 2022 12:28 PM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — Supporters of Iran-backed Shiite groups rallied in Baghdad on Friday to denounce their rivals, followers of an influential Shiite cleric who stormed the parliament last month and have since been holding a sit-in outside the assembly building in the Iraqi capital. ...

Biden signs 'burn pits' help for vets; a personal win, too

Aug. 10, 2022 14:17 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden, whose elder son Beau died of cancer years after deploying to Iraq, signed legislation on Wednesday expanding federal health care services for millions of veterans who served at military bases where toxic smoke billowed from huge “burn pits.” ...

Iraq Shiite cleric behind parliament sit-in steps up demands

Aug. 10, 2022 11:43 AM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — An influential Shiite cleric in Iraq whose supporters earlier this month stormed the parliament in Baghdad and have since held a sit-in outside the building, stepped up his demands Wednesday and issued a veiled threat of renewed violence. The cleric, Muqtada...

Security expert warns UN Africa could be future IS caliphate

Aug. 09, 2022 19:40 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The threat from the Islamic State extremist group is growing by the day in Africa and the continent could be “the future of the caliphate,” an African security expert warned the U.N. Security Council on Tuesday. Martin Ewi said the Islamic State “has...

Shiite Muslims in Iraq, Lebanon, Pakistan mark Ashoura

Aug. 09, 2022 09:12 AM EDT

KARBALA, Iraq (AP) — Shiites in Iraq, Lebanon and Pakistan chanted, paraded and beat their chests on Tuesday as they marked Ashoura, one of the most important dates on the religious calendar, commemorating the 7th century martyrdom of the Prophet Muhammad's grandson Hussein. The...