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Iraqis protest gender violence after YouTube star killed

Feb. 05, 2023 09:36 AM EST

DIWANIYAH, Iraq (AP) — Dozens of Iraqi protesters gathered Sunday to decry the so-called “honor killing” of a 22-year-old YouTube star who was allegedly strangled by her father, adding fuel to calls for legal reforms protecting women. Interior Ministry spokesman Saad Maan on...

Alleged Islamic State sniper trial looks at foreign fighters

Feb. 03, 2023 15:27 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — He had been brought from the battlefields of Syria to a New York lockup, a U.S. citizen charged with serving as a sniper and weapons trainer for the Islamic State group. And even in jail, Ruslan Maratovich kept a makeshift version of the militants' black flag right...

Iraqis protest in Baghdad as currency crisis continues

Feb. 03, 2023 10:17 AM EST

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi protesters rallied Friday in Baghdad, demanding the government take action to stop the economic crisis and the slide of the national currency after the Iraqi dinar plunged further. Measures taken by the United States in recent months to stamp out money...

UN envoy: Iraq's new leaders must keep fighting corruption

Feb. 02, 2023 21:41 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. special envoy for Iraq urged the country’s new government Thursday to keep fighting corruption and move quickly on much-needed economic, fiscal and financial reforms. Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert told the U.N. Security Council many other areas also...

Targeting Iran, US tightens Iraq's dollar flow, causing pain

Feb. 02, 2023 06:19 AM EST

BAGHDAD (AP) — For months, the United States has restricted Iraq’s access to its own dollars, trying to stamp out what Iraqi officials describe as rampant money laundering that benefits Iran and Syria. Iraq is now feeling the crunch, with a drop in the value of its currency and public anger...

Kurdish officials: Rockets hit Turkish base in northern Iraq

Feb. 01, 2023 05:16 AM EST

IRBIL, Iraq (AP) — A cluster of rockets targeted a Turkish military base in northern Iraq on Wednesday, officials from northern Iraq's semiautonomous Kurdish region said. An Iranian-backed militia promptly claimed responsibility for the attack. A Turkish defense ministry official...

Today in History: JAN 30, Tet Offensive begins

Jan. 30, 2023 00:01 AM EST

Today in History Today is Monday, Jan. 30, the 30th day of 2023. There are 335 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Jan. 30, 1933, Adolf Hitler became chancellor of Germany. On this date: In 1649,...

Iraq's Kurdish region warns against 'unlawful' stop to funds

Jan. 26, 2023 12:51 PM EST

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi Kurdish authorities on Thursday pushed back against a decision by Iraq's top court that blocked payments from state coffers funding the semi-autonomous region. Jutiar Adel, a spokesperson for Iraq's Kurdistan Regional Government said in a statement that the...

Hundreds in Baghdad protest devaluation of Iraq's currency

Jan. 25, 2023 06:36 AM EST

BAGHDAD (AP) — Hundreds of protesters rallied Wednesday near the Central Bank in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, angered by the recent devaluation of the Iraqi dinar and demanding the government take action to stabilize the currency. The protesters — mainly young people — rallied...

Iraqi PM replaces Central Bank governor over currency drop

Jan. 23, 2023 12:28 PM EST

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq’s prime minister on Monday replaced the governor of the country's Central Bank following a weekslong plunge of the Iraqi dinar, the state news agency reported. Prime Minister Mohammed Shia al-Sudani made the move after the governor, Mustafa Ghaleb Mukheef,...