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Top Shiite leader backs UN plan to resolve Iraqi crisis

Nov. 11, 2019 1:29 PM EST

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's most powerful Shiite religious leader said Monday he backs a U.N. roadmap aimed at meeting the demands of anti-government protesters who have been rallying in recent weeks despite a bloody crackdown by security forces, but he expressed concern that political parties would not carry...

Hopes of young Lebanese to escape sectarianism put to test

Nov. 9, 2019 1:48 AM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — Singer Tania Saleh grew up amid a civil war that robbed her of her childhood, of her friends and neighbors and of the Lebanon she so loved. For years, she has sung the pains of sectarian schisms. "You Lebanese have created 10 or 12 gods ... You divided me. You aggravated me. You parceled me...

Iraqi spiritual leader warns of 'great risks' from protests

Nov. 8, 2019 12:56 PM EST

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's most senior Shiite cleric urged political leaders Friday to find a way out of the current cycle of anti-government protests and a subsequent security crackdown that has left more than 250 people dead, saying the country faces "great risks" if it continues. The protests continued to...

Protests in Iraq reveal a long-simmering anger at Iran

Nov. 6, 2019 5:59 AM EST

BAGHDAD (AP) — The shoes are coming off again in Iraq. In years past, Iraqis have beaten their shoes against portraits of Saddam Hussein in a sign of anger and insult. In 2008, an Iraqi journalist threw his shoes at a ducking President George W. Bush during a news conference to vent his outrage at the...

AP Explains: Iran's nuclear facility deep inside a mountain

Nov. 5, 2019 1:15 PM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iran's Fordo nuclear facility sits deep inside a mountain, with just one structure visible from space. Western intelligence officials have worried about the site since 2008, when satellite images caught work at the site just outside of the Shiite holy city of Qom, some...

US growth of Islam creates need for religious scholars

Nov. 4, 2019 4:30 PM EST

DEARBORN HEIGHTS, Mich. (AP) — Imam Mohammad Qazwini's deep understanding of Islam and his formal training at a seminary in the holy city of Qom, Iran, draws students to this suburban Detroit classroom just off the large prayer room of a mosque. But there's another attraction. The Quran, Islam's holy book,...

Iraqi protesters attack Iran consulate in Karbala

Nov. 3, 2019 5:29 PM EST

BAGHDAD (AP) — Dozens of Iraqi protesters attacked the Iranian consulate in the Shiite holy city of Karbala on Sunday, scaling the concrete barriers ringing the building, bringing down an Iranian flag and replacing it with the Iraqi flag, eyewitnesses said. Security forces fired in the air to disperse the...

In nod to protests, Iraq president calls for new voting law

Oct. 31, 2019 2:00 PM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's president on Thursday called for the drafting of a new election law and said he would approve early elections once it is enacted, bowing to anti-government protesters while insisting that the sweeping changes they are demanding be carried out in a constitutional way. Iraq has seen two...

Millions march in Iraq in annual Arbaeen Shiite pilgrimage

Oct. 19, 2019 6:44 AM EDT

KARBALA, Iraq (AP) — Millions of pilgrims made their way on foot to the Iraqi city of Karbala on Saturday for the Shiite pilgrimage of Arbaeen, regarded as the largest annual public gathering in the world. The commemoration marks the 40th day following the death of a Shiite saint in the 7th century and...

Violence escalates in Iraq even after top cleric urges calm

Oct. 4, 2019 6:08 PM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — Security forces opened fire directly at hundreds of anti-government demonstrators Friday in central Baghdad, killing at least 17 protesters and injuring dozens, hours after Iraq's top Shiite cleric warned both sides to end four days of violence "before it's too late." The latest deaths...