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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...

Iraqi currency crash halts after meeting with U.S. official

Feb. 04, 2023 13:31 PM EST

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's currency ended its nosedive after a meeting between the Iraqi Central Bank head and a top U.S. Treasury official. Under Secretary of the Treasury for terrorism and financial intelligence Brian E. Nelson said in a statement Saturday that he had met with Central...

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...

How will life change once the COVID-19 emergency ends?

Jan. 31, 2023 16:08 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The declaration of a COVID-19 public health emergency three years ago changed the lives of millions of Americans by offering increased health care coverage, beefed-up food assistance and universal access to coronavirus vaccines and tests. Much of that is now...

Report: drones attack convoy in east Syria coming from Iraq

Jan. 29, 2023 16:23 PM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — Drones attacked a convoy of trucks in eastern Syria Sunday night shortly after it crossed into the country from Iraq, Syrian opposition activists and a pro-government radio station said. There was no immediate word on casualties. The strike comes amid heightening...

UK leader fires party chairman over tax bill allegations

Jan. 29, 2023 06:54 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak fired the chairman of the governing Conservative Party on Sunday for a “serious breach” of ethics rules in failing to come clean about a tax dispute. Sunak had faced days of pressure to sack Nadhim Zahawi amid allegations he...