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Iraq bans a Kurdish separatist group and strengthens its cooperation with Turkey

Jul. 23, 2024 11:43 AM EDT

IRBIL, Iraq (AP) — The Iraqi government announced Tuesday an official ban on a Kurdish separatist group which has been engaged in in a long-running conflict with Turkey. Turkey has been seeking greater cooperation from Baghdad in its fight against the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or...

Jon Stewart pushes VA to help veterans sickened after post-9/11 exposure to uranium

Jul. 23, 2024 04:35 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Comedian Jon Stewart is pressing the Biden administration to fix a loophole in a massive veterans aid bill that left out some of the first U.S. troops who responded after the Sept. 11 attacks and got sick after deploying to a base contaminated with dangerous levels of uranium. ...

Shiite Muslims in Lebanon and Iraq commemorate Ashoura, marking the death of Imam Hussein

Jul. 17, 2024 22:22 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Shiite Muslims Wednesday in Lebanon and Iraq commemorated Ashoura, marking the 7th-century death of Prophet Muhammad’s grandson, Hussein, that gave birth to their faith, while paying tribute to Palestinians as the Israel-Hamas war entered its 10th month and tensions heightened...

Islamic State attacks on track to double in Iraq and Syria compared to last year, US military says

Jul. 17, 2024 10:25 AM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — The U.S. Central Command said Wednesday that the Islamic State group is trying "to reconstitute” as the number of attacks in Syria and Iraq is on track to double this year, compared to the year before. IS claimed 153 attacks in the two countries in the first six...

Iraqi court sentences wife of slain Islamic State leader to death for crimes against Yazidi women

Jul. 10, 2024 15:30 PM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — An Iraqi court issued a death sentence against one of the wives of the late brutal Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, alleging that she was complicit in crimes committed against Yazidi women captured by the militant group, the country's judiciary announced Wednesday. ...

Sweden protests against death penalties given to 3 Swedes in Iraq, says a 4th case isn't confirmed

Jul. 04, 2024 08:39 AM EDT

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Sweden’s Foreign Ministry said Thursday it will summon the Iraqi chargé d’affaires in Stockholm to protest against death sentences received by Swedes in Iraq. Last month, Stockholm protested over a death sentence given to a Swede. On Thursday, two...

Iranian presidential candidates accuse each other of having no plan or experience ahead of runoff

Jul. 01, 2024 22:17 PM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran’s presidential candidates on Monday accused each other of having no solution for the country’s problems ahead of Friday's runoff election aimed at choosing a successor for the late President Ebrahim Raisi, who died last month in a helicopter crash. ...

UNESCO finds Islamic State group-era bombs in Mosul mosque walls, years after the defeat of IS

Jun. 30, 2024 07:10 AM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — The U.N. cultural agency has discovered five bombs hidden within the walls of the historic al-Nouri Mosque in the city of Mosul in northern Iraq, a remnant of the Islamic State militant group’s rule over the area, UNESCO said in a statement Saturday. The mosque,...

Today in History: June 29, Apple releases first iPhone to consumers

Jun. 29, 2024 00:07 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Saturday, June 29, the 181st day of 2024. There are 185 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On June 29, 2007, the first version of the iPhone went on sale to the public; over 2.3 billion iPhones have been sold to date. ...

The Latest | Polls close in Iran after election to replace a president killed in a helicopter crash

Jun. 28, 2024 17:08 PM EDT

Iranians voted on Friday to replace the late President Ebrahim Raisi, who was killed in a May helicopter crash in the country's northwest along with the foreign minister and several other officials. Analysts broadly described the race as a three-way contest. There are two...