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Iraq closes border crossings with Syria near fighting in northeast: minister

The Iraqi Ministry of Migration and Displacement announced on Thursday (October 17) that it had shut down all of it border crossing with Syria near the area where Turkey is conducting an offensive aga


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US extends waiver for Iraq to import Iranian electricity for 120 days

The US State Department said on Thursday (October 16) it has extended by 120 days a waiver to sanctions allowing Iraq to import gas and electricity from Iran as it pushes Baghdad to make the country m


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Iran-backed militias deployed snipers in Iraq protests: Reuters

Iran-backed militias deployed snipers on Baghdad rooftops during the Iraq’s deadliest anti-government protests in years, two Iraqi security officials told Reuters.


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Federal government removes 61 directors from their positions

The Iraqi federal government decided on Wednesday (October 16) to remove 61 general directors from their positions as part of an effort designed to placate anti-corruption protesters.


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Iraqis can travel to Iran without visas starting in March: ambassador

In a reciprocal act, Iran will soon permit Iraqi nationals to travel to Iran without a visa, Iranian Ambassador to Iraq Iraj Masjedi said on Tuesday (October 15).


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President Salih throws weight behind reforms to Iraqi electoral system

President Barham Salih has said that Iraq needs to undertake major reforms in order to restore faith in the country’s political system, most notably by tackling problems in the electoral system.


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Iraqi government leaders meet to address protestors’ demands

Iraqi President Barham Salih, Prime Minister Adil Abdul Mahdi, and Speaker of the Council of Representatives Muhammad al-Halbusi met on Monday (October 14) at Salam Palace in Baghdad to discuss a rang


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Baghdad Provincial Council chooses new governor

The Baghdad Provincial Council chose Mohammed Jaber al-Atta as governor on Monday (October 14).


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1.3 million unemployed Iraqis sign up for new government program: minister

Federal Minister of Labor and Social Affairs Basim Abdul-Zaman said on Monday (October 14) that 1,344,000 unemployed people have registered for a work program.


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Ministry of Peshmerga Affairs delegation to visit Baghdad for budget talks

The Ministry of Peshmerga Affairs said on Sunday (October 13) that a delegation is set to visit Baghdad and meet with officials at the federal Ministry of Defense to discuss outstanding issues between


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President Salih discusses NE Syria with UN Secretary-General

Iraqi President Barham Salih discussed the current situation in northeastern Syria during a phone call with United Nations Secretary General António Guterres on Saturday (October 12).


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Iraqi government forms committee to investigate violence against protesters

The Iraqi Security Council announced on Friday (October 11) that it has formed a committee to investigate incidents of violence during the recent protests and identify and arrest those who attacked de


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Nine senior officials referred to court by Anti-Corruption Council

The Supreme Anti-Corruption Council in Iraq said on Friday (October 11) that it has referred nine senior officials to court following a request by Prime Minister Adil Abdul Mahdi.


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Iraq's top Shia cleric criticizes government over protester deaths

Iraq’s top Shia cleric blamed the Baghdad government on Friday for the killing of scores of protesters, and gave it a two-week deadline to find out which “undisciplined elements” had used snipers to


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Iraq appoints two new ministers after PM promises sweeping reform

Iraq appointed new education and health ministers on Thursday, a day after Prime Minister Adil Abdul Mahdi promised to reshuffle his government and enact reforms to try to stem unrest.


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Iraqi President Barham Salih calls Turkey's Syria operation 'grave escalation'

Iraq’s President Barham Salih on Wednesday (October 9) called Turkey’s intervention into northeastern Syria a “grave escalation.”


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Iraqi PM to ask parliament to approve cabinet reshuffle: news conference

Iraqi Prime Minister Adil Abdul Mahdi on Wednesday announced a cabinet reshuffle, declared three days of national mourning and said those who shot protesters would be punished as he sought to quell an


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Iraq has a calmer night after a week of protests

Iraq had its calmest night since anti-government protests began more than a week ago over corruption and unemployment.


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Only seven hours of internet per day in Iraq: Ministry of Communications

The federal government restored internet access in Iraq on Wednesday (October 9), but said that it would only for seven hours in order to facilitate the work of government ministries and directorates.


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Iraq government releases second reform package amid arrest sweeps

Iraq’s government issued a second package of proposed social reforms on Tuesday in an attempt to meet the demands of anti-government protesters who have demonstrated nationwide for eight days, with th


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