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Two federal policemen killed in ISIS attack in western Kirkuk: reporter

Two members of Iraqi federal police were killed in an Islamic State (ISIS) attack in Kirkuk province on Sunday (December 15), NRT reporter said.


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10,500 people with graduate degrees unemployed in Iraq: MP

Council of Representatives lawmaker Rebwar Karim said on Saturday (December 14) that there are 10,500 people in Iraq with a Master’s or doctoral degree who are unemployed.


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Parties close to agreement on candidate for new Iraqi prime minister: source

Most of the Iraqi parties have agreed to nominate Mohammed Shiaa al-Sudani as a candidate for prime minister, a source said on Saturday (December 14).


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Sadr decides to close movement’s institutions for year: office

Iraqi Shia cleric and political leader Moqtada al-Sadr has decided to close institutions associated with his political movement for a year, Sadr’s office said on Friday (December 13).


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UN Security Council calls for 'transparent investigations' into violence against Iraqi protesters

The UN Security Council has expressed its “grave concern” at human rights violations committed against Iraqis participating in the ongoing anti-government demonstrations, including the killing, maimin


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Amnesty International calls on Iraqi government to end 'campaign of terror' targeting activists

Amnesty International condemned on Friday (December 13) the deliberate killings and abductions of civil society activists in Iraq and called on the government to take action to prevent violations of h


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Iraq's top Shia cleric condemns killings, kidnappings of protesters: representative

Iraq’s top Shia cleric Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani on Friday (December 13) condemned recent killings and kidnappings of protesters, urging the state to assert control over the widespread use of wea


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Suicide bomber kills 7 Iraqi paramilitary fighters: military

A suicide bomber blew himself up killing at least seven fighters from an Iraqi paramilitary group near the city of Samarra north of Baghdad on Thursday (December 12), the military said in a statement.


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Protesters condemn killings in Baghdad’s Wathba Square that leave six dead

Following a grisly incident in Baghdad, protesters have condemned what they characterized as an attempt to discredit peaceful demonstrations against the government.


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Two protest organizers go missing in Baghdad, activists urge release

Two protest organizers went missing on Wednesday in Baghdad, just a day after an activist was killed in the Iraqi capital.


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Two rockets fell near Baghdad airport, no casualties: statement

Two Katyusha rockets landed near the “outside perimeter” of Baghdad International Airport on Wednesday (December 11), a statement from the military said.


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UNAMI finds ‘serious human rights violations’ continue against Iraq protesters

The United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) has released an updated report on human rights violations during the protests in central and southern Iraq, which found a pattern of excessive fo


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Iraqi activist abducted, murdered in Baghdad: reports

A prominent activist was killed in the Iraqi capital on Tuesday night (December 10) as he left the protests to go home, Iraqi media has reported.


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2020 budget deficit estimated at 48 trillion Iraqi dinars: MP

An Iraqi lawmaker said on Tuesday (December 10) that the federal budget deficit for 2020 is estimated to be 48 trillion Iraqi dinars ($40.3 billion).


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ISIS militants attacked Iraqi federal police in Kirkuk, says reporter

Islamic State (ISIS) militants attacked Iraqi federal police at a checkpoint in Kirkuk province on Tuesday night (December 10), an NRT reporter has said. ​


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Council of Representatives delays session on electoral reform to Wednesday

The Council of Representatives has delayed a scheduled session on electoral reform until Wednesday (December 11) at noon.


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Iraq's President, PM, and Speaker must go, says Baghdad protest organizer

A protest organizer said on Tuesday (December 10) that a key demand of those in the streets is for all of Iraq's senior political leaders to resign, arguing that they no longer hold any authority.


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UAE-based Crescent Petroleum has invested over $3 billion in Iraq: CEO

United Arab Emirates-based energy firm Crescent Petroleum has invested over $3 billion in Iraq and the Kurdistan Region, its chief executive said on Tuesday (December 10).


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Iran extends electricity agreement with Iraq by three years, says minister

Iran will continue to export electricity to Iraq after signing a three-year agreement with Baghdad, Iranian Minister of Energy Reza Ardakanian said on Monday (December 9) and would do so for as long a


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Caretaker PM calls on PMF not to interfere in internal security affairs

Ahead of expected large-scale protests this week, caretaker Prime Minister Adil Abdul Mahdi has called on the Population Mobilization Forces (PMF) not to interfere in internal security affairs.


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