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Iraqi government spokesman outlines changes in new draft election law

An Iraqi government spokesman has discussed some of the “most important points” of a new election law, which was approved by the Council of Ministers and sent to the Council of Representatives on Nove


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Protesters retake part of bridge in central Baghdad

Iraqi protesters occupied part of a main bridge in Baghdad on Saturday (November 16) that security forces had pushed them away from a week before, a Reuters photographer said.


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Iraq closes southern border with Iran to travelers: security source, diplomat

Iraq closed its southern Shalamcheh border crossing with Iran to travelers from both countries on Saturday (November 16), an Iraqi security source and an Iranian diplomat said.


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Abadi calls for creation of a caretaker government in Iraq before new elections

Head of the Nasr Alliance Haider al-Abadi on Saturday (November 16) called for the creation of an independent, caretaker government until new elections can be held in Iraq.


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Baghdad bomb kills two, injures 12: security sources

An improvised explosive device went off in Baghdad’s Tayaran Square, killing two people and injuring 12, Iraqi security sources said late on Friday (November 15).


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At least three killed, dozens wounded by security forces using live ammunition in Baghdad

An overnight celebration of a soccer victory offered only brief respite to Iraq’s violence, as anti-government protesters returned to the streets and security forces fired on them with live ammunition


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None of Iraq protesters's demands met, says Sistani representative

None of the protesters' demands have been met so far, a representative of Iraq’s top Shia Muslim cleric Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani said on Friday (November 15).


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Anti-government protests continue as thousands gather in Baghdad

Anti-government protests continued on Friday (November 15) as thousands of Iraqis gathered in Baghdad’s Tahrir Square.


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Iraqi young protesters: 'We're not leaving, even if this lasts 40 years'

Wearing surgical masks, motorcycle helmets and clothes stained with blood and grime, Iraqi young protesters populate the protest barricades of Baghdad, chanting for the government to fall.


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Two killed, 35 wounded in Baghdad protests: police, medics

Security forces killed two protesters and wounded 35 others in Baghdad on Thursday (November 14), police and medical sources said, as thousands of Iraqis continued a wave of anti-government protests.


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Pompeo 'deplored' the death toll at protests in phone call with Iraqi PM: State Dept

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in a phone call with Iraqi Prime Minister Adil Abdul Mahdi “deplored the death toll” among protesters due to the crackdown of the Iraqi government and urged him to ta


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Iraqi provincial council elections delayed indefinitely

The Iraqi government met on Tuesday (November 12) and decided to delay the provincial council elections to an unknown date.


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Iraqi Supreme Court rules IDPs can vote from governorate of residence

The Federal Supreme Court of Iraq ruled on Tuesday (November 12) that internally displaced persons (IDPs) would be able to vote in future elections from their governorate of current residence, rather


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Iraqi government to add hundreds of thousands of new positions in 2020 budget

The Council of Representatives' Labor and Social Affairs Committee said on Monday (November 11) that the federal government is developing plans to hire for 239,000 new positions as a part of the 2020


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Iraq's elite rallies around Iran-backed plan to hang on to power

Iraq’s ruling parties appear to have rallied behind a strategy, blessed by Iran, to try to survive a mass anti-government uprising by containing protests on the streets of Baghdad while offering a pac


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Iraq expresses regret at protester deaths, defends handling of unrest

Iraqi officials expressed “deep regret” on Monday (November 11) at the death of protesters during weeks of unrest but defended Baghdad’s handling of the situation.


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Iraqi government sends electoral bill to the Council of Representatives

Following weeks of protests, the Iraqi Government sent a draft electoral bill to the Council of Representatives on Monday (November 11) that would reduce the number of parliamentary seats by a third.


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Sistani concerned Iraqi political leadership 'not serious enough' about reform, says UNAMI chief

According to the head of the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI), Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani has expressed his concern that Iraq’s political leadership is not serious about enacting reforms in


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Three Kurdish members added to constitution amendment committee

Deputy Speaker of the Council of Representatives Bashir Haddad confirmed on Saturday (November 9) that three new Kurdish members had been added to the committee looking at possible constitutional amen


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Iraqi counterterrorism forces in anti-ISIS operations near Makhmour

The Iraqi Counterterrorism Service (CTS) announced on Sunday (November 10) that it had killed "a large number" of Islamic State (ISIS) militants during an operation in The Iraqi Counterterrorism Servi


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