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IRAQ

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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US calls on Iraq to hold early elections as protests continue

The United States has called on Iraq’s government to stop using violence against protesters, reform its electoral system and hold early elections, after weeks of unrest in which security forces have k


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Iraqi forces shoot three dead in southern city as protests flare: police, medics

Iraqi forces shot three anti-government protesters dead in the southern city of Nassiriya on Sunday (November 10), police and medics said, adding to scores killed in weeks of unrest that have shaken t


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Blast in Iraq injures five Italian soldiers: army

An explosive device was detonated in northern Iraq on Sunday as a vehicle carrying Italian special forces drove nearby, injuring five soldiers, three of them seriously, the Italian military said on Su


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Council of Representatives looks to cut salaries of government officials

The Council of Representatives conducted the first reading of a bill on Saturday (November 9) that would end a number financial privileges for officials and discussed amendment to the pension and reti


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Iraq oil production and exports stable, extraction healthy – minister

Iraq’s oil production and export rates remain stable, Oil Minister Thamer Ghadhban said on Saturday (November 9), as the country remained gripped by widespread anti-government protests.


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Iraqi forces push protesters back to main square, kill five

Iraqi security forces killed at least five people on Saturday (November 9) as they pushed protesters back toward their main camp in central Baghdad using live ammunition, tear gas and sound bombs, pol


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Iraq's Umm Qasr port reopens, operations resume: port official

Operations have resumed at Iraq’s Umm Qasr commodities port near Basra, a port official said on Saturday (November 9).


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Those who sabotage the protests will be punished: PM Abdul Mahdi

Iraqi Prime Minister Adil Abdul Mahdi said on Saturday (November 9) that those who “sabotage” the demonstrations will be heavily punished and might face lengthy prison sentences.


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Rockets land near Iraqi base hosting US forces, no casualties: Iraqi military

A barrage of 17 rockets landed near a military base hosting US forces in northern Iraq on Friday (November 8) but caused no injuries or major material damage, an Iraqi military statement said.


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Deadly clashes reignite in Iraq despite cleric's call for calm

Fresh clashes between Iraqi security forces and anti-government protesters broke out on Friday (November 8) killing at least three people, despite a call for calm by the country’s top Shia cleric, as


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Protesters being killed by tear gas canisters is 'gruesome pattern': HRW

Human Rights Watch (HRW) has characterized Iraqi protesters being killed by tear gas canisters fired by the security forces as a “gruesome pattern” and called on the police and military to exercise re


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Protests continue in Iraq on Friday, but with fewer clashes

Protests continued in Baghdad and several others cities in central and southern Iraq on Friday morning (November 8), but clashes between the protesters and security forces appeared to have subsided co


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Sistani says security forces responsible for keeping protests peaceful

Iraq’s top Shia Muslim cleric on Friday (November 8) urged security forces to avoid using excessive force to quell weeks of anti-government unrest as authorities grapple with the country’s biggest cri


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