Iraq says goodbye to its beloved archaeologist al-Gailani
BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq on Monday mourned the loss of Lamia al-Gailani, a beloved archaeologist who helped rebuild the Baghdad museum after it was looted following the 2003 U.S.-led invasion to oust Saddam Hussein.
Al-Gailani, who died in Amman, Jordan, on Friday at the age of 80, was one of Iraq's first women to excavate the country's archaeological heritage.
Judge orders Iraqi man released after long detention
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A federal judge in Minnesota has ordered an Iraqi man released from immigration custody until there's a final order to remove him from the U.S.
District Judge David Doty ordered Monday that 35-year-old Farass Adnan Ali be released within 30 days. Ali has been in custody on immigration charges for 18 months.
Today in History for December 13th
Today in History
Today in History
Today is Thursday, Dec. 13, the 347th day of 2018. There are 18 days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in History:
On Dec. 13, 2003, Saddam Hussein was captured by U.S. forces while hiding in a hole under a farmhouse in Adwar, Iraq, near his hometown of Tikrit.
1991 Gulf War looms large over Bush’s Mideast legacy
AL-JAHRA, Kuwait (AP) — On the outskirts of Kuwait City, the love Kuwaitis have for former U.S. President George H.W. Bush could be seen in 2016 on a billboard one Bedouin family put up to announce their son's wedding.
That son being Bush al-Widhan, born in the aftermath of the 1991 Gulf War that saw U.S.-led forces expel the occupying Iraqi troops of dictator Saddam Hussein.
Iraq’s president visits Iran weeks after US renews sanctions
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iraq's President Barham Salih began a visit to Iran on Saturday, where he pledged to improve relations less than two weeks after the United States restored oil sanctions that had been lifted under the 2015 nuclear deal.
Iran launches air maneuvers near strategic Strait of Hormuz
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's air force is carrying out a drill near the strategic Strait of Hormuz in the Persian Gulf, the passageway for nearly a third of all oil traded by sea, the country's official IRNA news agency said Friday.
German city removes Erdogan statue over security concerns
BERLIN (AP) — A golden statue of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan that was installed at an art festival whose motto is "Bad news" has been taken down after authorities in the German city of Wiesbaden said it was becoming a security issue.
The dpa news agency reported that the four-meter (13-foot) sculpture depicting Erdogan with a raised right arm, evoking the statue of Saddam Hussein toppled by American forces in Iraq, was removed early Wednesday.
Iran said to cancel visit by Iraq’s prime minister
BAGHDAD (AP) — Iran has cancelled a visit by Iraq's prime minister after he said that while he was opposed to renewed U.S. sanctions on Tehran he had no choice but to abide by them, an Iraqi official said Sunday.
Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi was to visit Iran and Turkey later this week. The official said the Turkey visit, beginning Tuesday, will go ahead as planned.
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BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's prime minister on Sunday suspended the country's electricity minister over a power crisis amid mushrooming protests in the country's Shiite heartland demanding better services and jobs.
Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi made the announcement on his Twitter account, saying the suspension of Qassim al-Fahdawi, the electricity minister, would last until an investigation is concluded. He did not elaborate.
Soaring unemployment fuels protests in southern Iraq
BAGHDAD (AP) — For more than three years after graduation, Karar Alaa Abdul-Wahid tried to get a stable job in the Iraqi government and in the private sector — to no avail.
He once was offered a job with the Oil Ministry in his energy-rich hometown of Basra, but it came with a hefty price: he would have to pay a bribe of $5,000, which he couldn't afford.
BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqis demanding better public services and jobs took to the streets for the sixth day on Sunday in the southern oil-rich province of Basra, as authorities put security forces on high alert and blocked the internet in the country's Shiite heartland.
BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's election commission began on Monday the manual recount for more ballots from parliamentary elections held two months ago that were marred by allegations of fraud and irregularities.
Iraq's May 12 balloting was the country's fourth national elections since the 2003 U.S.-led invasion toppled dictator Saddam Hussein. It was also the first vote since the Baghdad government announced the defeat of the Islamic State group.
BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi officials began a hand recount of ballots from May's parliamentary elections on Tuesday, starting in the disputed northern city of Kirkuk, state television said, a move expected to further prolong the process of forming a new government.
Iraq's May 12 vote — the fourth elections since the fall of Saddam Hussein in the 2003 U.S.-led invasion — saw the lowest voter turnout in 15 years due to widespread anger at the country's dysfunctional political class.
It's the summit eve in Singapore. Global anticipation of the meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korea's third-generation autocrat Kim Jong Un is close to feverish. It's the biggest, and most mind-boggling, summit of its kind this century — and probably for several decades.
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — For Iran, the so-called "Axis of Evil" has boiled down to a party of one, as President Donald Trump prepares for direct talks with North Korea.
With Saddam Hussein overthrown and Kim Jong Un now preparing for a planned meeting in Singapore with Trump, Iran remains the last renegade among former President George W. Bush's grouping of nations opposed to the U.S.
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UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. envoy for Iraq is urging political leaders in this "crucial" post-election period to swiftly form an inclusive new government that works across sectarian and ethnic divides.
Jan Kubis told the Security Council on Wednesday that it's essential the new government "works as one" to pursue political, economic and social reforms.
BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqis voted in the first national election since the country declared victory over the Islamic State group. The vote — the fourth since the 2003 U.S.-led toppling of Saddam Hussein — was marked by reports of low turnout and irregularities.
Results are expected within the next 48 hours according to the independent body that oversees Iraq's election, but negotiations to choose a prime minister tasked with forming a government are expected to drag on for months.
BAGHDAD (AP) — Early voting has begun for Iraq's security forces, prisoners and hospital patients ahead of Saturday's national parliamentary elections.
The independent body that oversees Iraq's elections says thousands of people are expected to cast their ballots before polls close Thursday evening.
There is no clear front-runner in the upcoming elections, with Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi facing stiff competition from political alliances with closer ties to Iran.
BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqis head to the polls this weekend for the first time since the government declared victory against the Islamic State group, in national elections that could tilt the balance of power between the United States and Iran.
BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi women running for parliament this month are undaunted, despite many challenges they face ahead of the May 12 elections — including unprecedented smear campaigns complete with sex videos that have forced some to withdraw.
Many see the vote as a chance to push women's issues to the fore in this traditionally male-dominated society, where women still find it hard to win a powerful place in politics.
Iraq to use new electronic system in May elections
BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq plans to use a new electronic system in next month's national elections that will limit fraud and allow for the announcement of results within hours of polls closing, the election commission said Monday.
The Independent High Electoral Commission said that 60,000 devices will be distributed nationwide to send voting data via satellite. Employees have tested the system and found it to be as reliable as hand-counting, the commission said.
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Attorneys urge appeals court to block Iraqi deportations
CINCINNATI (AP) — Civil rights attorneys contended Wednesday that the Trump administration tried to rush deportations of Iraqis who faced torture, sexual slavery and even beheadings in their home country.
A 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals three-judge panel in Cincinnati heard arguments on the federal government's request to lift a judge's order blocking the deportations.
Iraqi politicians start election campaigns in earnest
BAGHDAD (AP) — In the aftermath of a destructive three-year war to defeat the Islamic State group, Iraqi politicians are promising citizens a better future, employing social media, online videos and traditional billboards. Eager to shape the country, they didn't bother waiting for Saturday's official campaign kick-off. For weeks, they've been chatting with shoppers at outdoor markets, shaking hands and greeting potential voters with cheek kisses.
As North Korea considers negotiating over its nukes, it may find lessons in the Middle East, where leaders imperiled, paranoid or pugnacious have long used the doomsday weapon threat to secure a wobbly perch.
It is a delicate dance — and getting the balance wrong can end badly. Holding nuclear weapons, or even chemical weapons, gives a strongman powerful leverage with the region and the world; giving them up can end a pariah status and bring economic benefits.
$30 billion pledged in Kuwait at summit to rebuild Iraq
KUWAIT CITY (AP) — International donors pledged $30 billion to help rebuild Iraq after the war against the Islamic State group, Kuwait announced Wednesday, overcoming Western doubts and donor fatigue over Mideast crises to help the battle-ravaged nation.
Islamic State propaganda appears on hundreds of hacked school websites
Hundreds of school and school district websites were defaced to show support for the Islamic State terror group, their hacked web hosting company said Monday.
Iraqi parliament sets May 12 as date for national elections
BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's parliament on Monday set May 12 as the date for holding national elections despite calls from the country's Sunni community to delay the vote until the return of nearly 3 million people displaced by the fight against the Islamic State group.
Shiite lawmaker Abbas al-Bayati said lawmakers at a session in the Shiite-dominated house "unanimously" approved the date proposed by the government.
Today in History for December 30th
AP Interview: Iraq patriarch looks to life after war with IS
BAGHDAD (AP) — As Iraq emerges from more than three years of war with the Islamic State group, battling an extremist "mentality" will be the key to peaceful coexistence among the country's religious and ethnic groups, the top Chaldean Catholic Church official tells The Associated Press.
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Iraqi officials: Bombing in contested town kills 32 people
BAGHDAD (AP) — A suicide bomber detonated his pickup truck loaded with explosives, killing 32 people on Tuesday evening at a marketplace in an Iraqi town contested by both the central government in Baghdad and the Kurdish regional authorities, Iraqi officials said.
The powerful explosion in Tuz Khormato also wounded at least 80 people. At least six members of Iraq's security forces were among the dead, Iraqi police and hospital officials told The Associated Press.
Mugabe latest leader over years taken into custody
Zimbabwe's army has taken President Robert Mugabe and his wife into custody, triggering speculation of a military coup, though the military's supporters have called it a "bloodless correction." It wasn't clear exactly where the 93-year-old Mugabe and his wife were, but army Major Gen. Sibusiso Moyo said they were being held by the military.
Dick Cheney once warned against military action on NKorea
WASHINGTON (AP) — Newly declassified documents show that a quarter-century ago as worries were emerging over North Korea's nuclear ambitions, then-Defense Secretary Dick Cheney told allies the U.S. should not consider military action as it could jeopardize diplomatic efforts.
A major goal of this Asia trip, said National Security Adviser H. R. McMaster, is to rally allies to achieve the "complete, verifiable and permanent denuclearization of the Korean peninsula." Yet Kim Jong Un has said he will never give up his nuclear weapons. He believes his dynastic regime's survival depends upon them. Either the U.S. or North Korea backs down, as Nikita Khrushchev did in the Cuban missile crisis, or there will be war.
School websites hacked to show pro-Islamic State message
BLOOMFIELD, N.J. (AP) — Hackers temporarily redirected people looking for hundreds of local school webpages across the U.S. to a video in support of the Islamic State group.
The FBI is trying to determine who was behind the hack, which hijacked school websites in Tucson, Arizona; Newtown, Connecticut; Gloucester County, Virginia; and Bloomfield, New Jersey.
The Bloomfield school district said their website displayed the IS video for about two hours Monday before it was taken down.
Iraq’s vast marshes, reborn after Saddam, are in peril again
CHABAISH, Iraq (AP) — In the southern marshlands of Iraq, Firas Fadl steers his boat through tunnels of towering reeds, past floating villages and half-submerged water buffaloes in a unique region that seems a world apart from the rest of the arid Middle East.
Palestinian activists build monument to Saddam Hussein
QALQILIYA, West Bank (AP) — Palestinian activists have built a monument to the late Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein in the West Bank.
The monument, showing a portrait of Saddam in a bowler hat and pointing a rifle in the air, was erected last week in the town of Qalqiliya.
A small faction called the Arab Liberation Front built the structure, but the city's governor, Rafea Rawajbeh, a member of the ruling Fatah movement, was among those in attendance at last week's opening ceremony.
Tillerson off to Mideast, South Asia with eye on Iran, Iraq
WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State Rex Tillerson heads to the Middle East, South Asia and Europe this week on a diplomatic mission focused on conflicts in Iraq and Syria and blunting Iranian influence in the region, the State Department said Thursday.
Tillerson departs on Friday for travel to Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Pakistan and India before returning home through Switzerland on Oct. 27, the department said in a statement.
Morgan Freeman is set to star in Colin Powell biopic.
The 80-year-old movie legend has landed the roll as the former American Secretary of State in an upcoming movie titled 'Powell', Variety Online has reported.
For an all-too-brief time in the 1970s, America was afflicted with “Vietnam Syndrome.” Resulting from our defeat in Indochina, it manifest mainly as a reluctance to invade other countries.
Oklahoma prisons selling inmates cold case playing cards
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma authorities are hoping to solve killings and other cold cases by selling playing cards that feature the cases to prisoners.
The first in a planned series of decks is already on sale for $1.42 at six of the state's lockups, and a second deck is already being planned.
The cards are reminiscent of those distributed to U.S. troops during the Iraq War that featured members of Saddam Hussein's government, except these feature unsolved cases from 1978 through 2013.
Iraq’s ex-President Talabani buried in Kurdish region
BAGHDAD (AP) — Thousands of Iraqi Kurdish mourners, Iraqi officials and world dignitaries attended the funeral of Jalal Talabani, the country's first president in a post-Saddam Hussein Iraq and once a symbol of national unity.
Talabani was laid to rest Friday in Sulaimaniyah, the second-largest city in Iraq's Kurdish region, after his casket — draped in the Kurdish flag — was flown back from Berlin where he died at a hospital earlier this week.
Iraq’s ex-President Talabani laid to rest in Kurdish region
BAGHDAD (AP) — Thousands of Iraqi Kurdish mourners, along with Iraqi officials and world dignitaries attended on Friday the funeral of Jalal Talabani, the country's first president in a post-Saddam Hussein Iraq and once a symbol on national unity.
Talabani was laid to rest in Sulaimaniyah, the second-largest city in Iraq's Kurdish region, after his casket — draped in the Kurdish flag — was flown back from Berlin where he died at a hospital earlier this week.
Iraqi Kurds mourn death of leader Talabani, symbol of unity
IRBIL, Iraq (AP) — Flags flew at half-staff across Iraq's northern autonomous Kurdish region on Wednesday as Iraqi Kurds began observing a week of mourning following the death of the country's former president, Jalala Talabani, once a symbol of unity.
Talabani's death at a Berlin hospital on Tuesday afternoon, at the age of 83, came just days after the Iraqi Kurds' controversial referendum on independence that has angered Baghdad and the region.
Kurdish leader Talabani, onetime hope for Iraqi unity, dies
IRBIL, Iraq (AP) — As he stepped into office in 2005 to become Iraq's first Kurdish president, Jalal Talabani told his followers, "I am casting off my Kurdish clothes and wearing Iraqi ones instead. You must accept that." It was a symbolic call for unity: A longtime leader of Kurdish fighters, Talabani became the head of state of what was supposed to be a new Iraq, freed two years earlier from the rule of Saddam Hussein.
Iraq seeks other nations’ help to build a nuclear reactor
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Iraq's foreign minister is asking nuclear countries for help building an atomic reactor for peaceful purposes, saying the country has a right to use atomic power peacefully.
Ibrahim al-Jaafari made the request in his speech Saturday to the U.N. General Assembly's annual meeting of presidents, prime ministers and monarchs. He called for assistance "to build a nuclear reactor for peaceful purposes in Iraq, to acquire this nuclear technology."