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Briton, German on trial in Iraq over ancient pottery shards found in luggage
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Briton, German on trial in Iraq over ancient pottery shards found in luggage

Iraq has been trying to recover antiquities that were looted over a period of decades from the country whose civilisation dates back thousands of years

Dust storm turns Iraq skies into orange artwork
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Dust storm turns Iraq skies into orange artwork

A thick cloud of orange dust left people gasping for air and grounded several flights. Experts say phenomenon to become more frequent due to drought and declining rainfall

Reviving Tigris: Young Iraqis take up environmental project in war-battered country
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Reviving Tigris: Young Iraqis take up environmental project in war-battered country

As part of a green activist campaign called the Cleanup Ambassadors, 200 Iraqis have started cleaning River Tigris for the first time since 2003

Baghdad's Green Zone targeted by two rockets, C-RAM defense system activated, says Iraqi army
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Baghdad's Green Zone targeted by two rockets, C-RAM defense system activated, says Iraqi army

There were no immediate reports of casualties and no group has yet taken responsibility for the rocket attack

Iraq's parliamentary elections to decide course of regional balance of power, see how West-leaning politicians fare
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Iraq's parliamentary elections to decide course of regional balance of power, see how West-leaning politicians fare

While few Iraqis expect meaningful change in their day-to-day lives, the parliament elections will shape the direction of Iraq's foreign policy at a key time in the Middle East, including as Iraq is mediating between regional rivals Iran and Saudi Arabia

Emmanuel Macron in Iraq: Will stay on 'no matter what choices' US makes, vows French president
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Emmanuel Macron in Iraq: Will stay on 'no matter what choices' US makes, vows French president

The promise is in line with Macron’s commitment made during a regional summit in Baghdad devoted to fight against terrorism and the impact of Taliban takeover of Afghanistan as the US withdraws.

US forces: 10 rockets target Iraq’s Ain al-Asad airbase hosting US-led coalition troops
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US forces: 10 rockets target Iraq’s Ain al-Asad airbase hosting US-led coalition troops

Iran had struck the airbase with missiles in January last year in retaliation for the killing of General Qassim Soleimani

US conducts airstrike in Syria targeting facilities used by Iranian-backed militias: Pentagon
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US conducts airstrike in Syria targeting facilities used by Iranian-backed militias: Pentagon

The Pentagon said the strikes were retaliation for a rocket attack in Iraq earlier this month that killed one civilian contractor and wounded a US service member

Baghdad blasts: IS claims responsibility for twin suicide bombing that killed 32, injured 110
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Baghdad blasts: IS claims responsibility for twin suicide bombing that killed 32, injured 110

In a statement posted on the group's Telegram communications channel early Friday, Islamic State claimed two of its men blew themselves up in Tayaran Square

Baghdad blasts: At least 32 killed, 110 injured; twin suicide bombings deadliest attack in Iraq since 2018
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Baghdad blasts: At least 32 killed, 110 injured; twin suicide bombings deadliest attack in Iraq since 2018

No one immediately took responsibility for the attack, but Iraq has seen assaults perpetrated by both the Islamic State group and other militia groups in recent months

US grants Iraq 45-day sanctions waiver allowing import of Iran gas before Joe Biden takes office
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US grants Iraq 45-day sanctions waiver allowing import of Iran gas before Joe Biden takes office

Previously, such waivers were granted for 120 days but the periods have now been reduced in what some view as part of Donald Trump’s effort to raise pressure on Iran

Pentagon claims US launched airstrikes targeting Iran-backed Shia group in Iraq base; defence dept says 5 weapon storage facilities hit
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Pentagon claims US launched airstrikes targeting Iran-backed Shia group in Iraq base; defence dept says 5 weapon storage facilities hit

The US launched airstrikes Thursday in Iraq, targeting the Iranian-backed Shia militia members believed responsible for the rocket attack that killed and wounded American and British troops at a base north of Baghdad, the Pentagon said

Iran fails to put satellite into orbit for third time since 2019; setback comes amid US’ worry over advancement in Tehran’s ballistic missile program
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Iran fails to put satellite into orbit for third time since 2019; setback comes amid US’ worry over advancement in Tehran’s ballistic missile program

An Iranian rocket failed to put a satellite into orbit on Sunday, state television reported, the latest setback for a program the US claims helps Tehran advance its ballistic missile program

One killed after Iraqi security forces clash with anti-govt protesters; several rockets hit US embassy in Baghdad, 3 injured
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One killed after Iraqi security forces clash with anti-govt protesters; several rockets hit US embassy in Baghdad, 3 injured

Iraqi security forces shot at anti-government protesters in Baghdad on Sunday, killing at least one person, and unidentified men set fire to sit-in tents in a southern Iraqi city, police and medics said, as months-long civil unrest escalated.

Dozens of Iraqi protesters wounded in clashes with security forces as anti-government unrest resumes in Baghdad
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Dozens of Iraqi protesters wounded in clashes with security forces as anti-government unrest resumes in Baghdad

Protesters say prime minister Adel Abdul Mahdi has not fulfilled promises including naming a new government acceptable to Iraqis

Supreme leader of Iran Ayatollah Ali Khamenei says Donald Trump is a 'clown' pretending to support the Iranian people
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Supreme leader of Iran Ayatollah Ali Khamenei says Donald Trump is a 'clown' pretending to support the Iranian people

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei says Trump will 'push a poisonous dagger' into the nation's back

Four Iraqi soldiers wounded after rockets hit Balad airbase housing US forces, says military
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Four Iraqi soldiers wounded after rockets hit Balad airbase housing US forces, says military

Seven mortar bombs fell on Sunday inside Iraq’s Balad air base, which houses US forces, and four Iraqi soldiers were wounded in the attack, military sources said

Under pressure, Iran admits it shot down Ukraine jetliner 'by mistake' that killed all 176 onboard; admission alters narrative over tensions with US
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Under pressure, Iran admits it shot down Ukraine jetliner 'by mistake' that killed all 176 onboard; admission alters narrative over tensions with US

In the face of mounting evidence, Iran on Saturday acknowledged that it shot down the Ukrainian jetliner by accident, killing all 176 people aboard. The admission by Iran’s Revolutionary Guard undermined the credibility of information provided by senior officials, who for three days had adamantly dismissed allegations of a missile strike as Western propaganda.

US tried but failed to take out another senior Iranian commander Abdul Reza Shahlai on same day as airstrike on General Qassem Soleimani, claims report
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US tried but failed to take out another senior Iranian commander Abdul Reza Shahlai on same day as airstrike on General Qassem Soleimani, claims report

The US military tried, but failed, to take out another senior Iranian commander on the same day that an American airstrike killed the Revolutionary Guard's top general, US officials said Friday.