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Iraq's youth orchestra - a musical dream that shattered

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - For nearly six years, young Iraqis defied the war, coming from all over the country to play in an orchestra, but the emergence of Islamic State has dashed their dream of making music to bridge deadly sectarian divides.

Some hotels in Chinese city block people from five Muslim countries 26 Aug 2016

BEIJING Police have ordered some low-end hotels in the Chinese metropolis of Guangzhou not to allow guests from five Muslim-majority countries to stay, though China's foreign ministry said it had never heard of the policy.


Iraqi defence minister sacked as Mosul battle looms 25 Aug 2016

BAGHDAD Iraq's parliament impeached Defence Minister Khaled al-Obeidi on Thursday over corruption allegations, removing him from office as the army gears up for an assault on Islamic State's de facto capital, Mosul.

Portugal wants Iraq to waive diplomat sons' immunity after beating 25 Aug 2016

LISBON Portugal on Thursday asked Iraq to waive the diplomatic immunity of the twin sons of its ambassador after prosecutors sought their interrogation as formal suspects in the beating of a local youth who ended up in intensive care.


Zawahri urges Iraq Sunnis to wage guerrilla war as IS loses more land 25 Aug 2016

BAGHDAD Al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahri on Thursday called on Iraq's Sunnis to prepare for a "long guerrilla" war as Islamic State militants lost more land near their de facto capital Mosul.


Turkey's Erdogan, Iraqi Kurdish leader Barzani discuss fight against militants 24 Aug 2016

ISTANBUL Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday discussed strategy in fighting Islamic State and Kurdish PKK militants with visiting Iraqi Kurdish regional President Massoud Barzani, sources at Erdogan's office said. | Video

Portugal investigates Iraq ambassador's sons over beating 23 Aug 2016

LISBON Portuguese police are investigating the beating of a local youth by two teenage sons of the Iraqi ambassador which landed the victim in intensive care and caused an uproar in Portugal.

Iraq executions carried out without proper trial, fuelled by vengeance -U.N. 23 Aug 2016

BAGHDAD Thirty-six men hanged in Iraq for a sectarian mass killing of soldiers were denied a proper legal defence at their trials and the executions appeared to have been "fuelled by vengeance", the United Nations said on Tuesday.


Special Report - Massacre reports show U.S. inability to curb Iraq militias 23 Aug 2016

WASHINGTONShi’ite militias in Iraq detained, tortured and abused far more Sunni civilians during the American-backed capture of the town of Falluja in June than U.S. officials have publicly acknowledged, Reuters has found.


U.N. braces for refugee exodus from Iraq's Mosul 23 Aug 2016

GENEVA/BAGHDAD Hundreds of thousands of Iraqis in and around Mosul could be uprooted by the military assault to retake the city from Islamic State, the U.N. refugee agency UNHCR said on Tuesday.