Iraq

Japan, Jordan working closely on fate of captive Japanese journalist

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AMMAN/TOKYO - Japan was working closely with Jordan on Friday to find out what was happening to a Japanese journalist held by Islamic State militants after a deadline passed for the release of an Iraqi would-be suicide bomber on death-row in Jordan. | Video

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UK MPs criticise delay in publishing Iraq War inquiry report 29 Jan 2015

LONDON - British members of parliament on Thursday criticised the delay in publishing a long-awaited official report into Britain's role in the Iraq War until after May's election, describing it as "an insult" and "an affront to democracy".

Turkey, Lebanon restart Baghdad flights after shooting, Gulf waits 29 Jan 2015

BAGHDAD - Turkish Airlines and Lebanon's Middle East Airlines (MEA) resumed flights to Baghdad on Thursday after halting them earlier in the week when bullets hit a plane as it was landing in the Iraqi capital.

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Egypt, Syria, Iraq used 2014 turmoil to abuse rights - report 29 Jan 2015

BEIRUT - The governments of Egypt, Syria and Iraq used real and perceived security threats in 2014 as an excuse to downplay or abandon the rights of their citizens, which ultimately fuelled crises, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said on Thursday.

Survivors say Iraqi forces watched as Shi'ite militias executed 72 Sunnis 29 Jan 2015

BAGHDAD - Survivors tell the same story: they were taken from their homes by men in uniform; heads down and linked together, then led in small groups to a field, made to kneel, and selected to be shot one by one.

Survivors say Iraqi forces watched as Shi'ite militias executed 72 Sunnis 28 Jan 2015

BAGHDAD - Survivors tell the same story: they were taken from their homes by men in uniform; heads down and linked together, then led in small groups to a field, made to kneel, and selected to be shot one by one.

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Shell signs $11 billion deal to build petrochemicals plant in Iraq 28 Jan 2015

BAGHDAD - Royal Dutch Shell signed a deal with Iraq on Wednesday worth $11 billion (7 billion pounds) to build a petrochemicals plant in the southern oil hub of Basra, boosting the country's aim to become a major regional energy player and diversify its income.

France unveils anti-jihad campaign with video and web site 28 Jan 2015

PARIS - France unveiled a short video and web site on Wednesday designed to dissuade potential jihadists from joining Islamist fighting groups in Syria and Iraq, where recruiters have lured hundreds of Westerners using slickly produced clips and social media.

Sunni officials in Iraq say Shi'ite militias kill 70 after ISIS rollback 26 Jan 2015

BAGHDAD - Sunni politicians and tribal chiefs from Iraq's eastern Diyala province accused Shi'ite militias on Monday of killing more than 70 unarmed civilians who had fled clashes with Islamic State militants.

Iraqi security forces recapture villages near Iran border 26 Jan 2015

BAGHDAD - Iraqi security forces and pro-government militias took control of about two dozen villages from Islamic State fighters in the eastern province of Diyala near the border with Iran, security sources and local officials said on Monday.