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Belgium lowers threat level, deeming attacks less likely

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BRUSSELS Belgium lowered its national threat level on Monday, saying Islamic State's defeats in Iraq and Syria meant an attack was less likely almost two years after bombings killed 32 people in Brussels.

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Iraq sets May 12 date for elections to be contested by PM Abadi, Iran allies 22 Jan 2018

BAGHDAD The Iraqi parliament on Monday set May 12 for elections the winner of which will face the daunting tasks of rebuilding Iraq after a three-year war with Islamic State and a battle against entrenched corruption that is eating away at its oil revenue.

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Swiss asylum requests drop to lowest level since 2010 22 Jan 2018

ZURICH Asylum requests in Switzerland fell to their lowest level in eight years in 2017, down by a third from the previous year, as arrivals from Afghanistan, Syria and Iraq tapered off, state migration authorities said on Monday.

Iraqi court sentences to death German woman who joined Islamic State 21 Jan 2018

BAGHDAD An Iraqi court on Sunday sentenced to death a German woman of Moroccan origin for membership of Islamic State, a spokesman said.

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Iraqi parliament postpones vote on election date 20 Jan 2018

BAGHDAD Iraq's parliament failed on Saturday to approve May 12 as the election date, as suggested by the government, as Sunni and Kurdish lawmakers demanded a delay to allow hundreds of thousands of war-displaced people to return home.

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1.3 million children displaced by Iraq's war with Islamic State - UNICEF 19 Jan 2018

GENEVA About half the 2.6 million people displaced in Iraq after a three-year war with Islamic State militants are children and persisting violence hampers efforts to ease their suffering, the United Nations said on Friday.

Baghdad reports 'atmosphere of trust' in talks with Kurdistan region 15 Jan 2018

BAGHDAD Iraq's central government said "an atmosphere of trust" marked talks held on Monday with the semi-autonomous Kurdistan region to resolve a conflict that triggered armed clashes in October.

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Iraqi PM Abadi to seek re-election, in alliance with Iran-backed group 14 Jan 2018

BAGHDAD Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi on Sunday announced he would stand for re-election on May 12 at the head of a cross-sectarian bloc, and received the support of a powerful Shi'ite group close to Iran.

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Key U.S. senator says progress made on new war authorisation 11 Jan 2018

WASHINGTON The chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee said on Thursday that progress was being made on legislation to give Congress more control over the U.S. fight against militant groups in Iraq, Syria and elsewhere.

Germany expects return of over 100 children of Islamist fighters 08 Jan 2018

BERLIN German security officials are preparing for the arrival of over 100 infants and children of people who left the country to fight for Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, amid concerns about the radicalisation of minors.

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