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Iraqi protesters hand over job requests to government employees in Basra, Iraq. Photograph: Essam al-Sudani/Reuters

Iraqis demanding electricity, water, jobs and an end to corruption are expected to take to the streets in Iraq’s Shia south on Friday following mosque(...)

Syrian Kurds wave the Kurdish flag, in the northeastern Syrian city of Qamishli during a gathering in support of the independence referendum in the  Kurdish region. Photograph: Delil Souleiman/AFP/Getty Images

Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, Iraq’s most powerful Shia cleric, has called on Iraqi Kurds to “return to the path of the constitution” and end effort(...)

Shia militia and Iraqi government troops gather near Falluja, Iraq, on Tuesday. Photograph: Thaier Al-Sudani/Reuters.

Iraq’s leading Shia Muslim cleric has urged government forces battling to retake Falluja from Islamic State militants to spare civilians trapped in th(...)

Moves to suppress chess are likely to have come as a surprise to the seventh-century Muslims who conquered Persia and adopted the game before exporting it to Europe.

Saudi Arabia’s grand mufti has ruled that chess is forbidden in Islam, saying it encourages gambling and is a waste of time. Sheikh Abdullah al-Sheik(...)

Iranian protesters set fire to the Saudi Arabia embassy on Saturday amid a backlash over the execution of a prominent Shiite cleric in Saudi Arabia. Photograph: Mohammad Reza Nadimi/EPA

The Saudi execution of dissident Shia cleric Nimr al-Nimr has already deepened the regional rift between Sunni Saudi Arabia and Shia Iran. Iran’s su(...)

Iraq’s Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, meets with his military commanders at an Iraqi Army base near the oil refinery town of Beiji north of Baghdad, Iraq.  Photograph:  AP Photo

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi on Friday ordered security forces to ease access to Baghdad’s fortified Green Zone and main streets, in an appare(...)

Demonstrators shout slogans in support of reforms introduced by Iraq’s prime minister Haider al-Abadi. Photograph: Haidar Hamdani/AFP/Getty Images

Iraq’s parliament voted unanimously yesterday for the biggest shakeup in its governing system since the US military occupation, eliminating entire la(...)

Haidar al-Abadi: won the support of his cabinet to eliminate a layer of senior government positions. Photograph: Reuters/Iraqi PM Media Office

Iraqi prime minister Haidar al-Abadi has secured the unanimous backing of his cabinet to eliminate senior government posts in a bid to end the syste(...)

A member of the Iraqi security force searches a man at a checkpoint in Ramadi. Photograph: Reuters

Iraq imposed a curfew in the western city of Ramadi amid fears the Islamic State (IS) group was looking to advance on the strategically important city(...)

A handout photo made available by the French Army  shows two ‘Rafale’ fighter jets during a mission at an unspecified location over Iraq

France yesterday became the second western country to conduct air strikes against Islamic State targets in northern Iraq. “This morning, at 9.40am, o(...)

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