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Munther al-Sudani shows off a tattoo of his brother, Captain Harith al-Sudani, in Baghdad. Photograph: Ivor Prickett/The New York Times

The driver was sweating as his white Kia pick-up truck sped along a rain-slicked Baghdad highway toward a neighbourhood bustling with open-air markets(...)

Iraqi policemen throw sand to put out tyres that  protesters had set ablaze at the main entrance to the giant Zubair oilfield near Basra, Iraq, Tuesday. Photograph: Essam al-Sudani/Reuters

Iraqi police wielded batons and rubber hoses to disperse about 250 protesters gathered at the main entrance to the Zubair oilfield near Basra on Tues(...)

Tracey Ullman as Michael Gove on Tracey Ullman Breaks the News. Photograph: BBC

The Graham Norton Show Friday, BBC One, 23.05pm The guests on Graham’s sofa are Ethan Hawke, who stars in First Reformed, Toni Collette, starring in(...)

Iraq’s Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi arriving at a poll station in the capital Baghdad’s Karrada district, as the country votes in the first parliamentary election since declaring victory over the Islamic State  group

Prime minister Haider al-Abadi appears to be on course to retain office in Iraq’s parliamentary election, followed by influential Shia cleric Moqtada (...)

Young women walk past campaign posters of candidates in Tikrit, Iraq, ahead of Saturday’s  parliamentary election . Photograph: Khalid al-Mousily/Reuters

At the gates of Tikrit under a giant billboard of a Shia militia commander, hundreds of Iraqi Sunni Arabs wait in the scorching sun for hours to be se(...)

Fr Tony O’Riordan in South Sudan where he is charged with building schools for thousands of children

A long-serving parish priest of the Moyross area of Limerick has begun a new ministry in South Sudan. While Fr Tony O’Riordan has seen disadvantage u(...)

Abbas Akhavan’s Fountain at the Douglas Hyde Gallery. Photograph: Denis Mortell

Variations on a Garden  Abbas Akhavan. Douglas Hyde Gallery, Trinity College, Dublin (Plus Roadworks: Mona Hatoum, Gallery 2). Until January 13th(...)

In a Word . . . Knee

I’ve recently rediscovered the joy of movement. Normal movement. To be able to walk freely, again. Bliss, it is. Very heaven. My knees had been trou(...)

Kurdish peshmarga near Altun Kupri, between Kirkuk and Erbil, Iraq on Friday.  The area is considered part of the “disputed territories” claimed by both Kurds and Baghdad. Photograph: Azad Lashkari/Reuters

Iraqi forces clashed with Kurdish peshmerga on Friday south of Erbil, the capital of Kurdistan, as they completed their takeover of the disputed, oil-(...)

Members of Iraqi federal forces  advance in military vehicles in Kirkuk, Iraq on Monday. Photograph: Reuters

Iraqi forces seized control of the disputed city of Kirkuk on Monday as Kurdish forces appeared to melt away, escalating a crisis triggered by last mo(...)

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