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  • Iraqi Kurds entrench political faultline with Syria border ditch 11 hours ago

    By Isabel Coles ARBIL, Iraq (Reuters) - Iraqi Kurds are digging a 17-km (10-mile) trench on their border with Syria, reinforcing a political faultline between the two rival parties that dominate on either side of the frontier. Iraqi Kurdish authorities say the ditch, which is approximately 3 metres deep and 2 metres wide, will help reduce smuggling and keep Islamist militants out of their relatively stable region as war grinds on in Syria. But the Kurdish group that controls the Syrian side of the border says the ditch is designed to tighten a blockade against its enclave, and force it to submit to the authority of the ruling Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) in Iraq. Whatever the motive, the ditch is highly symbolic, fortifying one of the frontiers regarded by many Kurds as a historic injustice that carved their ethnic homeland up into four parts spread across Iraq, Turkey, Iran and Syria. More »

  • Gunmen attack Iraq military base, kill 10 soldiers
    Gunmen attack Iraq military base, kill 10 soldiers 11 hours ago

    BAGHDAD (AP) — Militants launched a brazen attack on a military base in a restive area in northern Iraq on Thursday, killing at least 10 soldiers and wounding 12, officials said. More »

  • Iraq's draft child marriage law seen as political stunt - and sign of t … 13 hours ago

    Based on Shi'ite Islamic jurisprudence, the Ja'afari Law's advocates say it would bring regulation of personal status - comprising family law, wills and inheritance - into line with sharia religious law. Iraq's own clerical establishment does not back the bill, making its chance of success very slim. Critics say the draft is all about short-term political advantage, as Shi'ite Islamist parties compete with each other for votes in the run-up to April 30 elections in a highly-charged sectarian atmosphere. "It's a completely shameless political stunt," said Haider Ala Hamoudi, associate professor of law at the University of Pittsburgh who writes on Iraqi, Middle Eastern and Islamic Law. More »

  • Testament: Tribute to Getty Images Photographer Chris Hondros
    Testament: Tribute to Getty Images Photographer Chris Hondros 14 hours ago

    photographer Chris Hondros was killed by a rocket-propelled grenade in Libya on April 20, 2011. Testament, published by Powerhouse Books, is a collection of his powerful photographs and writing, spanning more than a decade of coverage from some of the world's major conflict zones, including Liberia, Lebanon, Afghanistan, Iraq, Haiti and Libya. On April 20, 2011, Chris Hondros and acclaimed photojournalist Tim Hetherington were both killed while covering a battle on Tripoli Street in Misrata, Libya. More »

  • Putin says trust lost in ties with U.S. before Ukraine crisis 15 hours ago

    President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday that trust between Russia and the United States had been damaged before the crisis in Ukraine, but that he wanted to restore their cooperation. "To a certain extent trust has been lost, but we do not think we are to blame," Putin said in a televised phone-in with the nation. He said it was U.S. hypocrisy that had brought relations to their worst level since the Cold War: "The United States can act in Yugoslavia, Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya but Russia is not allowed to defend its interests." The two countries have been at odds over a range of issues, from U.S. missile defence plans to NATO expansion and the civil war in Syria. To improve ties, Putin said, the United States should respect others' interests and international law. More »

  • GSK, facing bribery claims, battles to build new sales model
    GSK, facing bribery claims, battles to build new sales model 16 hours ago

    Following a decision to cut commercial ties with outside doctors, GSK expects to increase its in-house team of physicians by 10-20 percent over the next year or so from around 1,500 at present, Chief Medical Officer James Shannon told Reuters. GSK is now investigating claims that bribes were paid to doctors in Poland, Iraq, Jordan and Lebanon, following a much larger case of alleged bribery in China. Chinese authorities in July accused GSK of funnelling up to 3 billion yuan (287 million pounds) to doctors and officials to encourage them to use its medicines in a case that the company has described as "shameful". The firm aims to become the first in the industry to stop paying outside doctors to promote its products, end payments for medics to attend conferences and delink incentives for sales representatives from individual sales targets. More »

  • Iraq: Abu Ghraib prison closure not permanent
    Iraq: Abu Ghraib prison closure not permanent Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    BAGHDAD (AP) — An Iraqi Justice Ministry official said Wednesday that this week's closure of the infamous Abu Ghraib prison west of Baghdad is temporary and that it will be reopened once the security situation in the surrounding area is stable. More »

  • Government says Iraqi murder allegations against its troops a conspiracy
    Government says Iraqi murder allegations against its troops a conspiracy Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    Allegations British troops unlawfully killed up to 20 Iraqi men at an army camp in 2004 were part of a conspiracy to pervert the course of justice, the British government told a public inquiry into the deaths on Wednesday. "The untruthful allegations cannot be attributed to honest mistakes or misunderstandings," lawyers for Britain's Ministry of Defence said in a closing submission to the inquiry, which has cost at least 27 million pounds. "They are the product of a conspiracy between a number of the Iraqi core participants to pervert the course of justice." Almost three years after the final British troops left Iraq in 2011, costly inquiries about the war have helped keep alive a public debate about why Britain got involved in the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq and how the war was conducted. Despite their allegations, lawyers for relatives of the dead Iraqis said last month there was insufficient evidence to back their clients' main claim of unlawful killing, which relates to events during and after a battle in southern Iraq on May 14, 2004. More »

  • Bombers hit Iraq provincial compound as attacks kill 19
    Bombers hit Iraq provincial compound as attacks kill 19 Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    Attacks including suicide bombings outside a provincial government compound killed 19 people in Iraq Wednesday, just weeks before a general election that will be a key test for security forces. More »

  • Al-Nusra chief killed by rivals in Syria
    Al-Nusra chief killed by rivals in Syria Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    Jihadist militants of the Islamist State of Iraq and the Levant have killed the head of the Al-Nusra Front and his family in northern Syria, a monitoring group said Wednesday. More »

  • GlaxoSmithKline Bribery Probe Extended to Jordan and Lebanon
    GlaxoSmithKline Bribery Probe Extended to Jordan and Lebanon Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    Pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline is investigating allegations that its staff offered bribes to doctors in Jordan and Lebanon, according to the Wall Street Journal. It recently emerged GSK was investigating accusations of bribery at its Iraq office, while the BBC reported that the British company was also facing a criminal probe over its activities in Poland. "In total, we employ around 200 people in Jordan, Lebanon and Iraq in our pharmaceuticals operations and these allegations relate to a small number of individuals in these countries," the statement said. Glaxo also said that it takes all the allegations seriously and has strict controls in place relating to compliance, antibribery and corruption. More »

  • GSK says investigating claims of bribery in Jordan, Lebanon
    GSK says investigating claims of bribery in Jordan, Lebanon Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    GlaxoSmithKline , Britain's biggest drugmaker, said on Wednesday it was investigating allegations of bribery involving some of its staff in Jordan and Lebanon, following earlier claims of corruption in China, Poland and Iraq. "GSK can confirm we are investigating allegations regarding the activity of a small number of individuals in our operations in Jordan and Lebanon," the company said in statement. "We started investigating using internal and external teams as soon as we became aware of these claims. These investigations have not yet concluded." GSK faces its biggest challenge over corruption allegations in China, where authorities in July accused it of funnelling up to 3 billion yuan (287 million pounds) to doctors and officials to encourage them to use its medicines in a case that rocked the pharmaceuticals industry. More »

  • Syrian President Assad's Favourite Restaurant Moves to Iraq
    Syrian President Assad's Favourite Restaurant Moves to Iraq Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    It's been a favourite among heads of state since it opened in 2007, but the Naranj restaurant in Damascus is reeling from the strain of Syria's civil war. Located on the iconic Straight Street in Damascus' old city, the elegant Roman-built restaurant has hosted 37 heads of state over the years. Just five years ago, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his wife Asma were seen entertaining John Kerry and his wife there. While the Syrian President continues to dine there twice a week, according to Naranj's top chef, the restaurant is struggling to fill its rooftop terrace and the owner had to make a tough choice to open a branch abroad. More »

  • Iraq killing claims 'conspiracy'
    Iraq killing claims 'conspiracy' Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    Allegations that British troops killed and tortured Iraqi civilians a decade ago were the product of a conspiracy to pervert the course of justice and get compensation payments, a public inquiry has heard. More »

  • Violence surges in Iraq's Anbar province
    Violence surges in Iraq's Anbar province Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    At least 16 civilians die when mortar shells land on houses in Fallujah, as suicide bombings kill soldiers in Ramadi. More »

  • Officials say attacks kill 8 in western Iraq
    Officials say attacks kill 8 in western Iraq Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    BAGHDAD (AP) — Officials in Iraq say suicide attacks against security forces in a restive western city have killed at least eight security personnel. More »

  • Officer dies in helicopter crash as Iraq violence kills 7
    Officer dies in helicopter crash as Iraq violence kills 7 Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    A senior army officer died when his helicopter crashed due to a malfunction, the defence ministry said, as violence in Iraq killed seven people on Tuesday. More »

  • Iraq Kurds dig trench on Syria border to block militants
    Iraq Kurds dig trench on Syria border to block militants Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    Iraq's autonomous Kurdish region is digging a trench along its border with Syria to prevent the infiltration of militants and smuggling from the war-racked country, officials say. More »

  • Iraq shuts infamous Abu Ghraib prison over security fears
    Iraq shuts infamous Abu Ghraib prison over security fears Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    Iraq has closed Abu Ghraib prison, made infamous by Saddam Hussein's regime and US forces, due to security concerns following a mass breakout last year, the justice ministry said Tuesday. More »

  • Iraq closes notorious prison over security issues Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's justice minister says authorities have closed down a notorious prison west of Baghdad over security concerns. More »

  • Clegg Demands Iraq Inquiry Report Is Released
    Clegg Demands Iraq Inquiry Report Is Released Mon, Apr 14, 2014

    Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has called for the publication of the long-delayed Iraq Inquiry report, stressing the need for lessons to be learned and to "understand the truth". The Lib Dem leader said those likely to be criticised in the findings of the inquiry team, headed by Sir John Chilcot, should accept it was time for the document to be published. Former Labour Prime Minister Tony Blair, who took Britain to war in Iraq, responded to Mr Clegg's comments by denying he was responsible for the delay. The Chilcot inquiry was set up in June 2009, and heard from its final witnesses in February 2011, but its report has been held up because of a row over the release of documents. More »

  • Militants close dam as Iraq violence kills 15
    Militants close dam as Iraq violence kills 15 Mon, Apr 14, 2014

    Militants have closed all gates of a Euphrates River dam they control in Iraq, blocking a major water source, a minister said on Monday, while violence killed 15 people. More »

  • Iraq Kurds press states to recognise genocide
    Iraq Kurds press states to recognise genocide Mon, Apr 14, 2014

    Kurds say declaring Saddam Hussein's 1988 campaign to be a genocide could help with lawsuits and healing process. More »

  • GSK faces criminal bribery investigation in Poland
    GSK faces criminal bribery investigation in Poland Mon, Apr 14, 2014

    By Ben Hirschler and Adrian Krajewski LONDON/WARSAW (Reuters) - GlaxoSmithKline is facing a criminal investigation in Poland for allegedly bribing doctors to promote its lung drug Seretide, adding to problems for a company already accused of corruption in China and Iraq. Poland's Central Anti-Corruption Bureau, or CBA, said on Monday that 13 people had been charged in connection with the investigation launched by Polish prosecutors. Britain's biggest drugmaker said one employee had been disciplined following a company probe into the matter and it was co-operating with the Polish authorities. "The investigation found evidence of inappropriate communication in contravention of GSK policy by a single employee. More »

  • Factbox - Masters winner Bubba Watson Mon, Apr 14, 2014

    AUGUSTA, Georgia (Reuters) - Factbox on American Bubba Watson, who won his second major title, and second green jacket in three years, with a three-shot victory in the 78th Masters at Augusta National Golf Club on Sunday: Born November 5, 1978 in Bagdad, Florida GOLFING FAMILY * A self-taught player who learned the game by hitting wiffle balls around his house after being encouraged by his late father Gerry. He became an All-American at Faulkner State in Alabama. Attended the University of Georgia where he helped the Bulldogs to the 2000 Southeastern Conference title. ... More »

  • Suicide bomber kills 11 in Iraq
    Suicide bomber kills 11 in Iraq Sun, Apr 13, 2014

    A suicide bomber detonated an explosives-rigged vehicle at a checkpoint in Iraq on Sunday, killing 11 people, after which an angry crowd burned a courthouse and several homes, officials said. More »

  • Bombings kill at least 16 people in northern Iraq
    Bombings kill at least 16 people in northern Iraq Sun, Apr 13, 2014

    BAGHDAD (AP) — Bombings targeting security forces in northern Iraq killed at least 16 people Sunday, authorities said, as the country prepares for a crucial election later this month. More »

  • Iraqis in resort town face return to Anbar unrest
    Iraqis in resort town face return to Anbar unrest Sun, Apr 13, 2014

    When fighting erupted in Iraq's Anbar province in December, Abu Mohammed fled with his family to a virtually empty summer resort far to the north to take advantage of its off-season rates and wait out the conflict. More »

  • Deadly car bombings hit northern Iraq
    Deadly car bombings hit northern Iraq Sun, Apr 13, 2014

    Suicide attacks target police and army checkpoints, killing a total of 16 people in Mosul and in town near Kirkuk. More »

  • Report: Iran's border guards start limited drill Sun, Apr 13, 2014

    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iranian state television is reporting that a four-day, limited drill for border guards has begun in five provinces near the Islamic Republic's border with Iraq. More »

  • Iraq: Bombings kill at least 16 people in north Sun, Apr 13, 2014

    BAGHDAD (AP) — A car bomb went off in a commercial area of a restive northern Iraqi city on Sunday, killing at least 10 people, while a separate bombing killed 6 people, officials said. More »

  • Iraq car bomb kills at least 10 people in north Sun, Apr 13, 2014

    BAGHDAD (AP) — Officials say a car bombing in northern Iraq has killed at least 10 people and wounded 12 others. More »

  • Iraq police say suicide bomber kills 6 in north Sun, Apr 13, 2014

    BAGHDAD (AP) — An Iraqi police officer says a suicide bomber has killed at least six people in the country's north. More »

  • Iraq: Official disputes assassination allegation
    Iraq: Official disputes assassination allegation Sat, Apr 12, 2014

    BAGHDAD (AP) — The head of the military command in Iraq's Anbar province on Saturday disputed claims by supporters of the country's deputy prime minister that he faced an assassination attempt a day earlier while traveling west of Baghdad. More »

  • He Left Nirvana for Iraq
    He Left Nirvana for Iraq Sat, Apr 12, 2014

    On a night when his former Nirvana band mates were being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Jason Everman just wanted to drink in a quiet bar. More »