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  • Al-Nusra chief killed by rivals in Syria
    Al-Nusra chief killed by rivals in Syria 13 hours ago

    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 13 hours ago

    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 14 hours ago

    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 15 hours ago

    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' 16 hours ago

    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 19 hours ago

    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 19 hours ago

    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 »

  • Gunmen attack Iraq deputy PM's convoy, killing guard
    Gunmen attack Iraq deputy PM's convoy, killing guard Fri, Apr 11, 2014

    Gunmen attacked Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister Saleh al-Mutlak's convoy in the Abu Ghraib area west of Baghdad on Friday, killing a guard and wounding at least five, officials said. More »

  • Lebanon in vaccination drive against polio spreading from Syria
    Lebanon in vaccination drive against polio spreading from Syria Fri, Apr 11, 2014

    Lebanon launched a fourth round of polio immunisation on Friday, trying to prevent the disease spreading from neighbouring Syria along with the tide of refugees fleeing the three-year conflict. Protection against polio requires several vaccinations but aid workers are concerned that coverage in Lebanon has been falling off because parents were unaware of the need for multiple inoculation. The announcement earlier this week that polio had been detected in Iraq, the first of Syria's neighbours to be hit by the virus, has added to fears that it could spread further. The campaign in Lebanon targets around 600,000 Syrian, Lebanese and Palestinian infants aged up to five. More »

  • Iraq's deputy PM escapes assassination attempt
    Iraq's deputy PM escapes assassination attempt Fri, Apr 11, 2014

    BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's deputy prime minister escaped an assassination attempt in which militants dressed as soldiers opened fire on his convoy west of Baghdad on Friday, according to an Iraqi lawmaker and a statement from the deputy premier's office. More »

  • Iraq insurgents use water as weapon after seizing dam Fri, Apr 11, 2014

    Insurgents in Iraq have added water to their arsenal of weapons after seizing control of a dam in the west of the country that enables them to flood certain areas and prevent security forces from advancing against them. The dam helps distribute water from the Euphrates river on its course through the western province of Anbar, and is located some 5 km south of the city of Falluja, which was overrun by militants early this year. Iraqi troops have since been surrounding Falluja and shelling the city in an effort to dislodge anti-government tribes and insurgent factions including the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). The militants closed all eight of the dam's 10 gates one week ago, flooding land upstream and reducing water levels in Iraq's southern provinces, through which the Euphrates flows before emptying into the Gulf. More »

  • Scores killed in clashes in Iraq's Ramadi
    Scores killed in clashes in Iraq's Ramadi Fri, Apr 11, 2014

    At least 50 members of armed forces and seven fighters killed in fighting in provincial capital in latest violence. More »

  • Violence kills 21 in Iraq
    Violence kills 21 in Iraq Thu, Apr 10, 2014

    Shootings and bombings in Iraq killed at least 21 people Thursday, officials said, as the country struggles with rampant violence ahead of parliamentary elections at the end of the month. More »

  • Syria Qaeda loses ground to jihadist rivals on Iraq border
    Syria Qaeda loses ground to jihadist rivals on Iraq border Thu, Apr 10, 2014

    Syria's Al-Qaeda affiliate lost ground to its jihadist rivals around a town on the Iraqi border Thursday in fierce clashes that left at least 51 fighters dead, a monitoring group said. More »

  • Violence kills 15 in Iraq
    Violence kills 15 in Iraq Thu, Apr 10, 2014

    Shootings and bombings in Iraq killed at least 15 people Thursday, officials said, as the country struggles with rampant violence ahead of parliamentary elections at the end of the month. More »

  • Officials say car bombs in Iraq's capital kill 16
    Officials say car bombs in Iraq's capital kill 16 Thu, Apr 10, 2014

    BAGHDAD (AP) — Two car bombs exploded in Shiite neighborhoods of Iraq's capital Thursday night, killing at least 16 people as violence roars on before a crucial election later this month, authorities said. More »