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Comment: America's spiralling descent towards fascism and dictatorship is almost entirely of its own making, writes Khaled Diab.

Our weekly round-up of events in Iraq this week includes a look into the causes of the most recent unrest, while Iraqi officials get sent to Riyadh.

Bombs and mortars rock Iraq's restive city of Kirkuk

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Bombs and mortars rock Iraq's restive city of Kirkuk

A series of explosives in the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk has injured at least 11 people.

At least 19 refugees drown off north Cyprus coast

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At least 19 refugees drown off north Cyprus coast

The boat was carrying 150 people when it went down off the coast of north Cyprus.

Arab views of US low, support for Palestinians high

Derek Davison

Arab views of US low, support for Palestinians high

Comment: Washington continues to be seen as a threat, writes Derek Davison.

The New Arab & agencies

Japan's Arabic speaking ambassador wins Iraqi hearts and minds

While foreign diplomats often struggle to win over ordinary Iraqis, Japan's departing ambassador has stolen hearts - thanks to witty social media videos in classical Arabic and local dialects.

The New Arab

Dutch jail jihadist fighters still missing in action

A Rotterdam court sentenced three men in their absence to up to seven years in jail for joining a "terrorist" organisation in Iraq and ...

The New Arab

Iraq seeks Saudi help with crisis as protests continue

This comes after Iran scaled back the quantity of electricity shared with Iraq as Tehran grapples with its own domestic tensions.

Ali Adam

Thousands abandon blockaded Strip as Egypt opens crossing

Feature: Thousands of Gazans hit hard by the sharply deteriorating economic and living conditions rushed to leave the Gaza Strip, after Egypt ...

<em>Iraq</em> troops deployed across Baghdad to quell protests

The New Arab

Iraq troops deployed across Baghdad to quell protests

Iraqi counter-terrorism forces have been deployed across the capital Baghdad, as protests rallies continued into their second week, putting the ...

Malia Bouattia

Saudi reforms meaningless as long as male guardianship persists

Comment: The locking up of activists serves as a reminder that the Kingdom is neither interested in women's rights, nor in greater ...

Kuwait scrambles to pre-empt fallout from south <em>Iraq</em> unrest

Karim Traboulsi

Kuwait scrambles to pre-empt fallout from south Iraq unrest

Unrest in southern Iraq has sparked unease across the border in Kuwait, as bloody protests over poor services and corruption in Basra ...

Liberation and destruction: Remembering Mosul one year on

Madiha Raza

Liberation and destruction: Remembering Mosul one year on

Blog: British aid worker Madiha Raza was in Mosul days after the Iraqi city was 'liberated' from the Islamic State group. A year on, she recalls ...

Middle East airlines limit <em>Iraq</em> flights following unrest

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Middle East airlines limit Iraq flights following unrest

Airlines in the Middle East and elsewhere have limited flights to cities such as Najaf following protests and unrest in Iraq.

Nine killed in <em>Iraq</em> as protests continue to rage

The New Arab

Nine killed in Iraq as protests continue to rage

The death toll in the protests in southern Iraq has increased to nine and has left more than 250 injured, sources told The New Arab.

The New Arab & agencies

Demonstrators killed as Iraq protests continue

Two demonstrators were killed in southern Iraq, as protests against unemployment continued.

Usman Butt

Karl ReMarks' satire migrates from twitter to print

Comment: Usman Butt talks to Twitter satirist and architect Karl Sharro about social media in the Arab Spring, and his upcoming book.

The New Arab & agencies

Iraq's prime minister heads to Basra after violent protests

The Prime Minister is hoping to restore calm in the southern city where Iraqis are frustrated with the standard of living.

The New Arab & agencies

Air strike kills 28 civilians in Syria's east

The state-run SANA news agency charged the US coalition with the strike, but a monitoring group said it is unclear whether it was an Iraqi or US ...

The <em>Iraq</em> Report: Mosul a dystopian wasteland after IS

The New Arab

The Iraq Report: Mosul a dystopian wasteland after IS

Our weekly round-up of events in Iraq covers the anniversary of the defeat of the Islamic State group, and protests in Basra.

The New Arab

Mosul's vulnerable street children are being exploited

After losing parents either in the battle or during Islamic State's brutal three year occupation of Mosul, dozens of children have turned to ...

Trump goes to Europe: Performing triage

Robert E. Hunter

Trump goes to Europe: Performing triage

Comment: In Brussels, President Trump must reassert US commitment to the collective defence core principle of the NATO alliance, writes Robert ...

Canada to lead new NATO training mission in <em>Iraq</em>

The New Arab & agencies

Canada to lead new NATO training mission in Iraq

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says his country stands ready to support troop training and military academy building effort in Iraq.

Tension grips Iraq's Basra after protester killed

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Tension grips Iraq's Basra after protester killed

Basra's residents continued to take to the streets after a protester was shot dead by police on Sunday, demanding the killer faces justice and ...

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