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Tough road for Iraq's female candidates in May 12 elections

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi women running for parliament this month are undaunted, despite many challenges they face ahead of the May 12 elections — including unprecedented smear campaigns complete with sex ...

Iraq's move to rush oil bidding could deter some firms

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq is opening more of its untapped oil and gas resources to foreign developers, hoping to boost revenues after its costly war with the Islamic State group, but analysts say the rushed...

Iraqi politicians start election campaigns in earnest

BAGHDAD (AP) — In the aftermath of a destructive three-year war to defeat the Islamic State group, Iraqi politicians are promising citizens a better future, employing social media, online videos and t...

Iraq's ethnic, religious groups fragmented as elections near

BAGHDAD (AP) — Long beset by toxic divisions, Iraq seems to be growing even more fragmented ahead of national elections scheduled for May, with Iranian influence set to grow and the minority Sunnis se...

Iraq seeks aid to rebuild after IS, but donors could be wary

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq hopes to raise billions of dollars at a conference next month to fund reconstruction after its costly war against the Islamic State group, but many fear the country's endemic corru...

Optimism in Iraq fuels revived interest in vintage cars

BAGHDAD (AP) — When Iraqi forces drove Islamic State militants out of eastern Mosul a year ago, Nashwan Shakir Mahmoud raced back to his home, hoping that his red and white 1955 Chevrolet coupe had su...

The Latest: Iraq raises death toll in Baghdad attack to 38

BAGHDAD (AP) — The Latest on the twin suicide bombings in Baghdad (all times local): 11:05 a.m. Iraqi officials have raised the death toll from a twin suicide bombi...

Drug use, sales soar in Iraq's Basra amid nationwide spike

BASRA, Iraq (AP) — The rows of self-harm scars that course upward on the teenager's forearms from her wrists nearly to her elbows are reminders of dark times. At age seven, the now 1...

Drug use, sales soar in Iraq's Basra amid nationwide spike

BASRA, Iraq (AP) — The rows of self-harm scars that course upward on the teenager's forearms from her wrists nearly to her elbows are reminders of dark times. At age seven, the now 1...

A 'martyr' sniper becomes a hero to Iraq's Shiites

BASRA, Iraq (AP) — Ali Jayad al-Salhi, a veteran sniper in an Iraqi militia, was killed in fighting with the Islamic State group earlier this year. He was then vaulted into legend, virtually becoming ...

From sniper to saint, showing Iraqi Shiite militias' power

BASRA, Iraq (AP) — In his martyrdom, he has virtually become a new saint for Iraq's Shiites. His poster adorns shop windows, men and women wear his image as badges. Poems praise his valor. His sniper'...

AP Interview: Iraq patriarch looks to life after war with IS

BAGHDAD (AP) — The head of Iraq's Chaldean Church says that battling extremist "mentality" is key to peaceful coexistence among Iraq's religious and ethnic groups as the nation emerges from more than ...

Bin Laden's thoughts unearthed in a hand-written journal

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A journal made public by the CIA and apparently handwritten by one of Osama bin Laden's daughters offers a glimpse into how the late al-Qaida leader viewed the world...

Iraqi Kurds to vote on independence despite region's fears

IRBIL, Iraq (AP) — Iraq's Kurds vote this month on whether or not they support independence for their enclave in the country's north, a step toward their long-held dream of statehood. The outcome, alm...

Shattered by war, Sunni Arabs despair over future in Iraq

KHAZIR CAMP, Iraq (AP) — Fawaz Saleh Ahmed has been secretly sneaking into his own village in northern Iraq to visit his home. The last time he went, he wept as he spent several hour...