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Iraq elects president as Ban urges unity to save nation

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BAGHDAD - Iraq's parliament elected a senior Kurdish lawmaker president on Thursday, a significant step in a delayed process to create a government capable of uniting the country and countering insurgents threatening to march on Baghdad.

Iraq elects president as Ban urges unity to save nation

BAGHDAD - Iraq's parliament elected a senior Kurdish lawmaker president on Thursday, a significant step in a delayed process to create a government capable of uniting the country and countering insurgents threatenening to march on Baghdad.

World, 24 Jul 2014

Insight - Purge of minorities re-draws Iraq map

KABERLI Iraq - A new map is being drawn across the plains of northern Iraq as Sunni militants of the Islamic State purge the rural landscape of religious and ethnic minorities that have co-existed for hundreds of years.

World, 24 Jul 2014

Iraq postpones vote for president, delaying power-sharing deal

BAGHDAD - Iraq's parliament, which had been due to elect the country's president on Wednesday, postponed the vote by a day, delaying the formation of a power-sharing government urgently needed to confront a Sunni Muslim insurgency.

World, 23 Jul 2014

Young Islamic State robs al Qaeda of militant prestige

DUBAI - In hiding, targeted by drone strikes and unable to land a blow in the West, al Qaeda's ageing leaders are losing a power struggle with ultra-radical young militants in Iraq and Syria who see themselves as the true successors to Osama bin Laden.

Top News, World, Syria, 23 Jul 2014

Iraqi air strikes kill 19 around militant-held Falluja - medical official

FALLUJA, Iraq - Iraqi government air strikes killed 19 people, including children, in Falluja on Monday and Tuesday, a health official in the militant-held city said.

World, 23 Jul 2014

Insight - Islamic State crushes and coerces on march towards Baghdad

BAGHDAD - Using its own version of "soft" and "hard" power, the Islamic State is crushing resistance across northern Iraq so successfully that its promise to march on Baghdad may no longer be unrealistic bravado.

World, 22 Jul 2014

Iraqi bishop urges world to act after Mosul's Christians forced to flee

BAGHDAD - A senior Iraqi bishop urged the world to act on Sunday after Islamic hardliners drove Mosul's Christians from the northern Iraqi city, effectively ending a presence there dating back to Christianity's earliest years.

World, 21 Jul 2014

Top Kurdish security official warns West of Iraq blowback

ARBIL Iraq - Western countries will end up fighting insurgents who have overrun large parts of Iraq on their own doorstep unless they intervene to combat the threat at its source, a senior Kurdish security official said in an interview.

World, 20 Jul 2014

Ancient Christian population of Mosul flees Islamic State

BAGHDAD - The ancient Christian community of the northern Iraqi city of Mosul had all but fled by Saturday, ending a presence stretching back nearly two millennia after radical Islamists set them a midday deadline to submit to Islamic rule or leave.

World, 19 Jul 2014