Some hotels in Chinese city block people from five Muslim countries

BEIJING Police have ordered some low-end hotels in the Chinese metropolis of Guangzhou not to allow guests from five Muslim-majority countries to stay, though China's foreign ministry said it had never heard of the policy.

Iraqi defence minister sacked as Mosul battle looms

BAGHDAD Iraq's parliament impeached Defence Minister Khaled al-Obeidi on Thursday over corruption allegations, removing him from office as the army gears up for an assault on Islamic State's de facto capital, Mosul.

World, 25 Aug 2016

Turkey's Erdogan, Iraqi Kurdish leader Barzani discuss fight against militants

ISTANBUL Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday discussed strategy in fighting Islamic State and Kurdish PKK militants with visiting Iraqi Kurdish regional President Massoud Barzani, sources at Erdogan's office said. | Video

World, 24 Aug 2016

U.N. braces for refugee exodus from Iraq's Mosul

GENEVA/BAGHDAD Hundreds of thousands of Iraqis in and around Mosul could be uprooted by the military assault to retake the city from Islamic State, the U.N. refugee agency UNHCR said on Tuesday.

World, 23 Aug 2016

SPECIAL REPORT: New massacre reports show U.S. inability to curb Iraq militias

WASHINGTONShi’ite militias in Iraq detained, tortured and abused far more Sunni civilians during the American-backed capture of the town of Falluja in June than U.S. officials have publicly acknowledged, Reuters has found.

Iraq executions carried out without proper trial, fuelled by vengeance - U.N.

BAGHDAD Thirty-six men hanged in Iraq for a sectarian mass killing of soldiers were denied a proper legal defence at their trials and the executions appeared to have been "fuelled by vengeance", the United Nations said on Tuesday.

World, 23 Aug 2016

WIDER IMAGE: World's largest cemetery grows bigger as Shi'ite militias bury their dead

BAGHDAD The world's largest cemetery, in Iraq's Shi'ite holy city of Najaf, is expanding at double its usual rate as the nation's death rate increased with the war on Islamic State.

Top News, World, 23 Aug 2016

In Iraq, Nigeria and now Turkey, child bombers strike

ISTANBUL The boy looked scared and younger than 16 when Iraqi police grabbed him on the street in the northern city of Kirkuk. Pulling off his shirt, they found a two-kilogram bomb strapped to his skinny frame.

World, Top News 23 Aug 2016

Iraq used torture to extract confessions from convicts, Amnesty says

BAGHDAD Amnesty International on Monday condemned the hanging in Iraq of 36 men convicted of a mass killing of soldiers, saying some of their confessions were extorted under threats and torture. | Video

World, 22 Aug 2016

Iraq hangs 36 people sentenced to death for killing of troops in 2014

BAGHDAD Iraq said on Sunday it had hanged 36 militants sentenced to death over the mass killing of hundreds of mainly Shi'ite soldiers at a camp north of Baghdad two years ago.

World, 21 Aug 2016