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Fiercely fought campaign ends with Iraq's divisions deeper

No matter who wins Sunday's election, months of rancorous talks loom over who is to be the next prime minister

Blasts in Baghdad kill 17 as early election votes are cast

A string of blasts ripped through Baghdad targeting early voters and killing 17 people yesterday, raising tensions in an already nervous city as early ballots are cast for Sunday's parliamentary elections.

Talking about Jane Austen in Baghdad, By Bee Rowlatt and May Witwit

Written as email exchanges between a BBC World Service journalist ensconced in the middle-class haven of North London and a beleagured Iraqi academic (and Chaucer expert) in Baghdad, this could have been a lazy format for a book in our blogosphere age.

Woman bomber kills 54 Shia pilgrims

A female suicide bomber killed at least 54 people yesterday after detonating an explosives belt among a group of Shia pilgrims in the Iraqi capital.

The Inheritance of Rome, By Chris Wickham

From its opening scene of everyday torture in Roman courts to its valedictory reminder that the Caliphs of Baghdad were for a century "the strongest power in the world", this epic of European history between 400 and 1000AD leaves no cliché unchallenged.

Freed computer expert tells of beatings and mock executions

The British computer expert held hostage in Iraq for more than two years revealed last night that he was tortured and subjected to mock executions.

Three blasts strike Baghdad hotel district

Three car bombs exploded today near three Baghdad hotels popular with Western journalists and businessmen, killing at least 24 people and wounding scores more, Iraqi police said.

The public anger has never faded

By Kim Sengupta, our correspondent who was in Nisur Square at the time of the attack

Suicide bombs kill dozens in Iraq

Twin suicide bombs killed at least 26 and wounded more than 100 in Iraq's Sunni Arab heartland yesterday, and a roadside bomb killed seven pilgrims returning from a Shia Muslim religious festival.

Speed of military success took Iraq planners 'by surprise'

British occupying forces were unprepared for the problems they faced running Iraq after invading in 2003, the official inquiry into the war heard today.

Scores killed as car bombs rock Baghdad

Car bombs killed at least 112 people in Baghdad today, police said, leaving pools of blood, charred buses and scattered body parts in a brutal reminder of the threat from Iraq's stubborn insurgency.

Britain condemns Baghdad bombings

Britain today condemned a series of bomb attacks which killed more than 100 people in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad.

'They gave me $100 and told me to fend for myself in Baghdad'

Asylum-seeker deported from UK explains why he fears for his life

Patrick Cockburn: Baghdad life is improving, but it's far from safe

Security in Baghdad is better than the slaughter of two or three years ago, but this still leaves it as perhaps the most dangerous city in the world after Mogadishu. It is certainly worse than Kabul.

Album: The Orb, Baghdad Batteries, (Malicious Damage)

The Orb these days are founder member Dr Alex Patterson and Thomas Fehlmann, whose influence in moving them Berlin-wards, towards minimal techno and glitch-dub, has put the Orb more in touch with current trends than at any time since they were setting them 20 years ago. But Patterson's sampledelic zaniness persists.

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