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Maliki's demands for handover of rival heighten fears of sectarian strife
Composer Akyol's family hails from Dersim, where Turks murdered Kurds in 1934.
One person has been killed and 47 others injured during overnight protests in the northern Iraqi city of Sulaimaniyah, police and hospital officials said.
Ypres and Palestine, the Jewish Holocaust and Iraqi Kurdistan.
Two Iraqi refugees facing deportation to Baghdad made a dramatic escape from an asylum detention centre but were recaptured by police using dogs and a helicopter.
When Jake Hess began investigating human rights abuses, he didn't expect to be locked up and interrogated himself
Since 2003, persecuted reporters facing new threats to freedom of expression
The Iraqi government's decision to reassert its authority by executing the men who stoned to death Dua Khalil Aswad threatens more sectarian bloodshed.
The only thing keeping Arabs and Kurds from fighting is the glue of US occupation
Calls for end to monopoly control of power generate strong results for Goran party
As the Iraqi region goes to the polls, many are blaming the growth in inequality on an entrenched political establishment. Patrick Cockburn reports
After 18 years in power, ruling parties face wave of protest over corruption
Ibrahim Tekin's problems began when a friend lent him his wife's three gold bracelets to shore up his failing restaurant business. Two days later, the wife's family told him to hand them back: the bracelets were part of a dowry. Mr Tekin could not. He had pawned them. In the ensuing brawl, he stabbed one of his assailants in the heart.
The United States and Iraq are close to agreeing a security accord under which the US would pull its combat troops out of Iraqi cities, towns and villages on 30 June 2009, and out of Iraq by 31 December 2011. This will only happen if a joint Iraqi-American ministerial committee agrees that security in Iraq has improved to the point where the half million strong Iraqi security forces can take over. Other aspects of the draft agreement show that the government of the Iraqi Prime Minister, Nouri al-Maliki, is increasingly confident of its own military and political strength.
Four female bombers have detonated explosives in the middle of crowds in Baghdad and Kirkuk, killing at least 57 people and wounding 300 in a double attack apparently geared towards stoking increased sectarian and ethnic divisions.
A dark pool of dried blood and a fallen red scarf mark the place where Ronak, who had fled to a woman's shelter in the Kurdish city of Sulaymaniyah when she was accused of adultery by her husband, was shot three times by a man hiding on the roof of a nearby building.