News Iranian Teacher Ali Mohammadian with 8-year-old Mahan Rahimi, in a photo taken before Mahan's classmates followed their teacher and also shaved their hair.

Ali Mohammadian noticed his pupil was being bullied, and shaved his head to show his support

Turkish troops kill five Kurdish rebels

Turkey's state-run news agency says Turkish troops have killed five Kurdish rebels in an overnight clash in southeast Turkey.

MUQTADA AL-SADR: The Shia cleric is an influential player, whose support is vital to Nouri al-Maliki

Cleric tries to ease tensions with Kurds

Iraqi cleric Muqtada al-Sadr visited the president of the autonomous northern Kurdistan region yesterday seeking to ease tensions between Baghdad and the Kurds that have threatened the coalition government.

Market Report: Stocks linked to Iraqi oil stuck in the political mire

Oil production may be booming in Iraq, but punters were being told yesterday not to get their hopes up. While its government announced that its daily output had moved above 3m barrels for the first time since the 1970s, City scribes were warning that the risks of operating in the country were not being taken seriously enough.

Turkey: 17 killed in rebel clashes

Two Turkish soldiers and 15 Kurdish rebels have been killed in clashes in Sirnak, in the country's south-east.

Shia Muslims prepare for the festival of Ashura on 1 December in Baghdad. Shia festivals were previously banned

Patrick Cockburn: Are we witnessing the final disintegration of Iraq?

World View: Its three main communities – Shia, Sunni and Kurd – cannot seem to run the country together, and yet none can run it alone

Turkish air strike kills 35 in Iraq, say officials

Turkey's air force attacked suspected Kurdish rebel targets across the border in Iraq, the military said Thursday, but Kurdish officials claimed many of the roughly 35 people killed were teenaged smugglers mistaken for guerrillas.

Leading article: Alarming hints of future power struggles in Iraq

The deal the Americans did with the Shia, Sunni and Kurds was always uneasy

Tariq al-Hashemi says the accusations against him are fabrications

Iraqi PM escalates crisis with ultimatum to Kurds

Maliki's demands for handover of rival heighten fears of sectarian strife

Exxon woos GKP to gain Kurdish base

US oil supermajor Exxon Mobil is understood to have sounded out London-listed Gulf Keystone Petroleum (GKP) over a possible deal that could value the Kurdistan-focused group at around £7bn.

Patrick Cockburn: A superpower not strong enough to set Iraq on course

The US invaded Iraq in 2003 in a show of strength after 9/11 to prove it was the world's sole superpower. But the war demonstrated that the US did not have the political and military might to determine the future of Iraq.

Crowds rampage in Iraqi Kurdish city after sermons 

Rioters attacked liquor stores, a massage parlor and hotels after being stirred up by fiery sermons in a predominantly Kurdish city in north Iraq, police officials said today. Pro-government crowds then attacked Islamist party offices in retaliation, they said. 

Baghdad pressed to stop obstructing Kurdistan oil

The British Government waded into the legal battle over control of oil in Kurdistan yesterday, calling on Baghdad to stop obstructing the development of the region's reserves.

Britain asks Iraq to back off after threats to Exxon

Hayward enters row over oilfields after US giant's deal with Kurdish region causes controversy

Chevron to join slick of oil supermajors in Kurdistan

American company set to enter the battle for a share of northern Iraq's massive reserves

Battle looms between US oil giant and Iraq

Baghdad threatens to throw ExxonMobil out after Kurdistan deal

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