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Iran calls for maximum penalty for rioters burning its consulate in Basra

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SHAFAQNA - Oil-rich Basra has been the epicentre of protests that have rocked Iraq since July, with anger fuelled by pollution of the water supply that left 30,000 people in hospital. Angry protesters stormed the Iranian consulate in the southern…

Iraqi political groups announced formation of majority bloc in the parliament

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SHAFAQNA - During its first session on Monday, Iraq’s newly-elected parliament failed to elect a speaker amid ongoing disputes over which coalition commands the largest bloc in the assembly. According to Iraq’s constitution, the majority…

Political alliance of Iraqi PM al-Abadi and Shia cleric al-Sadr

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SHAFAQNA - Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi and cleric Moqtada al-Sadr  said their political blocs, which came in third and first place in a parliamentary election respectively, would enter into an alliance in an effort to form a new government…

Moheb Ali: Iraqis are looking for improving their position in Arab world

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SHAFAQNA - The future of Iraqi government probably will not be strong and stable, according to a former Iranian diplomat, who also believes the Iraqis are looking for improving their position in the Arab world and the Arab union and also their…

Muqtada al-Sadr visits Grand Ayatullah Sistani in Najaf

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SHAFAQNA - Alsumaria News : A source close to the leader of the Sadrist movement, Moqtada al-Sadr, said on Wednesday that he has visited the Supreme Religious Authority Ayatullah Ali al-Sistani in the province of Najaf. The source said in…