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Abadi slams US congress bill to split Iraq

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has denounced a controversial US Congress bill aimed at dividing the Arab country into three states. In a phone conversation with US Vice President Joe Biden, Abadi expressed concern over the bill, a statement by the premier’s office said. The prime minister told Biden that ...

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Iran Summons Saudi Envoy over Riyadh’s Blocking Yemen Aid

The Iranian foreign ministry summoned the Saudi charge d’affaires in Tehran on Thursday to protest against the Arab country’s continued blocking of Iran’s cargo planes carrying humanitarian and medical aid to Yemen. During the meeting, an Iranian foreign ministry official described the Saudi fighter jets’ move as unacceptable and against ...

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Pakistanis asked to declare whether they are of Shia faith to perform Hajj

Pakistani pilgrims wishing to perform Hajj this year will have to declare whether they are Shia on their Hajj application forms if they have any hopes of making the sacred pilgrimage. Confirming that the conditions had been forward by Saudi Arabia, government officials responsible for making Hajj arrangements said, “Saudi ...

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The Saudi proposal to move Prophet Muhammad’s tomb

One of Islam’s most revered holy sites – the tomb of the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) – could be destroyed and his body removed to an anonymous grave in the Baqi’ cemetery under plans which threaten to spark discord across the Muslim world. The controversial proposals are part of a consultation ...

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Iraq Kurds capture northeast town from ISIS

Iraqi Kurdish forces and allied militiamen retook the town of Sulaiman Bek from militants on Monday, removing a key stronghold they have held for over 11 weeks, officials said. “Sulaiman Bek is under the control of the combined forces,” but there is still danger from bombs the militants may have ...

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Iraqi forces break ISIS siege of Amerli

Iraqi forces on Sunday broke through to the town of Amerli, which was besieged by ISIS, where thousands of people have been trapped for over two months with dwindling food and water. “Our forces entered Amerli and broke the siege,” security spokesman Lieutenant General Qassem Atta told AFP. Iraqi security ...

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