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Iraq parliament approves cabinet overhaul, bolstering PM Abadi (15.08.2016)

The vote eases a political crisis that broke out in February over anti-graft reforms sought by Abadi, and consolidates his position ahead of a battle planned for later this year to recapture Mosul, the largest city under Islamic State control.

UN says to help Iraq tackle rampant corruption (11.08.2016)

The U.N. Development Program will recruit international investigators to mentor and train Iraqi government auditors tasked with corruption investigations, it said in a statement released after a signing ceremony with the Iraqi government.

Israel arrests UN Gaza employee for 'aiding' Hamas (09.08.2016)

Israeli authorities have charged a Palestinian employee of a UN agency in the Gaza Strip of providing “material assistance” to Hamas. Shin Bet, the Israeli security service, on Tuesday charged 38-year-old Waheed Borsh of the UN Development Programme of using his position to renovate homes belonging...

Iraqi parliament votes to ban the Baath party (31.07.2016)

The Iraqi parliament … voted overwhelmingly to pass a bill banning the Baath Party from any political activity in the country. The vote comes amid weeks of turmoil in the country’s capital following a series of suicide attacks by the Islamic State (IS) group which killed more than 250 Iraqi...

Security Council extends mandate of UN Iraq Mission for one year (25.07.2016)

The United Nations Security Council today adopted a resolution extending the mandate of the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) for another year, until 31 July 2017.

Security Council calls for presidential and parliamentary polls by next May (22.07.2016)

Expressing deep concern over the two-year-long vacancy in the presidency of Lebanon, the United Nations Security Council today urged Lebanese leaders to urgently convene a parliamentary session and called on all parties to negotiate a compromise agreement in order to end the country's political and...

France says west plans strike on Islamic State in Iraq, (20.07.2016)

France and the United States are preparing a coordinated strike against Islamic State on the militant group's stronghold in Mosul, Iraq, French government spokesman Stephane Le Foll said.

Security reform, State control of armed groups priorities at ‘critical junction,’ UN envoy says (15.07.2016)

Recent victories against ISIL show that Iraqis are capable of defeating the extremist group, but sustainable peace and security in Iraq can only be achieved through historic reconciliation, the United Nations envoy for the country today said, calling also on the international community for greater...

Who are Iraq's militias? (13.07.2016)

[…] Iraq’s militias are key to the fight against IS, and to the political landscape of the fractured country. But they are little understood. Often referred to as Iranian-backed Shiite militias, they are neither all supported by Iran nor exclusively Shiite.

At Security Council, Ban urges Israel-Palestine talks to overcome ‘political paralysis’ (12.07.2016)

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged both sides in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict to immediately begin discussions on implementing the recommendations made in a recent report published by the diplomatic partners mediating the peace process as efforts continue to restore hope...