World May 28, 2016

Hajj row escalates as Iran and Saudi Arabia miss new deal

An Iranian delegation has left Saudi Arabia without an agreement for its citizens to attend the Muslim hajj pilgrimage this year, Saudi media have reported, a second failure by the rival Middle East powers to strike a deal. Relations between the two countries plummeted after ...

Iraqi parliament breaks deadlock to elect Sunni speaker

World / Politics Jul 16, 2014

Iraqi parliament breaks deadlock to elect Sunni speaker

Iraqi lawmakers broke two weeks of deadlock Tuesday and elected a moderate Sunni as speaker of parliament, taking the first step toward forming a new government that is widely seen as crucial to confronting militants who have overrun much of the country. Still, it was ...

Iraq launches push to retake militant-held Tikrit

World Jun 28, 2014

Iraq launches push to retake militant-held Tikrit

Iraqi troops backed by helicopter gunships launched an operation early Saturday aimed at dislodging Sunni militants from the northern city of Tikrit, one of two major urban centers they seized in recent weeks in a dramatic blitz across the country. After watching much of Iraq ...