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With U.S. troops barely gone, Iraq's government is breaking apart - Kansas City Star Sun, 22 Jan 2012 22:40:53 GMT

USA TODAY

With U.S. troops barely gone, Iraq's government is breaking apart
Kansas City Star
By ROY GUTMAN BAGHDAD -- Faster than anyone expected, barely a month after the last US troops left, Iraq's government appears to be coming apart, prompting fears that the country is headed for another round of sectarian strife. ...
Rising Strife Threatens Tenuous Iraqi StabilityNew York Times
Human Rights Watch: Iraq becoming 'police state'USA TODAY
Human Rights Watch details Iraq crackdowns, warns of 'budding police state'Washington Post

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Kuwait: Ambassador to US during 1990 Iraq invasion dies - Washington Post Sun, 22 Jan 2012 16:13:13 GMT

Aljazeera.com

Kuwait: Ambassador to US during 1990 Iraq invasion dies
Washington Post
KUWAIT CITY — Sheik Saud Al Nasser Al Sabah, who served as Kuwait's ambassador to the US during Iraq's 1990 invasion of the oil-rich country and the American-led war to oust Saddam Hussein's forces, has died, a government-backed newspaper reported ...
Iraq and Kuwait mull reparations 'fund': UNThe Daily Star
Saud Nasser al-Sabah, Former Kuwaiti Ambassador, Dies at 68New York Times

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Iraq Oil Minister in Tehran Says OPEC Must Avoid Politics - BusinessWeek Sun, 22 Jan 2012 09:48:37 GMT

Globe and Mail

Iraq Oil Minister in Tehran Says OPEC Must Avoid Politics
BusinessWeek
22 (Bloomberg) -- Iraq's Oil Minister Abdul Kareem al- Luaibi told Iran that the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries must avoid political considerations as crude is a strategic commodity affecting the world, the Islamic Republic News Agency ...
Report: OPEC Wants to Stay out of Iran-West SpatABC News

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Rights group says Iraq is a 'budding police state' - The Independent Mon, 23 Jan 2012 00:03:42 GMT

Rights group says Iraq is a 'budding police state'
The Independent
An international rights group says Iraq's government cracked down harshly on dissent during the past year of Arab Spring uprisings, turning the country into a "budding police state" as autocratic regimes crumbled elsewhere in the region. ...

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Iraq seeks bidders on $450 mln Kerbala rail project - Reuters Sun, 22 Jan 2012 11:03:41 GMT

The Nation, Pakistan

Iraq seeks bidders on $450 mln Kerbala rail project
Reuters
BAGHDAD Jan 22 (Reuters) - Iraq has invited foreign companies to compete for a $450 million monorail project in the southern holy city of Kerbala, which hosts millions of Shi'ite pilgrims each year. The rail line is among many road, railway, ...
Iraq seeks bidders on $450 million Kerbala rail projectBusiness Recorder (blog)

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Lebanon's rise continues as Iraq go down - The Daily Star Sun, 22 Jan 2012 23:58:28 GMT

The Daily Star

Lebanon's rise continues as Iraq go down
The Daily Star
By Kenny Laurie SIDON, Lebanon: It is a measure of how far Lebanon have come in the last six months that their 1-0 win over Iraq in Sidon Sunday had a clear air of inevitability about it. Except for a shot from Amjid Radi in the 75th minute that hit ...
Lebanon beats Iraq 1-0 in friendlySI.com

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Alan McMenemy's body recovered five years after Iraq kidnap - BBC News Sat, 21 Jan 2012 09:25:19 GMT

AFP

Alan McMenemy's body recovered five years after Iraq kidnap
BBC News
The British Embassy in Baghdad has confirmed that a body handed over to them is that of Alan McMenemy, who was kidnapped in Iraq in 2007. Mr McMenemy, a security guard from Glasgow, was snatched along with three other guards and an IT expert. ...
Body of Iraq hostage Alan McMenemy handed to British embassy in IraqTelegraph.co.uk
Body of Iraq hostage Alan McMenemy handed over to Baghdad embassyThe Guardian
Body of Iraq hostage is returnedThe Press Association
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Marine's Iraq killings trial resumes in California - Fox News Sat, 21 Jan 2012 08:02:24 GMT

Marine's Iraq killings trial resumes in California
Fox News
Testimony in the trial of a Marine sergeant charged in the biggest criminal case to emerge from the Iraq war resumed Friday with no explanation of what lawyers were negotiating during a two-day delay. The judge advised jurors not to speculate on the ...

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Iraq Seeks Bids for $450 Million Monorail Project in Karbala - Bloomberg Sun, 22 Jan 2012 14:55:51 GMT

Iraq Seeks Bids for $450 Million Monorail Project in Karbala
Bloomberg
Iraq's southern Karbala province invited bids for a $450 million monorail project, the head of the region's investment agency said. The 18 kilometer (11 mile) rail line would link Karbala, a city of pilgrimage for Shiite Muslims, with the provinces of ...

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Austin Salutes: Sgt. Brandon Dawson - Austin News Sun, 22 Jan 2012 22:38:52 GMT

Austin American-Statesman

Austin Salutes: Sgt. Brandon Dawson
Austin News
Dawson was part of the 36th infantry division headquarters deployed with 700 soldiers to Iraq last year. The unit commanded Southern Iraq as military operations there wrapped up. Most of the soldiers came back last fall but the official end to the ...
Sen. Hutchison thanks Camp Mabry soldiersAustin American-Statesman

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