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Iraq Shia worshippers killed in suicide blast

Al Jazeera reports:

A suicide bomber has killed at least 19 people at a Shia mosque in central Baghdad, officials have said, while violence elsewhere in Iraq left four dead, the latest in a protracted surge in bloodshed.

The bomber blew himself up at the entrance to the mosque in Baghdad's Shorja district on Tuesday as worshippers were preparing for midday prayers.

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White House issues executive order on ending immunities granted to the Development Fund for Iraq

The White House released the following executive order:

By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, including the International Emergency Economic Powers Act, as amended (50 U.S.C. 1701 et seq.) (IEEPA), the National Emergencies Act (50 U.S.C. 1601 et seq.), section 5 of the United Nations Participation Act, as amended (22 U.S.C. 287c) (UNPA), and section 301 of title 3, United States Code, ...

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First gas arrives at Duhok power station

The Kurdistan Regional Government's Ministry of Natural Resources reports:

The Kurdistan Regional Government is pleased to announce the successful delivery via pipeline of the first quantities of natural gas from the gas field at Summail to fuel the Duhok Power Station.

The Summail Gas Field lies within the area of the Duhok Production Sharing Contract (PSC) and is operated by Norwegian company DNO, which together with Anglo-Turkish PSC partner Genel Energy, signed a landmark gas sales agreement (GSA) with the KRG on September 18, 2013.

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Iraqi forces launch attack on ISIS in Babil, bombard Fallujah

Asharq Al-Awsat reports:

Iraqi security forces clashed with members of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) in the province of Babil on Sunday, as part of an effort to reassert control of the nearby city of Fallujah.

 A police spokesman said army and police units were searching for members of ISIS in the province area when the fighting erupted.

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Ninewa requests to become autonomous region

The Kurdish Globe reports:

Nineveh Governor, Ethel al-Nujaifi, announced that Nineveh Provincial Council has submitted a request letter to the Iraqi central government asking for making the Province an autonomous region.

Al-Nujaifi pointed out: “Nineveh administrative body has lost its trust in the central government because the Province’s requests and demands have been neglected and ignored in many respects.”

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ICRC: Civilians and medical facilities bear brunt of fighting in Fallujah

The International Committee on the Red Cross reports:

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is profoundly disturbed by the ongoing fighting in Anbar province, particularly in Fallujah, between the Iraqi security forces and armed groups. The fighting has severely disrupted the flow of food, water, fuel, medical and other supplies to civilians in the city. Hundreds of thousands of civilians are estimated to have fled their homes in Anbar province since hostilities erupted in December 2013.

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Hundreds of thousands of Shi’ites reach Baghdad shrine

From Reuters Video:

Despite a bombing campaign that killed dozens of Shi’ite Muslims just three days earlier, hundreds of thousands of pilgrims peacefully arrived at a Baghdad shrine. Huge numbers of people attended the shrine to mark the death of a revered figure in Shi’ite Islam.

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Memorial Day in Iraq

Imran Khan writes for Al Jazeera:

Ammar looks about six or seven years old. There's no birth date on his gravestone but instead his picture in the centre of it.

It shows him with his hands on his hips and a smile on his face, the kind of smile that comes from being in a loving family.

I don't know who took the picture, but it looks like one of those snaps taken on a special occasion. Who knows, maybe it was the religious festival of Eid or a birthday.

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Rivals challenge Iraq PM’s election success

Agence France-Presse reports:

Nuri al-Maliki may be in pole position to remain Iraq's prime minister, but allegations of malpractice during last month's polls are clouding the prospect of forming a government anytime soon.

Key rivals of the premier, from inside and outside his Shiite community, allege irregularities at the polling stations, as well as problems with the transport of ballot boxes and vote counting, potentially delaying the certification of results, or even changing final tallies.

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Liquor store car bomb in Iraq kills 12

The Associated Press reports:

A car bomb exploded outside a liquor store in northern Iraq overnight, killing at least 12 civilians, a senior police officer said Sunday.

The blast struck the northern oil-rich and ethnically-mixed city of Kirkuk, deputy police chief Maj. Gen. Torhan Abdul Rahman Youssef said. Youssef said that the blast in the western Al Wasiti neighborhood wounded 29. Kirkuk is located 290 kilometers (180 miles) north of Baghdad. Militants often target night clubs, liquor stores and brothels. They want to impose a strict interpretation of Islam in Iraq.

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