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Iraq’s Sunni-backed bloc to end parliament boycott

Iraq’s Sunni-backed bloc to end parliament boycott

Bloc's move eases political crisis; Decision on return to cabinet pending; Crisis stirred fears of return to sectarian violence

January 30, 2012 3:19
 
Iraq resumes political strife in vacuum left by US

Iraq resumes political strife in vacuum left by US

The dust had barely settled from the last column of departing US armoured vehicles when Iraq's rival Sunni and Shi'ite factions resumed political infighting that threatens a lurch back into turmoil.

December 19, 2011 5:07
 

Iraq slaps travel ban on Sunni VP

Renewed political tensions as US troops withdraw; Hashemi accuses Maliki's gov't of harassment; Vice president's bodyguards arrested

December 19, 2011 3:43
 

Syria lifts niqab ban, shuts casino, in nod to Sunnis

Syria says teachers wearing niqab can return to jobs; Syria orders closure of casino; Moves seen to placate Sunni majority population

April 7, 2011 9:28