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Iraq PM surprised by judiciary's speed on graft case
Baghdad (AFP) Aug 16, 2016
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi on Tuesday expressed his surprise at the speed with which the judiciary closed a corruption case against the parliament speaker. Earlier this month, Defence Minister Khaled al-Obeidi accused Speaker Salim al-Juburi and several lawmakers of involvement in corruption. Juburi appeared in front of a commission which announced only moments later that it was closing the case for lack of evidence, a lightning outcome that fuelled suspicion over the judiciary's indep ... read more

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Iraq judiciary drops corruption case against speaker
The Iraqi judiciary on Tuesday closed a corruption case against parliament speaker Salim al-Juburi, citing a lack of evidence to proceed further. ... more
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Iraq minister accuses parliament speaker of corruption
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Iraq prosecutor takes aim at officials accused of corruption
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Iraq PM talks Mosul plans with top US officer
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi held talks in Baghdad with America's top military officer Sunday, discussing plans to oust the Islamic State group from second city Mosul, his office said. ... more
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Suicide bomber kills 10 north of Baghdad: officials
A suicide bomber detonated an explosives-rigged vehicle near a checkpoint north of Baghdad on Monday, killing 10 people, officials said. ... more
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IS suicide bomber kills 12 at Iraq checkpoint
A suicide car bombing claimed by the Islamic State group killed 12 people at a crowded checkpoint north of Baghdad on Monday, security and medical officials said. ... more
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Iraq PM seeks to speed up death penalty implementation
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IS suicide bomber kills at least 15 in Baghdad
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