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  • People walk past election campaign posters of different parties, in Irbil, Iraq, 350 kilometers (217 miles) north of Baghdad, Friday, Sept. 20, 2013, day ahead of the self-ruled northern Kurdish region's fourth election for local parliament since 1992. (AP Photo/ Khalid Mohammed)

    Iraqi Kurds vote for regional assembly

    Voters in Iraq's Kurdish north cast ballots Saturday in local parliamentary elections, with smaller parties hoping to challenge the self-rule region's longtime political establishment.

  • Iraqi President Jalal Talabani talks to reporters in Baghdad in 2007. (AP Photo/Hadi Mizban)

    Iraqi finance minister: Staff members have been kidnapped

    Iraq's finance minister on Thursday accused a "militia force" of kidnapping members of his staff, saying he holds the prime minister personally responsible for their safety.

  • Iraqi President Jalal Talabani, who was hospitalized late Wednesday with what unofficially is being described as a stroke, will be taken to Germany for more treatment. (Associated Press)

    Iraq's President Talabani to get care in Germany

    Iraqi President Jalal Talabani will be flown to Germany for more treatment after he suffered a stroke earlier this week, two Kurdish officials close to him said Wednesday.

  • ** FILE ** In this Aug 17, 2007, file photo, Iraq's President Jalal Talabani talks to reporters in Baghdad, Iraq. The office of Talabani said Tuesday he has been admitted to the hospital for treatment of an unspecified health problem. (AP Photo/Hadi Mizban, File)

    Iraqi President Talabani suffers a stroke

    Iraqi President Jalal Talabani has had a stroke and his medical team in Baghdad is still trying to stabilize his condition, a spokesman for the prime minister said Tuesday.

  • Middle East Briefs: Iraqi president suffers a stroke

    Iraqi President Jalal Talabani has been hospitalized in Baghdad after suffering a stroke and is in stable condition, a spokesman for the prime minister said Tuesday.

  • In this photo from April 21, 2011, Navy Adm. Mike Mullen (left), chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, meets with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki (right) in Baghdad, Iraq. At center is a translator. (Associated Press/U.S. Department of Defense)

    Iraqis hold first talks on keeping U.S. troops

    Iraq's top political factions are discussing whether to ask the U.S. to leave some troops currently in the country beyond the Dec. 31 withdrawal deadline.

  • Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. (left) meets with Iraqi President Jalal Talabani in Baghdad on Thursday, Jan. 13, 2011. Mr. Biden arrived in Iraq earlier in the day for talks with the new government's leaders about the future of American troops in the country as they prepare to leave at year's end. (AP Photo/Maya Alleruzzo)

    Biden: Iraq's success in U.S. interest

    Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. emphasized to Iraqi leaders Thursday that the United States wants nothing more than for Iraq to be a free and democratic country during a daylong visit that officials said would focus on the departure of American troops from the country.

  • ** FILE ** Tariq Aziz, Saddam Hussein's longtime foreign minister, speaks to the Associated Press in Baghdad in September 2010. An Iraqi court on Monday convicted Aziz of terrorizing Shi'ite Kurds during the Iran-Iraq war and sentenced him to 10 years in prison. (AP Photo/Hadi Mizban, File)

    Iraq court gives Tariq Aziz new 10-year sentence

    An Iraqi court on Monday convicted Tariq Aziz, Saddam Hussein's longtime foreign minister, of terrorizing Shi'ite Kurds during the Iran-Iraq war, sentencing him to 10 years in prison.

  • In this photo released by the Iraqi government, Iraqi President Jalal Talabani (second from right) on Thursday formally asks Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki (second from left) to form the next government in Baghdad. Mr. al-Maliki agreed. (Associated Press)

    Al-Maliki renominated as Iraqi prime minister

    Iraqi President Jalal Talabani formally renominated Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki to his post Thursday, giving him 30 days to assemble a government.

  • In this June 27, 2009, file photo, Iraq's Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, left, and President Jalal Talabani, right, react, at a ceremony marking the 2003 death of Mohammed Baqir al-Hakim in Baghdad. (AP Photo/Hadi Mizban, File)

    Al-Maliki asked to form new government in Iraq

    Iraq's prime minister appealed to the country's warring political factions for unity after formally accepting on Thursday a request by the president to form the next government, part of a deal to end an eight-month deadlock over who would lead the country the next four years.

  • In this Dec. 2, 1998, file photo, former Iraqi foreign minister Tariq Aziz stands to attention as the Iraqi national anthem is played at a conference in Baghdad. Iraq's president said Wednesday Nov. 17, 2010, he won't sign off on a death penalty sentence against  Aziz, setting the stage for a possible battle over the fate of the man known as the international face of the dictator's regime. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong, File)

    Iraqi president says he won't sign Tariq Aziz death order

    Iraq's president said Wednesday he won't sign off on a death penalty sentence against one of Saddam Hussein's closest confidants, Tariq Aziz, setting the stage for a possible battle over the fate of the man known as the international face of the dictator's regime.

  • In this June 27, 2009, file photo, Iraq's Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, left, and President Jalal Talabani, right, react, at a ceremony marking the 2003 death of Mohammed Baqir al-Hakim in Baghdad. (AP Photo/Hadi Mizban, File)

    Obama bid to pick Iraq leader spurned

    Iraqi President Jalal Talabani, one of America's closest allies in the country, has rebuffed the personal request of President Obama and Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. to relinquish his post as Iraqis form a new government in Baghdad.

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