As the pandemic continues to spread, governments across the Middle East are clamping down on the region's cherished traditions: No more massive weddings and celebrations.
Iraq's president names a former governor of Najaf city Adnan Zurfi as prime minister-designate, following weeks of political infighting.
The last week has seen a renewed spike in rockets hitting Iraqi bases hosting foreign forces, with three coalition troops killed on March 11 in a similar attack on the Taji airbase, which was hit again on March 14.
The US strikes that target Shia militias actually target a branch of the Iraqi Army.
There was no immediate word on casualties at Camp Taji, according to the officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity in line with regulations.
Three service members were killed, including two Americans, and a dozen more were injured when a barrage of rockets was fired at a military base in Iraq on Wednesday.
Iraq's prime minister-designate announced his withdrawal from the post after failing to secure parliamentary support for his Cabinet selection.
The UN Assistance Mission for Iraq said it had received credible allegations of protesters being targeted with hunting rifles, stones and firebombs on the nights of February 14-16, leading to at least 50 injuries.
Mohammed Allawi represents the same establishment protesters want to get rid of, and this is best encapsulated by Moqtada al Sadr's u-turn on the protest movement.
Iraqi protesters converged on Baghdad's Tahrir Square, the epicentre of the four-month anti-government protest movement, to condemn the militia attack on Najaf protesters late night on Wednesday.
The protester was stabbed in the neck and died of his wounds in hospital, while three others were hurt after being hit with batons by followers of cleric Moqtada al Sadr, medics and police say.
"US' so-called peace plan aims to legitimise occupation, destruction and oppression of Palestine," Turkey's National Security Council (MGK) said in a statement on Thursday.
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