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Iraq's top cleric says political leaders should not cling to their posts, in apparent reference to PM Nouri al-Maliki.
Maliki calls on tribal leaders in Anbar province to help drive out al-Qaeda-linked fighters to avoid all-out battle.
Nouri al-Maliki urges tribes and residents in Anbar province to expel al-Qaeda-linked fighters to avoid all-out battle.
Two US-led wars in Iraq have left behind hundreds of tonnes of depleted uranium munitions and other toxic wastes.
Doctors and residents blame US weapons for catastrophic levels of birth defects in Fallujah's newborns.
At least 18 people killed and dozens wounded in the city of Hilla in blast that targeted mourners burying local sheikh.
Two explosions near the holy city of Karbala kill at least 18 people as pilgrims take part in Arbain religious ceremomy.
Shias travelling to the holy city of Kerbala are bombed in southern Baghdad.

Millions of Shia pilgrims are gathering near a shrine in the holy city of Kerbala to commemorate Arbain, the 40th and final day of symbolic mourning for Imam Hussein, the Prophet Muhammad's grandson.

Shia Muslims massed in the hundreds of thousands around Kerbala for one of the biggest events of their religious calendar as Iraqi security forces sealed off the city to protect the pilgrims.

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