Islamic State says carried out Baghdad suicide bombing


BAGHDAD - Islamic State militants claimed responsibility on Wednesday for an overnight suicide bombing in a Shi'ite district of Baghdad which killed 33 people, one of the deadliest recent attacks in the Iraqi capital.

U.N. envoy urges Security Council demand end to Iraq insurgency

UNITED NATIONS - The U.N. special envoy to Iraq urged the United Nations Security Council on Wednesday to demand an end to "hostilities and atrocities" committed by Sunni Islamist militants, saying the insurgents pose a threat that "is not and will not be limited to Iraq."

World, United Nations, 2:56pm EDT

Iraq postpones vote for president, delaying power-sharing deal

BAGHDAD - Iraq's parliament, which had been due to elect the country's president on Wednesday, postponed the vote by a day, delaying the formation of a power-sharing government urgently needed to confront a Sunni Muslim insurgency.

World, United Nations 2:10pm EDT

Islamic scholars condemn expulsion of Iraq's 'Christian brothers'

DOHA - An influential group of Islamic scholars has denounced the forced expulsion of Christians from northern Iraq by Islamist hardliners, saying it paves the way for fighting between the country's ethnic and religious groups.

World 11:16am EDT

Iraq's south oil exports rise to near-record, avoid northern conflict

LONDON - Iraq's oil exports from its southern terminals in July rose to a near-record rate, according to loading data and industry sources, remaining unaffected by fighting in other parts of the country.

World 11:15am EDT

Young Islamic State robs al Qaeda of militant prestige

DUBAI - In hiding, targeted by drone strikes and unable to land a blow in the West, al Qaeda's ageing leaders are losing a power struggle with ultra-radical young militants in Iraq and Syria who see themselves as the true successors to Osama bin Laden.

World, Syria, 5:03am EDT

Oil smuggling finances Islamic State's new caliphate

BAGHDAD - Islamic State militants seized four small oilfields when they swept through north Iraq last month and are now selling crude oil and gasoline from them to finance their newly declared "caliphate".

World, 1:34am EDT

Iraqi air strikes kill 19 around militant-held Falluja: medical official

FALLUJA Iraq - Iraqi government air strikes killed 19 people, including children, in Falluja on Monday and Tuesday, a health official in the militant-held city said.

World, United Nations, 22 Jul 2014

Islamic State crushes and coerces on march towards Baghdad

BAGHDAD - Using its own version of "soft" and "hard" power, the Islamic State is crushing resistance across northern Iraq so successfully that its promise to march on Baghdad may no longer be unrealistic bravado.

World, 22 Jul 2014

Iraq Catholic leader says Islamic State worse than Genghis Khan

BAGHDAD - The head of Iraq's largest church said on Sunday that Islamic State militants who drove Christians out of Mosul were worse than Mongol leader Genghis Khan and his grandson Hulagu who ransacked medieval Baghdad.

World, 20 Jul 2014