Eleven years after the US led a war to topple Saddam Hussein's regime in Iraq, the country is facing political, social and economic crises.
Ten people were killed and 22 others wounded in separate attacks targeting polling centers in Iraq on Wednesday, police said.
Iraqis began to cast their ballots Wednesday morning in the parliamentary elections, the first since the withdrawal of US troops from the country ended in late 2011.
The following are facts about some heavyweight Iraqi statesmen and figures of huge influences in the country's political life.
A key election for a new Iraqi parliament was underway Wednesday amid a massive security operation as the country continues to slide deeper into sectarian violence, more than two years after U.S. forces left Iraq.
Jets perform during Saudi security forces' Abdullah's Sword military drill in Hafar Al-Batin, near the border with Kuwait April 29, 2014.
Two mortar shells struck a school complex in central Damascus on Tuesday, killing at least 12 people and wounding dozens, state media and a monitoring group said.
A pair of French sky divers leap into the unknown and into the record books from the world’s tallest building，the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas announced on Saturday that the unity government, which will be formed within five weeks, will adopt his strategy of recognizing Israel and condemning violence.
An unmanned plane crashed in the eastern Kunar province with Assadabad as its capital 185 km east of Kabul on Saturday, provincial police chief Abdul Habib Sayedkhili said.
The move envisions forming a unity government within five weeks and holding national elections six months after a vote of confidence by the Palestinian parliament.
Seven rockets fired from the Gaza Strip landed in southern Israel during the Jewish Passover holiday on Monday.