Syrian Orthodox Church Patriarch to visit India

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KOCHI,
The Patriarch of the Syriac Orthodox Church Ignatius Aphrem II will visit India from May 22 on an invitation from the Jacobite Syrian Christian Church.
Jacobite church trustee Thampu George Thukalan said here on Tuesday that the visit of the Patriarch was to meet the faithful against the “special circumstances” existing in the Continue reading

Iraq vote: Shia religious leader Muqtada al-Sadr still leading

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Political coalition of influential Shia religious leader Muqtada al-Sadr is still in the lead in Iraq’s national elections of May 12, with votes of 16 out of 18 provinces (91%) counted as of Tuesday morning. His bloc Al-Sairun (Alliance of Revolutionaries for Reforms) is so far in the lead of the other two alliances –Hadi al-Amiri’s Fatah Alliance and Prime Continue reading

Iraq’s Ancient City of Mardaman Identified

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Iraq Mardaman identified
(Peter Pfalzner, University of Tübingen)
TÜBINGEN, GERMANY—Live Science reports that a site in northern Iraq has been identified as containing the ruins of the lost city of Mardaman. Philologist Betina Faist of the University of Heidelberg found the city’s name in the texts of 92 cuneiform tablets Continue reading

Iraq election road-trip – BBC Newsnight

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BBC Newsnight / Ayman Oghanna
How influential is Iran in the politics of Iraq? Ahead of the Iraqi general election, 15 years since Saddam Hussein was toppled, reporter Ayman Oghanna, producer Warwick Harrington and cameraman Jack Garland went on a road-trip across the Continue reading

What to expect from Iraq’s election on Saturday

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by Renad Mansour
People cast their ballots at a voting station on Sept. 25 in Kirkuk, Iraq. (Chris McGrath/Getty Images)
Iraqis head to the polls on May 12 to vote for their next federal government. This will be the first time they vote since the territorial rise and fall of the Islamic State. It is also the Continue reading

Lebanese leaders rally late to drive up voter turnout

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Low numbers worried politicians who made last-minute calls for citizens to vote
Lebanese officials count votes at a polling centre in Beirut after polling stations closed for Lebanon’s first parliamentary elections in nine years on May 6, 2018. Polling stations closed after 12 hours of voting that were marred only by minor incidents and were Continue reading