While Islamic State sends out suicide bombers and snipers in Mosul to the east, the Kurdish authorities in Erbil are already looking ahead to the day when they can pull in more visitors.
The Guardian Council approved six candidates for next month's election, including incumbent president Hassan Rouhani, but not the controversial former president who held office from 2005 to 2013.
The fate of the Arak reactor was one of the toughest sticking points in the long nuclear negotiations that led to the 2015 agreement.
The Commission has received news of Turkish president Tayyip Erdogan's victory with skepticism, calling on an investigation into the voting process.
Christian families have begun to return to the city of Qaraqosh, which once held Iraq's largest Christian population until the city was captured in 2014.
The US dropped its largest non-nuclear bomb in Afghanistan Thursday, killing 36 Islamic State group fighters.
Nearly 8,000 Syrians were evacuated from towns near Damascus and in northern rebel-besieged towns on Friday.
The decision comes against recommendations from the nation's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
The Islamic State once controlled 40 percent of the country, but that percentage has whittled to about 7 percent after extensive military operations.
The United States' traditional allies, along with supporters of the Syrian opposition, welcomed the surprise airstrike on Syrian military facilities, while Russia and Iran condemned it.
Tuesday's attack is being described as the worst chemical attack since a 2013 chemical assault left hundreds dead.