Iraq elections can now go forward after Kurds and Sunnis agreed to a new, amended law. Obama's 11th-hour call Sunday night was part of a crucial US role in sealing the deal.
The government had plans to dismantle Baghdad's concrete blast walls in the next 40 days, but some residents now want them to stay.
Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki held meetings late into Wednesday night to reassess security measures. Iraqi official provides first details of how trucks with tons of explosives managed to get within striking distance of two ministries.
Seeking to expand its role on the Mideast stage, it promised Tuesday to send more water to drought-stricken Iraq, which faces its lowest harvest in a decade.
After three years of violence, pilgrims return to Karbala's shrine.