On Sunday, Iraqis focused on their country's struggle on a soccer field in Dubai instead of the war on the streets.
Iraqi troops took the southern city without a shot being fired from Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr's Mahdi Army.
President Bush extended a law that could give some of the thousands of interpreters working for the American military refuge in the US under a special visa program.
The military blamed a little-known Shiite cell leader for Tuesday's attack in the Shiite neighborhood of Hurriyah that killed at least 63 people.
Thursday's Supreme Court ruling involved men accused of kidnapping-for-ransom schemes.
Editors and reporters risk jail time as they expose cronyism and push Iraqi leaders for reforms.