The war in Ukraine is pushing bread prices higher in the Middle East. That could lead to unrest.

Mar 28, 2022
High bread prices have helped topple governments in the region.
Egyptian men work in a bakery at a market in Cairo on March 17, 2022. Russia's invasion of Ukraine has caused wheat prices to soar — necessary for bread, an important food staple in the Middle East.
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After the U.S. attack in Iraq, how high will oil go?

Jan 3, 2020
Some analysts say Iran’s most likely initial target for retaliation? Oil facilities in Iraq.
Protesters in Lahore, Pakistan, hold a burned U.S. flag on Friday as they shout slogans during a demonstration near the U.S. consulate following a U.S. airstrike that killed Iranian commander Qassem Soleimani in Iraq.
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Iraqi youth use art to protest

Nov 19, 2019
Anti-government protests in Iraq began this October amid high unemployment and anger about corruption and poor public services.
Israa Saadi al Jabouri's painting of a violin in Baghdad, Iraq.
Israa Saadi al Jabouri

Hobby Lobby is paying a $3 million fine for dealing in now-forfeited smuggled antiquities

Jul 6, 2017
The ancient clay cuneiform tablets from Iraq have a "muddy" provenance.
The craft supplies chain Hobby Lobby agreed to pay a fine and forfeit thousands of antiquities to the federal government.
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Iraqis are relieved to be excluded from new travel ban

Mar 6, 2017
BBC correspondent Rami Ruhayem says Iraqis are relieved by the new executive order as refugees flood camps near Mosul.
An Iraqi family that has fled fighting as Iraqi forces advance into Islamic State-controlled west Mosul.
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Fear of visa ban puts Minnesota's Somali community on edge

Jan 25, 2017
President Donald Trump is expected soon to order a ban on granting visas to citizens of several Muslim-majority countries.  The nations expected to be listed are Syria, Iraq, Iran, Libya, Yemen, Sudan and Somalia. Minnesota is home to the nation’s largest concentration of Somalis, and reports of a pending ban are making people tense.

Liberating Mosul from ISIS is just a first step

Oct 18, 2016
The economic stakes are high for Iraq and ISIS as they fight over Mosul.
Smoke billows as Iraqi forces hold a position in the area of al-Shurah, some 45 kms south of Mosul, while advancing towards the city to retake it from the Islamic State (IS) group jihadists. Some 30,000 federal forces are leading the offensive, backed by air and ground support from a 60-nation US-led coalition, in what is expected to be a long and difficult assault on IS's last major Iraqi stronghold. 

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Why some refugees go back

May 18, 2016
Hundreds of thousands have fled countries like Syria and Iraq. But some find Europe is far from what they'd hoped for.
Iraqi women at the Khazair displacement camp on June 30, 2014 in Khazair, Iraq.

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Gen. Stanley McChrystal on what makes a good leader

May 11, 2015
The retired general has some suggestions for American businesses.
U.S. Army Gen. Stanley McChrystal smiles while speaking during his retirement ceremony at Fort McNair on July 23, 2010 in Washington, D.C. 
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Changing fortunes of nightly news shows

Feb 9, 2015
The Brian Williams controversy shines a spotlight on the problems of network news.