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Polls open in first Iraq election since IS defeat

Polls open in first Iraq election since IS defeat

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Voters across Iraq are going to the polls for the first national election since the country declared victory over Islamic State. Almost 7,000 candidates from dozens of political alliances are competing for 329 parliamentary seats.Prime Minister Haider al Abadi facing stiff competition from parties with closer ties to Iran, which holds considerable military and economic sway in the country.Despite overseeing the defeat of the terrorist group, whose fighters overran nearly a third of Iraqi territory just weeks after he took office in the summer of 2014, Mr Abadi has failed to emerge as the clear favourite due to entrenched corruption and an economic downturn. Image: (L-R) Nouri al Maliki, Prime Minister Haider al Abadi and cleric M...
US to help N Korea if it abandons nuclear weapons

US to help N Korea if it abandons nuclear weapons

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The US will assist North Korea with its economy if Pyongyang gets rid of its nuclear weapons, its secretary of state has said. "If North Korea takes bold action to quickly denuclearise, the United States is prepared to work with North Korea to achieve prosperity on par with our South Korean friends," said Mike Pompeo.Mr Pompeo said there would need to be "complete" and "robust verification" of denuclearisation, suggesting it would involve inspections to ensure the North's compliance."I think there is complete agreement about what the ultimate objectives are," Mr Pompeo said, though he declined to offer more detail.He said his talks with Kim Jong Un had been "constructive", "warm" and "good"."We talked about the fact that America has often in history had adversaries who we a...