Iraq has threatened to fine journalists covering the January 31 local elections if they report inaccuracies or back any candidate, a move journalists' groups said could hurt the country's already beleaguered media.
Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki is due to visit the country's Kurdish autonomous region to discuss outstanding issues with the regional government.
Arab Sunni factions will meet in Baghdad on January 10 to nominate a replacement for Iraqi parliament speaker Mahmud al-Mashhadani, who resigned following protests over his temper and offensive language.
Tens of thousands of Iraqis protested against Israel's offensive in the Gaza Strip and powerful Shi'ite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr called for revenge attacks on the Jewish state's strongest ally, the United States.
Iraqi sports officials echoed the disappointment of the national soccer team's fans after Iraq was knocked out of the Gulf Cup with a 4-0 loss to Oman on January 7.
Iraq's largest graveyard in the holy city of Al-Najaf has been widely used by election campaign managers to promote their candidates.
The Iraqi government has agreed to include representatives of Iraq's Kurdistan regional government (KRG) in official delegations attending UN meetings.
Shi'a in Iraq gathered in their thousands to observe an annual ritual of mourning, an event that has become a show of strength for a majority whose public worship was repressed by Saddam Hussein.
Shi'ite Muslims turned out to mark one of their holiest days, Ashura, amid signs that the political divide has narrowed between Islam's main branches. Events in Gaza and Shi'a-led Iran could be at the heart of the change.
The Iraqi government has extended benefits for journalists as a response to request of the Journalists Union this week, RFE/RL's Radio Free Iraq reports.
Thousands of Iraqi Shi'a have flocked to holy sites to observe a religious rite amid tight security days after a bomber killed at least 35 pilgrims.
The United States has opened its new embassy building in Baghdad, a step symbolizing its transition from occupying power to an ally of a sovereign Iraqi government.