The official responsible for de-mining efforts within the Iraqi Environment Ministry says 950 employees is too few to be effective and international help is required.
Deputy Minister of Reconstruction and Housing Istabraq al-Shouk told RFE/RL's Radio Free Iraq that in the next six years, the ministry can meet just 15 percent of the government's target of 525,000 houses.
Iraq's falling oil income will force it to cut spending on basic services that its war-weary citizens crave, such as sewage treatment and power supply, officials say.
Seven people were killed, including four police officers, when a suicide bomber drove an explosives-laden truck into the compound of a police station in northern Iraq, a police official said.
A bomb attached to a bicycle killed three laborers and wounded eight others in Iraq's volatile northern province of Diyala, police have said.
France says it plans to open more diplomatic missions in Iraq in the near future, RFE/RL's Radio Free Iraq (RFI) reports.
The results of Iraq's January provincial elections are final and complaints have been rejected, the country's election watchdog has said.
Western textbooks, reference works, and scientific journals are being featured at Baghdad University's book fair, RFE/RL's Radio Free Iraq (RFI) reports.
A car bomb in north Baghdad's Shaab district has killed 16 people and wounded 35 others, police said.
A Republican senator has vowed to block nomination of President Barack Obama's choice for U.S. ambassador to Iraq, saying he had mismanaged talks with North Korea and ignored its human rights record.
Syria's foreign minister has said his country would be happy to help U.S. President Barack Obama implement his plan to pull U.S. combat troops out of Iraq.
The number of U.S. troops killed in combat in Iraq has fallen to its lowest level since they invaded in 2003, the spokesman for U.S. forces in Iraq has said.