Iraqi security forces have moved to within a few hundred meters of the government complex in Ramadi, as they try for a decisive victory to retake the devastated city from Islamic State militants.
Iraqi security forces are battling to root out Islamic State militants still hunkered down in the western city of Ramadi.
Iraq's most powerful Shi'ite cleric has called for the release of a group of Qatari hunters kidnapped in the south of the country last week.
The Arab League on December 24 backed Iraq in its dispute with Turkey over troops Ankara stationed in northern Iraq.
At least seven people have been killed in car bombings in a town north of Baghdad.
A senior Iraqi military officer predicts government forces will dislodge Islamic State militants from the western Iraqi city of Ramadi within days.
Iraqi forces have stormed the center of Ramadi in a bid to wrest control of the central Iraqi city from Islamic State militants.
Shayma Qassim, 20, has been declared the winner of the pageant that was held amid tight security at a Baghdad hotel ballroom late on December 19.
Turkey is pulling more troops out of northern Iraq in an effort to deescalate tensions with the Iraqi government, a day after U.S. President Barack Obama urged Ankara to withdraw its troops.
Nearly 200 Islamic State militants were killed by U.S.-led coalition air strikes during a major battle in northern Iraq this week, the U.S. military said December 18.
U.S. President Barack Obama asked his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan keep pulling troops out of northern Iraq in an effort to lower tensions with its neighbor.
Baghdad says 9 Iraqi soldiers were killed when U.S.-led coalition war planes mistakenly struck at troops near the city of Fallujah.