U.S. Vice President Joe Biden spoke with Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar Al-Abadi by phone on April 1 and applauded his move to replace political cronies in his cabinet with policy experts, the White House said.
The nominee for the post of Iraq's oil minister, Nizar Saleem Numan, who is a Kurd, has withdrawn his candidacy apparently because he had not been formally put forward by the main Kurdish groups.
Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi has named 14 new cabinet ministers who he said are the kinds of policy experts protesters have been demanding for months to fight corruption in the government.
Prominent Iraqi-British architect Zaha Hadid, whose modernist, futuristic designs included the aquatic center for the 2012 London Olympics, has died at the age of 65.
Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi on March 29 asked for guidance from parliament on whether he should appoint party politicians or independent technocrats to a new cabinet.
A suicide bombing in Baghdad has killed three people and wounded more than 20.
Powerful Iraqi Shi'ite Muslim cleric Muqtada al-Sadr met with Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi late March 27 after starting his sit-in following weeks of protests in the Iraqi capital.
The death toll from a suicide bombing at an Iraqi soccer stadium has climbed to at least 30, officials said on March 26.
The Pentagon will submit a proposal to U.S. President Barack Obama to increase the number of American troops in Iraq, the nation's highest-ranking military officer said on March 25.
U.S. President Barack Obama will meet with NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg at the White House on April 4, the White House announced on March 25.
Powerful Iraqi Shi'ite Muslim leader Muqtada al-Sadr warned of an escalation in street protests if politicians obstruct a government overhaul planned by Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi.
Dozens of people have been killed by a suicide-bomb attack south of the Iraqi capital, Baghdad.