Baghdad's morgues are filling up once again with victims of sectarian slayings, kidnappings are on the rise and the bloodshed is forcing families to flee
The number of Iraqi families fleeing Mosul, Saladin, Diyala and Kirkuk amid ISIL-led insurgency exceeds 110,000, according to Iraqi Red Crescent
It was not clear if Riyadh al-Adhdah, who heads Baghdad's Provincial Council and belongs to the Sunni Iraqi Islamic Party, had been kidnapped by militiamen, who often wear military outfits, or detained by the authorities.
Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani said leaders should show flexibility so that political deadlocks could be broken and Iraq could confront militants.
Hundreds of Iraqi Christians staged a protest in the Kurdish city of Erbil on Thursday, demanding protection from a militant offensive.
Ban's meeting with Shi'ite Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani underscored the 83-year-old cleric's vast sway in Iraq, where Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki is considered a polarising figure
76-year-old Fuad Masum, who also served as the first prime minister of autonomous Iraqi Kurdistan in 1992-1993, reportedly emerged as the only candidate of the Kurdish blocs.
A huge attack on a prisoner convoy in Iraq has reportedly killed at least 60 people.
"The international community and the Security Council should demand, in no uncertain terms, that ISIL cease all hostilities and atrocities," U.N. envoy Nickolay Mladenov said
"The International Union of Muslim Scholars (IUMS) condemns the forced expulsion of the Christian brothers of Iraq from their homes, cities and provinces," the group said in a statement
Iraq's politicians have been deadlocked over forming a new government since an election in April
Residents of Falluja and the nearby town of Garma said helicopters fired artillery and dropped three barrel bombs on Falluja and two on Garma.
Saddam-era fighters reject "changing the country's political and demographic structure" as Christians flee from ISIL threats.
Protesters gathered to march against the exile of Christians from Mosul by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) rebel group.
A tribal leader and former army officer said the dead were all civilians, and also included an elderly couple
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon condemned ISIL for forcing the Christian community to leave Mosul.
Kurdish Regional Government President Barzani denounced the 'inhuman' threats from militants in Mosul
The Kurds, who have their own armed forces known as the "peshmerga", now share all but 15 kilometres (10 miles) of their southern border with insurgents.
In broadcast footage of the octogenarian earlier this year, he appeared much weakened, suggesting he is unlikely to reprise an active role in politics.
In the first explosion, a car bomber drove into a police checkpoint, killing nine people including seven policemen and wounding 21 people in the Abu Dsheer district in the south of the capital
The United Nations say more than 2 million people have been displaced within Iraq, most of them forced from their homes by conflict in the western province of Anbar