World Bulletin/News Desk
The Baghdad Operations Command on Sunday said a ban on vehicles would be imposed in the Iraqi capital, starting of Tuesday evening, in an effort to avoid car bombings during the elections day on Wednesday.
"Baghdad's entrances and exits will be closed down during the ban," command spokesman Col. Saad Maan said in a statement.
The Baghdad Operations Command is responsible for maintaining order and security in the capital. It was established in 2007 upon a decision by Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki.
Maan said the date for lifting the ban has not been decided yet, noting that this date will be decided in the light of the assessment of security agencies in the capital.
Around 20 million Iraqis are expected to go to polling stations across their country on Wednesday to select 328 members for the country's parliament.
The elections are being held amid several security challenges across Iraq.
On Friday, a car bombing attack that targeted an electoral rally in eastern Baghdad left 28 people dead and 50 others injured.
Recent months have seen an uptick in violence across Iraq. Although most attacks go unclaimed, Iraqi authorities usually point the finger at Al-Qaeda-linked militants.
The left-wing Republican Turkish Party (CTP) is due to announce their candidate for next year's polls on August 28.
The mine at Ndassima is carved deep into a forested hilltop north of Seleka's military headquarters in Bambari.
IRNA reported foreign ministry spokeswoman Marzieh Afkham as dismissing "reports by some news agencies about Iran and U.S. cooperation in Iraq".
Deputy Prime Minister Minister Saleh Mutlaq did not say why the promises to free Sultan Hashem, who was sentenced to death, and other Sunni military and political leaders were made.
Russia said t was no longer prepared to tolerate any delays to an aid convoy heading for Ukraine and that the trucks are starting to move towards Luhansk.
The Kurdish forces, backed by U.S. airpower, took one district near the eastern entrance to Jalawla, Iraqi troops were advancing towards the nearby town of Saadiya
The Government Accountability Office accused the Obama administration of failing to give Congress advance notice required for the release of Guantanamo Bay detainees.
The highest number of documented killings were recorded in Rural Damascus province(39,393), followed by Aleppo (31,932), Homs (28,186), Idlib (20,040), Daraa (18,539) and Hama (14,690).
The publication said it chose "to publish it in full in the interest of transparency and to fully tell Jim's story. We believe the text offers insight into the motivations and tactics of the ISIL."
The first 20 of 43 Malaysian victims, including 15 Malaysia Airlines crew, were brought home in coffins draped in the national flag.
The 35-year-old woman with advanced cancer had been travelling via Abu Dhabi airport when her health deteriorated
Rescue workers feared the continuing rain could set off further landslides in the area after a month's worth of rain fell in one night
The airbase at Tabqa, some 40 km (25 miles) east of the city of Raqqa in northeast Syria, represents the government's last foothold in an area
In Washington, Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill announced she would lead a Senate hearing next month to look at the militarization of local police departments.
Ugandan officials explained to the visiting rebels that Uganda had not deployed its troops to take sides in the conflict, but rather it went "in to stop a genocide".
Long-anticipated parliamentary report shows that 10 racist murders could have been prevented, underlines grave failures of intelligence.