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Lifestyle • Religion
Pope Francis starts his Iraq trip
Pope Francis and Mustafa al-Kadhimi
Pope Francis and Mustafa al-Kadhimi Credit: Vatican News

For the first time, a Catholic leader has travelled to Baghdad.

At the start of his trip, the Pope called for the coexistence of religions. Speaking at a reception with Head of State Barham Salih at the presidential palace, Francis said it was crucial to involve all political, social and religious groups and guarantee the fundamental rights of all citizens. "No one should be considered a second-class citizen," he said. At the same time, he called for an end to violence: "Let the guns be silent".

Regional News • Middle East
Iraq attack: Twin suicide bombings in central Baghdad kill 20
Iraq attack: Twin suicide bombings in central Baghdad kill 20
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Twin suicide bombings ripped through a busy market in the Iraqi capital Thursday, killing at least 28 people and wounding 73 others, officials said.

No one immediately took responsibility for the attack, but Iraqi military officials said it was the Islamic State group's work.

Iraq's military said at least 28 people were killed and 73 wounded in the attack and said some of the injured were in serious condition. Health and police officials said the toll might be higher. They spoke on condition of anonymity in line with regulations.

Regional News • Americas • United States
Trump pardons 15, including two men who pleaded guilty in Robert Mueller's investigation
Trump pardons 15, including two men who pleaded guilty in Robert Mueller's investigation
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On Tuesday evening Trump issued 15 pardons, including two men who were convicted in special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation, four former Blackwater guards involved in the killings of 14 unarmed Iraqi civilians in Baghdad in 2007 and two former Republican congressmen who committed financial-related crimes.

Among the pardons are former Trump campaign foreign policy advisor George Papadopoulos, former US congressmen Duncan Hunter and Chris Collins and lawyer Alex van der Zwaan.

Climate & Environment
Iraq experiences hottest day in recorded history at 51,8°C
Tahrir square in Baghdad, Iraq
Tahrir square in Baghdad, Iraq Credit: Aziz1005 (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 4.0)

With the previously hottest recorded temperature in Baghdad in June 2015 being 51°C, the country has now reported 51,8°C on Tuesday, and 51,1°C on Wednesday.

In other countries of the Middle East such as Lebanon temperature records of 45,4°C have been documented. The capital of Syria, Damascus has recorded 46°C - tying with the hottest previously recorded temperature.