Following months of political deadlock, the moderate Dawa faction supported Abadi's nomination as prime minister on Monday. A portrait.
While Baghdad flounders, oil is helping to fuel the dream of Kurdish independence becoming reality.
For the past four years, Barack Obama's administration has tried hard to "reset" relations with Russia.
Instead of talking to the generally peaceful demonstrators, the prime minister ordered their removal by force.
Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has delivered a fiery speech, calling for an immediate end to the protests that have swept the country.
The Syrian regime's electronic army is hitting critical Western news organisations with disinformation.
Young boys are being used as human shields; girls married off 'for their own protection'.
For more than a decade it has featured on the world's maps.
The man behind the $28-billion TNK-BP deal is one of the most powerful figures of the Putin era
Georgia's President Mikheil Saakashvili has conceded that his party had lost an election to a coalition led by billionaire Bidzina Ivanishvili.