To preserve Shi'ite power in Iraq, Iran-backed groups turn to renegade cleric
Monday, 24 February 2020 When the grip of Iraq's Tehran-backed Shi'ite Muslim parties and militias threatened to slip following the killing of Iranian general Qassem Soleimani, they turned to an unpredictable rival.
Bodies often arrive at night in Iraq's only cemetery specifically for those who have died of COVID-19, in the southern Shi'ite holy city of Najaf. Volunteers, in full protective suits, wash and wrap the corpses in burial shrouds before putting them back in the coffins. Soraya Ali reports.
Iran has issued an arrest warrant for U.S. President Donald Trump and 35 others over the killing of top general Qassem Soleimani and has asked Interpol for help, Tehran prosecutor Ali Alqasimehr said on Monday, according to the Fars news agency. Edward Baran reports.
The lead vessel of a five-tanker flotilla carrying fuel supplied by Iran to gasoline-thirsty Venezuela neared one of its state-run ports as President Nicolas Maduro thanked Tehran on Sunday. Libby Hogan reports.