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Here’s the latest for Saturday, May 25th: Trump began Japan visit by needling the US ally; Baghdad offers to mediate tensions between US and Iran; Pence tells West Point grads they should expect combat; Colombian conservationist breed native frogs.

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Iraqi Kurds celebrate Nowruz, the Persian new year

Iraqi Kurds holding lit torches walk up a mountain in the town of Akra, 500 kilometres north of Baghdad, during celebrations of Nowruz (Noruz), the Persian New Year. The Persian New Year is an ancient Zoroastrian tradition celebrated by Iranians and Kurds, which coincides with the vernal (spring) equinox and is calculated by the solar calendar.

Today in History for March 19th

Highlights of Today in History: US launches 2003 attack on Baghdad; Televangelist Jim Bakker quits ministry due to scandal; Nevada legalizes casino gambling; Bob Dylan’s debut album is released. (March 19)

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It’s not US troops’ job to spy on our neighbors – ex-Iraqi PM

Trump’s plan for US troops to remain in Iraq has concerned Baghdad and angered Tehran. How will Iraq balance out everyone’s interests here without forgetting its own? We asked former Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi.

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Back Home: 30 children of allegedly ISIS parents return to Russia from Iraqi jail

A plane carrying 30 Russian children, some as young as three years old, who had been kept in a Baghdad prison together with their Islamic State-linked mothers, has landed in Moscow. READ MORE: https://on.rt.com/9lit

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Russian IS fighters’ children return home from Iraq

Thirty Russian children whose mothers are in prison in Iraq for belonging to the Islamic State arrive in Moscow from Baghdad. The fathers of the children, aged three to ten years old, are believed to have been killed in combat during Iraq’s three-year war against the jihadists.