UPDATE: Parliament elects new president, prioritizes budget

Fouad Masoum, new Iraqi president, speaks during a news conference in Baghdad

After selection of Fuad Masum as president, the all-important budget must compete with political and security crises for politicians' attention.

  • Q&A: Falah Mustafa Bakir

    Falah Mustafa Bakir resized

    Kurdistan's top ambassador says KRG territory now irreversibly includes the Kirkuk oil field, in a "new reality" of almost total Kurdish independence.

  • Q&A: Iraqi Ambassador to the U.S. Lukman Faily

    Lukman Faily, Iraqi Ambassador to the U.S., speaks at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington, DC on April 23, 2014. (Photo credit: CSIS)

    The Iraqi ambassador discusses stepped-up military cooperation with the U.S., the ongoing sectarian violence in Iraq, and the politics of government formation.

Basra negotiates Iran gas pipeline

Demonstrators chant slogans during a protest in Basra

A bilateral gas pipeline deal between Basra province and Iran could circumvent Baghdad's energy sector authority and conflict with UN sanctions.