"Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant," a branch of Al Qaeda in Iraq, claimed responsibility for the attacks on prisons in the north and west of Baghdad.
After years of misunderstandings and tensions, relations between Iraq and Saudi Arabia have begun to warm up.
Authorities in Baghdad have begun to encroach on personal freedoms, closing cafes even when they only serve coffee and tea after Ramadan fasting is over.
The leader of Hezbollah in Iraq, Wathiq al-Battat, continues to amp up talk of Shiites exacting revenge against al-Qaeda and Baathists.
Shiite authorities in Najaf have sided with the PM's opponents over the country's electoral law, hampering Maliki’s chances of dominating the next government.
Three months following elections in protest-riddled Anbar province, its various factions have still not managed to create alliances and form a local government.
The Iraqi parliament’s passing of the Provincial Powers Law has led to calls for the establishment of the Federation Council.
Shiite seminaries in Najaf and Qom are trying to keep their distance from the Sunni-Shiite sectarian conflict and support Islamic unity.
Blast at the end of the daily fast killed at least 38 people.
The Iraqi parliament is preparing to pass three different laws dealing with criminalizing the Baath Party and regulations for the court and political parties.