Police officials say that the attack took place inside a Shia militia headquarters, 30 kilometers north of Baghdad.
Hostage-taking and hostage swaps have been a common form of conflict zone commerce in the Middle East.
Today, no one is hopeful.The much-vaunted “Yemen model” for political transition, has been broken beyond repair.
Under the kingdom's strict dress code for women, Saudi females are required to wear a headscarf.
Arab politicians say they have come under pressure from their constituents to cooperate in order to tackle challenges.
President Obama described Yemen as a “dangerous part of the world”.
Iran's foreign minister hopes his outreach “prepares the ground for more cooperation in all areas".
The deadliest attack took place in Baghdad’s Bab al-Sharji area, killing seven and wounding 22, a police officer said.
Gunmen snatched the deputy minister from his hotel, Interior Minister Omar al-Zanki said.
David Cameron, Prince Charles and French President Francois Hollande were among the first leaders expected.
State television confirmed the death and reported that Abdullah's half brother Shah Salman has become the new king.
President Hadi offers to quit but parliament rejects his resignation.
Iraqi premier said the plummeting oil price had been “disastrous” for Iraq.
Bomb disposal squads lack the equipment and experience required to defused securely hidden IEDs and roadside bombs.
Saudi border guards given orders to shoot infiltrators on sight after three troopers were killed on the Iraqi frontier.
Yassir Arafat Munir Ahmed was executed in Makkah, says the interior ministry.
Al Qaeda says it was “vengeance” for the French weekly's cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed (PBUH).
Sadruddin Saeedullah Khan was caught smuggling “a large amount of heroin", the Interior Ministry said.
The raids destroyed 19 fighting positions, IS buildings, staging areas and a vehicle, the Defence Department said.
Jordan vowed on Thursday to make every effort to save a pilot captured by the Islamic State group in Syria.
At least 44 members of the Islamic State group were killed in clashes with Kurdish fighters in Syria on Thursday.