Hundreds of people took to the streets in different parts of Iraq to demand more basic services and to protest corruption and unemployment, a situation that in Baghdad devolved into a pitched battle between security forces and demonstrators that left one protester dead and some 200 people injured.
The table running across Samya Khasro's living room wall is a shrine to the missing: flickering candles and fading photographs of her 26 Iraqi relatives who vanished 35 years ago. Iraq is one of the countries with the highest number of missing or disappeared persons, according to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), with numbers ranging between 250,000 and well over a million.
UNESCO adds the sprawling Mesopotamian city of Babylon to its World Heritage List, boosting Iraq's hopes of revived tourism nearly two years after jihadists ravaged other celebrated sites. Iraq had been trying since 1983 to have the site -- a massive 10-square-kilometre complex of which just 18% has been excavated thus far -- recognised by UNESCO.
Thousands of freshwater carp in fish farms in central Iraq have perished, putting pressure on agricultural workers already struggling because of a lack of water and pollution. The government has ruled out deliberate poisoning but the cause is still unknown.
Salafism is a strict doctrine, whose followers advocate Sharia law. The branch of Islam has been linked to violence and support for terrorism. Currently the movement includes many returnees from wars in Iraq and Syria. DW correspondents investigated.