News Wire | Friday, Oct. 28, 2022

Iraqi Parliament Approves New Government After a Yearlong Delay

By Jane Arraf | The New York Times

Iraq’s Parliament approved a new government on Thursday that was more than a year in the making but that perpetuates an almost two-decade-old political system that has been blamed for endemic corruption and dysfunction since being ushered in after the U.S.-led invasion.

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Playing to Western Discord, Putin Says Russia Is Battling ‘Strange’ Elites

By Anton Troianovski | The New York Times

President Vladimir Putin declared Thursday that Russia’s battle was with “Western elites,” not with the West itself, in a speech seemingly aimed more at winning over political conservatives abroad than his own citizens.

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