Iraqi Authorities Revise Down Death Toll in Covid Hospital Fire

Regional health officials now say 60 died, not 92 as initially reported by the state news media.

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Pope Francis Meets Iraq’s Top Ayatollah as Both Urge Peace

The meeting with Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani came as Francis sought to protect his persecuted flock in Iraq by forging closer bonds between the Roman Catholic Church and the Muslim world.

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‘Our Role is to Reduce Their Grief’

None of Iraq’s existing graveyards wanted the bodies of Covid-19 patients. So Shiite leaders created a burial ground for them that is also open to Sunnis and Christians.

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