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  • Capital:Baghdad
  • Population:33.42 million (World Bank, 2013)
  • Languages:Arabic (official), Kurdish (official), Turkmen (a Turkish dialect), and Assyrian (Neo-Aramaic)
  • Head of State:Fuad Masum

Pence makes his mark in tricky Asia trip

US vice-president’s visits to Japan and South Korea underline the possibility of a tougher American line against North Korea and reinforce his role as a prominent player in world affairs....