Car bombings and shootings, many in predominately Shiite areas in Iraq, killed more than three dozen people, officials said Monday.
Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's government is threatening to sabotage a peace process between Turkey and its Kurdish separatist rebels.
Iraq's Kurds are reported to have reached a secret deal with Turkey under which the Kurds' semiautonomous enclave will ship oil to Turkey for export.
Bombs are exploding all over Iraq these days and one of the reasons is that a British businessman sold the Baghdad government phony bomb detectors.
Amid growing concerns the Middle East faces major security threats, Iraq has ordered a second batch of Lockheed Martin F-16IQ fighters worth $830 million.
Iraq has inaugurated a $17 billion natural gas project run by Royal Dutch Shell that was hailed as a "milestone" in the country's postwar recovery.
Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki seems determined to carve out a role for himself as Saddam Hussein's worthy successor.
Iraqi leaders are called on to come together to address a deteriorating security situation quickly, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said.
Iraq is closer to a security meltdown as disputes between the Shiite-dominated government and Kurds along with sectarian violence between Shiites and Sunnis.
Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki condemned sectarianism, calling it "evil," and warned Arab nations if it "begins in a place it will move to another place."