A pair of car bombs have killed nine people in the Kurdish-held Iraqi oil city of Kirkuk, Reuters have reported, citing police and medical sources.
Militants from the Islamic State have made further ground in northern Iraq, seizing more towns after residents fled the area in fear.
Iraq’s largest Christian town, Qaraqosh, was seized by the Jihadists after Kurdish troops were forced into a hasty retreat, according to AFP.
The towns are among many in the area where thousands of Christians who were forced to abandon their homes in the main northern city of Mosul last month had found refuge.
Jalal Talabani's office has confirmed that the Iraqi president is in a stable condition following a health emergency.
The Iraqi president Jalal Talibani is in a "critical but stable condition" after suffering a stroke, according to three government sources.
"He was transferred to hospital late last night after suffering a stroke," the Associated Press cited a senior Kurdish official as saying.
The Iraqi President Jalal Talabani is being treated in hospital for an unspecified health problem. Here are some facts about his rise to prominence:
- A veteran of the guerilla movement for Kurdish independence
- Founder of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan - one of two political parties in Iraq's Kurdish region
- Helped to negotiate Iraq's interim constitution after the 2003 Iraq War
- The presidency is largely ceremonial, but Talibani has used it to mediate in ethnic and sectarian conflicts
Iraqi President Jalal Talabani is in hospital receiving treatment for an unspecified health problem, his office has announced.
A statement on the office's website said Mr Talabani was taken to hospital last night after showing signs of fatigue.