Iraq announces competition to design new national flag

Iraq has announced a competition to design a new flag for the country, and is calling on normal Iraqis, artists and designers inside and outside Iraq to take part. Lawmaker Mufeed al-Jazairi announced the competition on Tuesday. He says interested people have until the end of September to submit their designs. Al-Jazairi says an arbitration committee will select three designs to be presented to the parliament, which will vote on a new flag by the end of this year. Earlier this year, Iraq's parliament voted to strip the three green stars of Saddam Hussein's toppled Baath party from the country's flag. But parliament kept the script of "Allahu Akbar," or "God is Great" in green.