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Deputy head of IHCHR decries security conditions in Nineveh

Deputy head of the Iraqi High Commission For Human Rights (IHCHR) Ali M. al-Shammari decried dangerous security conditions in Nineveh province in a statement on Wednesday (October 18).


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Integrity Commission seizes 1,376 tons of insect-infested rice in Najaf

The Integrity Commission announced on Thursday (October 18) that its staff had seized a large amount of rice that was unsuitable for human consumption from a silo belonging to the Ministry of Commerce


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Baghdad police receive 30-40 reports of sexual harassment per day

Baghdad police chief Brigadier General Mohammed Khalid al-Rubaie said that the police receive as many as 40 reports of women being harassed per day in the city.


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Iraqi PM-designate to submit names of his ministerial team next week

Iraqi Prime Minister-designate Adel Abdul Mahdi will next week submit the names of his nominees for ministerial positions in the new cabinet, his office said on Wednesday (October 17).


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Coalition launched 137 strikes against ISIS targets in Iraq and Syria last week

Combined Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve (CJTF-OIR) conducted 137 strikes against Islamic State (ISIS) targets in Iraq and Syria between October 7 and October 13, many of which took pla


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US imposes sanctions on Iraq-based money exchange for Islamic State ties

The US Treasury imposed sanctions on Wednesday (October 17) on an Iraq-based money services business, Afaq Dubai, believed to be moving funds for the Islamic State militant group.


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US to provide $180 million in funding for religious and ethnic minorities in Iraq

The US government has announced that it will increase its foreign assistance to programming related to ethnic and religious minority groups in Iraq by around $180 million, according to a press release


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GE beats out Siemens for Iraq power generation contract: reports

American engineering giant General Electric (GE) has reportedly beat out rival Siemens for a massive contract to supply Iraq with electricity, according to press reports on Wednesday (October 17).


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IHEC says provincial council elections won’t be held on time

Iraq's Independent High Electoral Commission has said that elections for the country's provincial councils will not be held on time.


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Water pollution in Iraq threatens Mandaean religious rites

Every Sunday in Iraq, along a strip of embankment on the Tigris River reserved for followers of the obscure and ancient Mandaean faith, worshipers bathe themselves in the waters to purify their souls.


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Top US general says conditions of Islamist extremism still linger

US Chairman of the Joint Chief of Staff Joseph Dunford said on Tuesday (October 16) little progress has been made in dealing with the underlying conditions that have given rise to armed Islamist milit


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EUAM Iraq extends its mandate until 2020

The Council of the European Union has announced that it will extend the mandate of the EU Advisory Mission (EUAM) for Iraq until April 17, 2020 and has allocated a budget of €64.8 million ($75.1 milli


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Syrian FM: border crossing with Iraq should open soon

Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moualem said on Monday (October 15) he hoped the Albu Kamal border crossing with neighboring Iraq would open as soon as possible.


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Deputy Secretary of State Sullivan on visit to Baghdad and Erbil

US Deputy Secretary of State John J. Sullivan has arrived in Iraq for meetings in Baghdad and Erbil, according to a State Department press release.


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Fmr. government employees given seven years each for $10.3m embezzlement

The Integrity Commission announced on Sunday (October 14) that a court in Baghdad has sentenced in absentia two former employees of the Ministry of Migration and Displacement to seven years in prison


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Iraqi forces detain two over suspected links to Kirkuk bomb attack

Iraqi counter-terrorism forces on Saturday (October 13) announced the arrest of two people over suspected links to a bomb attack in Kirkuk.


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Iraqi MPs to attend Inter-Parliamentary Union meeting in Geneva

The Information Office of the Council of Representatives confirmed on Saturday (October 13) that a delegation led by first deputy speaker of parliament Hassan Kareem al-Kaabi is set to participate in


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15,000 people applied online for ministerial positions in new Iraqi cabinet

The media office for Iraqi Prime Minister-designate, Adil Abdul Mahdi, reported on Saturday (October 13) that over 15,000 people have applied online for ministerial positions in the new cabinet.


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Dust storm sends hundreds of people to hospitals in Iraq: Health Ministry

Hundreds of people have been hospitalized for having difficulty breathing after a dust storm hit Iraq, Health Ministry said on Saturday (October 13).


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Teenage social media celebrity killed in Baghdad because of his looks

Video footage of a fourteen-year-old Iraqi boy being brutally murdered near his home in Baghdad, while his attacker taunts him with homophobic comments, has been circulating on social media over the p


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