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IRAQ

No deal between KRG, Baghdad to excavate mass graves in Sinjar: official

The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) and the Iraqi government have yet to reach an agreement over whether to excavate Ezidi mass graves, according to Kurdish authorities.


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Seventy-nine Iranian companies are investing in Iraq: Iraj Masjedi

Iran’s Ambassador to Iraq Iraj Masjedi Sunday (November 18) highlighted the large number of his country’s companies that are investing in Iraq and pointed to negotiations to create free-trade zones be


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Carbomb explodes in Tikrit city center, at least five dead, more wounded

At least five people were killed and 16 others were wounded on Sunday (November 18) when a car bomb exploded in Tikrit.


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Importation of tomatoes temporarily suspended: Ministry of Agriculture

Due to a surplus of locally grown produce, the Ministry of Agriculture announced on Sunday (November 18) that it was suspending imports of tomatoes in an effort to support domestic prices.


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'Bring Back Better:' Mosul's reconstruction plan revealed

The initial planning framework for the reconstruction of Mosul, entitled “Bring Back Better,” was announced at a meeting in Mosul on Thursday.


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Iraqi counterterrorism unit kills, arrests dozens of ISIS elements in Mosul

Iraq's counterterrorism intelligence unit, the Falcon Intelligence Cell, confirmed Sunday (November 18) the dismantling of several Islamic State (ISIS) cells in Mosul.


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Iraqi civil society groups meet to coordinate actions to empower women

Iraqi civil society groups held a meeting last week in an effort to better coordinate their actions to reduce human rights violations against women, especially in areas that were liberated from Islami


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Basra activist shot dead by group of gunman in dawn attack

A group of gunmen shot dead an activist in Basra in the early hours of Sunday (November 18).


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Iraqi war victims turn to social media to find medical help

It was spring 2007 in northern Iraq when 6-year-old Saja Saleem raced home from school with the good news about her excellent grades, hoping to receive the gift her father had promised her.


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Mass grave containing five to seven bodies found in Sinjar

A mass grave containing five to seven bodies was found in a sub-district of Sinjar on Saturday (November 17).


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Iraqi President says important to create ‘free trade zones’ on Iraq-Iran border

Iraqi President Barham Salih said it would be important to create “free trade zones” at the shared border between Iraq and Iran.


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Abdul Mahdi visits local market, government will support produce vendors

During his visit to al-Rasheed Market in the Dora neighborhood of southern Baghdad Saturday (November 17), Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi said that the government would support programs to improve th


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Rouhani sees Iran-Iraq trade rising to $20 billion/year from $12 billion

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Saturday (November 17) Iran and Iraq could raise annual bilateral trade to $20 billion from the current level of $12 billion.


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Trump seeks confirmation of new US ambassador to Iraq

President Donald Trump is asking the Senate to approve a new ambassador to Iraq as the US ratchets up pressure on neighboring Iran and as some Republicans in Congress call for a stronger response to T


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Senior ISIS leader confesses to crimes including kidnapping Peshmerga

The Karkh Criminal Court in Baghdad announced on Wednesday (November 14) that a senior Islamic State (ISIS) leader, code-named Abu Hamza Alkurdi, has confessed to multiple crimes committed while he wa


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Human Rights Commission meets with Ezidis as dispute over local government continues

The head of Iraqi High Commission For Human Rights has met with a delegation of Ezidi elders from Sinjar district to discuss minority representation on government bodies, according to a post Wednesday


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ISIS return to liberated territories should be prevented: al-Halbusi

Parliament speaker Mohammed al-Halbousi said on Wednesday (November 14) that Islamic State (ISIS) should be prevented from returning to the areas it once controlled.


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Iraq to exchange food for Iranian gas, seeks US approval: officials

Iraq has agreed with Iran to exchange Iraqi food items for Iranian gas and energy supplies, two Iraqi government officials said on Wednesday (November 14).


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Jan Kubis gives final report UN Representative for Iraq to Security Council

Special Representative for Iraq of the United Nations Secretary-General Jan Kubis gave an update Tuesday (November 13) to the United Nations Security Council in New York.


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Talks between Baghdad and Erbil are progressing: Iraqi Prime Minister

Iraqi Prime Minister Adil Abdul Mahdi said on Tuesday (November 13) that talks between the Kurdistan Region and the Iraqi federal government have been positive and that progress was being made towards


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