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Baghdad police crack down on liquor shops, eating in public during Ramadan

The police command in Baghdad has taken new measures against liquor shops and people eating in public during the holy month of Ramadan.


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Iraq oil minister calls Exxon Mobil's evacuation of foreign staff 'unacceptable'

Iraqi Oil Minister Thamer Ghadhban said Exxon Mobil’s decision to evacuate its foreign staff from the West Qurna 1 oilfield in southern Iraq on Saturday was “unacceptable and unjustified”.


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Kurdish MPs in Baghdad condemn violations in Khanaqin, Makhmour

The Kurdish caucuses in the Council of Representatives released a joint statement on Saturday (May 18) about several recent incidents in the disputed areas, calling on President Barham Salih and the o


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Widows of Iraq's war pick up the threads of fragmented lives

In a workshop in a bombed-out factory in Mosul, Najlaa Abdelrahman joins scores of other women on a production line as they sew garments and try to knit their lives back together.


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Bahrain asks its citizens to leave Iran, Iraq 'immediately'

US-allied Bahrain warned its citizens on Saturday against travel to Iraq and Iran and asked those already there to return “immediately” for their safety, state news agency BNA said.


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Exxon Mobil evacuates foreign staff from Iraqi oilfield: sources

Exxon Mobil has evacuated all of its foreign staff from Iraq’s West Qurna 1 oilfield and is flying them out to Dubai, three sources told Reuters on Saturday (May 18).


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One dead in bomb blast in Khanaqin village

One person was killed when an improvised explosive device (IED) went off in Mubarak village in Khanaqin district on Friday (May 17).


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US Senate confirms Trump nominee Tueller as ambassador to Iraq

The US Senate has confirmed President Donald Trump’s nominee for ambassador to Iraq, one day after US State Department ordered non-essential staff at the embassy in Baghdad and consulate-general in Er


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Two federal police brigades deployed to Kirkuk amid ISIS attacks

Two additional Iraqi Federal Police brigades have deployed to Kirkuk after Islamic State (ISIS) stepped up its attacks in the province.


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Iraq has contingency plans in case Iran gas imports halted: minister

Iraq has contingency plans for any stoppage to Iranian gas imports for its power grid but hopes no such disruption will take place, Oil Minister Thamer Ghadhban said on Thursday (May 16).


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Seven policemen killed in two separate ISIS attacks in Kirkuk

Seven members of the Iraqi security forces were killed in two separate attacks by Islamic State (ISIS) militants in Kirkuk over the last 24-hours.


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Four protesters killed after mall’s guards opened fire in Najaf

Four protesters were killed after guards at a mall in Najaf opened fire on them on Wednesday night (May 15), security sources said.


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France to continue military training activities in Iraq: source

The French army has no plans at this point to suspend military training activities in Iraq, a source close to the French Defense ministry told Reuters on Wednesday (May 15).


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Washington orders some US government employees to leave Baghdad, Erbil

The United States has ordered “non-emergency US government employees” to leave Baghdad and Erbil, the US embassy in Baghdad said in a statement on Wednesday (May 15).


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US pressures Baghdad over Iran-backed militias with Pompeo visit

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s surprise visit to Baghdad this month came after US intelligence showed Iran-backed Shia militias positioning rockets near bases housing US forces, according to two Ira


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Court approves Parliament's dismissal of ex-Nineveh governor

The federal Administrative Court endorsed Tuesday (May 14) the dismissal of former Nineveh governor Nawfal Hammadi al-Sultan as legally valid.


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Iraqi union denounces arrest of NRT, Kirkuk Now journalists in Palkana

The National Union of Journalists-Iraq on Tuesday (May 14) denounced the arrest of a two-person NRT reporting team and a Kirkuk Now reporter earlier in the day by the federal security forces while the


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Abdul Mahdi to visit Turkey on Wednesday to strengthen bilateral ties

Prime Minister Adil Abdul Mahdi will visit Turkey on Wednesday (May 15) in order to discuss a broad range of topics, the Turkish President’s media office has announced.


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US and Iran do not want war, PM Abdul Mahdi says

Neither the United States nor Iran want war and Iraq is in contact with both, Iraq’s state news agency INA quoted Prime Minister Adil Abdul Mahdi as saying on Tuesday (May 14).


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NRT reporting team released after being detained for 8 hours in Kirkuk

A two-person NRT reporting team was released after detained by federal security forces in Kirkuk province for eight hours on Tuesday (May 14).


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