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Iraq takes extensive measures in preparation for coronavirus: official

The federal Ministry of Health said on Friday (January 24) that no cases of the coronavirus currently effecting parts of China have been recorded in Iraq and that officials have made extensive and tho


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March called by Sadr against US troop presence ends after thousands rally in Baghdad

Thousands of supporters of Shia cleric and political leader Moqtada al-Sadr turned out on Friday (January 24) for a brief rally in the al- Jadiriyah area of Baghdad in what had been billed as a “milli


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Unaoil paid $6 million in bribes for Iraqi oil contracts, London court hears

Monaco-based oil and gas consultancy Unaoil paid $6 million in bribes to secure Iraqi oil contracts after the fall of Saddam Hussein, a London court heard on Thursday (January 23).


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US, coalition 'should stay in Iraq,' says President Barzani at Davos

Kurdistan Region President Nechirvan Barzani reaffirmed his government’s support for keeping US and coalition troops in Iraq in order to combat Islamic State (ISIS) during a panel at the World Economi


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US says no uptick in violence from Islamic State in Syria, Iraq

The United States has seen no uptick in Islamic State activity in Iraq and northeastern Syria, US special representative for Syria James Jeffrey said on Thursday (January 23), weeks after a US drone s


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Iraq approves fifth round of gas exploration contracts in the east: statement

Iraq has approved contracts in a fifth bid round for exploration contracts the east of the country, the government said in a statement on Thursday (January 23).


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Soleimani killing adds dangerous new dimension to Iraq unrest

Iranian-backed Shia factions have exhorted Iraqis to turn out for a “million-strong” march on Friday aimed at whipping up anti-American sentiment as the United States’ struggle with Iran plays out on


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More US troops leave Iraq over potential injures as Trump downplays brain risk

US President Donald Trump on Wednesday (January 22) said he did not consider the brain injuries suffered by 11 US service members in Iran’s recent attack on a base in Iraq to be serious, as the Americ


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Iraqi, US leaders meet at Davos to discuss troop presence, regional stability

Iraqi President Barham Salih met with US President Donald Trump on Wednesday (January 22) and hailed the common strategic goals of the two countries, but revealed little of substance about the way for


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Iraq now has refining capacity of 800,000 bpd: Ministry of Oil

Iraq’s Ministry of Oil announced on Wednesday (January 22) that the capacity of local refineries has increased to an estimated 800,000 barrels per day (bpd) and that it had completed the rehabilitatio


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BP pulls out of Iraq's Kirkuk field as expansion plans stall: Reuters

BP has pulled out of Iraq’s giant Kirkuk oilfield after its $100 million exploration contract expired with no agreement on the field’s expansion, dealing a fresh blow to Iraq’s hopes to increase its o


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Protester killed in Baghdad as Iraq police struggle to stem unrest

Iraqi police fought running street battles with anti-government demonstrators on Tuesday (January 21), firing tear and rubber bullets to try to disperse stone-throwing youths pressing for an overhaul


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Iraqi parties continue to wrangle over next PM, as protesters reject two names

As protests continued in the streets of Baghdad and the southern provinces on Tuesday (January 21), Iraqi political leaders continued to wrangle over who should take over from caretaker Prime Minister


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Shop owners protest in Kirkuk after government orders evictions

Shop owners in Kirkuk’s Hawija bazaar protested on Tuesday (January 21) against the federal government’s decision to evict them from their shops in the marketplace.


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Rights groups condemn continued crackdown on Iraqi protesters

Following the deaths of four protesters and two police officers in Iraq on Monday (January 20), rights groups condemned the continued crackdown on demonstrators.


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Three rockets fall inside Baghdad's Green Zone, no casualties: sources

Three Katyusha rockets fell on Tuesday (January 21) inside Baghdad’s Green Zone which houses government buildings and foreign missions, Iraqi police sources told Reuters.


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Two Iraqi policemen, four protesters killed as anti-government unrest resumes

Six Iraqis, including two police officers, were killed and around 100 were wounded in Baghdad and other cities on Monday (January 20) in clashes with security forces, medical and security sources said


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UNAMI chief urges push for reform, warns against violence against protesters

Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Iraq Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert on Monday (January 20) urged Iraqi leaders to renew their push for push for reform to meet the needs


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With Nasiriyah deadline set to expire, protesters ready escalate in Baghdad, southern provinces

Protests are expected to escalate in Baghdad and cities across Iraq’s southern provinces on Monday (January 20), with demonstrators saying they will cut roads in an effort to pressure the government t


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Council of Representatives committee plans to reduce number of MPs

The Council of Representatives’ Constitutional Amendments Committee confirmed on Sunday (January 19) that its members have reached an agreement to reduce the size of the national legislature.


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