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Iraq brings forward awarding of new oil contracts to April 15

BAGHDAD – Iraq plans to award oil and gas exploration and development contracts in 11 new blocks on April 15, oil ministry spokesman Asim Jihad said on Sunday. Iraq had initially set June 21 as the date to open the bids for the new blocks, located in border areas with Iran and Kuwait, and in…

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US military helicopter crashes in Iraq: US officials

RAMADI: A U.S. military helicopter crashed in western Iraq with seven people on board, U.S. officials said late on Thursday. Two U.S. officials, speaking on the condition of anonymity and citing initial reports, said the aircraft was a HH-60 Pave Hawk helicopter and it crashed near al-Qaim, a town in Anbar province close to the…

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France FM visits Iraq to discuss reconstruction

NEWS DESK: France’s Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian visited Iraq on Monday to discuss the war-torn country’s reconstruction after Baghdad declared victory against the Islamic State jihadist group, reported AFP. “I have come to tell you of France’s support and to accompany you. We will always be there. We were there to participate in the…

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Iraq ‘police club’ banned after football brawl

  Baghdad: Iraq’s Police football club, owned by the country’s interior ministry, was banned Wednesday from playing in Baghdad’s main stadium following a brawl between police and stadium guards. The confrontation broke out as guards tried to keep out an Al-Shorta — which means “police” in Arabic — club official who had opened fire on…

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Assad regime promotes Syria as a ‘tourist’ destination

DAMASCUS: It is over a year since Bashar al-Assad’s regime, with the help of Russian air strikes and barrel bombs, pounded the rebel-held east of Aleppo into submission. Buildings were flattened, those who survived were left terrorised, hungry and filled with despair, and the stench of dead bodies rose up from the rubble as families…

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Twin suicide bombing kills at least 26 in Baghdad

BAGHDAD: A double suicide bombing killed 26 people in Baghdad on Monday, officials said, the second such attack in the Iraqi capital in three days. Dr Abdel Ghani al-Saadi, health chief for east Baghdad, reported “26 dead and 90 wounded”. “Two suicide bombers blew themselves up in Tayyaran Square in central Baghdad,” said General Saad…

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Iraq reaches initial deal with China’s Zhenhua to develop East Baghdad oilfield

BAGHDAD: Iraq reached an initial deal with China’s state-run Zhenhua Oil to develop the southern portion of the East Baghdad oil field, the oil ministry spokesman said on Sunday, reported Reuters. Iraq is seeking the help of Zhenhua Oil to increase production from East Baghdad oilfield to 40,000 barrels per day within five years as…

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US blaming Pakistan for failures in Afghanistan: Janjua

ISLAMABAD: National Security Adviser (NSA) Nasir Janjua has said that United States is blaming Pakistan for its failures in Afghanistan, Samaa reported. He made the statement while addressing a seminar here on Monday. Janjua said that Pakistan paid a heavy price in the war against terrorism. He once again added that the international community has recognized…

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Iraqi PM declares ‘end of war against IS’ in Iraq

Baghdad: Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi on Saturday declared victory in a three-year war by Iraqi forces to expel the Islamic State jihadist group that at its height endangered Iraq’s very existence. “Our forces are in complete control of the Iraqi-Syrian border and I therefore announce the end of the war against Daesh (IS),” Abadi told…

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Iraq accused of violating due process for Islamic State suspects

BAGHDAD: Iraqi federal and Kurdish regional judiciaries are violating the rights of Islamic State suspects with flawed trials, arbitrary detentions under harsh conditions, and broad prosecutions, Human Rights Watch said on Tuesday, reported Reuters. As the Sunni militant group’s self-proclaimed caliphate crumbles following defeats in Iraq and Syria, thousands suspected of joining it have been…

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Suicide bombers kill 11 in Iraq attack claimed by IS

BAGHDAD: Two suicide bombers blew themselves up at a market on Baghdad’s outskirts Monday, leaving 11 people dead, a security official said, in an attack claimed by the Islamic State group. “Five suicide bombers attacked a market and shops in the Nahrawan area” east of the Iraqi capital, a police captain told AFP. “The police…

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Rise of the Crown Prince: Will tensions worsen between Iran and Saudi Arabia?

As Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman consolidates his power in Saudi Arabia, does this mean that the kingdom’s hostilities with Iran will increase? Watch this video to check out the profile of Mohammed bin Salman.

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Earthquake death toll reaches 450; Iran battles to shelter survivors

  ANKARA: Iran said on Tuesday that rescue operations have ended in areas hit by a powerful weekend earthquake that killed at least 450 people and injured thousands of others, state television reported. “The rescue operations in the (western) Kermanshah province have ended,” Pir-Hossein Kolivand, head of Iran’s Emergency Medical Services, said on state TV….

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Thousands protest in Yemen against Saudi-led blockade

SANAA: Young and old, desk clerks and activists, Yemenis from all walks of life took to the streets Monday to protest a Saudi-led blockade that has left thousands struggling to survive. “This siege is oppressive, and the whole world is sleeping!” people chanted as thousands gathered outside the UN offices in the rebel-held capital Sanaa….

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PM expresses grief over loss of lives in quake hitting Iran-Iraq border

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi Monday expressed his deep grief and sorrow over the loss of precious human lives and the injuries caused due to the devastating earthquake that jolted the bordering regions between Iran and Iraq. “The people and the government of Pakistan stand in complete solidarity with the people and the governments…

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Iran hunts for survivors as quake kills 300 near Iraq border

NEWS DESK: Iranian rescue workers dug through rubble in a hunt for survivors on Monday after a major earthquake struck the Iran-Iraq border, killing more than 300 and injuring thousands, reported AFP. The 7.3-magnitude quake hit a border area 30 kilometres (20 miles) southwest of Halabja in Iraqi Kurdistan at around 9:20 pm (1820 GMT)…

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Deadly earthquake on Iran-Iraq border claims over 200 lives

NEWS DESK: More than 200 people have been killed and hundreds more injured as a 7.3-magnitude earthquake shook the mountainous Iran-Iraq border triggering landslides that hindered rescue efforts, officials said Monday. According to AFP, the quake hit 30 kilometres (19 miles) southwest of Halabja in Iraqi Kurdistan at around 9.20 pm (1820 GMT) on Sunday,…

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Iran-Iraq quake death toll rises to 170

NEWS DESK: At least 170 people were killed and more than 1,000 injured when a 7.3-magnitude earthquake shook the mountainous Iran-Iraq border triggering landslides that hindered rescue efforts, officials said Monday, reported AFP. Footage posted on Twitter showed panicked people fleeing a building in Sulaimaniyah, northern Iraq, as windows shattered at the moment the quake…

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Dramatic footage of earthquake that hits Iran,Iraq

A 7.3 magnitude earthquake shook the mountainous Iran-Iraq border late Sunday killing more than 60 people and injuring hundreds more, triggering landslides that were hindering the rescue effort. Watch some dramatic scenes after the quake hits during night.

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Strong quake hits Iran-Iraq border, more than 130 dead

  A 7.3 magnitude quake which struck the Iran-Iraq border late Sunday has killed more than 130 people , a senior official said on state television. The head of Iran’s emergency organization has said that around 129 people have been killed and over 1,000 injured. The US Geological Survey said the magnitude 7.3 temblor was…

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Magnitude 7.2 earthquake rattles northeast Iraq: US monitor

A magnitude 7.2 earthquake rattled northeast Iraq near the border with Iran on Sunday, the US Geological Survey said. The temblor was centered 32 kilometers (20 miles) southwest of Halabja, and had a depth of 33.9 kilometers (21 miles), the US monitor said. The quake struck at 1818 GMT. It struck the mountainous area of…

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