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Former presidential candidate officially joins Reform Alliance

Former presidential candidate Sarwa Abd al-Wahid announced her official accession to the Reconstruction and Reform Alliance, calling for fixing what wrong policies have spoiled.

22 January 2019 01:21 AM

Thousands of corruption cases in Iraq still open: Wisdom politician

National Wisdom Movement's (Al-Hikma) Mohamed al-Lakash said there are thousands of corruption files that have accumulated since 2003, including issues against prominent men in the state, which have not been dealt with until now.

22 January 2019 12:47 AM

New Iraqi Justice Ministry candidate affirms political independence

The recently announced candidate for the Ministry of Justice, al-Qadi Arkan Qadir, said that he does not belong to any political party and that he continues to serve as an independent figure in the Kirkuk Court of Cassation (Al-Tamyeez).

22 January 2019 12:22 AM

Iraq to facilitate visas for investors in infrastructure: Min.

Iraqi Minister of Planning Nouri Sabah al-Dulaimi said that the government intends to facilitate procedures regarding granting visas to international companies that look forward to implementing infrastructure projects in Iraq, especially for education, health and housing.

22 January 2019 12:04 AM

Would Baghdad's Mutanabbi St. restore literary glory?

Baghdad’s historic bookselling and culture-rich Mutanabbi Street has lost its literary glow over the last few years with an ever-declining rate in book sales and readership, Arabic thinker Hamza Mustafa wrote.

21 January 2019 11:08 PM

Iraq Bikers aim to heal sectarian divide

Roaring along Baghdad’s highways, the “Iraq Bikers” are doing more than showing off their love of outsized motorcycles and black leather: they want their shared enthusiasm to help heal Iraq’s deep sectarian rifts

21 January 2019 10:11 PM

Baghdad's Qishla tells story of modern Iraq

Built by the Ottoman Wali (ruler) in 1869, the Qishla Tower stands 23 meters tall on the bank of the River Tigris in central Baghdad. In 1927, the tower was fitted with a clock, a gift from King George V to King Faisal I of Iraq.

21 January 2019 10:10 PM

Misconceptions in curricula trigger discrimination: Mandaean leader

Satar Jabar, head of Iraq's Mandaean community, warned that the presence of misconceptions in the education curricula and the negative role played by media regarding religions in Iraq have led to discrimination against Mandaeans.

21 January 2019 09:40 PM

Abdul Mahdi sends new candidates for education, justice ministries

Prime Minister Adil Abdul Mahdi sent a document to the parliament speaker on Monday containing the names of new candidates for the two ministries of justice and education.

21 January 2019 09:13 PM

Investing in AI will determine future world superpowers

International powers are trying to use their Artificial Intelligence (AI) capability to profit and accumulate wealth at the expense of other countries in economic, military and information fields.

21 January 2019 08:14 PM

Former CIA officer portrayed in ‘Argo’ film dead at 78

A former CIA technical operations officer who helped rescue six US diplomats from Iran in 1980 and was portrayed by Ben Affleck in the film “Argo”, has died

21 January 2019 07:49 PM

126 security officers killed in Taliban attack in Afghanistan

More than 100 security forces members have been killed in a Taliban assault on a military base in eastern Afghanistan, the Independent quoted authorities as saying on Monday.

21 January 2019 05:40 PM

Netanyahu: Those Who Threaten To Destroy Us Will Bear Full Responsibility

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke on Monday afternoon at the opening of the Ilan and Asaf Ramon Airport, referring to Syria in a statement that anyone who "threatens to destroy us will bear full responsibility," the Jerusalem Post reported on Monday

21 January 2019 05:29 PM

UN envoy in Yemen for talks on Hodeida truce

The UN envoy for Yemen landed in rebel-held Sanaa Monday for talks aimed at shoring up a truce between rebels and a government alliance in the port city of Hodeida, AFP reported on Monday.

21 January 2019 05:24 PM

EU sanctions Russia military intelligence chief over Skripal poisoning

The European Union imposed chemical weapons sanctions on nine Russian and Syrian officials on Monday, including the chief of the powerful GRU military intelligence agency, AFP reported on Monday.

21 January 2019 05:16 PM

2nd ISIS suicide bombing in days hits US convoy

A suicide bombing claimed by ISIS has targeted a US-Kurdish convoy in northern Syria, the second such attack in days, the Independent reported.

21 January 2019 05:11 PM

Parl't approves allocating IQD 68 bln to Peshmerga's budget: MP

Senior Iraqi military commanders in the parliament have agreed to add 68 billion Iraqi dinars to the Defense Ministry’s budget to cover the salaries of Kurdish Peshmerga forces, who backed the US-led coalition and Iraqi security forces during the war against ISIS, a Kurdish lawmaker said on Sunday.

21 January 2019 03:56 PM

Iran generals deny thousands of Israeli attacks on militias in Syria

Iranian experts have slammed the silence on thousands of Israeli strikes against the troops of the Mullahs in Syria, without responding or even attempting to confront them.

21 January 2019 03:38 PM

Chinese scientist who gene-edited babies fired by university

A Chinese scientist responsible for what he said were the world's first "gene-edited" babies evaded oversight and broke guidelines in a quest for fame and fortune, state media said on Monday, as the university where he worked announced his dismissal.

21 January 2019 03:00 PM

Iraq mourns famous archaeologist Lamia al-Gailani

Iraq has mourned the loss of Lamila al-Gailani, one of Iraq's first women who excavated the country's rich archaeological heritage.

21 January 2019 02:12 PM

Facebook's WhatsApp limits text forwards to 5 recipients to curb rumours

Facebook Inc's WhatsApp messenger service is globally limiting the number of times a user can forward a message to five, in a bid to fight "misinformation and rumours", company executives said on Monday.

21 January 2019 02:01 PM

Iraq denies US airstrike killed 30 IMIS militants in Anbar

Iraq has denied news that US warplanes had carried out airstrikes against the Iran militias in Iraq and Syria (IMIS) in Anbar.

21 January 2019 01:51 PM

Saairun says still rejects nomination of Fayyad to Interior Ministry

MP Raed Fahmi, representing Saairun Alliance, has expressed sticking to the stance refusing the appointment of Falih al-Fayyad to the post of Interior Minister, saying Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi informed the blocs not to suggest any candidate without consensus.

21 January 2019 01:03 PM

Cabinet makes arrangements for establishing electronic government

Mahdi al-Allaq, the general secretary of the cabinet, has said the government’s approach carried out by the Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi has included clear signs for launching the electronic government.

21 January 2019 12:49 PM

South Sudan starts repairs, pumping oil from wells damaged in civil war

South Sudan has begun to repair and pump oil from wells damaged in the civil war and will ramp up production by the end of the year, the oil minister told Reuters ahead of a Monday trip to the oil fields.

21 January 2019 12:40 PM

PM says cabinet to allocate rewards for Iraqi inventors

Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi has attended on Monday the patents conference on the annual Iraqi Inventor Day.

21 January 2019 12:29 PM

US has ‘no plan’ as Syria pullout proceeds: ex-envoy

The United States has no plan for Syria as it proceeds with President Donald Trump’s order to pull American troops out of the country, a top official who quit in protest at the policy said on Sunday.

21 January 2019 11:40 AM

Israeli bombardment in Syria kills 11

Israeli strikes that hit several targets in Syria overnight to Monday killed at least 11 pro-regime fighters including two Syrians, a war monitor said.

21 January 2019 12:00 PM

MPs say Iraq began to restore stature among Arab, int'l regions

MP Burhanul-Din Ishaq, representing Babylon bloc, has said Iraq began to return back to its international and Arab region and restore its stance, urging necessity of staying away from regional and international conflicts.

21 January 2019 11:58 AM

Yemeni army liberates strategic mountain ranges in Saada

The Yemeni army has managed to reclaim strategic mountain ranges in the Kitaf district, northern Saada, from the grip

21 January 2019 11:21 AM

Iraq participates in conference on women empowerment in Lebanon

The World Bank has held the first ‘high-level’ conference to empower the woman economically in the Middle East, in collaboration with the Canadian government, Iraq, Jordan and Lebanon. ​

21 January 2019 11:06 AM

Syria shot down more than 30 Israeli cruise missiles, bombs

Syrian military air defences destroyed more than 30 cruise missiles and guided bombs during Israeli air strikes in the early hours of Monday, Russia's defence control center was quoted by Interfax news agency as saying.

21 January 2019 10:08 AM