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Bashar al-Assad’s 10-year challenge

The Arab Economic Summit, taking place in Lebanon over the weekend, is in its own right an Assad 10-Year Challenge as his were desperately scrambling to turn this venue into an occasion to normalize Syria’s relations with its Arab neighbors.

22 January 2019 09:11 PM

PUK rejects Abd al-Mahdi's candidate for Justice Ministry: Surji

Patriotic Union of Kurdistan's Ghayath al-Surji said that his party will voice objection to Prime Minister Adil Abd al-Mahdi's new candidate for the Justice Ministry, adding that the PUK was not consulted before the decision.

22 January 2019 08:17 PM

Israeli shelling kills Hamas militant after soldier hurt on Gaza border

An Israeli tank fired into the Gaza Strip on Tuesday, killing a Hamas militant in what the army described as retaliation for the wounding of a soldier and a brief incursion during a violent Palestinian border protest

22 January 2019 08:02 PM

Parliament to vote on cabinet, budget Wednesday: speaker

Parliament Speaker Mohamed al-Halboosi announced allocating Wednesday session to vote on Iraq's federal budget for 2019, and the new ministerial candidates.

22 January 2019 07:53 PM

Soccer player Sala’s private jet goes missing over English Channel

Cardiff City soccer player Emiliano Sala was on board a missing jet after losing radar contact over the English Channel late on Monday, 21st January

22 January 2019 07:04 PM

A century on, Basra's British-era shipyard going strong

Begun in 1918 by British troops, Basra's shipyard is surviving into old age with little maintenance, relying on its vintage machinery and the skill of its workers to keep going

22 January 2019 06:59 PM

"Hola, I'm Mike Pence": US VP delivers message of support to Venezuelans

US Vice President Mike Pence issued a video message of support to Venezuelans on Tuesday to encourage those who are protesting against President Nicolas Maduro and underline US backing for opposition leader Juan Guaido

22 January 2019 06:53 PM

Drunk Russian man detained after failed attempt to hijack plane

A drunk Russian man who unsuccessfully tried to hijack an Aeroflot passenger flight was detained by police on Tuesday after the plane made an emergency landing in Siberia

22 January 2019 06:47 PM

Pompeo: Very hopeful to make progress in Yemen

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Tuesday that he is "very hopeful" that Yemen can make progress

22 January 2019 06:43 PM

Pompeo: Iran still striving to reduce Iraqi freedom, independence

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Tuesday that Iran is still striving to reduce Iraqi freedom and independence

22 January 2019 06:39 PM

5 burning questions ahead of the Oscar nominations

The Oscars still don't have a host, but on Tuesday morning, they'll at least have nominees

22 January 2019 05:51 PM

UAE may co-host 2022 World Cup with Qatar

United Arab Emirates sports chief Mohammed Khalfan al-Romaithi believes the Gulf nation would welcome an approach to co-host the 2022 World Cup if its deep political rift with Qatar is resolved

22 January 2019 04:16 PM

Iraq vs Qatar in Asian Cup 2019 - what to expect from tonight's match?

Iraqi national team is set to meet its Qatari rival in the group stage of the Asian Cup on Tuesday. Iraq head coach Srecko Katanec warned last-16 opponents Qatar that their perfect group record does not mean a thing ahead of Tuesday's tie

22 January 2019 03:57 PM

Germany bans Iranian airline as alleged spy caught in military

An Iranian airline has been banned from operating in Germany as a suspected spy was caught by authorities in the German military.

22 January 2019 02:56 PM

Israel targeting Quds brigade clear message to Khamenei, Suleimani - Observers

The fierce Israeli attacks against sites and barracks of the famous Al-Quds brigade in Syria’s Damascus sends a message to the Iran-backed militias in Iraq.

22 January 2019 02:37 PM

Iran fails to find any buyers for crude offered on exchange

Iran failed to find any buyers on Monday in its latest attempt to sell oil to private companies for export on the energy exchange, state media reported, in a setback to Tehran's efforts to bypass U.S. sanctions, Reuters reported on Tuesday.

22 January 2019 02:16 PM

Family blames PUBG after son committed suicide: IHCHR

An Iraqi teenager from Babil province has committed suicide due to playing PUBG, the Iraqi High Commission for Human Rights (IHCHR) has said.

22 January 2019 12:41 PM

Researcher: US troops aim at limiting Iran's dominance in Iraq

US troop's presence in Iraq aims at limiting the dominance of Iran in Iraq, researcher Abdel Kader al Naiel said on Tuesday.

22 January 2019 12:29 PM

Analysts criticize Qatar after supporting Hezbollah with $500 mln

Political analysts and writers have called for imposing Arab and UN guardianship on Qatar and holding it accountable, in case it resumed the support for terrorist groups.

22 January 2019 12:20 PM

ISIS militant killed, tunnel destroyed in ÷Iraq's Salahuddin

An ISIS militant has been killed in a security ambush in the city of Samarra in Salahuddin province, the Security Media Center has said.

22 January 2019 12:01 PM

Israeli min. says Assad in danger, if Iran’s attacks from Syrian resumed

Israel Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz has threatened the Syrian regime, if it resumed allowing Iran to strengthen its presence there.

22 January 2019 11:46 AM

Houthis commit 668 violations since UN truce on Hudaida reached

The Iran-backed Houthis militias committed 688 violations since the UN-sponsored truce on Hudaida, was agreed on last month in the wake of a weak-long talks in Sweden over ceasefire and allowing the food supply into Yemen, the coordination committee at the advanced operations center in Hudaida said on Monday.

22 January 2019 10:53 AM

Over 3,000 ISIS bodies recovered from Mosul’s Old City: Official

Number of the bodies of ISIS militants recovered from the Old City of Mosul has reached around 3,000, Nineveh provincial council said, adding that the municipalities were in charge of burying them.

22 January 2019 10:19 AM

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