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January 22, 2017

Iran will begin next Tuesday the operation of a pipeline supplying natural gas to Iraq, Iran’s oil minister said Saturday.

Bijan Zangeneh was quoted by Iranian agency Tasnim as saying that the pumping of natural gas through the pipeline begins are slated to begin on Tuesday based on a memo signed by both countries in 2009.

The deal involves Iranian supplies between 20-25"...

Cultural organizaton fights to preserve heritage of...
January 22, 2017
A cultural organization, with the mission to preserve the under-threat heritage of the Lurs people, has marked its 9th anniversary in the Kurdish city of Sulaimani, the designated city of culture by the Kurdish authorities. The organization is more known to the public as a musical group that holds concerts with a focus on the traditional music of the Lurs in Kurdistan and abroad. There are unresolved disputes between scholars as to whether the Lurs are ethnically Kurdish, with...


 

January 22, 2017

Conflict and militancy may be first things that occur to many about Iraq, but a group of young fashion-conscious Kurds are hoping to help project a brighter, more optimistic image - and perhaps effect social change along the way.

The group calls itself Mr Erbil, after the capital of the autonomous Kurdish region in northern Iraq that has been at the frontline of the struggle against the militants of the Islamic State (IS) group.

Mr"...

 
 
January 22, 2017
The Kurdish Ministry for Religious Affairs announced on Saturday that it has collected more than $5 million in revenues from Kurdistan’s pilgrims to Islam’s holy city of Mecca in 2016, marking the first time the government has introduced Umrah fees as a way to increase the region’s income from non-oil sectors. Mariwan Naqshbani, head the Ministry of Endowments and Religious Affairs, told Rudaw that Kurdistan can collect additional revenues if the government were to extend the travel fees to people taking non-religious journeys — currently only Muslims who visit the Saudi...

 
 
January 22, 2017

Following a visit by the Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım (pictured) to Iraq last week, an Iraqi business delegation has come to Turkey and proposed a $200-million construction project in Baghdad to Turkish businessmen.

Tevfik Öz, a member of the board of the Turkish-Iraqi Business Council, told Daily Sabah that the Iraqi delegation proposed the construction of a $200 million real estate project in the so-called “Green Zone”"...

 
 
January 22, 2017

In Iraqi Kurdistan businesses can’t get a license unless security cameras are installed. But locals say cameras are unregulated and an invasion of privacy, not to mention they don’t help catch assassins in action.

There is hardly a single street in the semi-autonomous zone of Iraqi Kurdistan where one does not see a raft of security cameras pointed at passers-by. Many of the security cameras are installed by private citizens but in some"...

 
 
January 22, 2017

Dutch dredging firm Royal Boskalis Westminster has said it has received a letter of intent to award a contract for the development of the port of Duqm in Oman.

The contract with a value of about EUR480 million ($509.9 million) will be awarded by Special Economic Zone Authority Duqm (Sezad), the company said in a statement.

The contract includes the engineering, design, procurement"...