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Jan 5, 2011

U.S. sanctions hamper Iraq power imports from Iran

BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Iraq has been unable, due to U.S. sanctions, to pay Iran millions of dollars owed for electricity, an Iraqi official said, potentially damaging its efforts to supply enough power to a population suffering chronic shortages.

Iraq imports 650 megawatts of electricity from Iran and plans to boost imports to around 1,000 MW this year, Adel Mahdi, an adviser in the electricity ministry, said on Wednesday.

Dec 23, 2010

Women press for more jobs in new Iraqi cabinet

BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Iraq’s female lawmakers and rights advocates said they will push hard for jobs in Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki’s unfinished cabinet, after he named only one woman to the inner circle of his new government.

The cabinet Maliki unveiled on Tuesday has 11 posts held temporarily by acting ministers, including the ministry of women’s affairs which is headed for the moment by a man.

Dec 22, 2010

Iraqis happy to have government, wary of sectarian divide

BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Ordinary Iraqis expressed relief to have a new government on Wednesday after nine months of stalemate, but hopes for stability were tempered by concerns about what they saw as sectarian fault lines in its make-up.

Weary after years of war, Iraqis have been waiting for a new government since an inconclusive March election, which triggered months of bargaining among Shi’ites, Sunnis, Kurds and other factions jostling for power.

Dec 22, 2010

Iraqis happy to have gvt, wary of sectarian divide

BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Ordinary Iraqis expressed relief to have a new government on Wednesday after nine months of stalemate, but hopes for stability were tempered by concerns about what they saw as sectarian fault lines in its make-up.

Weary after years of war, Iraqis have been waiting for a new government since an inconclusive March election, which triggered months of bargaining among Shi’ites, Sunnis, Kurds and other factions jostling for power.

Dec 6, 2010

Iraq oil minister says Kurdish oil could soon flow

BAGHDAD, Dec 6 (Reuters) – A dispute between Iraq’s northern
Kurdish region and the central government is “supposed to be
resolved” and the region should start pumping oil for export
early next year, Iraqi Oil Minister Hussain al-Shahristani said
on Monday.

The semi-autonomous northern area, locked in a dispute with
the Baghdad government that halted exports last year, could
produce 150,000 barrels per day next year, Shahristani told
reporters in Baghdad, when asked if the dispute between the two
governments had been resolved.

Nov 30, 2010

Iraq delays first census since 1987 over land row

BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Iraq’s cabinet decided on Tuesday to postpone again the nation’s first full census in more than two decades as it struggles to end a longstanding dispute between majority Arabs and minority Kurds over land and oil.

No new date was set for the census, which is keenly awaited because it will answer questions important to the future of northern oilfields — areas in Kirkuk and Nineveh provinces disputed by Arabs and Kurds.

Nov 29, 2010

Baghdad needs $100 billion for new homes: mayor

BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Iraq needs an investment of $100 billion under a plan to build a million new homes in the capital and meet a shortfall in residential property for its growing population, Baghdad’s mayor said on Monday.

An eight-month delay in forming a government after a March election has deterred many foreign developers from entering Iraq to take advantage of efforts to rebuild its capital, Saber al-Issawi told Reuters in an interview.

Nov 20, 2010

Iraqis credit government deal for peaceful holiday

BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Iraqis who spent a peaceful Eid al-Adha religious holiday this week credited the lull in violence on a political deal to form a new government and end an eight-month deadlock.

In a holiday tradition, families on Saturday dressed in their finest clothes crowded restaurants and public places in Baghdad, considered the world’s most dangerous city for many years following the 2003 U.S.-led invasion that ousted Saddam Hussein.

Nov 11, 2010

Iraq Sunnis angry as Shi’ite-led govt takes shape

BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Some of Iraq’s Sunni minority swore not to vote again after the main political blocs agreed on Thursday to appoint incumbent Nuri al-Maliki, a Shi’ite, to a second term as prime minister.

The country’s main political factions broke an eight-month deadlock and agreed on the country’s top government posts.

Nov 11, 2010

Blasts target Iraq Christians

BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Bombings and mortar attacks targeting Christians killed at least three people and wounded dozens in Baghdad, Iraqi security sources said on Wednesday, 10 days after a bloody siege at a Catholic church that killed 52.

The attacks renewed fears among minority Christians that Sunni Islamist insurgents were trying to drive them out of their homeland and reignite sectarian warfare, while Iraq’s political leaders squabble over the formation of a new government.

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      "I started working as reporter with Reuters in 2005. I am covering the fields of social services and the Iraqi society in general, recovering from six years of warfare since the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq. In January 2008, I signed a contract with Reuters and gain the title of a correspondent. Starting from 2010 i started to cover the financial and economic story."
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