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Nov 10, 2010

Blasts target Iraq Christians; 3 dead, dozens hurt

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.

Nov 8, 2010

Car bombs kill Iranians at two Iraqi Shi’ite sites

BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Two car bombs targeting Iranian pilgrims in Iraq’s holy Shi’ite cities of Kerbala and Najaf killed at least 10 people on Monday, as political leaders met to try to break an eight-month deadlock over a new government.

Seven people were killed and 34 wounded by a blast at one of the entrances to Kerbala, site of two of the holiest shrines in Shi’ite Islam, said Mohammed al-Moussawi, head of the Kerbala provincial council.

Nov 8, 2010

Car bombs target Iranians at Iraq’s holy sites

BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Two car bombs targeting Iranian pilgrims in Iraq’s holy Shi’ite cities of Kerbala and Najaf killed at least 10 people on Monday, as the country’s leaders met to try break an eight-month deadlock over a new government.

Seven people were killed and 34 others wounded by a blast at one of the entrances to Kerbala, site of two of the holiest shrines in Shi’ite Islam, said Mohammed al-Moussawi, head of the Kerbala provincial council.

Oct 24, 2010

Corrected: Iraq eyes $600 bln foreign investment

BAGHDAD (Reuters) -Iraq has set itself an ambitious target to attract as much as $600 billion in foreign investment to rebuild the war-torn country and is pinning hopes on a housing project that has attracted substantial foreign interest.

Under a five-year economic development plan, the government wants to attract $86 billion in total investment, but Sami al-Araji, chairman of Iraq’s National Investment Commission, said he had much bigger hopes.

Oct 19, 2010

Iraq eyes $600 billion foreign investment

BAGHDAD (Reuters) -Iraq has set itself an ambitious target to attract as much as $600 billion in foreign investment to rebuild the war-torn country and is pinning hopes on a housing project that has attracted substantial foreign interest.

Under a five-year economic development plan, the government wants to attract $6 billion in foreign investment, but Sami al-Araji, chairman of Iraq’s National Investment Commission, said he had much bigger hopes.

Oct 18, 2010

Iraq to restore war-battered factories

BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Iraq plans to spend around $680 million in 2011 to renovate its dilapidated factories and start new projects, a senior Industry and Minerals Ministry official said on Monday.

Haifa Hamid, head of the investment department in the ministry, said the economic reform plan was focused mainly on renovating existing factories or establishing new ones under a private-public partnership plan.

Oct 17, 2010

Iraq PM seeks regional support for new term

BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Iraq’s Shi’ite prime minister is touring capitals in the region, many of which fear he could alienate Iraq’s Sunnis and give Iran too much influence, in search of support for his bid to form a new government.

The lack of a new government seven months after an inconclusive election has sparked concerns of a spike in violence just as the sectarian slaughter triggered after the 2003 U.S.-led invasion recedes and U.S. forces start to withdraw.

Oct 10, 2010

Iraq awards power turbine work to 3 Turkish firms

BAGHDAD, Oct 10 (Reuters) – Iraq’s Electricity Ministry said
on Sunday it has awarded more than $900 million in contracts to
three Turkish companies to install 20 gas turbines that will
boost Iraq’s power generating capacity by 2,500 megawatts.

The turbines, which were purchased previously from General
Electric (GE.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), provide 125 MW each. They were part of a deal
Iraq signed in 2008 with GE for 56 gas turbines and with Siemens
(SIEGn.DE: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) for 16 gas turbines.

Oct 7, 2010

Japan eyes Iraq oil sector, cautious on security

BAGHDAD, Oct 7 (Reuters) – Security concerns and political
uncertainty in Iraq are discouraging Japanese companies from
joining in the race for a slice of the country’s lucrative
energy sector, a Japanese diplomat said on Thursday.

Tokyo’s cautious approach contrasts sharply with a more
aggressive investment tactic pursued by its rivals such as
China, which has made inroads into Iraq’s battered economy.

Oct 3, 2010

Iraq delays first census since 1987 over land row

BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Iraq postponed its first full census in more than two decades until December on Sunday to avoid triggering open conflict between Arabs and Kurds locked in a row over a swathe of oil-rich land in the north.

The census is a keenly awaited event because it will answer questions key to the future of northern oilfields — areas in Nineveh and Kirkuk disputed by Arabs and Kurds.

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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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