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Huge fire destroys oil refinery in northern Iraq

Baghdad (IraqiNews.com) – A huge fire broke out on Wednesday night at an oil refinery’s asphalt storage facility in Erbil, the capital of the Kurdistan region of Iraq. Nearly 40 firefighting teams were trying to contain the fire, the cause…

Bronze Age city unearthed in Iraqi Kurdistan

Baghdad (IraqiNews.com) – Spanish archaeologists have discovered the remains of a Bronze Age city in Erbil governorate in the Kurdistan region of Iraq, taking a significant step toward better understanding how agriculture and cities developed. Footage showed some of the…

Four Britons repatriated from Syria camp

Qamishli – Kurdish authorities in northeast Syria said Friday that they had handed over a woman and three children to British representatives for repatriation, with a source saying they had been held in a camp for jihadists’ relatives. Five years…

Some Iranians worry about who will replace Raisi

Tehran – Concerns are growing among some people in Iran about who will replace Ebrahim Raisi as president of the Islamic republic after his death in a helicopter crash on Sunday. “I’m more worried than sad,” Mohadeseh Jalali said at…

Iran hangs two women as surge in executions intensifies: NGO

Paris – Iran on Saturday hanged at least seven people, including two women, while a member of its Jewish minority is at imminent risk of execution as the Islamic republic further intensified its use of capital punishment, an NGO said….

Iraqi authorities in Sulaymaniyah arrest migrant smuggler

Sulaymaniyah – A migrant-smuggler known as “Scorpion”, wanted in several European countries, has been arrested in Iraq’s autonomous Kurdistan region, local authorities said Monday, after a BBC investigation tracked him down there. “After a thorough investigation and exchange of intelligence information……

5 Iraqi soldiers killed in terrorist attack in Salah Al-Din Governorate

Baghdad – An army officer and four soldiers were killed in an attack on their post in Iraq’s central province of Salaheddin on Monday, officials said. Iraq’s ministry of defence said that an officer and several members of his regiment…

Iraqi Parliament to elect new speaker next week

Baghdad (IraqiNews.com) – The Iraqi Parliament said on Monday that it will hold a session on May 18 to elect a new speaker to replace former Parliament Speaker Muhammad Al-Halbousi. The Federal Supreme Court in Iraq decided in mid-November to…

Iraq’s KRG employees to receive salaries via Trade Bank of Iraq

Baghdad (IraqiNews.com) – The Trade Bank of Iraq (TBI) announced on Wednesday that government employees in Iraq’s Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) will receive their salaries through the bank. More than one million government employees in the KRG will enjoy digital…

Iraqi court suspends parliamentary elections in Kurdistan

Baghdad – Iraq’s highest court on Tuesday temporarily suspended preparations for June 10 parliamentary elections in the autonomous northern Kurdistan region, a source of tension between the two main Kurdish parties. The Federal Supreme Court suspended procedures related to “the…