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Mourning their dead, Palestinians take solace in hajj pilgrimage

Mecca – Months after losing her husband and children in the horrors of the Gaza war, Douaa al-Massarii is doing her best to find peace in the ancient rituals of the hajj. The 33-year-old Palestinian, who has been living as…

Iraq exports over 5 million barrels of oil to US in May

Baghdad (IraqiNews.com) – The US Energy Information Administration (EIA) said on Saturday that Iraq’s oil exports to the United States surpassed five million barrels during May. According to the EIA, Iraq’s crude oil exports to the United States in May…

Saudi says hajj pilgrimage to start June 14

Riyadh – Saudi Arabia said the hajj will start on June 14 after astronomical observatories spotted the crescent moon Thursday evening, signalling the beginning of the month in which the annual pilgrimage falls. The Supreme Court determined that Dhu al-Hijjah,…

CBI denies issuing banknotes featuring architect Zaha Hadid

Baghdad (IraqiNews.com) – The Central Bank of Iraq (CBI) denied on Sunday issuing a new 100,000 Iraqi dinar bill featuring Iraqi architect Zaha Hadid. The CBI said in a statement that a photo of a new 100,000 Iraqi dinar banknote…

Israel strikes Palestinians in Rafah after top UN court orders it to halt offensive

Rafah – Israel bombed the Gaza Strip, including Rafah, on Saturday, a day after the top UN court ordered it to halt military operations in the southern city as efforts get underway in Paris to seek a ceasefire in the…

Saudi Arabia spending big for a place on the gaming map

Tokyo – Saudi Arabia is moving aggressively with its investments in more gaming companies, the Canadian industry veteran steering the kingdom’s push to become a global hub for the sector told AFP Friday. The kingdom has already been spending heavily…

Saudia Group in ‘landmark’ deal for 105 Airbus planes

Riyadh – Saudi Arabia’s Saudia Group will buy 105 Airbus planes, the company said on Monday, hailing it as the biggest aircraft deal in the country’s history. Saudia airline will receive 54 A321neo aircraft, while budget offshoot flyadeal will acquire…

Iraq’s oil exports to US rise to over 8 million barrels in April

Baghdad (IraqiNews.com) – The US Energy Information Administration (EIA) said on Tuesday that Iraq’s oil exports to the United States surpassed eight million barrels during April. According to the EIA, Iraq’s crude oil exports to the United States in April…

Iraq produces over 2 million tons of cement in 2024’s first quarter

Baghdad (IraqiNews.com) – The General Company for Iraqi Cement, a subsidiary of the Ministry of Industry and Minerals, announced on Wednesday that it recorded a notable increase in output during the first three months of 2024. The increase in output…

Saudi Aramco says Q1 profit down 14.5 percent

Riyadh – Oil giant Saudi Aramco said Tuesday its first-quarter net profit dipped 14.5 percent on year to $27.27 billion as the Gulf kingdom kept production cuts in place. Net income was 102.27 billion riyals ($27.27 billion), down from 119.54…