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Iraq to restore ancient arch to woo back tourists

Iraqi authorities have contracted a Czech firm to carry out a 10-month restoration of the ancient Arch of Ctesiphon as part of a plan to boost tourism to the once-popular site.

Agence France-Presseاثنين 3 يونيو 2013 أربعاء 5 يونيو 2013

Marsh flooding brings new life to Iraq's 'Garden of Eden'

The lush marshes of Iraq are regarded by some as the original Garden of Eden, but they were drained and decimated by Saddam Hussein. Now a major restoration programme has seen people and wildlife return to one of the world's most famous wetlands.

BBC News Magazineسبت 1 يونيو 2013 أربعاء 5 يونيو 2013

Iraq says captures al Qaeda chemical gas team

(Reuters) - Iraq has captured a suspected al Qaeda cell that planned to produce chemical poisons such as mustard gas to attack Iraqi forces and to ship overseas for attacks on Europe and the United States, the government said on Saturday.

The announcement was made as investigators look into allegations over the use of sarin nerve gas in next-door Syria where rebels and President Bashar al-Assad's forces have blamed each other for using chemical weapons.

Reutersسبت 1 يونيو 2013 اثنين 3 يونيو 2013

Standard Chartered to open branch in Iraq seeing loan growth

Standard Chartered plans to open branches this year in Baghdad and the city of Erbil, followed by a third next year in the oil hub of Basra.

Times of Omanثلاثاء 14 مايو 2013 أربعاء 22 مايو 2013

Shell to Start Iraq Oil Output Amid Plans for Saudi Investments

Royal Dutch Shell Plc (RDSA) will start producing crude at Iraq’s Majnoon oil field as early as next month and plans to increase energy investments in Saudi Arabia, its regional vice president said.

Bloombergخميس 16 مايو 2013 أربعاء 22 مايو 2013

President Jalal Talabani's doctors report that his health is improving

President Jalal Talabani meets with his medical team in Berlin: Doctors confirm that the President's health is improving.

Iraqi Presidency (Office of the President of Iraq)Iraqi Presidency logoجمعة 17 مايو 2013 اثنين 20 مايو 2013

Iraqi women journalists win essay contest

Three Iraqi women journalists have won a United Nations contest which seeks to highlight the everyday challenges faced by women living in the Middle Eastern country.

United Nations Radioخميس 9 مايو 2013 ثلاثاء 14 مايو 2013

Iraq to rebuild rail system as reconstruction gathers pace

Iraq is laying plans to rebuild its historic railways and become a transit hub for goods that would be shipped from Asia to Iraq's neighbours and beyond.

Reutersأربعاء 8 مايو 2013 جمعة 10 مايو 2013

Foreign Minister Receives Phone Call from U.S. Secretary of State

On May 3, 2013, Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry discussed Iraqi-U.S. relations and the importance of the bilateral ministerial coordination committees. Kerry officially invited the Minister to visit Washington next month...

Iraq Ministry of Foreign Affairsأحد 5 مايو 2013 ثلاثاء 7 مايو 2013

One of 7 wonders of the world finally tracked down

There has long been a slight problem with the declaration of the Hanging Gardens of Babylon as one of the seven wonders of the ancient world -- there was no proof it actually existed. Now, an Oxford University researcher says...

USA Todayاثنين 6 مايو 2013 ثلاثاء 7 مايو 2013

Iraq Holds First Provincial Elections Since U.S. Troop Withdrawal

On Saturday, April 20, 2013, Iraq held its first elections since the withdrawal of U.S. troops. The voting process went smoothly without any major security incidents reported.

ثلاثاء 23 أبريل 2013

Iraq: the world's next big eco-tourism destination?

Iraq's southern marshes could become a centre for eco-tourism, based around floating hotels and guided wildlife tours, according to the winner of one of the world's most prestigious environmental prizes.

The marshlands between the Euphrates and Tigris rivers are frequently described as the Garden of Eden or the Cradle of Civilisation.

The Telegraphأربعاء 17 أبريل 2013 أربعاء 17 أبريل 2013

Azzam Alwash of Iraq Receives 2013 Goldman Environmental Prize

"...the Mesopotamian marshes are starting to flourish again as a result of Alwash’s advocacy. Almost half of the original area is now flooded again, and the Sumerians have begun to reestablish their lives. In what is perhaps the most telling evidence of his success elevating the importance of the environment in Iraq, the restored marshes are slated to be established as the country’s first national park in the spring of 2013."

The Goldman Environmental Prizeاثنين 15 أبريل 2013 اثنين 15 أبريل 2013

Nouri al-Maliki: The U.S. has a foreign-policy partner in Iraq

On the 10th anniversary of the overthrow of Saddam Hussien, Prime Minister Nouri Al-Maliki penned an opinion piece in the Washington Post discussing the importance of the U.S.-Iraqi partnership.

The Washington Postاثنين 8 أبريل 2013 أحد 14 أبريل 2013

Shell, Mitsubishi Will Start Iraq Plant on April 15

Royal Dutch Shell Plc (RDSA) and Mitsubishi Corp. (8058) will start capturing gas from Iraq’s oil fields next week in a $17 billion project known as Basra Gas Co.

“Basra Gas Co. will start operations officially on April 15,” said Ali Hussain Khudayir, director general of South Gas Co., which represents the Iraqi government’s controlling stake in the Basra Gas Co. venture.

Bloombergخميس 11 أبريل 2013 خميس 11 أبريل 2013