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Work begins on new Karbala oil refinery

The Iraqi Oil Ministry has reported that construction work has begun on the Karbala refinery, which will use modern technology and conform to environmental standards.

Mawtani.com, a service of Al-ShorfaWed, Jan 15, 2014 Wed, Jan 22, 2014

IHEC runs registration and voting process for voters abroad

IHEC will run registration and the voting process for voters living abroad to coincide with the parliamentary elections inside Iraq in April.

Sat, Jan 18, 2014

Prime Minister Maliki speaks to Washington Post

Prime Minister Nouri Al-Maliki recently sat down with the Washington Post’s Loveday Morris in Baghdad to discuss the government's strategy to fight al-Qaeda in Anbar province, in addition to providing an overview on military cooperation with the United States.

Sat, Jan 18, 2014

Foreign Minister Zebari Heads Iraq's Delegation in Conference to Support Humanitarian Situation in Syria

Iraq recently participated in the Second International Conference to support the humanitarian situation in Syria, in response to an appeal launched by the Secretary - General of the United Nations, Mr. Ban Ki-moon.

Iraq Ministry of Foreign AffairsWed, Jan 15, 2014 Fri, Jan 17, 2014

U.N. Secretary-General Holds Talks in Baghdad

Prime Minister Maliki praised the role that the United Nations plays through its mission in Iraq (UNAMI) and thanked Mr. Ban Ki-moon for supporting the Iraqi government in the fight against terrorism.

Iraq Ministry of Foreign AffairsTue, Jan 14, 2014 Fri, Jan 17, 2014

Iraq unveils restoration plan for heritage sites

Rehabilitation work will include maintenance of historical cities of Babylon, Ur, Warka, Hatra and Ashur and is crucial to improving Iraq’s historic and tourism sites.

Mawtani.com, a service of Al-ShorfaThu, Jan 9, 2014 Wed, Jan 15, 2014

Iraq, Jordan seek funding for rail link

A proposed 420km railway line between the two countries would directly link Baghdad and Aqaba, and would provide cargo and passenger services between the cities.

Emirates 24|7Thu, Jan 9, 2014 Wed, Jan 15, 2014

Iraq seals deal for Karbala refinery

Iraq’s Ministry of Oil recently approved a contract for a Karbala refinery, which will produce a wide range of petroleum products and serve growing domestic demand.

Oil & Gas JournalThu, Jan 9, 2014 Wed, Jan 15, 2014

UN Council backs Iraq government

The UN Security Council expressed strong support for continued efforts of the Iraqi government to meet the security needs of the entire Iraqi population.

Sky NewsSat, Jan 11, 2014 Wed, Jan 15, 2014

Ambassador Faily sits down with Voice of America

Ambassador Faily sat down with Voice of America last week to discuss the latest developments in Iraq. He discussed the ongoing situation in Anbar and disputed the prevailing sectarian narrative, noting the Iraqi government's "evenhanded" approach to tackling extremist groups throughout the country.

Ambassador Faily stressed that Iraq and the United States were cooperating at the highest levels to ensure that Iraq is equipped to fight Al-Qaeda militants. He highlighted aspects of the strategic partnership including cooperation on counter-terrorism and technology-transfer.

Wed, Jan 15, 2014

New Iraqi law aims to combat illiteracy, school dropout rates

Iraqi parliament approved a law under which students will receive monthly financial grants to help their parents provide for their school needs.

Mawtani.com, a service of Al-ShorfaMon, Jan 6, 2014 Wed, Jan 8, 2014

Better and Safer Roads in Iraq will Boost Regional Trade, Save Lives and Promote Citizens Engagement

The World Bank recently approved the Iraq Transport Corridors Project, a $355 million project to focus on enabling Iraqi staff to plan, manage implement and maintain infrastructure projects.

The World BankThu, Dec 19, 2013 Mon, Jan 6, 2014

Iraq’s top tourist destination prepares to welcome the world

The city of Erbil prepares to celebrate its appointment as 2014’s Capital for Arab Tourism.

Asharq Al-AwsatSat, Dec 28, 2013 Mon, Jan 6, 2014

International companies aim to set up shop in Iraq despite violence

Iraq’s economic potential is trumping security concerns and has expanded dramatically after years of international sanctions and civil strife.

Financial TimesSun, Dec 29, 2013 Mon, Jan 6, 2014

Ban satisfied with Iraq's cooperation

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed his appreciation that Iraq continues to deposit a percentage of its oil revenues to the Compensation Fund, in accordance with UN Security Council resolutions.

Business StandardFri, Dec 20, 2013 Mon, Jan 6, 2014

Ambassador Faily Speaks at Diplomacy Matters Luncheon

Ambassador Faily was welcomed as guest of honor at the Diplomacy Matters Institute Ambassador’s Series luncheon, where he spoke about the rebuilding efforts in Iraq.

Fri, Dec 20, 2013

Ambassador Faily Addresses Arab Community at Al-Hewar

Ambassador Faily spoke about Iraq’s new foreign policy approach that seeks strategic partnerships and economic cooperation with all countries in the region.

Fri, Dec 20, 2013

Dozens of Iraqi Historical Artifacts Returned to the Embassy

45 artifacts were returned to the Iraqi Embassy in Washington by an American citizen, in an effort to give the items back to the Iraqi people.

Thu, Dec 19, 2013

U.N. starts first aid airlifts to Syria from Iraq as cold grips

The United Nations sent its first delivery of humanitarian aid by air to Syria from Arbil, Iraq on Sunday and said it plans to deliver more food and winter supplies in the next 12 days.

The U.N. said two planes are expected to do 23 rotations over the next 10 days. The aid includes planeloads of food, for more than 6,000 Syrian families for the rest of December.

ReutersSun, Dec 15, 2013 Tue, Dec 17, 2013

IHEC announces plans to open polling centers abroad

The Independent High Electoral Commission announced the possibility of opening polling centers in 13 countries including the United States, allowing Iraqi citizens abroad the opportunity to cast their votes in the 2014 parliamentary elections.

Sun, Dec 15, 2013