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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 logoFri, May 17, 2013 Mon, May 20, 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 RadioThu, May 9, 2013 Tue, May 14, 2013

Prime Minister Al-Abadi addresses United Nations General Assembly

Haider Al-Abadi, Prime Minister of Iraq, addressed the general debate of the United Nations General Assembly’s seventieth session in New York on Wednesday, September 30, 2015.

United NationsWed, Sep 30, 2015 Thu, Oct 1, 2015

Secretary General Ban Ki-moon welcomes Iraq’s initial parliamentary election results

Ban encouraged all political parties to constructively engage in the government formation process.

United NationsMon, May 19, 2014 Wed, May 21, 2014

Iraq plans state investment bank to push projects

The new institution, Investment and Development Bank of Iraq will help finance infrastructure projects and steer money towards the private sector in Iraq, pushing forward the country’s economy.

ReutersMon, Jan 27, 2014 Tue, Jan 28, 2014

Iraq five-year plan will attempt to diversify economy

Iraq’s government will focus on five sectors: building and services, agriculture, education, transport and communications, and energy.

ReutersThu, Sep 19, 2013 Thu, Sep 19, 2013

Despite Iraq's troubles, archaeologists are back

Archaeologists are back in one of the world's oldest cities to explore a region of Ur, in a project backed by Iraq's State Board for Antiquities and Heritage, the British Institute for the Study of Iraq and the University of Manchester.

ReutersTue, Feb 18, 2014 Fri, Feb 21, 2014

Standard Chartered Launches Banking Operations in Iraq

The bank lender opened its head office and first branch in Baghdad with plans to be an active participant in the economic growth of Iraq.

ReutersWed, Nov 27, 2013 Wed, Nov 27, 2013

Iraq exports more oil from southern terminals far from conflict

Iraq's oil exports from its southern terminals on the Gulf have increased, approaching a record high reached in May.

ReutersTue, Sep 23, 2014 Wed, Oct 1, 2014

Iraq says total oil output 4.7 million bpd; exports at record

Iraq's total oil output has reached 4.7 million barrels per day (bpd) and exports are running at a record 3.9 million bpd, the state-run Iraqi Media Network reported, citing an oil official.

The figures are for all of Iraq, including the northern Kurdistan region and Kirkuk, Deputy Oil Minister Fayadh al-Nema said, according to the website.

The increased output came from the Luhais and Artawi fields in southern Iraq, he said.

(Reporting by Maher Chmaytelli; Editing by Kim Coghill)

ReutersThu, Jun 2, 2016 Thu, Jun 2, 2016

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.

ReutersWed, May 8, 2013 Fri, May 10, 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.

ReutersSat, Jun 1, 2013 Mon, Jun 3, 2013

Iraq's Majnoon oilfield to begin producing 175,000 bpd next month

Majnoon is one of four giant southern fields vital to Iraq's ambition to at least double output that is now around 3 million bpd.

ReutersMon, Sep 9, 2013 Tue, Sep 10, 2013

Iraq Signs $690M Barrier Contract With S.Korea's Daewoo

Iraqi authorities anticipate the barrier will create a transportation corridor between the Middle East and Europe.

ReutersTue, Nov 26, 2013 Thu, Nov 28, 2013

Kuwait Airways Resumes Service to Iraq

Kuwait's national airline resumed flights to Iraq in the latest sign of improved ties between the neighboring countries.

ReutersThu, Nov 21, 2013 Thu, Nov 21, 2013

Iraq oil exports hit record 2.8 mln bpd in February

The highest such figure in at least a quarter-century signifies an increase which is likely to restore confidence in Iraq's oil revival.

ReutersSat, Mar 1, 2014 Wed, Mar 5, 2014

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

Iraq plans 50 water and sewage projects

The new projects will be open to foreign contractors and coincide with the Iraqi governments steps to facilitate the issue of visas to businessmen.

ReutersWed, Sep 18, 2013 Wed, Sep 18, 2013

Business Rebuilds in a Thriving City in Iraq

Enormous construction projects are changing the landscape of Erbil. Among the largest developments is Empire City, a $2.3 billion investment that will make Erbil a haven for Western business.

The New York TimesMon, Oct 14, 2013 Thu, Oct 17, 2013

Trips to Ancient Iraq

Steppes Travel, a company specializing in cultural and archaeological tours, will offer trips to Erbil, which is frequently referred to as the oldest continuously inhabited city in the world.

The New York TimesWed, Oct 9, 2013 Fri, Oct 18, 2013