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Former Trade Minister sentenced for Corruption

By John Lee. A former Minister for Trade and two former State Directors of the Ministry have been sentenced in absentia to seven years in prison for corruption. A statement from Iraq’s Commission of Integrity said the three committed offenses in two contracts between the State Company for Trading Grain and a company supplying basmati […]

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How Water Scarcity could Destabilise the ME

Testing the water: How water scarcity could destabilise the Middle East and North Africa The Middle East and North Africa is the most water-scarce region in the world. Nearly two-thirds of the population there are living in areas that lack sufficient renewable water resources to sustain current levels of activity and growth, according to a […]

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Water Contamination caused Death of Fish in S. Iraq

WHO and Ministry of Health investigate the massive death of fish in southern governorates of Iraq Laboratory tests conducted on water samples in the reference lab in Amman, Jordan on the cause of death of freshwater fish in the Euphrates River in Iraq have revealed the contamination of water with high content of coliforms, heavy […]

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Iraq Considers Importing Wheat from Russia

By John Lee. Iraq reportedly wants to allow Russian-origin wheat to be bought in its state tenders to supply the country’s massive food rationing programme. According to Reuters, the Trade Ministry will send a delegation to Russia before the end of the year to study the suitability of its wheat for Iraq’s needs. Iraq needs between […]

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AMAR, Coca-Cola Foundation Replenish Water in the Marshes

Amar and Coca-Cola Foundation Start Project to Replenish Water in the Iraqi Marshes The AMAR International Charitable Foundation has begun construction of a domestic-wastewater-purification system in the Mesopotamian Marshes, where all 30 houses in the village of Al Adhaima will be connected to the network. The project, which is being funded as part of The Coca-Cola Company’s […]

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Iraq to buy 90,000 tons of US Rice

By John Lee. Iraq has agreed to buy 90,000 metric tons of rice from the United States. US Congressman Ralph Abraham, M.D., R-Alto, a member of the House Agriculture Committee, said in a statement: “Iraq is buying three times more rice than we requested in our letter, so I’m thrilled that this resulted in such […]

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Turkey to supply more Water to Iraq

By John Lee. Turkey has announced that it will increase water supplies to Iraq to compensate for a drop in supply from Iran. According to Abu Dhabi-based The National, Iran has said it will cut water supplies to Iraq to prioritise projects within Iran. Turkey depends on water from the Tigris to fill a reservoir […]

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Wildfires Ravage Marshlands on Iran-Iraq Border

By Shaghayegh Rostampour for Al Monitor. Any opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. A mother covers her daughter’s mouth and nose with her headscarf as they rush through the heavy smog that blankets a crowded street. She stops to cough, but then […]

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Video: Conflict and Drought ravage Date Palms

From AFP. Any opinions expressed are those of the authors, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. Sweet Iraqi dates adorn tables in homes across the country, but the fruit tree and national symbol has come under threat from conflict and crippling drought. View on YouTube

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Video: Iraq close to Running Out of Water

From Al Jazeera. Any opinions expressed are those of the authors, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. Iraq is running out of water. Its planning ministry says about 90 percent of land is now desert and the small amount of remaining farmland is shrinking by five percent each year. Now […]

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Iraq to Increase Wheat Imports

By John Lee. Iraq is expected to significantly increase its imports of wheat, as it reportedly cuts the irrigated area it plants with wheat by half in the 2018-2019 growing season due to the continuing water shortages. Deputy Agriculture Minister Mahdi al-Qaisi told Reuters: “The shortage of water resources, climate change and drought are the […]

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KRG PM receives new Consul General of the Netherlands

The Prime Minister of Iraqi Kurdistan, Nechirvan Barzani, received the Netherlands new Consul General to the Kurdistan Region, Mr. Willem Consijn and his accompanying delegation. Consul General Consijn stressed his country’s willingness to strengthen the relations with the Kurdistan Region. Prime Minister Barzani congratulated Consul General Consijn on his new position and wished him success […]

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