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Iraqis Suffer Record Heat

By Simon Kent. Iraqis suffered a second summer of 50C temperatures with the barometer climbing to 53C (127F) over the weekend, and the government declaring a national holiday. Iraqis typically describe this weather as akin to being in an oven or having a hair dryer blown against skin on a hot setting. While many Iraqis […]

Govt declares Two-Day Holiday due to Heatwave

By John Lee. Associated Press reports that the Iraqi government has announced a two-day mandatory official holiday beginning on Wednesday due to the heatwave, with temperatures expected to exceed 50C (122F). The public holiday will apply to all government workers. Meanwhile, the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) has announced that Thursday, July 21st, is to be […]

Heatwave to Peak on Thursday

By John Lee. The lastest phase of the Iraqi heatwave is expected to peak on Thursday. Forecasters are expecting highs of 51 degrees Celsius in most southern cities, and 49 degrees in Baghdad. They are also expecting higher-than-usual humidity. The Iraqi government recently introduced a policy of declaring public holidays when temperatures exceed 50 degrees. (Source: […]

Video: Lack of Funding Affects Students

From Al Jazeera. Any opinions expressed are those of the authors, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. Soaring temperatures and inadequate resources do little to discourage Iraq’s internally displaced students from quitting school. Al Jazeera’s Mohammed Jamjoom reports from the outskirts of Baghdad:

One year later, Struggle Continues for Yazidis

By Mohammed A. Salih for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. Izzat Abbas, along with a group of men and children, took refuge in the shade by a prefabricated cabin in a refugee camp for displaced Yazidis. They chat and occasionally […]

Video: Discontent Soars with the Heat

From Al Jazeera. Any opinions expressed are those of the authors, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. As temperatures soar across Iraq, public discontent is also close to boiling point. Iraqis are protesting against government corruption and power shortages. Al Jazeera‘s Mohammed Jamjoom reports from Baghdad – where security has […]

Heatwave Forces Four-Day Weekend

By John Lee. The Iraqi government has declared a four-day holiday starting on Thursday, as the country attempts to cope with temperatures expected to exceed 50 degrees Celsius (122 Fahrenheit). Highest temperatures are expected on Sunday, and in the Central and Southern areas of the country, including Baghdad. Poor electricity supplies will continue to cause […]

Iraq Declares Thursday a Holiday

By John Lee. The Iraqi government has declared an official holiday on Thursday due to the continuing heatwave affecting the country. The Daily Mail reports that several provinces have reported temperatures above 50C (122F), causing particular difficulties for people who are fasting during the long daylight hours in the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. The Eid […]