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KRG and Iran to Agree Visa Waiver Program?

According to a report from Press TV, Iran and Iraq's Kurdistan may agree a visa waiver scheme to facilitate cross-border travels as part of a program of increased cooperation between the two sides. To facilitate cross-border travel for both Iranians and the citizens of the Kurdistan region in northern Iraq, and to encourage trade and […]

Talk Show Host Wants US to Take Iraqi Oil

A Fox News talk show host has called for the US to take Iraq's and Kuwait's oil to "make them pay for their liberation". Sean Hannity (pictured), who was discussing high oil prices with his “Great American Panel”, expressed outrage at the proposed increases in the price of oil and suggested that Kuwait and Iraq […]

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Iraq to Cut Poverty From 23% to 16% by 2014

Iraqi authorities aim to decrease the percentage of poverty in the country from 23% to 16% by the year 2014, according to the Planning Ministry's Central Statistics Body on Tuesday. "The strategy to decrease poverty will be activated this year," the Central Statistics Body's official spokesman told Aswat al-Iraq news agency. He said that "the […]

Govt Demands $175m for Baghdad Summit

The Iraqi government has officially demanded that parliament allocate 206 billion Iraqi Dinars (IQD) [$175m] from the 2011 public budget for the Arab Summit in the Baghdad in March Shuwan Mohammed Taha, a Kurdish member to the Iraqi parliament, told AKnews that since the budget for hosting the summit is high, the presidency of the […]

Iraq, Iran to Start Demarcating Border Soon

Iran-Iraq joint committee will start demarcating their borders in the near future, according to report published on Fars news agency on Friday. Fars reported an Iraqi deputy foreign minister as saying that a joint committee has been established in this regard to start a new demarcation of the common borders. He expressed hope that the […]

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Events, My Dear Boy, Events

When asked what represented the greatest challenge for a statesman, British Prime Minister Harold Macmillan replied: “Events, my dear boy, events”. Fifty years later, the same thought must have gone through the mind of Nouri al-Maliki as he prepared to meet the Kuwaiti Prime Minister, Sheikh Nasser al-Mohammed al-Sabah, in an historic meeting in Baghdad, […]

Kuwaiti PM's First Visit to Iraq Since Gulf War

The Kuwaiti premier, Sheikh Nasser al-Mohammed al-Sabah (pictured), and Iraqi Prime Minister, Nouri al-Maliki, discussed issues relating to borders, security and finance, during the first visit by a Kuwaiti premier to Baghdad since the 1990 Gulf War. The two neighbours are locked in a dispute over billions of dollars in war reparations from Baghdad, relating […]


Anti-US Cleric Returns to Iraq

Another wild-card was thrown into the Iraqi mix on Wednesday with the return of radical Shia'ite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr from nearly four years of self-imposed exile in Iran. A fierce opponent of the United States and head of Iraq's feared militia, the Mehdi Army, al-Sadr's return was reportedly low-key, and was not entirely unexpected following […]

Iraq Budget to be Reviewed

Iraq's budget for 2011 was approved some months ago, but with the government now formed it is back on the table, according to AKNews. Kurdish MP Mahmoud Othman said: "There is an agreement between the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) and the prime minister Nouri al-Maliki to amend the current budget." Amendments are needed to resolve a […]