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Engineers Still Held Without Charge in Iraq

By John Lee. Australian citizen Robert Pether and his Egyptian colleague Khalid Radwan are reportedly still being held without charge in Iraq, following a contract dispute relating to the construction of the new Central Bank of Iraq (CBI) head office in Baghdad. The pair were detained in early April, having allegedly been tricked into traveling […]

Foreign Engineers Detained "in Solitary Confinement" in Iraq

By John Lee. An Australian engineer and his Egyptian manager have reportedly been held without charge, and in solitary confinement, in Iraq for the past three weeks. Robert Pether, who lives in Ireland, is said to have been called to Iraq to discuss a dispute between his employer, UAE-based EKO Engineering Arabia, and the company's […]

Australia provides $1.6m for Women in Iraq

Australia provides AUD 2 million to UNFPA-women and girls interventions in Iraq The Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) renewed its commitment to reproductive health and rights of women and girls, and prevention and response to gender-based violence in humanitarian settings. The project will support the work carried out by UNFPA with […]

Iraq welcomes two New Ambassadors

By John Lee. Iraq's Foreign Minister Fuad Hussein has received copies of the credentials of two new ambassadors to the country. Walid Mohamed Ismail is the new Ambassador of the Arab Republic of Egypt, while Paula Ganly becomes the new Australian Ambassador to Iraq. (Source: MOFA)

Fmr Australian Exec Arrested over Alleged Iraq Bribery

By John Lee. The Australian Federal Police (AFP) has made one arrest, and issued a further two arrest warrants, following an investigation into alleged improper payments made by Singapore-registered Leighton Offshore Pty Ltd, regarding two contracts with Iraq Crude Oil Export in 2010 and 2011. The Sydney Morning Herald names the arrested suspect as Russell […]

Australia contributes $600k to Refugees in Iraq

The Government of Australia has provided AUD 866,000 (USD 591,000) to support the work of UNFPA in Iraq. The funding will provide assistance to 38,000 women and girls, in Duhok and Nineveh Governorates over the next year. The new contribution will primarily support Syrian refugees who arrived in Iraq in 2019 as a result of […]

CIMIC settles "Bribery" Class Action

Australian construction giant CIMIC, formerly known as Leighton Holdings, has reportedly settled a long-running class action with investors over allegations its senior executives had knowledge of corrupt behaviour relating to the Unaoil bribery scandal that hit the company's share price. The class action alleged that CIMIC failed to comply with its continuous disclosure obligations and […]

Wheat Farms Efficiency in Saline Irrigated Areas of Iraq

By John Lee. The study Technical and Environmental Efficiency of Wheat Farms in Saline Irrigated Areas of Central Iraq investigates the impact of soil salinity on technical efficiency (TE) and environmental efficiency (EE) in wheat production in central Iraq, where 360 farmers interviewed in winter season 2015-2016. In developing countries, even though irrigated agricultural land […]

Australia increases contribution to De-Mining Iraq

The United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) in Iraq has welcomed an additional contribution of AUD 2 million (approximately USD 1.5 million) from the Government of Australia to further enable stabilization and humanitarian efforts through explosive hazards management in liberated areas of Iraq. This brings the current three-year contribution from Australia to a total of […]

Iraq targets major Basra Gulf Expansion

Iraq is pursuing major infrastructure projects to add millions of barrels per day of export capacity, in an effort to keep pace with ambitious plans to raise production. In the short term, the Oil Ministry is looking to jump-start work on a long-delayed pipeline contract with the Australian company Leighton Offshore. Beyond that, Iraq is […]

Etihad Food Industries wins Govt Contract

By John Lee. Iraq's Etihad Food Industries will reportedly provide Iraq's Ministry of Trade with 200,000 tonnes of sugar and 90,000 tonnes of vegetable oil. According to Reuters, the Ministry has also bought rice from Vietnam and wheat from Australia. (Source: Reuters)