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Iran Confirms Official Running Its Anti-Coronavirus Task Force Has Contracted Coronavirus

(DUBAI, United Arab Emirates) — The head of Iran’s counter-coronavirus task force has tested positive for the virus himself, authorities announced Tuesday, showing the challenges facing the Islamic Republic amid concerns the outbreak may be far wider than officially acknowledged. The announcement regarding Iraj Harirchi came after he gave a news conference with journalists in Tehran about the virus just one day prior, seeking to minimize the danger posed by the outbreak. Read more: Coronavi...
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Julian Assange Is an ‘Ordinary’ Criminal, Not Free-Speech Champion, U.S. Says as It Outlines Extradition Case

(LONDON) — The U.S. government began outlining its extradition case against Julian Assange in a London court on Monday, arguing that the WikiLeaks founder is not a free-speech champion but an “ordinary” criminal who put many lives at risk with his secret-spilling. U.S. authorities want to try Assange on espionage charges that carry a maximum sentence of 175 years in prison over the 2010 publication of hundreds of thousands of secret military documents and diplomatic cables. Assange argues h...
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Video: Iraq Bans Iran Arrivals amid Coronavirus Fears

From Al Jazeera. Any opinions expressed are those of the authors, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. Iraq is setting up quarantine areas aimed at preventing the spread of coronavirus from across the border with Iran. Neighbouring Iran has reported its sixth death from the disease. There are fears that hundreds of thousands of Iranian visitors to holy sites in Iraq could spread the virus. Al Jazeera‘s Rob Matheson reports from the Iraqi capital Baghdad: Source: Iraq-B...
Tags: News, Iraq, Al Jazeera, Iraq Business News, Baghdad, Iraq Business News Iraq, Rob Matheson, Iran Neighbouring Iran


February 2020

Iraqi Private Banking Association holds a course on "Banking Awareness Strategy and Quality of Service" [...] Economy News _ Baghdad The Association of Iraqi Private Banks, in cooperation with the Center for Banking Studies at the Central Bank, held, on Sunday, a training course entitled "Banking Awareness Strategy and Quality of Service", with the participation of a number of workers in the government and private banking sector, at the Association's headquarters. The course aims to apply th...
Tags: News, Central Bank of Iraq: Iraqi Dinar Rates, Baghdad, Association, Central Bank, Center for Banking Studies, Iraqi Private Banking Association, Banking Awareness Strategy and Quality of Service, Association of Iraqi Private Banks


Grave of slain Iraq commander, a new anti-US magnet

Clad in black, they joined wailing women and men beating their chests in grief at Wadi al-Salam (valley of peace), an ever expanding cemetery. All eyes were on the grave of Iraqi paramilitary commander Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis. Killed alongside top Iranian general Qasem Soleimani in a US drone strike in Baghdad on January 3, Muhandis is now revered as a martyred icon of anti-American resistance.
Tags: News, Iraq, US, Baghdad, Abu Mahdi, Qasem Soleimani, Wadi al Salam


A reborn Persian Empire captured Rome’s lands—and its emperor

Inspired by their powerful ancestors, the Sassanian dynasty restored Persia to imperial glory, ruling lands that stretched from Turkey to Pakistan. By Miguel Ángel Andrés-Toledo | National Geographic Alexander the Great conquered Persia in 331 B.C. and ended the Achaemenid Empire founded by Cyrus the Great. For the next five centuries, the Iranian plateau became ruled by other empires, until a new Persian dynasty took power. Fiercely proud of their roots, these new kings—the Sassanians—restor...
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Iran's leaders warn low turnout in election will boost Trump

Voters set to shun Friday’s parliamentary poll in sign of protest or indifferenceIran’s senior leaders flooded the media with eve-of-poll warnings that abstentions in Friday’s parliamentary elections – either through indifference or as a protest – will only encourage Donald Trump to step up economic sanctions against Tehran.The one-week period of officially sanctioned campaigning for a seat in the next five year parliament ended on Wednesday night, 24 hours before voting started amid the first s...
Tags: Asia, News, Iraq, US, America, Iran, Hassan Rouhani, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Tehran, Donald Trump, Baghdad, David Petraeus, Trump, Islamic Republic, Khamenei, Mohammad Javad Zarif


New to Hulu March 2020: All the Movies & Shows Coming and Going

New to Hulu March 2020: All the movies & shows coming and going The list for the new Hulu March 2020 movies and TV titles has been released, which you can now view below along with the titles that are set to leave from the streaming service next month. This includes the arrival of the newest episode in the Into the Dark series which is scheduled to return on March 6 with episode 2.06 titled “Crawlers.” Next month will also see the series debut of Hulu’s new original miniseries Little Fires E...
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New Iraqi Prime Minister has Christians concerned

Iraq (MNN) -- Protests in Baghdad haven’t stopped since the new Iraqi prime minister was appointed at the start of the month. Anti-government protestors say Prime Minister Mohammed Tawfiq Allawi is just more of the same and unlikely to bring any significant, positive change to the country. Prime Minister Allawi is slated to name his cabinet members this week – a crucial step that will reveal the sincerity of his promises to avoid political interference. Some of the protestors’ complaint...
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'I just wanted to die': the torture of an Iraqi protester

How a campaign of kidnapping, intimidation and killings is being used to try to quell uprisingAs the sun began to set, the evening of 14 December seemed destined to be no different to any other for Hayder, a former military medic in Baghdad. After leaving the protest camp in Tahrir Square, where he had been treating the wounds of injured anti-government demonstrators, he went out for dinner with friends in the neighbouring district of Karrada.Like thousands of other young Iraqis, Hayder first to...
Tags: Iraq, World news, Middle East and North Africa, Torture, Baghdad, Tahrir Square, Hayder, Karrada


7 powerful books that bring the UN's sustainable development goals to life

Reading, studies show, increases empathy and charitable thinking. Fiction has even been credited with helping readers improve their understanding of others and make changes in their own lives. The UN has identified 17 interconnected goals for a sustainable future, from tackling poverty to climate action. The aim is to achieve all of these goals by 2030. Unesco's Cities of Literature have picked books to reflect each goal. Knowing the power of reading, a network of cities around the glo...
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7 gripping, powerful and original books that bring the UN's sustainable development goals to life

Reading, studies show, increases empathy and charitable thinking. Fiction has even been credited with helping readers improve their understanding of others and make changes in their own lives. The UN has identified 17 interconnected goals for a sustainable future, from tackling poverty to climate action. The aim is to achieve all of these goals by 2030. Unesco's Cities of Literature have picked books to reflect each goal. Knowing the power of reading, a network of cities around the glo...
Tags: Books, UK, England, Education, Australia, Iraq, Economics, Sustainability, Unesco, United Kingdom, Innovation, Global development, New Zealand, Nottingham, Un, Melbourne


As Trump Gives Up on ‘Endless Wars,' Russia, China, and Iran Move In

JERUSALEM–Two decades of expanding operations against what United States Special Operations Command called a “global insurgency of state and non-state actors” has led to fatigue at home and questions abroad about U.S. strategy. Trump, Afghanistan, and ‘The Tweet of Damocles’The latest Trump administration deal with the Taliban, challenges to the U.S. role in Syria and Iraq, and a potential reduction of forces in Africa point to a global trend in how the U.S. will deal with counter-insurgency in ...
Tags: Asia, Isis, News, Vladimir Putin, Congress, Washington, France, Saudi Arabia, China, Iraq, Russia, India, Africa, US, Jerusalem, America


A One-Woman Business To Give Other Girls Hope

This article was originally published by Niqash. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. It can be hard for young Iraqi graduates to get a job – in Iraq’s oil-dependent, rentier economy, the government still provides most of the employment and as the population grows, there simply are not enough jobs to go around. It’s one of the main reasons for current anti-government protests. One young Baghdad woman, Duha Mustafa Fadel, ...
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US embassy in Baghdad attacked with rockets

Rockets have dropped near the US embassy in Iraq and a military base hosting American troops, according to officials.There have been no causalities reported following the strikes, which fell amid heightened tensions in the Middle East.
Tags: News, Iraq, US, Baghdad


Rouhani says Iran will never yield to U.S. pressure for talks

Iran will never hold talks with the United States under pressure, President Hassan Rouhani said on Sunday, adding that Tehran's help was essential in establishing security in the Middle East. Relations between Tehran and Washington reached crisis point in 2018 after U.S. President Donald Trump abandoned a 2015 pact between Iran and world powers under which Tehran accepted curbs to its nuclear program in return for the lifting of sanctions. Tensions spiked further following the killing of Iran'...
Tags: News, Washington, Iran, United States, Middle East, Hassan Rouhani, Tehran, Donald Trump, Baghdad, Rouhani, Qassem Soleimani


Rockets Hit Near U.S. Embassy in Baghdad: Officials

(BAGHDAD) — At least four rockets hit near the sprawling U.S. Embassy in Baghdad and a Iraqi base hosting American troops inside the Green Zone early Sunday, but caused no casualties and only minor damage, U.S. and Iraqi officials said. The attack came just before 3:30 a.m. local time, according to Col. Myles B. Caggins III, a spokesman for the U.S. military operation in Iraq. He only said the rockets hit the base hosting U.S. and other coalition forces. However, three Iraqi security offici...
Tags: News, Iraq, Uncategorized, Iran, Baghdad, U S Embassy, Kirkuk, Green Zone, Qassem Soleimani, Ain al Asad, Onetime, Rockets Hit Near U S Embassy


Rockets strike near US Embassy in Baghdad; no injuries

At least four rockets hit near the sprawling U.S. Embassy in Baghdad and a Iraqi base hosting American troops inside the Green Zone early Sunday, but caused no casualties and only minor damage, U.S. and Iraqi officials said. The attack came just before 3:30 a.m. local time, according to Col. Myles B. Caggins III, a spokesman for the U.S. military operation in Iraq. The Iraqi officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the media.
Tags: News, Iraq, Baghdad, US Embassy, Green Zone


Investment Opportunity in Babil

Luna park and a multi-store Parking Garage / Babil province According to investment law no. 13 for the year 2006 as amended and its regulations, Iraq’s National Investment Commission (NIC) is pleased to announce the investment opportunity of constructing a Luna park and a multi-store Parking Garage on the land lot numbered 2/400 m 8 Alexandria- Babil Province (the total area of the land lot is 10 donum and 2 olks and 99 M ²) with adhering to the demarcated site on the sectoral design and the ...
Tags: News, Iraq, Iraq Business News, Baghdad, Luna, National Investment Commission NIC, Babil, Parking Garage Babil, Alexandria Babil Province, Alexandria Municipality Local, Avicenna Hospital, National Investment


Baghdad explosions: rockets strike near US embassy in Iraq

Multiple blasts and circling aircraft heard near enclave where US mission is locatedMultiple rockets hit near the US embassy in Iraq’s capital early on Sunday, an American military source said, the latest in a flurry of attacks against US assets in the country.The assault sent warning sirens blaring across the diplomatic compound but it was unclear exactly what was hit and how many rockets made impact, the US source and a western diplomat based nearby said. There were no immediate reports of cas...
Tags: Iraq, US, US news, Middle East and North Africa, Baghdad


ICYMI: Blizzard, cold and flooding rains roil parts of U.S., and heavy rains nearly ends Australia's bushfire catastrophe

It was a frigid week for several spots across the United States as blizzards hindered travel on slick and slushy roadways for many drivers. Meanwhile, the flooding in the Deep South led to a rather unfortunate side effect in Alabama, and some much-needed good news has risen from the ashes of the devastating Australia bushfires. Here's a look back at the week in weather.Brutal blizzard, frigid cold blasts through northern US A truck drove off the side of the road in limited visibility Wedn...
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Christians backing away from protests in Iraq

Iraq (MNN) — As the protests in Iraq continue, Christians, once enthusiastic backers, are starting to move on. Samuel, with Redemptive Stories, says “Part of it is we have seen change occur in relationship to the prime minister in Iraq . . .I think that the church is seeing good things occur, and they want to just still be able to be effective at those good things.” (Screen capture courtesy of Prayercast) Christians in Iraq couldn’t do many things while the government was unstable, bu...
Tags: Iraq, Iran, West, Wikimedia, Christ, Baghdad, Samuel, Adam Jones, Kurdistan Iraq Photo, Wikimedia Commons Own work CC BY SA, Redemptive Stories, Prayercast Christians


Is Muqtada al-Sadr Losing Influence in Iraq?

By Dr Renad Mansour, for Chatham House. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. After Latest Turn, is Muqtada al-Sadr Losing Influence in Iraq? The populist cleric has repositioned himself in Iraqi politics multiple times, but his recent shift against youth-led protestors may signal his decline as an autonomous political force. Following the US strike on Qassem Solaimani and Abu Mehdi al-Muhandis, populist cleric Muqtada...
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Rocket hits Iraq base hosting US troops: military

A rocket slammed into an Iraqi base where American troops are stationed in the remote province of Kirkuk, Iraq's military and a US security source told AFP on Thursday night. It was the latest in a string of nearly 20 rocket attacks since late October on US troops stationed across the country as well as on the American embassy in Baghdad. According to three separate Iraqi security sources, the Katyusha rocket hit an open area on the K1 base at around 8:45pm local time (1745 GMT).
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Hundreds of Iraqi women defy cleric to protest authorities

Hundreds of Iraqi women of all ages flooded central Baghdad Thursday alongside male anti-government protesters, defying an order by powerful cleric Moqtada Sadr to separate the genders in the rallies.
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Iran says it will strike U.S. and Israel if they make the 'slightest error'

Iran is ready to strike the United States and Israel if they give it any reason to do so, the head of the elite Revolutionary Guards said in a live broadcast on state television on Thursday. "If you make the slightest error, we will hit both of you," Major General Hossein Salami said in a speech at a ceremony marking the 40th day since the death of top commander Qassem Soleimani. Soleimani, who was head of the Quds Force, a branch of the Guards responsible for operations outside Iran, was kill...
Tags: News, Israel, Iran, United States, Baghdad, Revolutionary Guards, Quds Force, Hossein Salami, Qassem Soleimani Soleimani


Winter storm coats Baghdad in snow for only the second time in 100 years

A rare winter storm coated Baghdad in snow Tuesday morning for only the second time in the Iraqi capital in the past century.         [Author: USA TODAY]
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Iraq cleric Sadr dissolves units accused of deadly attacks on protests

Controversial Iraqi cleric Moqtada Sadr announced on Tuesday he was dissolving the "blue caps", an organised unit of his supporters accused of deadly attacks on anti-government protests in recent days. Sadr, who has a cult-like following of several million Iraqis, had first backed the popular rallies demanding a government overhaul when they erupted in October, but has switched course multiple times in recent weeks. Since then, diehard Sadr supporters wearing blue caps have raided protest camp...
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Iraqi Capital Sees First Snowfall in Over a Decade

(BAGHDAD) — Iraq’s capital of Baghdad awoke on Tuesday to a sight not seen in over a decade — their city covered in snow. It was a rare moment of respite during which residents took selfies and children played in parks, lobbing snowballs before the fluffy flakes disappeared and the white cover dissolved into grey puddles. Iraq has grappled with months of unrest, beginning with an anti-government protest movement which engulfed the country in October, and the U.S. killing of a top Iranian ge...
Tags: News, Iraq, Uncategorized, Iran, Baghdad, Muqtada al Sadr, Tahrir Square, Baghdad Iraq, al Sadr, Onetime, Aymen Ahmed


Iraqis wake up to snow for first time in over a decade

Iraq's capital of Baghdad awoke on Tuesday to a sight not seen in over a decade — their city covered in snow. It was a rare moment of respite during which residents took selfies and children played in parks, lobbing snowballs before the fluffy flakes disappeared and the white cover dissolved into grey puddles. Iraq has grappled with months of unrest, beginning with an anti-government protest movement which engulfed the country in October, and the U.S. killing of a top Iranian general in Baghda...
Tags: News, Iraq, Iran, Baghdad