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December 9, 2017

Following a visit by Russian Energy Minister to Baghdad, the government of Iraq said legal contracts related to oil should be signed only with the central government and the Ministry of Oil, as oil is a “sovereign resource.”

The Iraqi Oil Ministry said in a statement on Thursday (December 7) that the Russian Minister of Energy, Alexander Novak, did not discuss operations by Russian oil companies in the Kurdistan Region with Prime Minister"...

Iraq Intends to Open Intl Airport in Kirkuk to Replace...
December 11, 2017

Two months after the flight ban imposed by Baghdad on the Kurdistan Region’s airports, the Kurdish authorities have lost hope for resolving the crisis, and reports reveal Baghdad’s intention to create an international airport in Kirkuk to replace Erbil and Sulaymaniyah airports.

The Director of Sulaymaniyah Airport Taher"...


December 11, 2017

Crude oil prices remained up on Sunday (December 10), compared to the previous day.

The price of Brent oil is at $63.33 a barrel, up from $62.20, and U.S. WTI crude is at $57.34 from $56.69.

The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) decided to extend cuts in oil output by nine months to March 2018. The producer group is coping with a global glut of crude oil"...

December 11, 2017

The U.S. dollar to Iraqi dinar (IQD) exchange rate was stable in the Kurdistan Region’s currency markets on Sunday (December 10).

Broker Dana Mawlud told NRT that $100 is selling at 125,500 IQD, maintaining the same rate as the previous day.

Mawlud also reported that 100 British pounds was at 167,000 IQD and 100 Euros was at 148,750 IQD.



December 11, 2017

Key Ministers and officials from the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KR-I) alongside representatives of the private sector, civil society, labour unions, the international community, donors and development agencies convened at a high-level conference yesterday in Erbil on E-Governance and Public Service Centres.

The Ministry of Interior of the KR-I organized the conference under the auspices of the Prime Minister of the Kurdistan Regional Government, H.E."...

December 11, 2017
The Iraqi parliament’s Committee on Women, Family and Childhood revealed Nov. 13 that there are organized criminals behind the work of some female minors in cafes and casinos. The committee said this phenomenon is no different from that of human trafficking. The next day, an Iraqi radio station reported the story of a 17-year-old girl who works at a nightclub in Baghdad. “I have to work because I need money” to support herself and her mother, she said. “The owner of the club raped me more than once.” She also said she is subjected to beatings almost daily. Another girl, however, told Al-Monitor on condition of anonymity that some cafes and nightclubs operate aboveboard and provide desperately needed employment opportunities for young women. “I managed to work at a relative’s [place] because I needed money and the casino owner agreed to temporarily hire me for humanitarian reasons.” Regardless of the situation, in conservative societies such as Iraq’s, girls and women who work at casinos, nightclubs and even coffee......

December 11, 2017

Visas and drivers' license renewals will be a part of the Kurdistan Regional Government's efforts to simplify basic government services.

'The Ministry of Interior is committed to providing the quickest high-quality services to the citizens,” said Interior Minister Karim Sinjari in a UNDP statement.