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About 2.8 million Kurds are eligible to vote across the three-province region of northern Iraq, and queues had already formed when polls opened.
The unrest came a day after a wave of bombings targeting Shias in Baghdad and shootings and bombings elsewhere killed 61 people, further raising fears Iraq is slipping back into the all-out sectarian bloodshed that left tens of thousands dead in 2006 and 2007.
Minister of Foreign Affairs Nabil Fahmy meets with Iraq’s and Algeria’s foreign ministers
Sunday’s violence struck north of Baghdad, in predominantly Sunni Arab areas of Iraq.
Nuri al-Maliki appealed for “self-restraint” but said Baghdad stood with the Egyptian government
The United States has criticized Iraq for allowing Iran to fly weapons to Syria in support of embattled President Bashar Al-Assad
“The pandemonium in Syria, Libya, and Egypt, are like a hothouse for al Qaeda,” says CIA analyst Bruce Riedel
Russell Haworth, managing director, Middle East & North Africa at Thomson Reuters, said: “The value of announced M&A [mergers and acquisition] transactions with Middle Eastern targets reached $14.7bn during the first half of 2013, 30% up [year on year] from $11.3bn, and marking the best first half since 2008
The Begonia-1 well is the 25th discovery in Egypt since 2007
Iraqi foreign minister confirms protection of Egyptians after two killed in Baghdad
Violence has killed more than 570 people in Iraq so far in May and over 1,000 in less than two months
By James M. Dorsey A decision by European football body UEFA granting Gibraltar the right of membership potentially opens the door to Kurdistan to seek association with the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) in a move that would acknowledge demands for increased autonomy and the possible shifting of national borders in the Middle East as a …
The late-April violence was the deadliest so far linked to protests that broke out in Sunni areas of Shi’a-majority Iraq more than four months ago.
Minister of Electricity and Energy says Egypt and UAE are establishing nuclear power reactors
Maliki said on Saturday that sectarian strife “came back to Iraq, because it began in another place in this region”, in an apparent reference to Syria.
Part of plan to increase Egyptian exports to new markets
The country still faces significant security challenges, mainly from Sunni militants who carry out attacks in a bid to undermine confidence in the Shi’a-led government
Confirms agreement between Iraq State Oil Company and Egypt for pipeline
Egyptian silent film on the struggle of women competes in Short Film festival
By Philip Whitfield Chitchat is Cairo’s currency. Spotting a rare bird in the undergrowth has set the tongues wagging. One swallow doesn’t make a summer. But the return of this migrant to Egypt’s shores has stirred the jabberers into a chunter. In another conversation a medical man laid a bet that Morsi et al will …
Amir-Abdollahian: Iran has no intention of meddling in Egyptian mosques
Iraq announced two inspections of aircraft, both in October
No group immediately claimed responsibility, but militants including those linked to Al-Qaeda target civilians, security forces and government employees
The violence comes just days before the 10th anniversary of the US-led invasion of the country
CEO of Egyptian Federation for Construction and Building Contractors says the government recognises only EGP 8bn of EGP 13bn debt accrued since revolution
Egypt has cut back on a total of nine million barrels of imported oil for the second quarter of the year, without any official explanation
The UNHCR said the one million figure comprised both registered refugees and those awaiting registration
‘The Iraqi market is open for Egyptian companies’, said Nouri Al-Maliki
Second deadly attack to hit Iraq in as many days
The demonstrations in Sunni Iraqi areas have decried alleged misuse of anti-terror laws to detain members of the minority community, and claim Sunnis are being targeted by the Shiite-led authorities.