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Qais al-Khazali (C) commander of the Asaib Ahl al-Haq pro-Iran faction attends the funeral procession of slain Iraqi paramilitary chief Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, Iranian military commander Qasem Soleimani and eight others at the Imam Ali Shrine in the shrine city of Najaf in central Iraq, January 4, 2020. (Haidar HAMDANI/AFP)Qais al-Khazali (C) commander of the Asaib Ahl al-Haq pro-Iran faction attends the funeral procession of slain Iraqi paramilitary chief Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, Iranian military commander Qasem Soleimani and eight others at the Imam Ali Shrine in the shrine city of Najaf in central Iraq, January 4, 2020. (Haidar HAMDANI/AFP)

US-Iran crisis: Shiite militia promises retaliation

The Iraqi Iranian-backed Shiite militia leader, Qais al-Khazali, on Wednesday said it was time for Iraq to respond to the U.S. airstrike.
Iran is observing three days of national mourning in honour of Soleimani who is widely believed to have been the second-most powerful figure in Iran. [Ahmad AL Rubaye-AFP]

‘Severe Revenge’: Red flag of war raised over Iran’s sacred mosque

Iran raised a red flag over a mosque hinting impending revenge on the US after Donald Trump ordered the execution of a top Iranian general.
Dominic Raab

Qasem Soleimani’s killing: Britain warns nationals against travelling to Iran, Iraq

The British government on Saturday advised UK nationals to avoid travelling to Iraq and Iran in face of heightened tensions in the Middle East following the US killing of a top Iranian commander in Baghdad.
Masrour Barzani

Iraqi Kurdistan’s parliament elects new prime minister

Iraqi Kurdistan’s parliament on Tuesday elected Masrour Barzani, to become the semi-autonomous region’s new prime minister.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani - AFP PHOTO - ALEX HALADA

11 arrested over $400 million theft in Iran

Iran’s intelligence ministry said Monday it had arrested 11 “economic disruptors” who misappropriated some $400 million earmarked for essential goods and smuggled the money out of the country.

Muslims mark Eid el Maulud with sufi rituals and gifts

From sufis in Iraqi Kurdistan shaking their hair to rhythmic drumbeats, to Libyan children receiving toys and Egyptians swapping sweets — Muslims across the world celebrated Prophet Mohammed’s birthday on Tuesday.

NAPTIP lauds Ghana’s anti-trafficking law

Also speaking, the representative of the Head, Consular, David Ako Sowah, expressed that the Ghana High Commission’s appreciation for the level of cooperation and good working relationship between the agency and the commission.

Presidential election postponed in Iraq

The election has been postponed due to intense opposition and objection raised by the Kurdistan Democratic Party after the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan nominated Berhem Salih as the presidential candidate.

In Iraq, Angelina Jolie calls for focus on conlfict prevention

Hollywood star Angelina Jolie called Sunday for a larger focus on conflict prevention rather than responding to its repercussions, during a visit to Iraq with the UN refugee agency.

Iraq holds first nationwide election since IS defeat

Iraq headed to the polls Saturday for its first parliamentary election since declaring victory over the Islamic State group, with the country hoping to shore up a fragile peace and rebuild.

Hundreds arrested since Iraqi Kurd protests began – lawmakers

At least 600 people have been arrested since protests began last week against authorities in Iraqi Kurdistan over corruption and the fallout from a failed independence push, lawmakers said Tuesday.

Iraqi court annuls Kurdish independence referendum

The Iraqi federal court on Monday invalidated the independence referendum of the semi-autonomous region of Kurdistan and the disputed areas, the Iraqi official television reported.

Iran hunts for survivors as quake kills 300 near Iraq border

Iranian rescue workers dug through rubble in a hunt for survivors on Monday after a major earthquake struck the Iran-Iraq border, killing more than 300 and injuring thousands.

Massud Barzani to step down as Kurdish leader in Iraq

Massud Barzani, the president of the autonomous Kurdish region in Iraq, told a closed-door session of parliament Sunday he was stepping down amid the fallout from a controversial independence referendum.

Masoud Barzani should resign after Kurdish vote – Gorran

A Kurdish opposition group that opposed the recent referendum on secession from Iraq on account of poor timing, has called for the Kurdistan Regional Government leader to resign.

Independence dreams turn to despair for Iraq’s Kurds

Just over three weeks ago, Iraqi Kurds were dancing in the streets after an overwhelming vote for independence fuelled hope they might finally gain their own country.

Iraq’s military declares mission accomplished in Kirkuk

Iraq's military says it achieved its objectives in a lightning-quick operation that saw troops sweep through disputed Kurdish-held territory in a punishing riposte to an independence vote last month.

Iraqi troops arrival triggers exodus from Kurdish region

Thousands of Iraqis are fleeing the city of Kirkuk and heading toward the northern cities of Sulaimaniya and Erbil in Kurdistan, a source in the Kirkuk migration department tells dpa.

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The Senate has described as “erroneous” report that it approved fresh loan of N850 billion at the plenary on Tuesday.

Senate calls for quick diversification of economy, frowns against high cost of oil production

The upper chamber of the National Assembly has called on the federal government to quickly diversify the economy, following the high cost of oil production without commensurate result.

NMA: Nigerians may suffer if governors take over coronavirus management

The Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), has asked President Muhammadu Buhari not to allow states take full control of managing the COVID-19 pandemic saying Nigerians may suffer.
Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) and Chairman of the PTF on COVID-19, Mr Boss Mustapha, who raised the concern on Thursday during the daily press briefing by the task force in Abuja.

Nigerian government says churches, mosques can reopen

The Federal Government has announced relaxation of restriction on gatherings in places of worship imposed as part of the guidelines to curb the spread of COVID-19 in the country.
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Delta doctor abducted by gunmen in government hospital

Gunmen have abducted a resident doctor identified simply as Dr. Wisdom Iboyitete at Central Hospital, Ojobo in Burutu Local Government Area of Delta State.

Panic in Imo community as ‘herdsmen’ kill security operative

There is palpable fear in Umuanuma community in Aboh Mbaise Local Government Area of Imo State as suspected herdsmen murder a private security operative, Mr Hycinth Ikegwu, at about 6 am on Sunday while returning from work with his motorcycle.