Iraq Interior Ministry: 82 killed in Baghdad hospital fire

Iraq’s Interior Ministry said Sunday that 82 people died and 110 were injured in a catastrophic fire that broke out in the intensive care unit of a Baghdad hospital tending to severe coronavirus patients.Negligence on the part of hospital authorities has been blamed for the Saturday night fi


Iraq taking up role to reduce regional tensions, says foreign ministry

Iraq is taking on a constructive role in “reducing” regional tensions, the country's foreign ministry said on Tuesday. Baghdad has been working to restore ties with its regional neighbours since the US-led invasion of 2003. “Proactive diplomacy is a method we are devoted to, it


Iraq plans Covid-19 vaccine passports for travellers

Iraq plans to issue a vaccine passport as proof of immunisation against coronavirus for those wishing to travel abroad, the country’s health minister said on Sunday. Hassan Al Tamimi told the Iraqi News Agency that the ministry will begin compiling information on vaccinations next week. Ir


1 killed, 12 wounded in market explosion in Baghdad

 A powerful explosion rocked a market in east Baghdad on Thursday, killing one person and injuring 12 others, according to Iraq’s military. The cause of the blast in the city’s Sadr City area, in the Habibiya neighborhood, was not immediately known. It sent a cloud of black smoke


Iraq blames public for new coronavirus record, urges vaccinations

Iraq’s Health Ministry has warned of “dire consequences” ahead because citizens are not heeding coronavirus prevention measures, after the country reached a new high in daily infection rates.Iraq recorded 8,331 new virus cases within a 24-hour period on Wednesday, the highest fig


Former Iraqi prime minister faces lawsuit for ‘crimes against humanity’

Five Iraqi families have filed a case against former prime minister Adel Abdul Mahdi accusing him of “crimes against humanity” during the 2019 popular uprising against the government. Protests driven by anger over political corruption, lack of public services, high unemployment and Ir


Iraq records an unprecedented toll of new infections of Corona

Today, Wednesday, the Iraqi Ministry of Health announced that it had registered 8,331 new cases of the Coronavirus, which causes the "Covid-19" infection, which represents a record number of cases on a daily basis in the country. The ministry stated, in a daily statistics, that the total number o


Two rockets hit near Iraq air base hosting US soldiers

BAGHDAD: Two rockets hit near an Iraqi air base hosting US soldiers north of Baghdad on Sunday, three days ahead of a new “strategic dialogue” with Washington, a security source told AFP. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the strike, which caused no casualties or prop


Iraq’s Jewish community dwindles to fewer than five

The death of Dhafer Eliyahu hit Iraq hard, not only because the doctor treated the neediest for free, but because with his passing, only four Jews now remain in the country.At the Habibiya Jewish Cemetery in the capital Baghdad, wedged between the Martyr Monument erected by former ruler Saddam Hus


One million overseas voters disenfranchised from Iraq’s coming elections

    Up to one million Iraqis living abroad will be excluded from voting in the country’s October elections, its Independent High Electoral Commission ruled on Tuesday. For months the commission has been struggling to prepare for the poll, sending teams on door-to-door mis


Iraqi president says early elections will go ahead despite insecurity

Iraq is on track to hold national elections in October, but the road will be difficult as a result of the delicate security situation, President Barham Salih said on Tuesday. Mr Salih was asked in an interview with Sky News Arabia whether the elections will be held in time amid the


Iraq records new surge in COVID-19 cases

BAGHDAD: Iraq recorded a new high of 5,663 new coronavirus cases Wednesday, health officials said, nearly two weeks since the visit of Pope Francis to the country.The number of Iraqis infected since the Covid-19 pandemic began now stands at over 768,000 including 13,827 deaths, with 33 of those in


Rockets hit Iraqi military base hosting US contractors

At least seven rockets hit an Iraqi military airbase which houses US contractors in Balad, north of Baghdad, on Monday. There were no reported casualties, Iraqi security officials said. The Iraqi military said two additional rockets fell outside the Balad airbase, 80 kilometres from the capital,


Airstrike kills 10 Daesh militants in Nineveh, north of Iraq

A US-led coalition airstrike has destroyed a site housing 10 militants from the Daesh group in Nineveh, north of Iraq, according to the country’s state news agency Tuesday.  “The international coalition warplanes carried out an air strike in Mount Adaya, within the Nine


Christians in Baghdad hope papal visit will turn new page

  Shrugging off calls to practice social distancing amid a new surge in Covid-19 cases, young and old Christians packed the airport road on Friday to catch a glimpse of Pope Francis. The leader of the Roman Catholic faith has arrived on the first papal visit to war-torn Iraq, bringing a


Pope Francis confirms Iraq visit despite envoy catching Covid-19 and rocket attacks

Pope Francis said on Wednesday that he will embark on a historic trip to Iraq in two days' time, despite rocket attacks on a military base hosting US forces. "The day after tomorrow, God willing, I will go to Iraq for a three-day pilgrimage. For a long time I have wanted to meet these people who


Iraq starts vaccinations with jabs gifted from China

Iraq began coronavirus vaccinations on Tuesday, inoculating medical staff hours after a military plane brought in 50,000 Sinopharm jabs donated by China.The campaign was launched as Iraq battles a second wave of COVID-19 infections, with more than 4,600 new cases a day, and ahead of a three-day vi


Iraq receives first Covid vaccines, gift from China

BAGHDAD: Iraq on Tuesday received 50,000 Sinopharm vaccines donated by China, the health ministry announced, launching a long-awaited vaccination campaign.Health ministry spokesman Seif Al-Badr told reporters that the first delivery in the early hours meant inoculations could begin.“The dose




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