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U.N. defers Iraq’s $4.6 billion Gulf War reparations to Kuwait

By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA (Reuters) – The United Nations Gulf War compensation fund agreed on Thursday to defer Iraq’s requirement to deposit five percent of its oil revenues for a year due to its budgetary difficulties, a senior U.N. official said. Major powers on the fund’s ruling body took the decision by consensus as Iraq’s economy is being battered by both low oil prices and war with Islamic State militants. …

Posted on 18 December 2014 | 12:32 pm

Iraq PM drops lawsuits against journalists

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi on Thursday ordered the withdrawal of all government lawsuits against journalists and media outlets, marking a departure from his predecessor Nouri al-Maliki, who was widely accused of using state institutions to target his political enemies.

Posted on 18 December 2014 | 11:54 am

Yellen Will Fight to Keep the Fed Independent from Politics

It may be a mark of the increasing confidence in the trajectory of the U.S. economy that Federal Reserve Board Chair Janet Yellen, in her quarterly press conference yesterday, faced an unusually large number of questions unrelated to the Federal Open Market Committee’s interest rate deliberations. For instance, Yellen was asked what would happen next year, when Republicans control both houses of Congress, and the element of the Republican Party that wants to rein in the Fed’s independence when it comes to setting monetary policy will have a much louder voice. Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, following his father’s example, has been vocal about pushing legislation to “audit the Fed.” To be clear, the Fed is already subject to extensive financial auditing. What Paul wants is a policy audit, essentially having the Government Accountability Office – the investigative arm of Congress – review the FOMC’s decisions on monetary policy.

Posted on 18 December 2014 | 11:45 am

Why Jeb Bush is a Last Century GOP Candidate

The 2016 presidential sweepstakes got off to an unusually early start this week, at least in the Republican Party. Former Florida governor Jeb Bush announced the launch of an exploratory committee for a run at the GOP nomination, a move that was not unexpected, but surprising for its timing. It challenges the Republican Party to make a choice between its past and its future — perhaps much sooner than it otherwise would. On paper, Jeb Bush makes a good contender for a presidential nomination.

Posted on 18 December 2014 | 10:15 am

Asian Cup wide open after coaching changes

With the start of the Asian Cup only weeks away, a wide-open tournament has become even more unpredictable after a rash of coach firings in recent months left many of the top teams in disarray.

Posted on 18 December 2014 | 10:03 am

Book Talk: War on Afghan frontline, by a female soldier

By Jessica Donati KABUL (Reuters) – Chantelle Taylor is a former combat medic who fought in one of Britain’s bloodiest battles in Afghanistan and wrote about her experience as a rare woman on the front line. Written in a neutral tone, “Battleworn” reads like an ordinary soldier’s diary and documents hardship and bravery at a small outpost in Helmand province, where two-thirds of the company was wounded in battle. Publishers told Taylor no one would want to read a war story written by a woman and asked her to sex it up with romance. …

Posted on 18 December 2014 | 7:12 am

Iowa and New Hampshire voters will listen before they judge Bush

Former Florida governor Jeb Bush addresses the Wall Street Journal CEO Council in WashingtonBy Mark Guarino DAVENPORT, Iowa (Reuters) – Bob Shelley neatly folds his newspaper and uses it as a coaster for his coffee mug. By no coincidence, it covers the face of former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, who just announced he will explore a bid for the White House in 2016. In a coffee shop in this riverfront city, Shelley, 63, and a life-long Republican, says he is not certain which Republican presidential candidate he’ll vote for in 2016 But he knows Bush is not his man. …

Posted on 18 December 2014 | 6:02 am

Executions in United States at 20-year low: report

Handout of revamped lethal injection room at San Quentin State PrisonBy Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Amid growing concerns about how executions are carried out in the United States, the number of prison inmates being put to death fell to a 20-year low in 2014, the Death Penalty Information Center said in a report issued on Thursday. The 35 executions this year was the lowest since 1994, said the Washington-based nonprofit, which does not take a position on whether the death penalty should be abolished, in its annual survey of national data. …

Posted on 18 December 2014 | 5:21 am

Palestinians present UN resolution on final peace deal

A group of Palestinian boys, one carrying the national flag, walk past destroyed houses in the Shejaiya neighborhood of Gaza City on August 27, 2014The Palestinians on Wednesday presented a draft UN resolution laying out terms for a final peace deal with Israel but sought to avoid a clash with the United States by saying they were open to negotiations on the text. The draft resolution obtained by AFP would set a 12-month deadline for wrapping up negotiations on a final settlement and the end of 2017 as the time frame for completing an Israeli withdrawal from Palestinian territories.

Posted on 18 December 2014 | 12:53 am

Ax, machete, pill bottles near rampage suspect

This undated photo provided by the Montgomery County Office of the District Attorney in Norristown, Pa., shows Bradley William Stone, 35, of Pennsburg, Pa., a suspect in six shooting deaths in Montgomery County on Monday, Dec. 15, 2014. District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman said all of the victims have a "familial relationship" to Stone. (AP Photo/Montgomery County Office of the District Attorney)PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Former Marines who served with a man believed to have killed his ex-wife and five of her relatives said he fought constantly with her, although a Veterans Administration psychiatrist deemed him free of any suicidal or homicidal thoughts a week before the deadly rampage.

Posted on 18 December 2014 | 12:53 am

Iraq – Google News

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Love, American Style: Iraq’s Kurds fans of all things US, Bush – Fox News


Fox News

Love, American Style: Iraq's Kurds fans of all things US, Bush
Fox News
In the Kurdish-administered region of Iraq, the American flag is a fashion statement as well as a declaration of admiration for the U.S. Above left, Mohammed Huthifa Mloky holds up memorabilia, while Gulan Sherko, r.) wraps herself in Old Glory.

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Posted on 18 December 2014 | 12:46 pm

UN defers Iraq’s $4.6 billion Gulf War reparations to Kuwait – Reuters


Reuters UK

UN defers Iraq's $4.6 billion Gulf War reparations to Kuwait
Reuters
GENEVA (Reuters) – The United Nations Gulf War compensation fund agreed on Thursday to defer Iraq's requirement to deposit five percent of its oil revenues for a year due to its budgetary difficulties, a senior U.N. official said. Major powers on the
Kuwait says accepts Iraq request on Gulf war reparationsReuters UK
Kuwait accepts Iraq Gulf war pay delayAl-Arabiya
Iraq seeks one-year deferral on Gulf War reparationsYahoo News

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Posted on 18 December 2014 | 12:34 pm

Iraq PM Drops Lawsuits Against Journalists – ABC News


The Daily Star

Iraq PM Drops Lawsuits Against Journalists
ABC News
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi on Thursday ordered the withdrawal of all government lawsuits against journalists and media outlets, marking a departure from his predecessor Nouri al-Maliki, who was widely accused of using state institutions to
Iraq stops salaries to 'ghost soldiers'The National

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Posted on 18 December 2014 | 11:55 am

Isis ‘executes scores of women for refusing to marry militants’, Iraq ministry … – The Independent


The Independent

Isis 'executes scores of women for refusing to marry militants', Iraq ministry
The Independent
"Many families were also forced to migrate from the province's northern town of Al-Wafa after hundreds of residents received death threats." Isis has overrun a large part of the western Anbar province in its push to expand its territory across swathes
Reports of U.S. Ground Fighters Emerge as ISIS Gains in IraqThe Fiscal Times
Hundreds of US troops now deployed in Iraq's Anbar provinceStars and Stripes
Iraq: ISIS murdered 150 women and underage girls for refusing sex actsJerusalem Post
The Inquisitr -International Business Times UK -Middle East Eye
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Posted on 18 December 2014 | 9:43 am

Border town in Iranian Kurdistan booms through trade with Iraq – Financial Times


Financial Times

Border town in Iranian Kurdistan booms through trade with Iraq
Financial Times
Iraqi traders import goods from China, Malaysia and Turkey, transport them to northern Iraq, then reload them and take them to the Iranian border, where there is no customs post. From there it is a short drive to the town — now the country's biggest
Amid Iraq war, Basra autonomy bid gaining greater supportRudaw
Iraq's Kurdistan Is Deepening Ties With IranBusiness Insider
Iraq-Kurdistan oil agreement 'brings optimism throughout the sector'ICIS
Reuters -www.worldbulletin.net -Wall Street Journal
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Posted on 18 December 2014 | 8:50 am

Iraq Kurds in push to retake Sinjar area from ISIS – Al-Arabiya


Al-Arabiya

Iraq Kurds in push to retake Sinjar area from ISIS
Al-Arabiya
Iraqi Kurdish forces launched a broad offensive on Wednesday aimed at recapturing areas near the Syrian border that have been held by Islamic State of Iraq and Syria militants for months, officials said. Among the goals is the Sinjar area, which was
Kurdish forces launch attack on Iraq town of SinjarIrish Times
Iraq Kurds launch Sinjar offensive after coalition air strikesYahoo News
Iraq Kurds, coalition jets in major push to retake SinjarYahoo News UK
The Daily Star -Reuters
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Posted on 18 December 2014 | 6:12 am

Operation To Free Yazidi Town Begins; 131 Killed Across Iraq – Antiwar.com


Christian Science Monitor

Operation To Free Yazidi Town Begins; 131 Killed Across Iraq
Antiwar.com
A large number of militants were killed in northern Iraq today during an operation to liberate Sinjar. Overall at least 131 people were killed and 12 were wounded. In a string of towns known as the “Baghdad Belt,” Sunni Iraqis are finding that the Shi
In northeast Iraq, flashes of resistance against Islamic State militants (+video)Christian Science Monitor
Inside Iraq's 'killing zones'Bangladesh News 24 hours
Iraq's Sunni tribes need support from WashingtonThe National
Reuters -Yahoo News
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Posted on 18 December 2014 | 5:04 am

Beginning of Iraq? – The Hill (blog)


The Interpreter

Beginning of Iraq?
The Hill (blog)
Last week, I returned from my 38th trip to Iraq (since 2004), but my first since the shocking June 10 seizure of Mosul, Iraq's second largest city, by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). Falling almost upon the one year anniversary of ISIS's
Iraq's next top gun trains in Arizona to fight ISISKTVQ Billings News
Iraq: Time on Washington's sideThe Interpreter

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Posted on 17 December 2014 | 8:00 pm

Al-Sweady Inquiry: UK Army Iraq abuse claims report due – BBC News


BBC News

Al-Sweady Inquiry: UK Army Iraq abuse claims report due
BBC News
A long-running public inquiry into alleged abuse carried out by British soldiers in Iraq is to report later. Claims that up to 20 Iraqis were killed and mutilated after a 2004 battle were withdrawn earlier this year. But the Al-Sweady Inquiry hearing
Scots soldiers cleared of torture and murder in IraqScotsman
UK inquiry finds mistreatment, no torture of Iraq detaineesYahoo News
UK troops mistreated Iraq detainees3News NZ
Morning Star Online -RT -Sky News
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Posted on 17 December 2014 | 5:01 am

Iraq’s quiet Christian genocide – Fox News


Fox News

Iraq's quiet Christian genocide
Fox News
In fact, 40 of Baghdad's 65 churches had been bombed, along with 60 more in Iraq's second largest city, Mosul. The conflict had allowed extremists to finally rid Iraq of its ancient Christian minority, and hardly anyone noticed their systematic efforts

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Posted on 16 December 2014 | 8:56 pm