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Thousands of hungry and scared Syrian refugees enter Iraq

Faced with brutal violence and soaring prices, thousands of Syrian Kurds have poured into Iraq’s autonomous Kurdish region, seeking respite from privation and fighting between Kurdish fighters and jihadists. The sudden influx of Syrians across the border, the vast majority of them women, children or elderly, has forced the UN…

Exxon deal good for all Iraq: Kurdish minister

An Iraqi Kurdish minister on Sunday sought to allay the Baghdad government’s concerns about an oil exploration deal his region signed with ExxonMobil, saying it benefits the whole country. Iraq’s central government regards any oil contracts not signed with it as invalid, and officials have said the deal the US…