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Exxon tells Iraq oil deal with Kurdistan is ‘frozen’

US energy giant ExxonMobil has told the Iraqi oil ministry that it has “frozen” its controversial contract with the country’s autonomous Kurdish region, a government official told AFP on Saturday. The regional government denied that claim, saying officials hold regular meetings with company executives and that they had made no…

Thousands join Iraq anti-govt demo

SULAIMANIYAH, Iraq — Around 4,000 demonstrators crowded Tahrir Square in the centre of the Iraqi city of Sulaimaniyah on Tuesday, the latest protest against the dominance of two major parties in the region. Iraqi officials have attempted to head off nationwide rallies in recent days by cutting the pay of…

Iraq water shortages raising ethnic tensions

KIRKUK, Iraq — A worsening water shortage in Iraq is raising tensions in the multi-ethnic Kirkuk province, where Arab farmers accuse the Kurdistan region of ruining them by closing the valves to a dam in winter. “We are harmed by the Kurds, and the officials responsible for Baghdad and Kirkuk…

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