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Posted: 24-07-2011
IRAQ. The Ministry of Oil of Iraq has signed an Implementation agreement for the construction under BOO terms of the Refinery of Karbala with RKC (Refinery of Karbala Corporation Ltd.) The new Refinery will have a daily capacity of 200,000 barrels of Crude Oil and will produce high quality, high octane gasoline (regular and premium) as well diesel fuel for the domestic market. “Karbala Refinery will be located 100km south of Baghdad on a 6 square kilometer plot of land, and will be the most advanced state of the art refinery with almost full conversion rate and with an estimated cost of
Posted: September 10, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. Barack Obama is prepared to authorize air strikes in Syria as part of a strategy to battle IS; He will lay out his strategy in a prime-time speech Wednesday evening.
Posted: September 9, 2014
EGYPT. US Secretary of State John Kerry will meet Arab foreign ministers in Saudi Arabia Wednesday as he bids for a broad coalition against the Islamic State.
Posted: September 8, 2014
EGYPT. "What is needed is a clear decision for a comprehensive confrontation, militarily and politically," Nabil al-Arabi said at a meeting of Arab foreign ministers.
Posted: September 7, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. "US military forces attacked ISIL terrorists near Haditha in Anbar province in support of Iraqi security forces and Sunni tribes protecting the Haditha dam."
Posted: September 5, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. "We need to attack them in ways that prevent them from taking over territory, to bolster the Iraqi security forces and others in the region who are prepared to take them on, without committing troops of our own."
Posted: September 3, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. The United States plans to fight Islamic State until it is no longer a force in the Middle East and will seek justice for the killing of American journalist Steven Sotloff.
Posted: September 3, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. The militant group released a video purporting to show the beheading of journalist Steven Sotloff; Sotloff's family decries "horrific tragedy".
Posted: September 2, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. "The full extent of casualties is difficult to determine. Many have been killed directly; others have been besieged and deprived of food."
Posted: September 2, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. U.S. strategic conception must evolve away from seeing these conflicts as distinct theaters into seeing them as different aspects of the same theater: the Black Sea.
Posted: August 30, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. Writing in the New York Times, a week before a NATO summit in Wales, Kerry urged "a united response led by the United States and the broadest possible coalition of nations."
Posted: August 29, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. Obama's comment during a White House news conference before a meeting of national security advisers about how to proceed against Islamic State drew criticism.
Posted: August 28, 2014
IRAQ. Retreating jihadists set three wells ablaze at a northern Iraq oil field Thursday as they battled Kurdish forces that launched a major attack nearby, officials said.
Posted: August 27, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. The reported initiative by Qatar coincides with an effort by the Gulf state to rebut accusations that it supports the most anti-Western militant armed groups in Iraq and Syria.
Posted: August 26, 2014
IRAQ. "We asked for weapons and Iran was the first country to provide us with weapons and ammunition," Kurdistan President Massoud Barzani said at a joint press conference with Iranian foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in Arbil.
Posted: August 26, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. The Kurdistan Regional Government can bring US$100 million of crude ashore in Texas after a U.S. judge threw out a court order that would have required federal agents to seize and hold the cargo for the Iraqi Oil Ministry.

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date:Posted: September 30, 2014
IRAQ. The UN estimates land under IS control accounts for as much as 40% of Iraq's annual production of wheat, one of the country's most important food staples alongside barley and rice.
date:Posted: September 30, 2014
UAE. Bayt.com survey reveals that 78% consider meetings to be great for decision-making; Meetings in MENA workplaces often have agendas distributed in advance, according to 80% of respondents, and tend to start on scheduled time (according to 88%).
date:Posted: September 29, 2014
UAE. Country assessment ranked at A3 by Coface; 5% growth projected for 2014; Business climate favourable with the new companies' law improving transparency; Debt profile improves, financing needs of GREs continue.
UAE. Bayt.com survey reveals that 78% consider meetings to be great for decision-making; Meetings in MENA workplaces often have agendas distributed in advance, according to 80% of respondents, and tend to start on scheduled time (according to 88%).
INTERNATIONAL. Bitcoin has followed a volatile path to growing acceptance since its creation in 2009; In this interview finance expert Arturo Bris analyses the risks associated with bitcoin.
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