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Kurdish Women pedal, dunk, spike as Iraq’s Top Athletes

From AFP. Any opinions expressed are those of the authors, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News.

In Iraq, the toughest female competitors, best-equipped facilities and most experienced coaches are considered to be in the Kurdish-majority northern region:

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Video: Controversial Plan to “Help” Iraq’s War Widows

From Al Jazeera. Any opinions expressed are those of the authors, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News.

There are at least a million widows in Iraq, following decades of conflict and war and many are struggling to make ends meet.

But a new government proposal designed to assist them is proving controversial.

Al Jazeera‘s Mohammed Adow reports from Baghdad.

Video: Controversial Plan to “Help” Iraq’s War Widows

From Al Jazeera. Any opinions expressed are those of the authors, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News.

There are at least a million widows in Iraq, following decades of conflict and war and many are struggling to make ends meet.

But a new government proposal designed to assist them is proving controversial.

Al Jazeera‘s Mohammed Adow reports from Baghdad.

Video: Parliament elects Barham Salih as New President

From Al Jazeera. Any opinions expressed are those of the authors, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News.

Iraq’s newly elected president has chosen his prime minister and asked him to form the next government.

The new president, Barham Salih, gave the nod to former oil minister Adel Abdul Mahdi.

Hopefully, the selection marks the end of a five-month political deadlock after disputed elections in May, but Mahdi is seen as an independent candidate and will have to win backing from the two Shia parties that control most seats in parliament.

Political wrangling among the parties could lead to further cunctation in a process whose delays are already worrying ordinary Iraqis.

Al Jazeera’s Mohammed Adow reports from Baghdad.

Video: Parliament elects Barham Salih as New President

From Al Jazeera. Any opinions expressed are those of the authors, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News.

Iraq’s newly elected president has chosen his prime minister and asked him to form the next government.

The new president, Barham Salih, gave the nod to former oil minister Adel Abdul Mahdi.

Hopefully, the selection marks the end of a five-month political deadlock after disputed elections in May, but Mahdi is seen as an independent candidate and will have to win backing from the two Shia parties that control most seats in parliament.

Political wrangling among the parties could lead to further cunctation in a process whose delays are already worrying ordinary Iraqis.

Al Jazeera’s Mohammed Adow reports from Baghdad.

Video: Who can solve Iraq’s Electricity Crisis?

From Al Jazeera. Any opinions expressed are those of the authors, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News.

This week, German conglomerate Siemens announced that it’s in discussions to help rebuild and boost Iraq’s power generation infrastructure.

So, what are the challenges facing the new Iraqi government? Why can’t one of the world’s top oil producers keep the power on? Are Siemens power stations the solution to Iraq’s electricity crisis? And what will it take to rebuild Iraq’s power grid?

Video: Sanctions Prevent Iranians marking Ashoura in Iraq

From Al Jazeera. Any opinions expressed are those of the authors, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News.

US sanctions have made it too expensive for Iranian Shia Muslims to travel to Iraq to mark Ashoura.

Ashoura is a day of remembrance, commemorating the death of Imam Hussein, a grandson of the Prophet Mohammed.

Al Jazeera’s Rob Matheson reports from Baghdad:

Video: Calls to Protect Iraq’s Archaeological Treasures

From Al Jazeera. Any opinions expressed are those of the authors, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News.

Some of Iraq’s most significant archaeological discoveries have been made in the city of Samara. Samara lies on both sides of the River Tigris north of Baghdad.

It marks the site of a powerful Islamic capital that ruled over the Abbasid Empire which stretched from Tunisia to Central Asia for a century.

It’s estimated 80 per cent of it still lies undiscovered. UNESCO says it should be protected as a World Heritage Site.

But locals say some of its landmarks are being left to crumble.

Al Jazeera‘s Rob Matheson reports from Baghdad, Iraq:

Video: Iraq close to Running Out of Water

From Al Jazeera. Any opinions expressed are those of the authors, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News.

Iraq is running out of water.

Its planning ministry says about 90 percent of land is now desert and the small amount of remaining farmland is shrinking by five percent each year.

Now farmers say their futures are dying with their crops.

Al Jazeera’s Rob Matheson reports from Baghdad: