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Video: Angelina Jolie visits Devastated Mosul

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

UNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie visits West Mosul, less than a year after the city’s liberation.

The visit marks Jolie’s 61st mission – and her fifth visit to Iraq – with the UN Refugee Agency since 2001.

She arrives in the city on the second day of the Eid al-Fitr, the Muslim holiday marking the end of Ramadan.

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Video: Iraq needs $90bn to Rebuild

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

Entire cities, including western Mosul and Ramadi, have been destroyed in the war against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) group in Iraq.

The Iraqi government says large-scale reconstruction across the country hasn’t started yet because it doesn’t have the money.

About $90 billion is needed to rebuild the country after 15 years of war since the fall of Saddam Hussein in 2003, but Iraq’s allies pledged only $30bn At a donor conference in February.

Al Jazeera‘s Charles Stratford reports from Iraq’s capital Baghdad:

Video: Fire hits Iraq’s biggest Ballot Warehouse

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

Emergency services try to put out a fire that ripped through Iraq’s biggest ballot warehouse in eastern Baghdad’s Al-Russafa district, ahead of a vote recount prompted by allegations of fraud during legislative elections that saw a surprise victory for a populist cleric:

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Video: Iraq’s Heritage Buildings Deteriorating from Neglect

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

The leaning tower of Pisa is well known, but what’s not so well known is that Baghdad also has a tower with a tendency to tilt.

However, it is not the only heritage building suffering from poor maintenance and neglect.

Al Jazeera’s Osama Bin Javaid reports from the capital of Iraq:

Video: Will Iran-US Tensions threaten Iraq’s Stability?

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

It’s been three weeks since the parliamentary election in Iraq and many Iraqis voted for a nationalist party opposed to foreign interference.

But both Riyadh and Washington want an Iraq that is sympathetic to their interests and pro-Iran militias were instrumental in defeating ISIL.

Worries in Iraq are increasing that tension between Iran and the US, along with its Saudi ally, could undermine stability in the country.

Al Jazeera’s Osama Bin Javaid from Baghdad, Iraq:

Video: Vote Fraud Allegations Trigger Recount

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

Iraq’s electoral commission says it is cancelling the results from more than 1,000 polling stations used in this month’s parliamentary vote.

It says it has evidence of fraud at voting centres both in Iraq and for citizens living abroad.

Iraqi MPs called for votes in the predominantly Sunni provinces of Anbar, Diyala, Salahuddin and Nineveh and all ballots cast by Iraqis living abroad to be manually recounted.

The demand was supported by many Sunni politicians and others who oppose the election results which saw a successful outcome for three main Shia-led blocs in Iraq’s first election since the defeat of ISIL.

Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi warned in his weekly news conference of potential political instability if demands for recounts continued.

Al Jazeera‘s Charles Stratford has more from Baghdad:

Video: Al-Abadi will have to Negotiate his Future

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

The vote dealt a blow to Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, whose Nasr alliance is trailing in third place.

But with no group winning a majority, he could still be a major player.

Al Jazeera’s Charles Stratford examines Abadi’s time in office:

Video: Corruption Watchdog says $320bn Stolen

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

The parliamentary transparency commission in Iraq says $320 billion has gone missing in the past 15 years, because of government c.

It’s one of many big issues weighing on the minds of Iraqis as they prepare to vote for a new parliament on Saturday.

Al Jazeera‘s Imran Khan reports from Baghdad, Iraq.

Video: Mosul Residents discuss Iraq Elections

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

Residents, activists, and candidates in Iraq’s Mosul discuss the prospects of upcoming elections in the city, where electoral banners and notices are posted next to buildings and areas which were left devastated by the fighting as Iraqi forces battled to retake the city from the Islamic State group.

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