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2008-07-22 15:00:38

Text of report by Iraqi Media Network weekly newspaper Al-Sabah on 7 July [Report by Mustafa Majid in Baghdad: "Over 90 Per cent of the Works on the Shirin Dam in Kirkuk Has Been Carried Out."] Technical cadres at the Water Resources Ministry have carried out more than 90 per cent of the Shirin Dam project in the Kirkuk Governorate. The dam, which is expected to cost about 5 billion dinars, will be capable of storing over 2 billion cubic meters of potable and irrigation water. In...

2008-07-04 12:00:25

Text of report by right-of-centre daily German newspaper Die Welt on 1 July [Report on interview with Iraqi Oil Minister Husayn al- Shahristani by Birgit Svensson; in Baghdad, date not given: "Awakening in Iraq"] Baghdad - The most powerful man in Prime Minister Nuri al- Maliki's cabinet is only 1.58 metres tall. He seems inconspicuous among his gigantic bodyguards. You have to look closely to see the Iraqi oil minister in a gray suit, gray little goatee and equally gray hair. But the big...

2008-07-01 09:01:01

Iraq opens six oil fields for foreign firms bidding BAGHDAD, June 30 (Xinhua) -- Iraqi oil ministry Monday announced a list of six oil fields for bidding from foreign oil companies to boost oil production in the war-torn country. Oil Minister Hussein al-Shahristani told a press conference in Baghdad that the fields are Rumaila, Kirkuk, Zubair, West Qurna Phase 1, Bai Hassan and Maysan. The minister said the oil fields are open for bidding for long- term development contracts with...

2008-06-22 15:00:00

By SAMEER N. YACOUB, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS BAGHDAD A sharp drop in attacks on pipelines has enabled Iraq to increase oil exports from northern oil fields and profit from the rise in world energy prices, the country's oil minister said Friday. Oil Minister Hussain al-Shahristani said pipeline attacks fell from an average of 30 a month in 2007 to four last month. Most of the attacks had been in the north, where Sunni insurgents were active. Al-Shahristani told Al-Sharqiya television that...

2008-06-20 09:00:44

By Patrick Cockburn Shell, BP, Exxon Mobil and Total set to sign deal with Baghdad Nearly four decades after the four biggest Western oil companies were expelled from Iraq by Saddam Hussein, they are negotiating their return. By the end of the month, Royal Dutch Shell, BP, Exxon Mobil and Total will sign agreements with the Baghdad government, Iraq's first with big Western oil firms since the US-led invasion in 2003. The deals are for repair and technical support in some of the...

2008-06-18 06:00:29

Text of report by London-based newspaper Al-Hayat website on 15 June [Report on an interview with Iraqi Oil Minister Husayn al- Shahristani by Jawdat Kazim in Baghdad: "Stressing Intention To Form International Partnership To Exploit Natural Gas and.Denying US Companies' Monopoly of Investment Contracts, Iraqi Oil Minister tells Al-Hayat: Iran Prevents us From Exploiting Al-Fakkah Field; Iraq's Revenue From Crude Will Rise to 70 Billion Dollars by Year End"] Iranian border guards...

2006-09-05 13:11:38

By Ibon Villelabeitia SULAIMANIYA, Iraq (Reuters) - Fed up with car bombs and death threats, Lazem Hamid, an Iraqi doctor from one of Baghdad's most violent neighborhoods, decided one day to pack his bags and take his family north to Kurdistan. "I had to leave it all and come here. There was no chance for us in Baghdad. The day we left, our neighbors came out to congratulate us. Life is good here. I have made Kurdish friends," said the 50-year-old microbiology specialist. Thousands...

2006-09-05 03:06:47

(Corrects date of Anfal campaign to 1988 from 1998 in paragraph 2) By Mustafa Mahmoud KIRKUK, Iraq (Reuters) - The remains of 80 people, believed to be Kurdish victims of Saddam Hussein's regime, were unearthed in two mass graves near the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk on Monday, a Kurdish security official said. Tens of thousands of Kurds were killed in a military campaign in 1988 codenamed Anfal -- Spoils of War -- for which Saddam, his cousin Ali Hassan al-Majid, known as Chemical...

2006-09-04 12:37:29

By Mustafa Mahmoud KIRKUK, Iraq (Reuters) - The remains of 80 people, believed to be Kurdish victims of Saddam Hussein's regime, were unearthed in two mass graves near the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk on Monday, a Kurdish security official said. Tens of thousands of Kurds were killed in a military campaign in 1998 codenamed Anfal -- Spoils of War -- for which Saddam, his cousin Ali Hassan al-Majid, known as Chemical Ali, and five other former commanders are now on trial in Baghdad....

2006-08-31 00:55:00

By Alastair Macdonald BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Bombers killed nearly 50 Iraqis on Wednesday, mostly in Baghdad, but the top U.S. commander said a security drive in the capital was making progress and local forces could largely be running Iraq within 12 to 18 months. General George Casey declined to be drawn on what that might mean for how many American troops could go home, and when. He told reporters a fierce battle on Monday in which Shi'ite militiamen in a southern city killed at least 20 Iraqi...


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conjunto
  • A style of popular dance music originating along the border between Texas and Mexico, characterized by the use of accordion, drums, and 12-string bass guitar and traditionally based on polka, waltz, and bolero rhythms.
The word 'conjunto' comes through Spanish, from Latin coniūnctus, past participle of coniungere, to join together; see conjoin