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2006-01-29 10:14:46

KIRKUK, Iraq (Reuters) - Two car bombs targeting churches in the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk killed at least four people on Sunday, a police official said. Colonel Burham Taher said the blasts at two churches also wounded nine people. In August, a wave of bomb attacks at churches killed 11 people. Iraq's Christian community, which makes up about 3 percent of the population, has become increasingly nervous over violence and Islamic militant attacks on Christian-owned liquor shops.

2006-01-02 12:20:28

By Mariam Karouny and Gideon Long BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraq's oil exports hit their lowest level since the war, according to figures released on Monday, heightening a sense of crisis as fuel supplies grow scarce and political leaders struggle to form a government. Iraq exported 1.1 million barrels per day (bpd) of oil in December, a senior official said -- less than any month since exports resumed in mid-2003 after the U.S. invasion and about half the level seen during sanctions under...

2006-01-01 12:06:34

By Chalak Abdullah RAHINAWA, Iraq (Reuters) - Security forces in Iraq shot dead four people protesting against a recent hike in fuel prices on Sunday, police said, after rioters set cars and petrol stations on fire near the northern oil city of Kirkuk. Iraq, which has the world's third biggest oil reserves, is grappling with its latest fuel crisis and price rises imposed by a deal with the International Monetary Fund; longer than usual queues have built up at petrol stations and many...

2005-12-31 08:54:16

By Waleed Ibrahim and Gideon Long BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraq started trucking fuel from its main oil refinery in the north to cities across the country on Saturday to ease a crisis that has triggered panic buying and long queues at petrol stations. Exasperated drivers waited for over three hours to fill their tanks in Baghdad, capital of a country which sits on the third-largest proven oil reserves in the world, as trucks rolled out of the Baiji refinery for the first time in 10 days....

2005-12-27 12:15:54

By Aseel Kami BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraqi political leaders will meet the president in his Kurdish homeland over the next few days to prepare the ground for the formation of a new government, a senior government official said on Tuesday. The announcement, part of efforts ease sectarian and ethnic friction following this month's election, came as around 5,000 supporters of former Prime Minister Iyad Allawi marched through Baghdad in the latest protest against the results. Sunni and...

2005-12-27 10:05:05

By Aseel Kami BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraqi political leaders will meet the president in his Kurdish homeland over the next few days to prepare the ground for the formation of a new government, a senior government official said on Tuesday. The announcement, part of efforts ease sectarian and ethnic friction following this month's election, came as around 5,000 supporters of former Prime Minister Iyad Allawi marched through Baghdad in the latest protest against the results. Sunni and...

2005-12-25 09:00:42

By Alastair Macdonald BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Bombs struck Iraqi police and army patrols and destroyed an American tank in Baghdad on Sunday as fresh street protests over election results kept up tension that has soured the mood after a peaceful ballot 10 days ago. In the violent northern city of Mosul, the killing of a Sunni Arab student leader abducted after heading a demonstration against the election results prompted accusations by mourners at his funeral against militias loyal to...

2005-12-15 14:58:25

By Alister Bull KIRKUK (Reuters) - An Iraqi official in the disputed city of Kirkuk accused Kurds of cheating in Thursday's election, saying thousands had been bussed in to swell the Kurdish vote. Kurds denied the charge. Hassan Toran, a Turkmen member of the Kirkuk Provincial Council, said Turkmen, Arab Sunni and Shi'ite officials would lodge an official written complaint with Iraq's Electoral Commission and demand a new vote under U.N. supervision. "A lot of violations took place....

2005-12-15 12:34:54

By Alastair Macdonald and Luke Baker BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Undeterred by scattered violence, Iraqis voted in overwhelming numbers in an election on Thursday, with minority Sunni Arabs who boycotted the last poll determined not to miss out on power again. Turnout in 10 hours of voting was at least 10 million, or 67 percent, Election Commission chief Hussein Hendawi told Reuters, much higher than the 58 percent who voted in the previous election on January 30. The demand to vote was so...

2005-12-15 11:14:17

By Alastair Macdonald and Luke Baker BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Undeterred by scattered violence, Iraqis voted in overwhelming numbers in an election on Thursday, with minority Sunni Arabs who boycotted the last poll determined not to miss out on power again. The demand to vote was so strong that polling stations were kept open an extra hour in some areas to allow those waiting in line to cast ballots. In Saddam Hussein's home province more than 80 percent voted, an electoral official...


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