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Amid Iraq violence, journalists struggle with government control

Scott Peterson reports for The Christian Science Monitor:

The killings were a reminder that Iraq remains a very dangerous place, though much improved. And just as the bright, prosperous future that many Iraqis dreamed of at the start of the US-led war in 2003 has yet to materialize, so too have many of the basic freedoms it was assumed would flow from regime change.

Iraqi journalists, in particular, are still struggling to report freely and safely about their nation, something that was brought home when Marwan Ibrahim, a longtime reporter for Agence France-Presse, was seriously injured in a roadside bomb attack in the northern city of Kirkuk this morning.

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Deadliest day in months

Tim Arango reports for The New York Times:

In the deadliest day in Iraq since the withdrawal of the United States military in December, a series of explosions that mostly targeted Shiite Muslims amounted to an emphatic demonstration of the still-potent capabilities of the Sunni insurgency and a reminder of the instability left behind by American forces.

Shortly after midnight Wednesday, a homemade bomb exploded here in the capital, a harbinger of mayhem. Around 5 a.m., a truck bomb exploded in Kadhimiya, a Baghdad neighborhood where Shiite pilgrims had begun to gather to commemorate the life and death of a revered imam who was the Prophet Muhammad’s great-grandson. Then, reports of other attacks flooded in from around the country — Samarra, Kirkuk, Mosul, Falluja, Ramadi, Hilla — and by midday officials said more than 90 people were dead and at least 260 were wounded.

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Embattled Obama nominee gets endorsement from diplomats

Aamer Madhani reports for USA Today:

President Obama's embattled nominee to be the next ambassador to Baghdad is facing tough questions from several GOP senators about his qualifications and his judgment following last week's e-mail leaks between him and a newspaper reporter that he later married.

But late Wednesday, Brett McGurk got an important vote of confidence from the three previous ambassadors to Baghdad.

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Senate Republicans oppose Iraq envoy nominee

Rebecca Berg reports for The New York Times:

Opposition mounted in the Senate on Wednesday to the nomination of Brett McGurk as the next ambassador to Iraq, as seven Republican senators recommended that his name be withdrawn from consideration. The White House expressed support for its embattled nominee.

The senators, all members of the Foreign Relations Committee, sent a letter to President Obama saying that Mr. McGurk “lacks the leadership and management experience necessary” for the post. “There are strong concerns about Mr. McGurk’s qualifications, his ability to work with Iraqi officials, and now his judgment,” the letter read.

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Bombs kill 44 in Iraq attacks on pilgrims, police

Reuters reports:

Bombs targeting Shi'ite pilgrims in Baghdad and police in southern Iraq killed at least 44 people on Wednesday in a wave of attacks during a major religious festival, police and hospital sources said.

Violence in Iraq has eased since the height of the war, but Islamists tied to al Qaeda are still potent, often targeting Shi'ite pilgrims to try to inflame sectarian tensions that drove Iraq close to civil war in 2006-2007.

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Iraq Kurdistan needs 5k new homes a year to end shortage

Kadhim Ajrash and Khalid al-Ansary report for Bloomberg News:

Iraq’s Kurdistan region needs to spend 200 billion dinars ($172 million) a year on homebuilding to resolve a residential shortage over the next decade, according to an adviser to the housing ministry.

“We are capable of resolving the housing crisis in the coming 10 years through building 5,000 units a year,” Ammar al- Najjar said in an interview with Bloomberg today. “We’ll need 200 billion dinars a year to implement this plan.”

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Iraq and Iran cuddle up in OPEC, but for how long?

Peg Mackey reports for Reuters:

Historic rivals Iraq and Iran are growing closer on OPEC policy, providing a counterweight to the Gulf Arab countries led by Saudi Arabia that have long dominated the cartel.

But cordial relations could grow strained later this year when Iraq vaults past Iran to become OPEC's second biggest producer after Saudi Arabia.

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Iraq, Oman draw in Asia World Cup qualifier

The Associated Press reports:

Oman held Iraq to a 1-1 draw in an Asian World Cup qualifier on Tuesday, keeping alive the Gulf nation's hopes of advancing.

Iraq's star striker Younis Mahmoud equalised in the 37th minute from the penalty spot.

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KRG begins 2012 budget bill

Mohammed Abdul Rahman reports for AK News:

The Kurdistan Region's parliament is set to proceed with the first reading of the region's 2012 budget bill.

MP Bashir Khalil Hadad said this year's budget is estimated to be 15.2tr IQD ($13bn), with a deficit of 2.44tr IQD ($2bn).

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OPEC chief Luaibi hints at reducing oil glut

Peg Mackey reports for Reuters:

OPEC's president signaled on Monday it could act to reduce a glut of oil that has knocked the price down towards double digits, but said it was unlikely to set individual country production quotas at a meeting this week.

Abdul Kareem Luaibi, who also serves as oil minister of Iraq, said maintaining the price at $100-$120 a barrel was "reasonable and acceptable", but repeatedly declined to specify what action if any OPEC might take when it meets on Thursday.

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