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Five people killed in Mosul and Baghdad insurgency

Rezan Ahmed reports for AKnews:

Security officials said that yesterday five people, including a doctor, two civilians and two policemen, were killed by insurgents in Baghdad and Mosul.

Two more policemen were wounded in the incidents.

A police official from Baghdad, who asked AKnews not to mention his name, said a physician was killed with silenced guns in his own clinic in Ziyuna neighborhood, eastern Baghdad.

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One soldier killed, five wounded in Falluja drive-by shooting

Anwar Msarbat reports for AKnews:

An Iraqi soldier was killed and five more were injured today as gunmen opened fire on a checkpoint south of Falluja. The same day seven civilians were arrested for unidentified reasons.

Maj. Hammed al-Dalimi of Anbar police told AKnews that the assailants using light weapons struck an army checkpoint in central Ameriya district and left behind the causalities. The checkpoint and a nearby private car have also been damaged in the attack.

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Iraq, Turkey end bans on flights

Mohammed Tawfeeq reports for CNN:

Iraq and Turkey have agreed to allow flights between their countries, ending a mutual ban that began with a dispute about how an Iraqi government oil company owed millions of dollars to Turkey, Iraqi officials said Thursday.

Turkish planes resumed flights to Iraq on Thursday and were landing at the Baghdad airport, Iraq's Ministry of Transportation said.

Iraqi airliners will begin landing in Istanbul on Friday, officials said.

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Gazprom Neft to begin oil output in Iraq in 2013

Reuters reports:

Russia's Gazprom Neft , expects to start commercial production of 15,000 barrels per day of oil at Iraqi Badra gas field in August 2013, the company said on Friday.

The company, the oil arm of Russia's gas export monopoly Gazprom, said it commenced drilling the first appraisal well at Badra -- also known as Badrah -- on Thursday.

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Iraq in $396m power deals with Hyundai

Aseel Kami reports for Reuters:

Iraq has signed contracts worth $396 million with South Korea's Hyundai Engineering to build two power plants as it tries to increase electricity supplies, a senior official said on Tuesday.

The plants will have a total capacity of 1,752 megawatts, Laith al-Mamury, head of investments and contracts at the electricity ministry, said.

"The ministry signed a contract with Hyundai Engineering to build five units, each with a capacity of 292 megawatts (and) with a value of $308 million in Rumaila," Mamury told Reuters.

The second deal, worth $88.5 million is for a plant with one 292 MW gas unit at Taza in Iraq's northern Kirkuk province, Mamury said.

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U.S. hands over detainees to Iraq, with one exception

Missy Ryan reports for Reuters:

U.S. officials in Iraq have handed over to the Iraqi government all detainees in their custody as the Obama administration prepares to withdraw, the Pentagon said on Tuesday, with the exception of one high profile prisoner.

Lieutenant Colonel Todd Breasseale, a Pentagon spokesman, said the detainee handover had been completed as of Tuesday, with the exception of Ali Mussa Daqduq, who U.S. officials say is an operative for the Lebanese group Hezbollah.

"Since the process began a few years ago, we've been working to complete this transfer safely and securely in a way that wouldn't overburden the Iraqi system," Breasseale said.

"Mr. Daqduq remains in US custody. There are serious and ongoing deliberations about how to handle this individual in order to protect U.S. service members as well as broader US interests," he said.

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9 wounded in car bomb and mortar attack near Kirkuk

AKnews reports:

A car bomb exploded near a health care center in central Hawija, Kirkuk Province.

Immediately after the explosion, six mortar shells were fired at the police station and nearby government offices.

Brig. Gen. Sarhad Qader, police chief in Kirkuk Province, said that there are no reported casualties.

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Basra Council approves the new investment council

AKnews reports:

A board of directors will be formed for the Basra Investment Commission (BIC). The Basra Provincial Council approved candidates for the board on Tuesday.

Council Chairman Sabah al-Bazouni told AKnews that the council endorsed two public sector candidates, Aladdin Tahir Najem and Basil Abbas Ali, and three private sector candidates: Mazen Dakhel Abed al-Zahra, Adel Abdul-Amir Laftah and Majid al-Faisal Silawi.

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Baathists arrest continues

AKnews reports:

The arrests of members of the outlawed Baath Party of later former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein continues: 22 alleged Baathists were arrested in Karbala today.

Security forces said the arrests were a precautionary measure prior to Ashura Day, a Shiite feat in Karbala. The forces claimed having received intelligence information about a planned attack of Baath activists. 10,000 policemen are deployed to secure the area.

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KRG to launch multi-million dollar sanitation programme

AKnews reports:

Kurdistan Regional Government is embarking on a sewage and water supply programme worth $910 million USD (1 billion IQD).

Samir Abdullah, Minister of Municipalities and Tourism, told a press conference today the Goptapa-Chamchamal water project which will supply drinking water for 300,000 people in central Chamchamal. It will cost the regional government 130 billion IQD ($111 million USD).

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