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The Iraqi Ministry of Oil said it is working seriously to accelerate the implementation of pipeline projects transporting crude oil from Kirkuk to Ceyhan, Rumaila towards Aqaba and linking the northern transport networks to South to acquire the flexibility of transport and export, while expressing their willingness to amend the law of the National Oil Company in the event of being returned to the government.

Deputy Minister of Energy and Oil Minister Thamer Ghadhban said in a statement to the newspaper "Sabah" said that the Ministry of Oil prepared a plan to diversify the ports of export of crude, as working seriously and on a daily basis to prepare plans and programs regarding the export of oil from Rumaila fields towards the port of Aqaba, The alternative pipeline to export oil towards the Turkish port of Ceyhan starting from Kirkuk, in addition to linking the internal network of the north to the south.

He added that the establishment of these projects will allow Iraq the ability to maneuver and flexibility in the transfer and export of oil for strategic and economic reasons, and in the event of an emergency or stop or shrink in a certain port, revealing the existence of other outlets to ensure the stability of the export system and the rates of crude production and gas.

A local political source, Thursday, revealed the arrival of the two ruling parties in the Kurdistan region to an acceptable solution on the portfolio of the Iraqi Justice Ministry, noting that it was agreed to nominate an independent figure from the provinces of Sulaymaniyah or Kirkuk to this ministry.

"The Kurdistan Democratic Party and the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) have reached an acceptable settlement on the justice portfolio in the federal government, which has become a point of contention between them," the source told Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper.

The source, who asked not to be named, said that "was reached after a series of meetings between party leaders to an agreement on the disputed justice portfolio in the federal government, which opens the door to other agreements on the territorial government," adding that " The nomination of an independent figure of the Ministry of Justice does not belong to any of the two parties to be this character of Sulaymaniyah or Kirkuk. "

In pictures ... Snowfall in Sulaymaniyah

The city of Sulaymaniyah has seen snowfall on Thursday.

Several areas in the Kurdistan region have seen snowfalls, especially mountain areas, where meteorological forecasted a predicted drop in temperatures in some cities to 3 degrees below zero, while the mountainous regions temperatures of 10 degrees below zero.









The Committee of Economic Affairs, Wednesday, announced the adoption of important decisions to consolidate customs duties at all border crossings, including the crossings of the Kurdistan region, and the customs points in Kirkuk.

On Wednesday, the second session of the Economic Affairs Committee held , chaired by Deputy Prime Minister for Economic Affairs and Minister of Finance Fouad Hussein.

A statement by the Office of the Minister of Finance said"The Committee of Economic Affairs has taken its decision to standardize tariffs at all border crossings , including the crossings of the Kurdistan region, this decision has great economic importance through the payment of customs duties and a uniform tax at all outlets, and regulates the flow of goods and goods The promotion of trade and the unification of import licenses, documents and ratifications required in this regard. "

The statement added, "The Commission also decided to cancel the current customs inspection points in (Faydia, Serawa north of Kirkuk, Liylan east of Kirkuk), which encourages and develops the internal trade and the flow of materials and goods inside Iraq.

Explaining that "the above decisions were taken after a series of meetings between specialists in the federal government and the Kurdistan Regional Government."

Over a month after the collapse of an illegal mine in India, teams on Thursday found the body of one of 15 trapped miners, in uncertain condition.

“One body detected by Indian Navy divers using underwater ROV [remotely operated vehicle] at a depth of approx 60 feet and 210 feet [18.3 and 64 meters] inside a rat-hole mine,” an Indian Navy spokesperson wrote on Twitter. 

On Dec. 13, the laborers were caught inside an illegal 113-meter (370-foot) deep mine, after water from a nearby river gushed in, in India’s northeastern state of Meghalaya. 

“The depth is 160 feet [49 meters] (and not 60 feet) and the body has been pulled up to the mouth of rat-hole mine and shall be extracted out of the mine under the supervision of doctors,” the tweet added. 

Local authorities said that there has been “no significant change in the water level despite days of intensive pumping.”

“This is expected to cause problems in extracting the bodies from the mine,” said a statement to local media.

Multiple agencies are involved in the rescue and location efforts. 

India’s premier National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) is being assisted by the Indian Navy, Odisha Fire Services, and Coal India Limited.

British lawmakers will vote on the government’s Brexit Plan B on Jan. 29, Andrea Leadsom, the leader of the Commons, said Thursday.

Prime Minister Theresa May will make a statement on her new strategy for Brexit on Monday after her plan was largely rejected by MPs earlier this week.

May will submit a motion aiming for progress in the Brexit process and a debate will be held at the House of Commons on Jan. 29 before a vote, Leadsome said.

May said late Wednesday that she has started constructive meetings with the representatives of opposition parties to find a way forward on Brexit.

In a statement outside 10 Downing Street, May said she had met with the leader of the Liberal Democrats and Westminster leaders of the Scottish National Party (SNP) and Wales’ Plaid Cymru party and she will continue such meetings with groups of MPs representing the widest possible range of views from parliament, including MPs of her confidence and supply partners, the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP).

“This evening, the government has won the confidence of parliament,” May said, referring to its surviving a confidence vote.

“This now gives us all the opportunity to focus on finding a way forward on Brexit.”

Late Wednesday, after Tuesday’s humiliating defeat in a vote on the EU withdrawal agreement, May’s government survived a motion of no confidence with the backing of 326 MPs.

May said following the vote that she wanted to start talks with the leaders of the opposition parties about a way forward on Brexit.

Labour leader Corbyn said he had no intention of starting talks with May unless she ruled out a no-deal Brexit.

The motion of no confidence was called by Corbyn in the wake of Tuesday’s historic 432-202 defeat.

A bomb exploded in a village in the area of ​​Soran on Wednesday, killing and wounding four people.

A bomb exploded Wednesday in mountainous areas near the village of "Sitkan" in the Soran area, killing a young man named "Mohammed Khader" and injuring three others, who were taken directly to the hospital, a spokesman for the General Directorate of Mines, Rebaz Khalid said.

He added that investigations were continuing to find out the cause of the accident.

Political Council of the Kurdistan Islamic Union on Wednesday 16 January 2019 received a delegation of the National Council of Syrian Kurdish.

The two sides discussed during the meeting bilateral relations between the two sides and the latest political developments in the region as a whole and the current situation in western Kurdistan and stressed the unity of the Kurdish row in western Kurdistan to meet the challenges.

A fire broke out in a refugee camp in Erbil

A fire broke out in a refugee camp in the city of Erbil on Wednesday and a source in the civil defense in Erbil declared that they controled the fire.

A fire broke out in the refugee camp of "Harsham" Wednesday morning in the city of Erbil and civil defense sources in Erbil announced that the civil defense teams managed to control the fire within three hours and the fire did not cause any injuries.

They pointed out that the fire was caused by electricity and heating equipment.

At the official invitation of the Iranian Consulate in Kurdistan Region, the Secretary-General of the Kurdistan Islamic Union Salahadin Mohammad Bahaadin held a meeting with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Jawad Zarif. A number of party and government officials also attended the meeting, which discussed the latest political and economic developments in the Kurdistan and the region and the economy of the Kurdistan Region.

The meeting also discussed the relations of the Islamic Republic with the Kurdistan Region.

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