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Kurdistan Region-Iraq News in brief  9.7.2012   

July 9, 2012 -  Sulaimaniyah, Erbil-Hewler, Duhok, Kirkuk, Kurdistan Region 'Iraq'

Kurdistan Region has right to export its oil, says Gorran

Erbil: The Gorran List in the Iraqi parliament said the Kurdistan Region has a right to export oil produced from its soil. Mohammed Tofiq said: "The political situation in the country is moving towards the worst because there is no intention by the parties to talk seriously and find solutions." Tofiq added that oil export is the right of the Kurdistan Region but through understanding, because without understanding the crisis in Iraq will be exacerbated. The office of Iraq’s Deputy Prime Minister for Energy Hussein al-Shahristani said a few days ago that the Kurdistan Regional Government or other provinces in Iraq have no right to sign deals with foreign companies to export oil, gas or petroleum products. Last Thursday world news agencies reported that the Kurdistan Regional Government began tracking exports oil to turkey. The Kurdistan Region's Minister of Natural Resources Ashti Hawrami said in conference in Istanbul last Wednesday that the regional government will export oil to Turkey within two years.

Dust waves will continue until Tuesday evening

Sulaimaniyah: The director of Sulaimaniyah Metrology Dara Hassan said the dust waves will continue until tomorrow (Tuesday) evening and visibility in some areas in the Kurdistan Region will be between one to two kilometers and under one kilometer in Erbil. Heavy dust wind hit the Kurdistan Region on Sunday due to the low pressure of the hot season coming from India, said the director. Hassan described the dust waves as abnormal, explaining: "Despite the abnormality of the dust waves it reduces the temperature to under 40 degrees”.  Before the dust waves came, the temperature in the region was above 40 degrees.

Erbil police deny kidnapping of child in city

Erbil: Erbil police have denied that a child was kidnapped in the city, adding that media reports of the case are fake. Erbil citizen Umed Ibrahim said on some media channels that unknown armed men attacked him and his wife with bricks at 12:20am in Ayinda neighbourhood, north Erbil and after hurting the couple the men kidnapped a three-year-old child. Ibrahim added that the attackers were driving government cars and some of them were wearing security uniforms. Erbil police spokesperson Karwan Abdul Karim said the husband and wife went to Kasnazan police and complained after the incident. Abdul Karim added that the wife was in a previous marriage and had a baby before meeting Umed Ibrahim. The couple later separated and the ex-husband took his child on Sunday and did not kidnap it. The courts have yet to decide whether the child should remain with the father or the

Duhok airport project to begin within two months

Erbil: Kurdistan’s Prime Minister, Nechirvan Barzani, has announced that the foundation stone for the new Duhok International Airport will be laid within two months. “We want to create an organized foundation for an optimistic future,” said Barzani, addressing the issue of the current shortfall in Kurdistan’s infrastructure. The premier’s news came in a statement also unveiling broader government investment in a range of public works including a healthcare project to build hospitals in the city, town and districts of Duhok. The announcement also comes after Barzani’s meeting with Duhok governor and officials, at which he also discussed the construction of more schools in the Kurdistan Region.

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