Author: Zukaka

Valencia, Turin, Madrid (28/11 – 25) Ducati’s Francesco Bagnaia retained his MotoGP world title with many records; there are nevertheless signs that the Ducati rider will face sterner competition next season. The Italian rider won the 2023 season-ending MotoGP Grand Prix in Valencia on Sunday to clinch his second world title in a row. The protege of Valentino Rossi becomes the third rider to take back-to-back MotoGP titles since the introduction of the class in 2002. Only Valentino Rossi and Marc Marquez previously managed to do that. Bagnaia is the first rider to successfully race and defend #1 in the…

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Iraq summit for ‘regional stability’ has been pushed back over Israel’s ongoing bombardment of Gaza An international summit in Baghdad on “regional stability” planned for late November has been postponed due to the ongoing Gaza-Israel conflict, an Iraqi official told AFP on Thursday. The third edition of the Baghdad conference “for economic integration and regional stability”, co-organised by France, “is postponed until further notice due to the regional events” in the Middle East, said Farhad Alaaldin, adviser to Iraqi Prime Minister Mohamed Shia al-Sudani. Alaaldin noted “in particular what is happening in Palestine”, referring to the war that erupted after the October 7…

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The Norwegian company DNO said on Thursday that international oil companies operating in the Kurdistan region of Iraq will not produce oil for export through a pipeline until the late payments issue, estimated at about one billion dollars, is resolved. The Association of the Petroleum Industry of Kurdistan (APIKUR) mentioned in mid-October that Turkey’s closure of the oil pipeline in March made Iraq, the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), and oil producers all lose a total of $7 billion. DNO illustrated that the six members of APIKUR, including itself, will not resume exports through the pipeline until it is clear how…

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Türkiye’s National Intelligence Organization (MIT) eliminated Yadin Bulut, a “senior” figure of the terrorist group PKK in charge of its drug trafficking and money laundering operations. Security sources said on Friday that Bulut, also known under the code name of “Rizgar Suvar,” was eliminated in Iraq’s north. Northern Iraq has hideouts and strongholds for the terrorist group’s leadership but in recent years, it has also been the scene of MIT operations against PKK members. MIT has an extensive intelligence network in Iraq’s north. Bulut was wanted on drug dealing charges when he joined the PKK in 2015. He stayed in…

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Few countries have endured the suffering and conflict that Iraq has experienced over the past 50 years. The tragic events in Gaza bring back painful memories for the Iraqi people. Red lines have been crossed, with civilians enduring unimaginable suffering, and as a result there is an urgent need for critical humanitarian assistance. Here in Iraq, we stand in strong solidarity with the Palestinian people, and our country has committed to providing substantial aid, all the while working with our international partners to bring a swift end to this tragedy. We reiterated at the Cairo peace summit, along with our…

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On Oct. 7, Hamas fighters crossed the Israeli border in multiple places and systematically murdered men, women and children, resulting in more than 1,400 fatalities, thousands more wounded, and the taking of more than 200 hostages. This assault was as unexpected as it was appalling. Israel’s response, beginning with air strikes and now moving into sustained ground operations in Gaza, has been widely criticized for cutting off humanitarian supplies and a rapidly growing number of civilian casualties in Gaza. Global opinion is split between those who view the Hamas attack as an unjustifiable act of terror, those who see it…

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Dubai is calling for a united front to spur the development of generative artificial intelligence to maximise its potential and reap economic benefits, the chief executive of the Dubai Future Foundation has said. Countries need to come together to prepare society for the innovation and to help bridge the gap between policies and the advancement of the emerging technology, which has a reported business opportunity of as much as $4.4 trillion, Khalfan Belhoul said at the Dubai Assembly for Generative AI conference on Wednesday. The industries with highest AI potential include banking, software and platforms, energy, communications and media, and health, according to the DFF. Mr Belhoul made his…

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Baghdad (IraqiNews.com) – The Iraqi Prime Minister, Mohammed Shia Al-Sudani, discussed on Monday the bilateral ties between Iraq and Italy, as well as regional and international developments following the Israeli aggression on Gaza, in a phone call with the Italian Prime Minister, Giorgia Meloni. Al-Sudani elaborated that the region is going through a dangerous situation because of the Israel-Hamas conflict, indicating that the Hamas attack on October 7 is the result of years of injustice, killing, a lack of respect for international conventions, and depriving the Palestinian people of their most basic rights to live in safety, according to a…

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A sprawling network of Hamas tunnels under the Gaza Strip has become a primary target for the Israeli military in its stated mission to defeat the Palestinian militants, experts say. The army said Saturday its forces had struck 150 “underground targets” in a night-time blitz on Gaza that destroyed “terror tunnels” and “underground combat spaces”, and killed Hamas fighters. Since Hamas gunmen stormed into southern Israel on October 7, launching raids that Israel says have killed 1,400 people, the military has stepped up urban warfare training at a desert base where a replica Gaza town had been built. Israel also…

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Iraqi immigrant Salwan Momika, who became well-known across Sweden this year after carrying out several protests in which he burned copies of the Islamic Quran, often causing violent reactions in Sweden and abroad, now faces deportation as authorities claim he provided them with incorrect information. The Swedish Migration Agency announced this week that Momika would be deported back to his native country as the board is revoking the three-year residency permit that Momika was granted in April of 2021 along with his refugee status and, according to a report from state-run broadcaster SVT, will ban him from entering Sweden for…

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