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Iraq 'not ready' for elections, says freed bishop
Mike Hirst, 21 January 2005
The archbishop of the Syrian Catholic archdiocese of Mosul in Iraq was released on Tuesday having been abducted at gunpoint less than 24 hours earlier…
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Iraq Kurds fear oppression by 'Arab government'
Seb Walker, 16 January 2005
As uncertainty grows in Iraq over the feasibility of holding elections, Kurds in the North of the country are facing their own concerns over representation…
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Sunshine and censorship: Press freedom in UAE
Andrew Picken, 2 December 2004
Uneven development by one of the Gulf’s most ambitious members has left a cultural vacuum and restrictions on press freedom…
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Iraq Christians 'in constant fear' want safe zones
Mike Hirst, 27 October 2004
Growing violence against Iraq's estimated 700,000 Christians could mean the creation of "green zone" style enclaves to protect against attacks by Muslim extremists.
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Mid-East school of hard knocks celebrates
Mike Hirst, 11 January 2004
An exceptional university's remarkable 30th birthday set amidst "roadmap" deadlocks and violence is really something to celebrate, writes Michael Hirst.
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Firms face risky Iraq business
Richard Powell, 10 July 2003
The UK Foreign office advises against "all but the most essential travel" to Iraq but some businessmen have never seen a better time to go.
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Closing the balance, dictator-style
Benedict Mander, 14 May 2003
Forget the small-time looters who ran wild in Iraq after the war. Saddam Hussein put them to shame in what could have been the greatest bank heist of all time…
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Playing i-spy on North Iraq's closed border
Richard Powell, 13 April 2003
Café Kardelen is the only Internet café in Silopi - pronounced "sloppy" - Turkey's nearest town to the North Iraq border.
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Northern Iraq: The forgotten front
Richard Powell, 1 April 2003
With Turkey, the US and Kurdish forces fighting it out for oil and land in the North of Iraq, a humanitarian crisis is looming.
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