» 07/23/2013, 00.00
Kurdistan: 'Islamic' ambulance driver refuses to take the body of a Christian woman to church
The woman's body had to be transported from a hospital in Erbil to an Assyrian Church in Ankawa. In the country, violence is up as Sunnis and Shias clash. Some 500 prisoners, many of them members of Al Qaeda already sentenced to death, escape.
Chaldean synod: the names of two new bishops leaked
They are Fadi Isho and Philip Najim. Synod discusses the safety of Christian community and the controversial idea of an “ethnic enclave” for Iraqi Christians.
Kurdish authorities ready to give up on Kirkuk referendum
The Kurdish prime minister says he is ready for “a solution, not especially a referendum.” Latest postponement ends in late June. A compromise raises hope for greater stability; Erbil might like possible solution as well.
Iraqi Kurdistan begins exporting “its” oil
The crude oil is being piped from Kirkuk to Turkey. The operation was given the go ahead by the central government which in the past had cancelled all contracts signed by the Kurdish government. All proceeds from the energy sector make up 90% of Iraqi GDP. The aim is to pass from 2.2 million barrels to 6 million a day, in five years.
Nouri al-Maliki and the conundrum of Kirkuk
The forthcoming visit of Prime Minister to Kurdistan is hope for a reconciliation with Baghdad. But Kirkuk, which owns 25% of Iraqi oil, is in the sights of Arabs and Turkmen. Iran fears a Kurdish state power, the U.S. fear a conflagration that could delay their departure from Iraq in 2011.
Patriarch Sako: In the end, peace, not war, will win in Mosul
The Patriarch, together with a delegation of French prelates in Erbil, came to be among the families of Christians expelled by jihadists. "I bring Pope Francis' solidarity and love," he said. Shias are persecuted in Mosul as well. Their shrines and places of worship have been destroyed as well. The city is suffering from fuel and power shortages.
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