20th September 2017
Turkey will consider imposing sanctions on Kurdish northern Iraq over its planned independence referendum, President Tayyip Erdogan was cited by state-run Anadolu news agency as saying. Turkey escalated its opposition to the Kurdish referendum on Tuesday, training tank guns and rocket launchers across the southern border and saying the break-up… Read More
15th August 2017
The governor of the oil city of Basra has stepped down and gone to Iran after Iraq’s anti-corruption body began investigating graft allegations against him, people close to him and officials said on Tuesday. Iraq’s Integrity Commission on Monday evening issued a statement asking the foreign ministry in Baghdad to… Read More
15th August 2017
Iran’s newly re-elected President Hassan Rouhani has threatened to quit the 2015 nuclear deal “within hours” if the United States continues to impose new sanctions on the country. Rouhani issued the warning in a televised speech to Iran’s parliament Tuesday, kicking off a vote-of-confidence session for nominated ministers of his… Read More
19th May 2017
The European Commission will be forced to draw up a new blacklist of countries that facilitate money laundering after the European Parliament overwhelmingly rejected the latest effort that failed to consider countries that enable tax evasion. EU lawmakers voted 392-80, with 207 abstentions, to reject the list that includes 11… Read More
21st February 2017
So-called Islamic State (IS) will never be defeated unless the corrupt conditions that help it to thrive are addressed, a new report claims. Transparency International accuses western governments, including the UK and the US, of ignoring corruption as a major driver towards terrorism, notably in the Middle East. It… Read More
10th October 2016
Electronic payments to employees in Iraq’s Kurdistan Region will officially start on Monday in a bid to reduce corruption in the workplaces and enhance transparency in a country where nearly 65 percent of its workforce are on government payroll, government officials said Sunday. According to the ministry of labour and… Read More
21st September 2016
Kurdish Democratic Party MP Hoshyar Zebari is the latest target of the prime minister's anti-corruption reforms. Read More
11th August 2016
A United Nations agency said on Thursday it would help Iraq to tackle endemic graft that is eroding its economy and institutions as Baghdad struggles to defeat Islamic State militants. The U.N. Development Program will recruit international investigators to mentor and train Iraqi government auditors tasked with corruption investigations, it… Read More
9th August 2016
An Iraqi court closed a corruption case brought against Parliament Speaker Salim al-Jabouri by Defence Minister Khaled al-Obeidi, citing lack of evidence, a judiciary spokesman said on Tuesday. In parliament last week, Obeidi accused Jabouri and five other MPs of lobbying for businesses seeking contracts to sell overpriced planes, vehicles… Read More
2nd August 2016
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi on Tuesday said six lawmakers accused of corruption in the defense sector would not be allowed to travel abroad until a parliamentary committee had completed an investigation. Defence Minister Khaled al-Obeidi on Monday accused Parliament Speaker Salim al-Jabouri and five other MPs of lobbying for… Read More