Iraqi federal court deems Kurdish oil and gas law unconstitutional

Iraqi federal court deems Kurdish oil and gas law unconstitutional
A flame rises from a chimney at Taq Taq oil field in Irbil, in Iraq’s Kurdistan region, in 2014. (Reuters)
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Updated 15 February 2022

Iraqi federal court deems Kurdish oil and gas law unconstitutional

Iraqi federal court deems Kurdish oil and gas law unconstitutional
  • The Kurdish regional government has been developing oil and gas resources independently of the federal government
  • The ruling declared KRG oil contracts with oil companies, foreign parties and states invalid

LONDON/CAIRO: Iraq’s federal court on Tuesday deemed an oil and gas law regulating the oil industry in Iraqi Kurdistan unconstitutional, according to a document seen by Reuters.
The Kurdish regional government (KRG) has been developing oil and gas resources independently of the federal government, and in 2007 enacted its own law that established the directives by which the region would administer these resources.
KRG crude is exported through a pipeline that runs from Iraq’s Kirkuk region to the Turkish port of Ceyhan.
Tuesday’s court decision stated that the Kurdish government in Irbil must hand over all crude from the KRG and neighboring areas to the federal government, represented by the oil ministry in Baghdad.
The ruling declared KRG oil contracts with oil companies, foreign parties and states invalid. This includes exploration, extraction, export and sale agreements, according to the document.
The ruling also stated that the oil ministry must be allowed to audit all agreements concluded by the KRG with oil and gas companies.
The KRG continues to export crude through Ceyhan, a shipping source told Reuters.
Buyers of KRG crude expect loadings to continue.
The KRG did not immediately respond to a request for comment.


Five children killed in Jordan’s house blaze

Five children killed in Jordan’s house blaze
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Five children killed in Jordan’s house blaze

Five children killed in Jordan’s house blaze
  • The five siblings died when their apartment on the second floor was ablaze
  • An investigation has been launched to determine the cause of the fire

Five children were killed in a fire that erupted in their family’s apartment in the Jordanian region of Russeifa in Zarqa governorate, state news agency (PETRA) reported.

In a statement to PETRA, the Public Security Department spokesperson said the five siblings died when their apartment on the second floor was ablaze.

Firefighters rushed to the scene to extinguish the fire and transferred the bodies to Prince Faisal Public Hospital.

An investigation has been launched to determine the cause of the fire, according to a statement by the Civil Defense Department spokesperson.

The Jordanian father Ahmed Aldaaja mourned the loss of his children, Salman, Sultan, Aryam, Reem and Malak, in a Facebook post.

“All of my five children have passed away.”

“We ask the Almighty to grant us patience and solace.”

The children were buried in Amman as the family will continue to receive condolences in the family’s house over three days.


Houthi militia accused of 467 violations of UN Truce in Yemen  

Houthi militia accused of 467 violations of UN Truce in Yemen  
Updated 4 min 34 sec ago

Houthi militia accused of 467 violations of UN Truce in Yemen  

Houthi militia accused of 467 violations of UN Truce in Yemen  
  • 13 military personnel were killed and 27 others were injured

DUBAI: Yemen’s Houthi militia has been accused on Friday of committing 467 violations to the UN-brokered truce in the past five days. 
This included 122 violations in Hodeida’s Hais, 94 in south, west and north-west of Marib, 85 in Taiz, 82 in Barh, 51 in west Hajjah, 21 in Jawf warfronts, eight in Dhale and four violations in Saadah, according to Yemen’s state news agency SABA. 


Militia members have been accused of trying to infiltrate military positions in Marib and the western coast, opening fire and shelling army positions in all warfronts. 
Reports suggest bomb-laden drones were also directed at army positions killing 13 military personnel and injuring 27 others.


Abu Dhabi Police warn of hefty $1,361 fine for leaving children unattended in car

Abu Dhabi Police warn of hefty $1,361 fine for leaving children unattended in car
Updated 19 min 35 sec ago

Abu Dhabi Police warn of hefty $1,361 fine for leaving children unattended in car

Abu Dhabi Police warn of hefty $1,361 fine for leaving children unattended in car
  • Leaving children in vehicles is especially dangerous during the hot summer months, where temperatures across the country have been soaring to highs of 48°C

A $1,361 fine will be issued to anyone who leaves children unattended in cars in the UAE, which may result in injuries or deaths, the Abu Dhabi Police warned this week. 

Leaving children in vehicles is especially dangerous during the hot summer months, where temperatures across the country have been soaring to highs of 48°C. 

“Leaving children unattended is a crime punishable by law, and Wadeema’s Law is tough on violators. It imposes a minimum Dh5,000 fine on the guardian who leaves the child unattended in the vehicle, and this could be accompanied by a jail sentence,” Captain Mohammed Hamad Al-Isai, director of Abu Dhabi Police Traffic and Patrols Directorate said during an interview on Emarat TV. 

The UAE has reported several instances where a child was left unattended in a vehicle, resulting in their death, Al-Isai added. 

The director shared an incident where a father had forgotten his baby in the car because he was engrossed in a phone call. By the time the man realized that his infant was locked in the car with no air conditioning, the baby had already died, Al-Isai said. 

“I hope residents will take this incident as a warning. Whenever you head out, you must make sure to check your vehicle before locking up. In addition, no motorist or guardian should ever leave a child unattended, even for a minute, when stepping away from the vehicle. Guardians are responsible for the wellbeing and safety of children,” the director warned.


Israeli troops kill another unarmed Palestinian

Israeli troops kill another unarmed Palestinian
Updated 19 August 2022

Israeli troops kill another unarmed Palestinian

Israeli troops kill another unarmed Palestinian
  • Anger in West Bank after man, 58, is shot on his way home from morning prayers

RAMALLAH, West Bank: There was growing outrage in the occupied West Bank on Friday after Israeli troops killed another unarmed Palestinian man.

Saleh Sawafta, 58, was returning from dawn prayers at a mosque near his home in Tubas when he was shot in the head. Doctors fought to save his life, but Sawafta died from “critical wounds.”

The victim, who had been preparing for his daughter’s wedding next week — was not involved in previous clashes with Israeli forces and was not a target for arrest.

His death brought the number of Palestinians killed by the Israeli army since the beginning of the year to 135.

Hundreds of people attended Sawafta’s funeral on Friday afternoon as anger spread in the city.

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Tubas Governor Maj. Gen. Younis Al-Assi accused the Israeli army of using “excessive and unjustified force” against Palestinian citizens, and of shooting to kill.

He told Arab News that the Israeli army’s policy of killing, wounding and arresting Palestinian citizens was the main contributor to the “industry of terrorism,” and influenced young people to seek revenge for the deaths and assaults.

Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammed Shtayyeh said that the armed forces of the Israeli occupation would continue their “terrorism” unless the international community stopped displaying double standards over international law.

“As long as they can act with impunity, the crime continues in the absence of punishment. Children, women and the elderly are victims of the terror of the occupation in every city, village and camp,” the prime minister said.

The Palestinian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Sawafta’s killing was “part of a series of daily crimes committed by the Israeli occupation forces against Palestinian citizens,” and said the army was acting on instructions from Israeli politicians.


Bahrain’s ambassador to the UK visits Oxford Center for Islamic Studies

Bahrain’s ambassador to the UK visits Oxford Center for Islamic Studies
Updated 19 August 2022

Bahrain’s ambassador to the UK visits Oxford Center for Islamic Studies

Bahrain’s ambassador to the UK visits Oxford Center for Islamic Studies
  • Sheikh Fawaz bin Mohammed Al-Khalifa saw his country’s pavilion at the center and reviewed research in a number of fields

LONDON: Sheikh Fawaz bin Mohammed Al-Khalifa, the Bahraini ambassador to the UK, visited his country’s pavilion at the Oxford Center for Islamic Studies, the Bahrain News Agency reported.

He also met the founder and director of the center, Farhan Ahmad Nizami, and reviewed its research into history, economics, arts and social science in the Islamic world. The envoy highlighted the role the center plays in bringing together elite scholars and researchers.

Nizami congratulated the ambassador on his recent appointment as the Dean of the Arab Diplomatic Corps.

The center is a registered educational charity that describes itself as being dedicated to the study of all aspects of Islamic culture and civilization, and of contemporary Muslim societies.