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Iraqis forces parade and celebrate in the streets of Mosul as they mark a year since Iraq declared victory against the Islamic State group, the conclusion of a three-year battle to oust the jihadists.

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Iraq’s ancient pottery culture in the holy city of Najaf is dying out with the increasing demand for more modern products.

Iraqis, who traditionally used clay utensils for storing food and cooking are turning to cheaper plastic products made either elsewhere in Iraq or imported.

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For centuries, the Iraqi city of Mosul was a magnet for artists across the region and churned out Iraq’s best musicians — but it suffered a devastating ban on music under the rule of the Islamic State group.

Now free from jihadi rule since July 2017, Mosul is starting to make a musical comeback.

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In Iraq, the toughest female competitors, best-equipped facilities and most experienced coaches are considered to be in the Kurdish-majority northern region:

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There are at least a million widows in Iraq, following decades of conflict and war and many are struggling to make ends meet.

But a new government proposal designed to assist them is proving controversial.

Al Jazeera‘s Mohammed Adow reports from Baghdad.

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Sweet Iraqi dates adorn tables in homes across the country, but the fruit tree and national symbol has come under threat from conflict and crippling drought.

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Iraq’s newly elected president has chosen his prime minister and asked him to form the next government.

The new president, Barham Salih, gave the nod to former oil minister Adel Abdul Mahdi.

Hopefully, the selection marks the end of a five-month political deadlock after disputed elections in May, but Mahdi is seen as an independent candidate and will have to win backing from the two Shia parties that control most seats in parliament.

Political wrangling among the parties could lead to further cunctation in a process whose delays are already worrying ordinary Iraqis.

Al Jazeera’s Mohammed Adow reports from Baghdad.

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This week, German conglomerate Siemens announced that it’s in discussions to help rebuild and boost Iraq’s power generation infrastructure.

So, what are the challenges facing the new Iraqi government? Why can’t one of the world’s top oil producers keep the power on? Are Siemens power stations the solution to Iraq’s electricity crisis? And what will it take to rebuild Iraq’s power grid?

From Al Jazeera. Any opinions expressed are those of the authors, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News.

This week, German conglomerate Siemens announced that it’s in discussions to help rebuild and boost Iraq’s power generation infrastructure.

So, what are the challenges facing the new Iraqi government? Why can’t one of the world’s top oil producers keep the power on? Are Siemens power stations the solution to Iraq’s electricity crisis? And what will it take to rebuild Iraq’s power grid?