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Iraq appeals for help with COVID-19 crisis |

Rising toll leading to violence against medical professionals.Members of medical staff at a quarantine ward at Al-Amal hospital in Najaf, Iraq. (Reuters)BAGHDAD – Iraqi President Barham Salih asked Wednesday for international assistance to cope with the many crises facing Iraq amid the COVID-19 pandemic.Despite limited resources resulting from years of wars, blockades and violence, Iraq has…

United States sanctions Iran’s court system over execution of wrestler, other supposed abuses

close Video EXCLUSIVE: For the first time, the United States will sanction foreign judges and a court for gross offenses of human rights, as it targets Iran’s Revolutionary Court system for the execution of a 27-year-old wrestler and other abuses, according to a U.S. official.Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will announce Thursday afternoon sanctions against…

Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Opens New Base on Hormuz Strait

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Iran Opens Naval Base Along Oil Chokepoint

(Bloomberg) — Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps opened a new naval base along one of the world’s busiest oil transit routes on the Persian Gulf as frictions with the U.S. and its allies in the region loom over security in the waterway.The Shaheed Rahbari base near the port of Sirik, on the eastern side of…

Jaguars WR Chark to miss Dolphins matchup

2:27 PM ETJACKSONVILLE, Fla.– The Jacksonville Jaguars have ruled wide receiver DJ Chark out for Thursday night’s video game versus the Miami Dolphins.Chark was doubtful with a chest/back injury, which he suffered in the Jaguars’ loss to the Tennessee Titans on Sunday. He was hurt when he struck the ground hard on a jumping 45-yard…

Dana White on Colby Covington’s controversial remarks: ‘I don’t know if I heard anything racist that he said’

After settling his score and beating rival Tyron Woodley at UFC Vegas 11, Colby Covington received a call from President Donald Trump during a post-show interview he was carrying out. A career-highlight for the former interim welterweight champ rapidly relied on debate when he got into an extremely contentious war of words with present 170-pound…

Iraq Wants OPEC+ To Approve Higher Oil Exports

Iraq expects OPEC+ will allow it to increase its oil exports beginning next year, Reuters reported today, citing the Iraqi state new agency INA, which was quoting the country’s oil minister without any further details.Iraq’s oil ministry has denied the claim.Earlier this month, there was another report from INA that said Iraq was seeking an…