Islamic State leader calls for jihad in audio message

The leader of the Islamic State, formerly Isis, has released the first audiotape calling for jihad since the group renamed. The group is currently battling Iraqi forces across large parts of the country.

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Iraq oil exports continue despite refinery shutdown

Iraq's oil exports have so far been unaffected by the escalating violence and closure of the country's largest oil refinery.

The exports are already confined to the country's southern terminals, after violence in the north shut the export pipeline there in March.

The Khawr al Amaya oil terminal off the coast of Iraq. Credit: Press Association

Iraq has been expanding its southern oil production since Western companies signed a series of service contracts with Baghdad in 2010.

Exports from Iraq's southern terminals reached 2.58 million barrels per day in May, the oil ministry said, the highest since at least 2003.

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