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In Iraq, government offices close for first-ever 'Heat Day'

BAGHDAD — Federal workers still chilled by the thought of the cold, snowy weather and treacherous commutes earlier this year might sympathize today with their counterparts in Iraq.

Iraq’s central government shuttered its offices and sent public-sector workers home across most of the country Monday as temperatures surpassed 122 degrees Fahrenheit and Muslims began fasting to mark the start of the holy month of Ramadan.

Read more on how Iraqis are beating the heat here.

Read more by Ed O’Keefe on temporary assignment in Iraq:

U.S. review finds Iraq more dangerous than a year ago (July 30)

Bomb attacks kill at least 16 in Iraq (July 28)

Follow Ed O’Keefe on Twitter: @edatpost

Ed O’Keefe is covering the 2016 presidential campaign, with a focus on Jeb Bush and other Republican candidates. He's covered presidential and congressional politics since 2008. Off the trail, he's covered Capitol Hill, federal agencies and the federal workforce, and spent a brief time covering the war in Iraq.


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