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Russia asks WTO to look into sanctions by Ukraine on Moscow: agencies

Reuters - 2017-05-20 17:34
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia has sent a request to the World Trade Organization asking to hold consultations over Ukraine's sanctions against Moscow, in place since 2014, Russian Economy Minister Maxim Oreshkin was quoted as saying by Russian news agencies o ...

UNAMI Decries Basra, Baghdad Multiple Suicide Bombings

BAS News - 2017-05-20 17:23
ERBIL – The Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General (SRSG) for Iraq, Ján Kubiš, strongly condemned the series of suicide bombing attacks in Baghdad and Basra which caused many casualties, United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq ...

Abducted South African prince of Mandela's clan found unharmed

Reuters - 2017-05-20 16:33
JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - A prince of the AbaThembu clan of South Africa's late anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela was found on Saturday unharmed after being abducted by four gunmen in the city of Mtata in Eastern Cape province, police said. ...

Iraq Makes $300 Million Payment Towards Its Debt to Iran

BAS News - 2017-05-20 16:30
ERBIL — Iraq has made its first debt payment of $300 million out of the total of $1.1 billion it owes to Iran, said Iran’s Deputy Energy Minister Houshang Falahatian, as reported by Oil Price. Under the power-export agreement that was signed between the ...

PKK Major Obstacle to IDPs Returns in Sinjar: Yezidi Commander

BAS News - 2017-05-20 16:30
SINJAR — Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) forces are the major obstacle to the reconstruction of Sinjar and IDPs' returns, said the commander of Ezidkhan Protection Units. Haidar Shasho, commander of Ezidkhan Protection Units, a previously PKK-affiliated a ...

Sadr Proscribes Alliance with Maliki

BAS News - 2017-05-20 16:00
ERBIL— The clerical leader of the Shi'ite Sadr Movement, Muqtada al-Sadr, on Saturday warned senior Iraqi politicians and statesmen against forming coalition with the former prime minister, Nouri al-Maliki. During a televised interview, along others Sadr ...

Iraqi President Says Destruction in Mosul Is Horrendous

BAS News - 2017-05-20 15:18
AMMAN — Iraqi President Fuad Masoum noted the current “horrendous” state of Iraq following the nearly three-year war on Islamic State (IS) militants and the need for international assistance in rebuilding the country’s second largest city as well as othe ...

Demand to Equip Peshmerga with Airplanes Sent to US Congress: Official

BAS News - 2017-05-20 15:18
ERBIL— As part of the project to unify and reorganize Kurdistan Region's Peshmerga forces, a demand for providing airplanes for the forces has been send to the US Congress, said an official. Deputy for Peshmerga Chief of Staff Salar Muhammad Jabari said ...

81 Iranian Kurds Arrested over "Electoral Fraud"

BAS News - 2017-05-20 15:18
ERBIL— Some 81 Kurdish civilians from Kermanshah province, northwest of Iran, were arrested on Friday on charge of committing frauds in Iran's general polls. Iranian media channels cited Brig. Reza Shirazi, Kermanshah police commander, as saying the peop ...

Germany, Ukraine say aim to get back to Minsk ceasefire deal

Reuters - 2017-05-20 15:16
BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko agreed on Saturday to try to improve the security situation in eastern Ukraine and return to implementing the Minsk ceasefire deal after an upsurge in violence the ...
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