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Most Islamic State commanders in Mosul already killed, Iraqi general says
Reuters - 2017-01-19 14:43
MOSUL, Iraq (Reuters) - Most Islamic State (IS) commanders in Mosul have been killed in battles with Iraqi government forces that raged over the past three months in the eastern side of the city, an Iraqi general said on Thursday. ...

Afghan journalists face more threats as violence spreads
Reuters - 2017-01-19 14:08
KABUL (Reuters) - Afghan journalists say they are facing more risks than ever as both insurgents and unscrupulous government officials increasingly threaten, assault, and even murder reporters. ...

Syria's Assad hopes for 'reconciliation' deals from Astana talks
Reuters - 2017-01-19 12:13
BEIRUT (Reuters) - Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said he believed Russian-backed peace talks in Kazakhstan aimed to produce local "reconciliation" agreements with rebel groups whereby they would give up their weapons and receive a government pardon. ...

KRG demands participation of Syrian, Iraqi Kurds in Astana talks
KurdPress - 2017-01-19 10:51
The chief of Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Foreign Relations stated that Syrian and Iraqi Kurds should take part in the upcoming gathering in Astana, Kazakhstan, which is planned to end the Syrian civil war. ...

Kurdistan decreases expenses, increases revenues in 2016
Rûdaw - 2017-01-19 10:29
'Good work has been done on reducing government expenditures, bringing them down by 70-percent ...

Islamic State kills 12 in Palmyra, among them teachers, soldiers: monitor
Reuters - 2017-01-19 09:54
BEIRUT (Reuters) - Islamic State militants put at least 12 people to death in execution-style killings in the ancient city of Palmyra, which they re-captured from the government for a second time in December, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights report ...

Poll says Turkish people welcome Erdogan Kurdish policy
KurdPress - 2017-01-19 06:30
A survey conducted by Kadir Has University has revealed a change in outlook on the government’s Kurdish policy. For the first time in years, the number of people who find the Kurdish policy “successful” (33.8 percent) outnumbered those who find it “unsuc ...

Iraq special forces chief says mission accomplished in east Mosul
Waar Media - 2017-01-18 20:12
Waar, Duhok: Elite Iraqi forces have driven Islamic State fighters from all districts of eastern Mosul they were tasked with recapturing, their commanding officer said on Wednesday, bringing almost all of the city’s eastern half under government control. ...

Syrian government rejects Qatari, Saudi role in talks: report
Waar Media - 2017-01-18 20:12
Waar, Duhok: The participation of Saudi Arabia and Qatar in Syria talks will be discussed once they stop backing militancy, Syria’s deputy foreign minister was quoted as saying on Wednesday, appearing to reject their attendance at forthcoming peace talks. ...

Syrian government rejects Qatari, Saudi role in talks: report
Reuters - 2017-01-18 11:35
BEIRUT (Reuters) - The participation of Saudi Arabia and Qatar in Syria talks will be discussed once they stop backing militancy, Syria's deputy foreign minister was quoted as saying on Wednesday, appearing to reject their attendance at forthcoming peace ...

Two killed in clashes over land for power station in eastern India
Reuters - 2017-01-18 10:19
KOLKATA, India (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Two people were killed and about a dozen wounded in eastern India when villagers protesting the takeover of their land for a power station clashed with police and government officials in the latest instance of ...

At least four killed in gunfight in Mexico's Cancun
Reuters - 2017-01-18 07:41
CANCUN, Mexico (Reuters) - At least four people were killed after gunmen opened fire at government offices in the Mexican beach resort of Cancun on Tuesday, a day after at least five people died in a shooting at a music festival nearby. ...

Iraqi Kurdistan News in brief – January 14, 2017
E-Kurd - 2017-01-17 05:22
Kurdish teachers continue protests against Kurdistan government austerity measures Sulaimani: A group of Kurdish teachers in Sulaimani city in Iraqi Kurdistan protested austerity measures and the withholding of salaries on Saturday, continuing teacher dem ...

Iraq responsible for people in Kurdistan: Parl’t deputy speaker
E-Kurd - 2017-01-17 05:22
SULAIMANI, Iraq’s Kurdistan region,— Iraqi Parliament’s Deputy Speaker said the central government is responsible for the lives of the Kurdistan Region’s people as the region is part of the country. Speaking during the Baghdad Dialogue Convention on Satur ...

War against Islamic State costs Iraq $35 billion so far: Abadi
E-Kurd - 2017-01-17 05:22
BAGHDAD,— The fight against Islamic State (IS) has cost the Iraqi government $35 billion, Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi said on Saturday. Abadi said while speaking at Baghdad Dialogue convention held in the Iraqi capital that $35 billion had been s ...

Iraq’s Abadi asks why Kurdistan withholds salaries despite selling oil: MP
E-Kurd - 2017-01-17 05:22
BAGHDAD,— Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has asked why the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) doesn’t pay public servants as it sells 1.3 million barrels of oil per day (bpd), a lawmaker has disclosed. A Kurdish lawmaker in the Iraqi Parliament, Ho ...

Iraqi Kurdistan government gives anti-corruption body more power
E-Kurd - 2017-01-17 05:22
HEWLÊR-Erbil, Iraq’s Kurdistan region,— Iraq’s Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) has approved a new set of rules that will increase the anti-corruption agency’s control and supervision of investigations, lawmakers told Rudaw on Sunday. The new regulatio ...

Iraqi Kurdistan rejects Iranian demand to close Saudi Arabia consulate
E-Kurd - 2017-01-17 05:22
HEWLÊR-Erbil, Iraq’s Kurdistan region,— No one is entitled to request that a consulate be closed in Erbil, Iraq’s Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) said Sunday in a statement responding to remarks made by an Iranian top commander who warned Friday that ...

Syrian opposition to attend Astana talks
ARA News - 2017-01-17 00:20
Armed Syrian opposition groups have decided to attend peace talks with the government next week in Kazakhstan’s capital, Astana, according to rebel officials. The negotiations between parties to conflict in Syria, scheduled for January 23 in Astana, inten ...

KRG Responds to IRGC Official Who Called for Closure of a Consulate
Rojikurd - 2017-01-17 00:09
Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) states the presence of the consular offices in the Kurdistan Region is in line with the laws of Iraq and Kurdistan Region and “no one has the right to ask Kurdistan Region to close down a consulate.” An official of the ...

Iraqi government stops Kirkuk oil exports, governor
Kurdistan24 - 2017-01-16 21:23
A general view of Baba-Gargur oilfield with surplus gases, burning off the ground in Kirkuk, 87 kilometers (54 miles) south of Erbil, Dec. 17, 2009. (Photo: Reuters) ...

Ivory Coast police fire teargas to disperse protesting students
Reuters - 2017-01-16 20:59
ABIDJAN (Reuters) - Ivory Coast police fired teargas on Monday to disperse pupils and students protesting at government ministries in the main city, Abidjan, as nationwide strikes intensified, police and a senior union official said. ...

Dozens reported dead as Syrian army fights Islamic State
Reuters - 2017-01-16 13:15
BEIRUT (Reuters) - Fighting between Islamic State and the Syrian army has killed dozens since Saturday in Deir al-Zor, where the militant group has launched an assault to capture a government enclave in the city, a monitoring group reported. ...

Kurdish government gives anti-corruption body more power
Rûdaw - 2017-01-16 10:39
Integrity Committee can now address high profile cases of corruption ...

South Korea crisis escalates as prosecutors to decide Samsung chief's fate
Reuters - 2017-01-16 06:04
SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korean prosecutors will decide on Monday whether the head of Samsung Group, the country's biggest conglomerate, should be arrested as an influence-peddling scandal engulfing impeached President Park Geun-hye's government gained mom ...

Turkish Airlines cargo jet crash kills 16 in Kyrgyzstan
Reuters - 2017-01-16 04:40
BISHKEK (Reuters) - A Turkish Airlines cargo jet crashed near Kyrgyzstan's Manas airport on Monday, killing at least 16 people, the Kyrgyz government said. ...

Thirty dead after Syrian army repels ISIS attacks
Rûdaw - 2017-01-15 21:19
"Daesh is amassing its forces to attack Deir ez-Zor and breach government lines," ...

Syrian Kurds make precondition for talking with central government
KurdPress - 2017-01-15 08:11
Kurds in Syria have set 5 conditions for talking with the central government in Damascus and have delivered the conditions to Russia. ...

Islamic State Launches Fresh Assault on Eastern Syrian City
WSJ - 2017-01-15 04:37
Islamic State militants launched a new offensive on government-held areas in the contested city of Deir Ezzour, attacking the eastern city from several sides in the most intense action in a year. ...

US alarmed by Turkey’s ridiculous anti-Western rhetoric
ARA News - 2017-01-15 02:06
ARA News Amsterdam – The United States is alarmed by the ‘ridiculous’ rhetoric from the Turkish government officials attacking American foreign policy and even suggesting that the US is supporting ISIS. Turkish officials are increasingly angered due to th ...

Russia asks US to join Syrian peace talks
Rûdaw - 2017-01-15 00:17
Moscow hadn’t invited the Obama-led US government to Astana. ...

Syria war: Dozens dead in IS attack on Deir al-Zour
BBC - 2017-01-14 17:46
So-called Islamic State has besieged government-held areas of the eastern city for months. ...

Anti government protesters march through downtown Baghdad, defy security forces
Rûdaw - 2017-01-14 15:46
'This is a corrupt government with no respect for the suffering of the Iraqi people ...

On Mosul frontlines, Islamic State's local fighters direct the battle
Reuters - 2017-01-14 12:15
MOSUL, Iraq (Reuters) - As Iraqi government forces advanced towards his eastern Mosul neighborhood in November, a group of Islamic State militants stormed Abu Rami's home, put a gun to his head and told him and his family to get out immediately. ...

Islamic State attacks Syria's Deir al-Zor city, dozens dead: monitor
Reuters - 2017-01-14 12:15
BEIRUT (Reuters) - Islamic State militants launched their biggest attack in months on government-held areas of the Syrian city of Deir al-Zor on Saturday, leaving dozens dead, a war monitor said. ...

Iraqi Kurdistan News in brief – January 11, 2017
E-Kurd - 2017-01-14 11:23
Washington says Erbil must get its share of foreign loans to Iraq Washington: The US government believes that a recent loan guarantee worth $1billion will help Iraq meet some of its public service needs and IDP resettlement, and that it should include the ...

Syrian Kurds call on Iraqi Kurdistan to reveal warplanes identity
E-Kurd - 2017-01-14 11:23
Iraqi Kurdistan rejects PYD allegations QAMISHLO, Syrian Kurdistan,— The head of Defense Body in Jazeera canton in Syrian Kurdistan, Rezan Gilo, demanded Iraq’s Kurdistan Regional Government KRG to uncover warplanes identity that launched from a military ...

Iraqi Kurdistan News in brief – January 12, 2017
E-Kurd - 2017-01-14 11:23
Kurdistan govt to begin making public pay for rubbish collection, official says Sulaimani: Iraq’s Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) has decided to make the general public pay for rubbish collection, an official said on Thursday. Head of Sulaimani Munici ...

Groundwater in Iraqi Kurdistan has decreased, ministry says
E-Kurd - 2017-01-14 11:23
HEWLÊR-Erbil, Iraq’s Kurdistan region,— The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Ministry of Agriculture and Water Resources has said that groundwater has decreased in Iraq’s Kurdistan Region as the region lacks dams and rain. Following research on groundw ...

Russia acting as guarantor of Syrian government-Kurdish talks on federalization
E-Kurd - 2017-01-14 11:23
QAMISHLO, Syrian Kurdistan,— Russia is holding negotiations with influential Kurdish politicians in Syrian Kurdistan and is acting as guarantor of their talks with the Syrian government on federalization. Kurdish politician Ferid Sedun has revealed to Spu ...

ISIS fight has cost Iraqi government $35 billion so far, says PM
NRT - 2017-01-14 10:54

Iraqi forces have reached Nineveh government building in Mosul
NRT - 2017-01-14 06:43

UK failing Syrian refugees who survived torture, say MPs
The Guardian - 2017-01-14 04:03
Few receive specialist help they need, report finds, while aim of resettling 20,000 vulnerable refugees by 2020 remains a challenge Only a handful of the 1,000 survivors of torture or violence who have arrived in Britain under the government’s Syrian vuln ...

Ivory Coast mutineers say reach deal amid fears of renewed revolt
Reuters - 2017-01-14 01:29
BOUAKE, Ivory Coast (Reuters) - Disgruntled soldiers in Ivory Coast reached an agreement with the government late on Friday resolving a dispute over bonus payments that had threatened to reignite a nationwide army mutiny, negotiators for the mutineers sai ...

United Syria impossible with Assad in power, says Turkey
ARA News - 2017-01-13 23:34
ARA News Ankara – The Turkish government believes the a united Syria is impossible with President Bashar al-Assad in power, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s spokesperson said on Friday. “Our position on Assad is clear. We don’t believe that a united, peac ...

Mutinying soldiers seal off Ivory Coast's second city
Reuters - 2017-01-13 23:19
YAMOUSSOUKRO (Reuters) - Mutinying soldiers sealed off Ivory Coast's second-largest city on Friday as senior government and military officials inside sought to head off a repeat of an army revolt that paralyzed much of the West African nation last week. ...

Kurds in Syria are seeking full independence from Damascus: analyst
KurdPress - 2017-01-13 21:44
A world crises analyst, John Sitilidiz, believes Kurds in Syria are seeking full political independence from the central government in Damascus. ...

Heavy gunfire in Ivory Coast as government in talks with mutinying soldiers
Reuters - 2017-01-13 19:29
BOUAKE, Ivory Coast (Reuters) - Heavy gunfire erupted in Ivory Coast's second-largest city, Bouake, on Friday as government ministers were in talks with leaders of last week's army mutiny, witnesses and a negotiator for the disgruntled soldiers said. ...

Can Turkey Stop PKK Expansion? What Barzani Can Do for Ankara?
Kurdishpolicy - 2017-01-13 17:04
After three decades of arms struggle and bloodshed, the Turkish Government should realize that the only way to deal with PKK is to make peace with it. Otherwise, the PKK continue to grow not only in Turkey, but it may become one of the decisive partners i ...

Is Turkey wiping out Kurdish institutions during lengthy state of emergency? / Mahmut Bozarslan
KurdPress - 2017-01-13 13:42
On Jan. 7, the Turkish government issued three more state of emergency decrees, dismissed thousands more civil servants and closed 83 more nongovernmental organizations (NGOs). ...

Aggravated life sentence sought for HDP MP Ferhat Encü
ANF/English - 2017-01-13 11:34
Aggravated life sentence has been demanded for HDP Şırnak parliamentarian Ferhat Encü who is jailed in the scope of the government's all-out crackdown against Kurds and their elected representatives. ...

Program to arm Kurds will require controls, government says
Timescolonist - 2017-01-13 10:58

Relations between Australia and the Kurdistan Regional Government
SBS Radio - Podcast - 2017-01-13 10:25

US imposes sanctions on Syrian military, tech company
Daily Mail - 2017-01-13 02:16
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration imposed sanctions Thursday on 18 Syrian government officials, Syria's military and a tech company in response to t... ...

Iraq Against Forcible Deportation of Asylum Seekers from Finland
BAS News - 2017-01-13 00:51
BAGHDAD — Iraqi government has disagreed with deportation of Iraqi asylum seekers by Finnish government. Iraqi Deputy Minister of Displacement and Migration, Jasim al-Atiyyah, on Thursday met with Finish Ambassador to Iraq to discuss the situation of tho ...

Ayatollah Rafsanjani’s demise a great loss for Region, Kurds: Nechirvan Barzani
KurdPress - 2017-01-13 00:40
Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani said the late Ayatollah Hashemi Rafsanjani's death is a great loss not only for Iranians, but also for nations of the region, including Iraqi Kurds. ...

US sanctions 18 senior Syrian officials for chemical weapons attacks
ARA News - 2017-01-13 00:13
The United States on Thursday blacklisted 18 senior Syrian officials it said were connected to the country’s weapons of mass destruction program, after an international investigation found Syrian government forces were responsible for chlorine gas attacks ...

“Unlawful Emergency Rule Regulations” New Turkish Government Decrees
Washington Kurdish Institute - 2017-01-12 16:19

Program to arm Kurds will require controls, government says | The Chronicle Herald
Thechronicleherald - 2017-01-12 14:33

Afghan Taliban releases video of U.S., Australian hostages
Reuters - 2017-01-11 20:11
KABUL (Reuters) - The Afghan Taliban released a video on Wednesday showing an Australian and an American hostage pleading with the U.S. government to negotiate with their captors and saying that unless a prisoner exchange was agreed they would be killed. ...

Kurdistan oil flow to Turkey exceeds agreements, Iraqi PM Abadi says
E-Kurd - 2017-01-11 17:22
BAGHDAD,— The export of crude oil by Kurdistan to Turkey’s Ceyhan port exceeds the amount that the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) and Baghdad agreed upon, Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi said on Tuesday. “The region is exporting more than its sh ...

Illegal stock exchange in Iraqi Kurdistan stole millions from residents: MP
E-Kurd - 2017-01-11 17:22
SULAIMANI, Iraq’s Kurdistan region,— An Iraqi man opened an illegal stock exchange without receiving permission from the region’s government, a Kurdish lawmaker revealed on Tuesday. Member of Iraqi Kurdistan Parliament Ali Hama Salih complained in a lette ...

Nadia Murad slams Iraqi Kurdistan government over YAZDA closure
E-Kurd - 2017-01-11 17:22
HEWLÊR-Erbil, Iraq’s Kurdistan region,— Kurdish Yazidi activist and survivor of enslavement by the Islamic State group Nadia Murad has criticized Iraqi Kurdistan government for closing YAZDA group office in Duhok city. Murad called on Iraqi Kurdistan to r ...

Iraqi Kurdistan News in brief – January 5, 2017
E-Kurd - 2017-01-11 17:22
Teachers continue demonstrations against Kurdistan government austerity measures in Sulaimani Sulaimani: Teachers continue demonstrations against overdue salaries and austerity measures to withhold a percentage of their payments in Iraq’s Kurdistan region ...

Closure of Yazidi NGO ‘illegal’, Kurdish official says
E-Kurd - 2017-01-11 17:22
HEWLÊR-Erbil, Iraq’s Kurdistan region,— The closure of Yazda, a Yazidi-focused rights organization by the local government in Duhok was illegal, a senior Kurdish official has told Rudaw English, while defending an earlier claim that the organization had b ...

Kurdish Peshmerga fighters arrested for doing business with Islamic State
E-Kurd - 2017-01-11 17:22
HEWLÊR-Erbil, Iraq’s Kurdistan region,— Investigations are underway of nine Kurdish Peshmerga fighters and officers arrested on charges of business deals with Islamic State (IS), Iraqi Kurdistan Regional Government’s (KRG) Peshmerga ministry announced on ...

Iraqi Kurdistan News in brief – January 6, 2017
E-Kurd - 2017-01-11 17:22
Civil organizations call on Kurdistan govt to cancel Iraqi Army Day holiday Sulaimani: A number of civil organizations have called on the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) to cancel a one-day-holiday commemorating the creation of the Iraqi Army, calling ...

Iraq to get $1 billion loan from U.S. for public services, reform plan
E-Kurd - 2017-01-11 17:22
BAGHDAD,— Iraqi governmental officials took the first step of borrowing up to $1 billion from the United States on Thursday to alleviate the country’s financial crisis, help reform plans and provide public services. “These funds will help the Government o ...

Iraqi Kurdistan imports $7 billion worth of fruit and vegetables in a decade
E-Kurd - 2017-01-11 17:22
HEWLÊR-Erbil, Iraq’s Kurdistan region,— Seven billion dollars worth of fruit and vegetables were imported into the Kurdistan Region in just a decade, says a government official, which he believes shows the authorities’ disinterest for agriculture and inve ...

PKK accuses Turkey of provoking tensions between Kurdistan, Baghdad
E-Kurd - 2017-01-11 17:22
HEWLÊR-Erbil, Iraq’s Kurdistan region,— The political wing of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party PKK, Communities in Kurdistan (KCK), accused the Turkish government on Monday of provoking tensions between Baghdad and the Kurdistan Region, saying the group’s pre ...

Iraqi Kurdistan News in brief – January 10, 2017
E-Kurd - 2017-01-11 17:22
Kurdistan govt’s foreign relations chief meets with Yazda NGO Erbil: Iraq’s Kurdistan Regional Government’s (KRG) head of foreign relations met with the leadership of the Yazidi NGO Yazda in an effort to reach a solution following closure of the NGO by lo ...

Rojava Coordination calls the world to finish Turkish occupation
ANHA - 2017-01-11 15:28
NEWS DESK- The DAA General Coordination denounced the Turkish aggression on Rojava land calling the international community and UN to put pressure on Turkish government to withdraw its army and deliver occupied land to its owners. The Turkish state contin ...

Rezan Gilo calls Kurdistan Region to reveal warplanes identity
ANHA - 2017-01-11 15:28
MIDYA HANAN QAMISHLO- The head of Defense Body in al-Jazeera canton Rezan Gilo demanded the government of Kurdistan region to uncover warplanes identity that launched from military bases in Bashor Kurdistan and assaulted al-Jazeera canton areas. on Januar ...

Migrant crisis: significant drop in German asylum seekers
Waar Media - 2017-01-11 14:00
Waar, Duhok: Number of asylum seekers in Germany has significantly dropped last year, German government said. In 2016, only 280,000 asylum seekers arrived in the county, a drop of more than 600,000 on the previous year. The German Interior minister attrib ...

Syrian official says agreement reached to fix damaged Damascus water source: state tv
Reuters - 2017-01-11 13:04
BEIRUT (Reuters) - The governor of Syria's Damascus Countryside province said on Wednesday the government had agreed with rebels in the Wadi Barada area for technicians to enter a damaged spring facility that supplies water to the capital, state televisio ...

Ayatollah Hashemi played significant role in cooperation with Iraqi Kurds, Nazim Dabbagh tells Kurdpress
KurdPress - 2017-01-11 11:02
The Representative of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) in Tehran, Nazim Dabbagh, hailed the role of the late Chairman of the State Expediency Council Ayatollah Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani in helping and aiding Kurds in Iraq. ...

Japan to open consulate general in Erbil today
KurdPress - 2017-01-11 08:04
Within its planning to further expand ties with Kurdistan Region, the Japanese government will open its consulate general in Erbil on Wednesday January 11. ...

Program to arm Kurds will require controls, government says - Macleans.ca
Macleans - 2017-01-11 01:13

Program to arm Kurds will require controls, government says
Thetelegram - 2017-01-10 21:49

Tensions rise over still unpaid bonuses to Ivory Coast mutineers
Reuters - 2017-01-10 20:47
ABIDJAN (Reuters) - Ivory Coast's government has yet to pay bonuses promised to soldiers to end a two-day army revolt, mutineers said on Tuesday, and confusion over how much has been agreed risked a repeat of the unrest that paralyzed the country. ...

Pakistan opposition cautious on reviving military courts for civilians
Reuters - 2017-01-10 13:43
KARACHI/ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Pakistan's major opposition parties expressed scepticism on Tuesday about the government's proposal to revive special military courts to try civilians charged with terrorism, potentially jeopardizing a proposed constitutional ...

US disagrees with Iraq’s ex-PM Maliki on Israel ‘being a terrorist threat’
ARA News - 2017-01-10 02:23
ARA News Erbil – The US government said that the United States doesn’t agree with the statements of Iraq’s ex-PM Nouri al-Maliki calling Israel ‘a terrorist threat’ during his visit to Teheran last week. Nouri al-Maliki, Iraq’s ex Prime Minister and curre ...

Unclear whether truck attack in Israel inspired by Islamic State
Reuters - 2017-01-09 18:47
JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel's government has been quick to suggest a Palestinian who rammed a truck into a group of Israeli soldiers at the weekend was inspired by Islamic State, raising questions over how it came to that conclusion. ...

Northern Ireland's McGuinness to resign over political crisis
Reuters - 2017-01-09 16:38
BELFAST (Reuters) - Northern Ireland Deputy First Minister McGuinness will resign from his post in protest against his power-sharing government partners' handling of a controversial energy scheme, McGuinness said on Monday. ...

After U.S. intel report on Putin, British government launches cyber security review
Reuters - 2017-01-09 12:50
LONDON (Reuters) - The British government said on Monday it is launching a national inquiry into cyber security to assess the extent to which the UK is protected from an ever-increasing tide of attacks worldwide. ...

KCK: Shengal should be governed by its own people
ANF/English - 2017-01-09 11:15
KCK Diplomacy Committee denied Kurdistan Regional Government Spokesperson Sefin Dizayi's remarks that PKK guerrillas will leave Shengal. ...

Two more DBP municipalities in Urfa seized by the government
ANF/English - 2017-01-09 11:15
DBP-held Viranşehir and Bozova district municipalities in Urfa have been seized by the government and trustees have been appointed to both municipalities. ...

Syrian government ready to negotiate on 'everything', Assad says
Reuters - 2017-01-09 08:48
BEIRUT (Reuters) - Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said his government is ready to negotiate on "everything" in proposed peace talks in Kazakhstan but said it was not yet clear who would represent the opposition and no date had been set. ...

Thai floods kill 21 and hit rubber production
Reuters - 2017-01-09 07:47
BANGKOK (Reuters) - Widespread flooding in Thailand's south has killed 21 people, hit rubber production in the region and shut down infrastructure, officials said on Monday, as the military government increased aid to flood-affected areas. ...

Chinese police shoot dead three 'terror' suspects in Xinjiang
Reuters - 2017-01-09 06:24
BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese police shot dead three "violent terror" suspects in the western Xinjiang region, the government said on Monday, the latest clash with Islamist militants who the government says want to break the region away from China. ...

Mosul battle: Iraqi government forces reach Tigris river
BBC - 2017-01-08 17:58
An advance spearheaded by counter-terrorism units reaches a damaged bridge in the IS stronghold. ...

Air strikes resume on rebel-held Damascus water-source valley
Reuters - 2017-01-08 14:41
BEIRUT (Reuters) - Air strikes resumed on Sunday in a rebel-held valley near Damascus containing the Syrian capital's main water supply, a day after insurgents and the government failed to agree a plan to repair the springs knocked out of service two week ...

Turkey ousts 6 Kurdish language professors in Artuklu University
KurdPress - 2017-01-08 09:01
Turkish government has ousted 6 professors of Kurdish language in Artuklu University in the Kurdish southeastern city of Mardin. ...

Barzani Demands Elucidating Government Reforms to Public
Gulan Media - 2017-01-08 03:12

Syrian government decides Aleppo renovation plan: state media
Reuters - 2017-01-07 18:10
BEIRUT (Reuters) - The Syrian government on Saturday decided a plan of works to restore services, industry and security to the war-ravaged northern city of Aleppo, state media reported. ...

More academics dismissed, more associations shut down in Turkey
ANF/English - 2017-01-07 11:34
The AKP government has shut down 83 more associations and dismissed hundreds including Academics for Peace with the most recent decrees announced last night. ...

Gunmen kill eight Hazara miners in Afghanistan
Reuters - 2017-01-07 09:30
KABUL (Reuters) - Unidentified gunmen killed eight members of Afghanistan's Hazara minority who were working as miners in the northern province of Baghlan, a local government official said. ...

Trustees appointed to Çatak and Tekman municipalities
ANF/English - 2017-01-06 20:31
The AKP government appointed trustees to Çatak and Tekman municipalities. ...

Syrian rebel official denies report of ceasefire near Damascus
Reuters - 2017-01-06 18:36
AMMAN (Reuters) - A senior Syrian rebel official denied a report on Friday that a ceasefire had been reached in the Wadi Barada area near Damascus where government forces and their allies are fighting rebels. ...

Temporary ceasefire reached in area near Damascus: Hezbollah-linked media
Reuters - 2017-01-06 17:47
BEIRUT (Reuters) - A temporary ceasefire has been agreed in a rebel-held area near Damascus which Syrian government forces and their allies are trying to recapture from insurgents, a military news service run by the Lebanese group Hezbollah said on Friday ...

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