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Lavrov and PM Barzani to Discuss Mosul Operation in SPIEF

BAS News - 2017-05-26 14:25
ERBIL— Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani will confer over the international coalitions' efforts in the battle against the Islamic State (IS) in Mosul, said deputy for Russian F ...

UK security minister says no specific threat to public this weekend

Reuters - 2017-05-26 10:14
LONDON (Reuters) - British emergency services are prepared for possible attacks on public events over an upcoming holiday weekend but have no information on specific threats after Monday's bomb attack in Manchester which killed 22, a government minister s ...

China police arrest 44 in $140 million online scam

Reuters - 2017-05-26 03:44
SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China's police have arrested 44 people over a scam which saw many as 93,000 people contribute start-up capital to "unfreeze" assets smuggled overseas when the Nationalist government was overthrown in 1949, police authorities said late ...

Court Interpreter-Kurdish - SOS International LLC - New York, NY

Indeed #KurdishJobs - 2017-05-26 03:01
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US Lost Track of $1 Billion Worth Weapons in Iraq: Report

BAS News - 2017-05-26 00:48
LEEDS — The US army has failed to account for military equipment and vehicles worth more than a million US dollars, that were supposed to be send to the Iraqi government forces, according to Pentagon's inspector general. According to an audit report by t ...

Militia violence in Central African Republic leaves 300 dead

Reuters - 2017-05-25 18:05
DAKAR (Reuters) - Militia violence in Central African Republic has killed around 300 people and displaced 100,000 in the last two weeks, the United Nations and the government said on Thursday, in the worse displacement since a 2013 civil war. ...

Illegal arms shipment imported from Turkey seized in Nigeria

Waar Media - 2017-05-25 17:34
WAAR-DUHOK: An illegal arms shipment originating in Turkey and containing 440 pump action rifles was seized on Monday in Lagos, Nigeria, according to Agence France-Presse. The Nigerian government told AFP on Wednesday it had intercepted an illegal cache ...

It’s best time for self-determination

KurdPress - 2017-05-25 13:22
Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani stated that it is the best time for the autonomous region to determine its fate ...

U.N. officially informed about Kurdistan referendum: official

KurdPress - 2017-05-25 10:17
The head of the Kurdistan Region Government's High Committee to Evaluate and Respond to International Reports, stated on Wednesday, May 24, that the U.N. Security Council had officially been informed about the intention to hold a referendum on the indepen ...

Iraq Needs $100 Billion for Reconstruction After IS: Minister

BAS News - 2017-05-24 21:41
BAGHDAD — As planning for the post-Islamic State (IS) reconstruction phase, the Iraqi government has estimated the cost at $100 billion, said Planning Minister Salman Jumaili. The reconstruction of all affected areas will take at least 10 years, Jumaili ...

PKK Burns Five Military Trucks SE Turkey

BAS News - 2017-05-24 19:26
ERBIL— The guerrillas of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) on Wednesday set fire to five trucks of the Turkish army and a government vehicle in Agiri province. The event happened as a group of PKK fighters blocked a route near Gulizar village, close to T ...

Thousands protest against Temer, reforms in Brasilia

Reuters - 2017-05-24 19:25
BRASILIA (Reuters) - Thousands of protesters gathered in the Brazilian capital on Wednesday to demand early elections to replace the scandal-hit government of President Michel Temer and demand that congress not pass his unpopular austerity policies. ...

The risk of deportation “Anwar Moradi Zar” to Iran by the German government

Kurdistan Human Rights Association - 2017-05-24 16:19
According to the report, the Iranian Communist Party published and a copy of it to Kurdistan Human Rights Association has been sent, a citizen of Kurdish people of the Sanandaj in East Kurdistan called “Anwar Moradi Zar” members of the Communist Party of ...

KRG’s PM: It’s Best Time for Independent

Waar Media - 2017-05-24 15:54
WAAR-DUHOK: A conference on the future of Kurdistan Region kicked off today and during the inauguration speech, Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani cast light on the economic and security issues in Kurdistan as well as th ...

International Coalition's Project for Peshmerga to Be Reviewed by KRP

BAS News - 2017-05-24 13:50
The project will be enforced after it is approved by Kurdistan Region Presidency ERBIL — After the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) council of ministers approved a project for restructuring the Peshmerga forces, it was handed to the Kurdistan Region P ...

KRG PM Says It's Best Time for Self-Determination

BAS News - 2017-05-24 12:21
ERBIL — A conference on the future of Kurdistan Region kicked off today and during the inauguration speech, Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani cast light on the economic and security issues in Kurdistan as well as the re ...

Turkey’s Influence Peddling / David L. Phillips

KurdPress - 2017-05-24 11:51
Donald J. Trump promised to drain the swamp of lobbyists and influence peddlers. Yet, Turkey’s President Tayyip Erdogan has spent millions to influence the US government. Erdogan feels sufficiently immune that he watched his personal security beat up peac ...

The phenon of depression gripped the society the East Kurdistan and Iran.

Kurdistan Human Rights Association - 2017-05-23 22:12
According to official government statistics, 6 million 400 thousand people in Iran are suffering from depression. Kurdistan Human Rights Association , a report found that in relation to depression and to the Director General of mental health, the Ministry ...

Brazil energy minister says he has no plan to resign amid crisis

Reuters - 2017-05-23 21:49
BRASILIA (Reuters) - Brazil Mining and Energy Minister Fernando Coelho said on Tuesday he will remain in President Michel Temer's cabinet despite his political party's decision to leave the government due to corruption allegations against the unpopular le ...

KRG Planing to Establish Peshmerga Airforce

BAS News - 2017-05-23 21:02
ERBIL — As part of it’s reform and restructuring plan, Kurdistan Regional Government’s Peshmerga Ministry is said to establish first-ever airforce. A Peshmerga official told Kurdistan24 on Monday that the proposal has been finalised and it now awaits Pre ...

Belarus backsliding badly on human rights: U.N. report

Reuters - 2017-05-22 19:55
GENEVA (Reuters) - The Belarus government has returned to a policy of large-scale repression, causing a dramatic deterioration in human rights, according to a report published on Monday for submission to next month's session of the U.N. Human Rights Counc ...

KRSC Chief Masrour Barzani Meets SEN McCain

BAS News - 2017-05-22 18:20
ERBIL— The Chancellor of Kurdistan Region Security Council (KRSC) on Monday met with the US republican senator John McCain as part of his official meetings with the US politicians and officials. According to a twit by the Kurdistan Regional Government (K ...

Nechirvan Barzani to visit Sulaimani, pay respects to Gorran leader

KurdPress - 2017-05-22 11:08
Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Prime Minister, Nechirvan Barzani is set to make a visit to the city of Sulaimani on Monday, May 22, to pay his respects to Change Movement (Gorran) leader Nawshirwan Mustafa, who passed away last week at the age of 73. ...

Irreconcilable visions

BBC - 2017-05-22 03:02
With the opposition and the government at loggerheads, the crisis in Venezuela looks set to get worse. ...

Russia Ready to Send Representative to Kurdistan Referendum

BAS News - 2017-05-21 16:19
ERBIL— Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG)'s representative to Russia stated on Sunday that Moscow has agreed to send a representative to oversee Kurdistan Region's referendum on independence from Iraq. Khoshawi Mala Ibrahim said a member of the Security ...

Last rebels to leave Syria's Homs aboard buses: Homs governor

Reuters - 2017-05-21 15:16
HOMS, Syria/BEIRUT (Reuters) - The last buses carrying rebel fighters and their families prepared to leave a besieged district of Syria's Homs on Sunday, the provincial governor said, completing a deal to bring the whole city back under government control ...

One killed in northern Kenya after rally attended by President Kenyatta

Reuters - 2017-05-21 11:34
ISIOLO, Kenya (Reuters) - Police shot dead one person in northern Kenya's Isiolo county after a political rally attended by President Uhuru Kenyatta at which supporters of rival political candidates for regional government positions clashed, police said. ...

Iran condemns US airstrike on Syrian convoy

KurdPress - 2017-05-21 10:40
Iran has censured an airstrike by US military aircraft on a convoy of Syrian government forces, saying the move was carried out with the goal of changing the existing balance in the battlefield. ...

Iraqi National Arrested over "Espionage" in Lebanon

BAS News - 2017-05-20 20:47
ERBIL— The Lebanese security forces have arrested an Iraqi national over "spying for Isreal," Lebanese media reported on Saturday. The reports cited an official government source saying the General Directorate of General Security arrested the person for ...

Kurdistan Ready to Talk with Baghdad only on Referendum: MP

BAS News - 2017-05-20 19:08
ERBIL— Currently Kurdistan Region is ready for talks with the Iraqi government only over Kurdistan's appeal for a referendum on independence, said a Kurdish MP at the Iraqi House of Representatives. Khushawi Khalil's statement came in response to a state ...

Financial Crisis Seriously Affects KRG Infrastructure Projects: Minister

BAS News - 2017-05-20 01:25
ISTANBUL — Kurdistan Region’s infrastructure has been neglected due to the financial constraints resulting from the reduced oil prices, said Darbaz Kosrat Rasool, Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Minister of Housing and Construction, on Friday. The in ...

Photo essay: Peshmerga and the war on ISIS

Seth Frantzman - 2017-05-19 18:58
By SETH J. FRANTZMAN Since August 2014 the Kurdish Peshmerga, the armed forces of the Kurdistan Regional Government, fought a tough war against Islamic State along a 1,000 kilometers of […] ...

KRG PM, deputy PM express condolences on death of Gorran leader

KurdPress - 2017-05-19 18:45
Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani expressed his condolences on Friday, May 19, to the family of Change Movement (Gorran) leader Nawshirwan Mustafa, who died earlier in the day at the age of 73, NRT reported. ...

Iraqi Kurdistan News in brief – May 19, 2017

E-Kurd - 2017-05-19 14:58
Kurdistan PM expresses condolences on death of Gorran leader Nawshirwan Mustafa Erbil: Iraq’s Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani expressed his condolences on Friday (May 19) to the family of Change Movement (Gorran) lead ...

PM Barzani Condoles with Gorran for Leader's Demise

BAS News - 2017-05-19 13:36
ERBIL—Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG)' Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani on Friday sent a condolence message for the death of Gorran (Change) Movement General Coordinator Nawshirwan Mustafa. Mustafa died on Friday morning of Kidney cancer at the age o ...

South Sudan forces killed 114 civilians around Yei in six months: U.N.

Reuters - 2017-05-19 11:46
GENEVA (Reuters) - South Sudanese pro-government forces killed at least 114 civilians in and around Yei town between July 2016 and January 2017, as well as committing uncounted rapes, looting and torture, the U.N. human rights office said on Friday. ...

U.S. air strike hit 'military point': Syrian military source on state TV

Reuters - 2017-05-19 10:01
BEIRUT (Reuters) - A military source on the Syrian government side said on Friday that an air strike by the U.S.-led coalition against a pro-Damascus militia the day before hit "one of our military points", without elaborating, Syrian state TV reported. ...

KRG, Turkey to Open New Border Crossing Soon

BAS News - 2017-05-19 00:21
ERBIL — The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) is working on the infrastructures to connect its Mergasour district with Shamzinan over the border in neighbouring Turkey. Mergasour Mayor Ghafour Ahmed told BasNews on Thursday that the efforts are followi ...

U.S. strikes Syria militia threatening U.S.-backed forces: officials

Reuters - 2017-05-18 20:34
WASHINGTON/BEIRUT (Reuters) - The U.S. military carried out an air strike on Thursday against militia supported by the Syrian government that posed a threat to U.S.-backed fighters in the country's south, U.S. officials told Reuters on Thursday. ...

In Syria, a bus ride shows shifting map of war

Reuters - 2017-05-18 13:20
QAMISHLI, Syria (Reuters) - A new bus service linking Syria's Kurdish-controlled northeast with the government-held west, unthinkable before Islamic State was driven from the area, is raising hopes of renewed commerce between two long-estranged parts of a ...

Iraqi Kurdistan govt approves project to unify Peshmerga militia forces

E-Kurd - 2017-05-18 04:52
HEWLÊR-Erbil, Iraq’s Kurdistan region,— Iraqi Kurdistan’s Council of Ministers has agreed to the joint Peshmerga and US proposed plan that seeks to unify and reorganize the Kurdish Peshmerga forces in the next ten years, a government official told Rudaw ...

Iran to open polling stations in Iraqi Kurdistan for presidential election

E-Kurd - 2017-05-18 04:52
HEWLÊR-Erbil, Iraq’s Kurdistan region,— The Iranian Government will open polling stations for eligible citizens living in Iraq’s Kurdistan Region to cast their ballot in the country’s May 19 presidential election, an official from the Iranian Embassy in ...

Trump’s advisers meet with Iraqi Kurdistan KDP officials

E-Kurd - 2017-05-18 04:52
WASHINGTON,— Kurdistan Democratic Party KDP delegation from Iraq’s Kurdistan region met with US President Donald Trump’s advisers on Monday in Washington. Chancellor of Iraq’s Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Security Council, which belongs to KDP par ...

Iraqi Kurdistan govt receives proposal for electronic voting system

E-Kurd - 2017-05-18 04:52
HEWLÊR-Erbil, Iraq’s Kurdistan region,— A Kurdish software developer has submitted a proposal to Iraq’s Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), which is controlled by Barzani’s Kurdistan Democratic Party KDP, on electronic voting system which he says can en ...

Venezuela sends 2,000 troops to state hit by looting, protests

Reuters - 2017-05-18 03:18
SAN CRISTOBAL, Venezuela (Reuters) - Venezuela said it was sending 2,000 soldiers on Wednesday to a border state that is a hotspot of anti-government radicalism after looting that killed a 15-year-old in the latest unrest roiling the nation. ...

Cybersecurity Sitrep: It’s My PC and I’ll Cry If I Wanna…

Foreign Policy Research Institute - 2017-05-17 23:13
In February 2016, we wrote about the dispute between the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and Apple, Inc. over the government’s demand that Apple intentionally create an insecure “back door” version of its iOS software that would permit the FBI ...

KRG Expanding Industrial Cooperation with Czech Republic

BAS News - 2017-05-17 21:09
ERBIL — Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) has signed a contract with the Czech The Zetor farm equipment manufacturer, hoping to expand it to establish a manufacturing branch in the Kurdistan Region. KRG’s Minister of Agriculture, Abdulsattar Majid, rev ...

Yezidi Mother and Two Children Freed from IS Captivity

BAS News - 2017-05-17 20:13
ERBIL— A Yezidi women and her two little children managed on Wednesday to escape from an area of Mosul which is still held by the Islamic State (IS), an official confirmed. Hussein Qaedi who runs the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG)'s Office for the A ...

Christian sect members attack Congo prison, free leader: govt

Reuters - 2017-05-17 09:25
KINSHASA (Reuters) - Supporters of a jailed Christian sect leader attacked the prison holding him in Democratic Republic of Congo's capital, freeing him and about 50 other inmates early on Wednesday, the government spokesman said. ...

Abadi Ensures Erbil over Operations near Sinjar by Hashd al-Shaabi

BAS News - 2017-05-17 02:26
BAGHDAD — Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said on Tuesday that Baghdad understands Erbil’s concern over the recent military operations by the pro-government Shi’ite militias near the Yezidi town of Sinajr. During his weekly speech, the Iraqi PM stat ...

Killing of teenager pushes Venezuela protest death toll to 40

Reuters - 2017-05-16 17:53
CARACAS (Reuters) - A 17-year-old Venezuelan youth died on Tuesday after he was shot in the head during a protest the day before, taking the death toll from six weeks of anti-government unrest to at least 40. ...

Sri Lanka’s Transition to Nowhere

International Crisis Group - 2017-05-16 16:28
Fragile hopes for lasting peace and cooperation across party and ethnic lines are imperilled. To avoid leaders of the corrupt and violent former regime taking back control of the country, President Sirisena’s two-year-old “unity government” should put as ...

Syrian government denies U.S. claim of crematorium at prison

Reuters - 2017-05-16 13:21
BEIRUT (Reuters) - The Syrian government on Tuesday denied U.S. accusations that a crematorium had been built at one of its prisons that could be used to dispose of detainees' remains, saying the claim was devoid of truth. ...

We need a revolutionary government to cash JCPOA cheque: Raeisi

KurdPress - 2017-05-16 11:29
Iranian Presidential candidate Hojatoleslam Ebrahim Raeisi termed the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) as a pledge for the country, saying the country has carried out all its obligations while the other party has failed to do so. ...

Iran to open polling stations in Kurdistan Region

KurdPress - 2017-05-16 11:29
The Iranian Government will open polling stations for eligible citizens living in the Kurdistan Region to cast their ballot in the country's May 19 presidential election, an official from the Iranian Embassy in Erbil said on Monday, May 15. ...

Syrian Regime Deploying Troops to Sabaa Biyar

BAS News - 2017-05-16 01:24
ISTANBUL — The Syrian army along with the pro-government armed groups have been deploying hundreds of troops near its border with Iraq and Jordan, according to rebel sources. Meanwhile US-backed rebels also began their advances toward the same area. Syri ...

Kidnaping, Assassinations on the Rise in Baghdad

BAS News - 2017-05-15 23:58
ERBIL — An Iraqi lawmaker has called on the government to take an immediate action in response to the rising number of kidnappings and assassinations in the capital city of Baghdad. MP Abdulkarim Abtan, said that arbitrary killings by unidentified armed ...

Dutch government coalition talks break down over immigration

Reuters - 2017-05-15 19:43
AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - Talks between Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte's conservative VVD Party and three other parties to form a centrist coalition broke down on Monday over a failure to agree on immigration policy, the official overseeing talks said. ...

Nechirvan Barzani, McGurk discuss political issues, IS fight

KurdPress - 2017-05-15 12:54
The United States’ Special Presidential Envoy Brett McGurk arrived on Sunday evening in Erbil, the capital of Kurdistan Region, where he met Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani. The two sides discussed Erbil-Washington rel ...

McGurk and PM Barzani Stress Close Ties Between Erbil and Washington

BAS News - 2017-05-15 10:01
Nechirvan Barzani and Brett McGurk met in Erbil on Sunday ERBIL — Prime Minister of Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Nechirvan Barzani met with the US Special Presidential Envoy to the International Coalition against the Islamic State (IS), Brett McGu ...

KRG Approves Quadrilateral Proposal for Reorganizing Peshmerga Forces

BAS News - 2017-05-14 17:21
ERBIL— Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) on Sunday approved a recommended roadmap for restructuring the Kurdistan Peshmerga Forces within the ten coming years. The proposed plan is designed by military advisors form the US, the UK and Germany in coordi ...

Hashd Al-Shaabi Liberates 5 Villages Near Iraqi-Syrian Border

BAS News - 2017-05-13 20:52
MOSUL — Pro-government fighters have recaptured five Iraqi villages near the Syrian border, according to a local military officer. According to Army Captain Jabbar Hassan, who spoke to Anadolu Agency, the Hashd al-Shaabi liberated five villages from the ...
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