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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 ...

UK's opposition leader says PM May's police cuts increased terrorism risk

Reuters - 2017-05-25 23:37
LONDON (Reuters) - The leader of Britain's opposition Labour Party will criticize Prime Minister Theresa May's police cuts and Britain's foreign policy on Friday, saying they increased the threat of terrorism, ending a political truce after the Manchester ...

Barzani Meets with Bulgaria PM, Discusses Referendum

BAS News - 2017-05-25 23:34
LODZ — Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani met with Boyko Borisov, the Prime Minister of Bulgaria to discuss bilateral ties and an imminent referendum on Kurdistan Region independence. Accompanied by Masrour Barzani, the Chancellor of Kurdistan Reg ...

PM Barzani to Meet with Russian Foreign Minister

BAS News - 2017-05-25 21:37
ERBIL — Kurdistan Region’s Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani will attend the upcoming International Economic Forum (SPIEF) in Russia, also meeting with a number of world leaders to discuss the details latest developments in the region. The 21st Internatio ...

Car blast injures former Greek prime minister Papademos

Reuters - 2017-05-25 18:39
ATHENS (Reuters) - Greece's former prime minister Lucas Papademos was injured when an explosive device hidden in an envelope detonated inside his car in central Athens on Wednesday, police said. ...

US Informs Iraq About Maliki's Attempts to Organize a Coup: Report

BAS News - 2017-05-25 15:32
US has asked Iraq to remove 785 officers from the defense and interior ministries ERBIL — Former Iraqi prime minister Nuri al-Maliki,with the support of Iran, has been preparing for a coup attempt to take over the power in Iraq and the US has warned the ...

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 ...

Prime Minister Barzani condemns Manchester terror attack

KRG-Spain - 2017-05-25 00:02
Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq (cabinet.gov.krd) – In a statement, Kurdistan Region Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani strongly condemned Monday’s terrorist attack at a concert in Manchester. Below is the text of the statement: I strongly condemn the terror ...

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 ...

Manchester police beefed up after attack but envy Fortress London

Reuters - 2017-05-24 18:39
LONDON (Reuters) - Hours after the Manchester suicide bombing, British Prime Minister Theresa May stood on the steps of her official Downing Street residence and promised to give police the resources they needed to investigate the attack. ...

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 ...

Iraq orders investigation into abuses reported in Mosul battle

Reuters - 2017-05-24 14:29
BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraq's interior minister on Wednesday ordered an investigation into allegations that members of the security forces had tortured, killed and abused civilians in the campaign to oust Islamic State militants from Mosul. ...

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 ...

Iraqi President Offers Help to UK to Fight Terrorism

BAS News - 2017-05-24 00:32
BAGHDAD — Iraqi President Fuad Masoum on Tuesday condemned the terrorist attack in Manchester Arena, offering his country’s support to UK in fighting terrorism. Masoum conveyed condolences to British Prime Minister Teresa May, saying that he is saddened ...

Iran main supporter of resolving Syrian crisis: Russian FM

KurdPress - 2017-05-23 22:35
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov announced on Tuesday that Iran should not be ignored in political settlement process for the Syrian crisis, adding that Iran is the main hub for international groups supporting peace in Syria. ...

[In Pictures]: Jordan’s Independence Day Marked in Erbil

BAS News - 2017-05-23 21:59
ERBIL — With the presence of several senior Kurdish officials, the Consulate General of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan marked the 71 anniversary of the country’s independence. Among the officials were Kurdistan Region’s Foreign Minister Falah Mustafa, s ...

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 ...

Germany's Schaeuble wants creative ways to build stronger EU

Reuters - 2017-05-23 21:12
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union should find ways to cooperate more closely on migration, security, foreign and economic policy, without waiting for a change to EU treaties, German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble said on Tuesday. ...

Germany defends post-war achievements of its scandal-hit army

Reuters - 2017-05-23 20:18
BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany's armed forces can be proud of their post-war achievements, the defense minister said on Tuesday, responding to a series of scandals involving far-right sympathizers in the Bundeswehr army's ranks. ...

PM Barzani “Strongly” Decries Manchester Terrorist Attack

BAS News - 2017-05-23 19:46
LODZ — Kurdistan Region Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani has condemned the terror attack in the UK which killed 22 people and wounded 59 others at Manchester Arena on Monday night. “I offer my condolences to the families affected, British people and gove ...

Congo opens investigation into ex-minister over Kasai violence

Reuters - 2017-05-23 14:36
KINSHASA (Reuters) - Congo's attorney general said on Tuesday he had opened an investigation into a former minister over allegations he played a role in militia violence in central Congo that a U.N. employee was investigating shortly before she was killed ...

Japan anti-conspiracy bill clears lower house despite rights worries

Reuters - 2017-05-23 10:37
TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's ruling bloc pushed a bill targeting conspiracies to commit terrorism and other serious crimes through parliament's lower house on Tuesday, despite fears the changes could allow police to trample civil ...

French PM calls for vigilance in France after Manchester attack

Reuters - 2017-05-23 09:26
PARIS (Reuters) - French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe on Tuesday called on French citizens to be vigilant following the suicide attack at a concert in Manchester, which Philippe described as an "abominable crime." ...

Iraq says achieved OPEC oil cut share, ready to meet new demand

E-Kurd - 2017-05-23 08:58
BAGHDAD,— Iraq has achieved its share of the production cut agreement reached by OPEC and non-OPEC producers at the end of last year but remains ready to meet future oil demand growth, according to a speech by Iraqi oil minister Jabar al-Luaibi on Monday ...

Germany Urges Iran to Stop Destabilising Iraq and Syria

BAS News - 2017-05-22 22:07
ERBIL — The Islamic Republic of Iran is urged to stop supporting armed groups operating inside Iraq and Syria where they are contributed to destabilisation of the region only, German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel said on Monday. “In many conflicts in t ...

Saudi and Iraqi Oil Ministers Discuss OPEC Output Cut in Baghdad

BAS News - 2017-05-22 18:01
ERBIL — The Saudi Oil Minister, Khaled Al-Faleh, arrived in the capital city of Iraq, Baghdad on Monday, as part of his official visit to Iraq in order to discuss the extension of the OPEC output cut. According to Asem Jihad, the Spokesperson for the Ira ...

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. ...

Zarif lashes out at Trump for anti-Iran statements

KurdPress - 2017-05-22 06:16
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif reacted to anti-Iran statements of the US President Donald Trump during the latter's current visit to Saudi Arabia on Sunday. ...

Polls show UK's Conservatives losing ground as policies set out

Reuters - 2017-05-21 01:39
EDINBURGH (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Theresa May's lead in the opinion polls has narrowed after her Conservatives and the Labour opposition published their policy plans this week, with one survey showing the gap between the two parties halving to ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Iranian FM hails huge turnout in elections

KurdPress - 2017-05-20 11:00
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif hailed people for massive turnout in the presidential and local elections held on Friday, May 19. ...

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 ...

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. ...

Turkey says U.S. envoy McGurk should be fired for backing the Kurds

E-Kurd - 2017-05-19 14:58
ISTANBUL,— Turkey’s leader told Donald Trump that his country will keep on fighting Syrian Kurdish militants even though they are a key U.S. ally against the Islamic State group, Turkey’s foreign minister said Thursday, adding that a top U.S. envoy shoul ...

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 ...

Turkey slams U.S. decision to arm Kurdish fighters in Syrian Kurdistan

E-Kurd - 2017-05-18 04:52
ANKARA,— Turkey on Wednesday slammed as unacceptable a US plan to arm Syrian Kurdish fighters. Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said it was “out of the question” for Turkey to accept any direct or indirect help for the PKK. “The United States and T ...

Pentagon chief, Turkish PM meet after US decision to arm Syrian Kurds

E-Kurd - 2017-05-18 04:52
LONDON,— Pentagon chief Jim Mattis met Thursday with Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim in London, the most-high profile meeting between American and Turkish officials since the US announced it would arm Kurdish fighters in Syrian Kurdistan. In a bri ...

Iraqi PM Abadi has not agreed on Kurdistan’s referendum, says advisor

E-Kurd - 2017-05-18 04:52
BAGHDAD,— Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has not agreed on holding a referendum in the Kurdistan Region, the premier’s advisor said. Abadi’s advisor Ali Atar told NRT on Friday that the Iraqi PM had not expressed he was convinced over the referendu ...

U.S. told Turkey Syrian Kurdish YPG would not stay on in Raqqa: PM

E-Kurd - 2017-05-18 04:52
LONDON— The United States has told Turkey the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia would not remain in the region after an operation on Syria’s Raqqa, Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said on Friday. Speaking to reporters in London where he is on an official ...

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 ...

Norwegian-British man freed from Congo jail: PM

Reuters - 2017-05-17 19:28
OSLO (Reuters) - A Norwegian man jailed for life in Democratic Republic of Congo for murder and espionage has been freed and returned to Norway, the Scandinavian country's prime minister said on Wednesday. ...

Turkish PM vows “cross-border operations” if US assurance not given

KurdPress - 2017-05-17 10:27
Turkey will not hesitate to launch cross-border military operations against “terror organization” if necessary assurances are not given by the U.S., Prime Minister Binali Yildirim has said ahead of a meeting between Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan ...

Mattis Confers With Turkish Counterpart at White House

US-Defense Gov - 2017-05-17 09:57
Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and Turkish Defense Minister Fikri Işık met at the White House and firmly agreed on concerns regarding the PKK, a U.S.-designated foreign terrorist organization, said the Pentagon's chief spokesperson. ...

Interview with Ukraine Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman

Seth Frantzman - 2017-05-17 07:39
By SETH J. FRANTZMAN On May 16th, 2017, I met Ukrainian Prime Minister Volodymr Groysman at the David Citadel hotel in Jerusalem. In a short interview but interesting discussionfor The Jerusalem […] ...

Iraq Supports Reduction of Oil Output: Iraqi PM

BAS News - 2017-05-17 03:06
ISTANBUL — Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi spoke in favor of extending the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) agreement to reduce oil production, which was implemented in order to increase oil prices. "Iraq is with the continua ...

Hawija Operation to Start After Mosul Assault Concluded: Abadi

BAS News - 2017-05-17 02:26
ERBIL — Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said on Tuesday that Hawija operation will be launched immediately after the conclusion of the anti-Islamic State (IS) battle in Mosul. Speaking to reporters in Baghdad, Abadi said they expect the full victory ...

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 ...

Prime Minister Barzani meets Patriarch of Assyrian Church of the East

KRG-Spain - 2017-05-17 00:02
Erbil, Kurdistan, Iraq (krg.gov.krd) – Kurdistan Region Prime Minister Nechrivan Barzani yesterday received Mar Gewargis Sliwa, Catholicos-Patriarch of the Assyrian Church of the East, and his accompanying delegation of Assyrian bishops from the United St ...

Catalan Parliament Commends KRG’s humanitarian and military role

KRG-Spain - 2017-05-17 00:02
Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain (dfr.gov.krd)– Minister Falah Mustafa met with Ms. Carme Forcadell Lluis, President of the Catalan Parliament. Minister Mustafa thanked the Catalan parliament for recognizing the crimes against Yazidis, Christians and others as ...

Prime Minister Barzani meets US Special Presidential Envoy

KRG-Spain - 2017-05-17 00:02
Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq (cabinet.gov.krd) Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani received the US Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter ISIL, Brett McGurk, and his accompanying delegation, including the US Ambassador to Iraq and th ...

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. ...

Ukraine detains Eurovision prankster

Waar Media - 2017-05-15 14:46
WAAR-DUHOK: Ukrainian police have detained a Ukrainian prankster for jumping onto the stage at the Eurovision Song Contest draped in an Australian flag before dropping his trousers while singer Jamala was performing, Interior Minister Arsen Avakov says. ...

Brent price rises after news on possible OPEC output cut extension

Waar Media - 2017-05-15 14:46
WAAR-DUHOK: Brent oil futures prices with delivery in July 2017 grew 1.6% to $51.69 per barrel during the trading session on the London-based ICE on Monday, according to trading data. Earlier, Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak and Saudi Arabia’s Mi ...
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