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Turkey’s PKK Conflict Kills almost 3,000 in Two Years

International Crisis Group - 2017-07-20 21:11
20 July 2017 marks the two-year anniversary of a collapsed ceasefire that previously held for two-and-a-half-years between Turkey and the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK). Crisis Group's new analysis of open-source data reveals that the ongoing cycle of vi ...

Gorran to elect general coordinator in weeks

KurdPress - 2017-07-17 09:31
The Change Movement (Gorran) is said to elect a new general coordinator by the end of July after Nawshirwan Mustafa’s death in May this year. ...

Gorran to Elect General Coordinator in Weeks

BAS News - 2017-07-16 22:55
ERBIL — The Change Movement (Gorran) is said to elect a new general coordinator by the end of July after Nawshirwan Mustafa’s death in May this year. A lawmaker from Gorran, speaking on condition of anonymity, told BasNews that his party is working now t ...

Colombia’s FARC Ends its 53-year Insurgency

International Crisis Group - 2017-07-05 18:36
With the official disarming of its main rebel organisation, Colombia has passed a remarkable new milestone in its peace process. But major challenges remain: the destruction of remote arms dumps, reintegration of ex-combatants, and progress towards peace ...

Turkey ready for new operation in Syria: Erdogan

KurdPress - 2017-06-29 12:08
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday that Ankara is ready to undertake a new military operation in northern Syria similar to Operation Euphrates Shield, which was launched in August of last year, Sputnik reported. ...

VIDEO: 'Iran against Kurdish statehood'

Kurdistan24 - 2017-06-26 23:12
Ellen Laipson, Atlantic Council distinguished fellow and president emeritus of the Stimson Center, presents her ten-year vision for tackling these complex challenges in "A New Strategy for US-Iran Relations." (Photo: Kurdistan24) ...

UNHCR: Refugee number reaches global record of 65.6m

Waar Media - 2017-06-19 14:12
WAAR-DUHOK: The global number of people who have fled their homes reached a new record of 65.6 million last year as a major new refugee crisis emerged in South Sudan, the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) says. While the UNHCR’s annual count marked a new high, t ...

Macedonia's parliament endorses new government

Reuters - 2017-06-01 00:58
SKOPJE (Reuters) - Macedonia's lawmakers on Wednesday evening endorsed a new government led by Social Democrats which is expected to steer the way out of a two-year-long political crisis and bring the country closer to membership in the European Union and ...

U.N. envoy says Iraqi Kurdistan intends to hold referendum this year

E-Kurd - 2017-05-31 11:21
NEW YORK,— The United Nations envoy to Iraq said the Iraqi Kurdistan Region’s senior officials intend to hold the referendum for the independence of Kurdistan this year. In a briefing to the U.N. Security Council in New York on Monday, Special Representa ...

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 ...

HDP elects new co-leader

KurdPress - 2017-05-21 10:40
Turkey's pro-Kurdish party elected a new co-leader on Saturday, May 20, to replace Figen Yuksekdag, who has been in jail on terrorism charges since November last year and was stripped of her parliamentary status three months ago. ...

Fresh Syria peace talks off to another stumbling start

Reuters - 2017-05-18 17:36
GENEVA (Reuters) - Syria peace talks hosted by the United Nations in Geneva spawned a new series of meetings on Thursday with no hint of tangible progress toward a deal to end the six-year-old civil war. ...

Kurdish Female Political Prisoners’ Release Remains Uncertain

Kurdistan Human Rights - 2017-05-12 02:02
Last year the Prosecutor’s Office of Youth detention centre In Yasouj, announced the release of Ghadriye Ghaderi, a Kurdish political prisoner is on 26 May, 2017 but recently the prison authorities said that according to new letter from Orumiyeh courts a ...

KRG Seals 61 Illegal Oil Refineries

BAS News - 2017-05-02 00:54
Many more to be closed down in the future ERBIL — Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) has 61 illegal oil refineries since the approval of new regulations last year, said the Ministry of Natural Resources. All the sealed refineries were unauthorized by th ...

IS Militant Involved in Istanbul’s New Year Attack Killed

BAS News - 2017-04-21 22:37
ISTANBUL — An Islamic State (IS) member who helped organize the New Year's attack that took place in an Istanbul nightclub Reina was killed by US forces during a ground operation in Syria on April 6, said a US military official. The attack, which was IS' ...

Yezidis in Kurdistan Region celebrate Red Wednesday

KurdPress - 2017-04-20 09:54
Thousands of Kurdish Yezidis gathered on April 18 in Lalish temple to celebrate the Yezidi New Year known as ‘Red Wednesday’. A large number of Yezidis who live abroad returned to Kurdistan Region to take part in the ceremony alongside others from the rel ...

UN Marks Yezidi New Year by Renewing Call for Rescue of Thousands from IS

BAS News - 2017-04-19 22:03
BAGHDAD — On the occasion of the Yezidi New Year known as ‘Red Wednesday’, the United Nation has renewed a call for the release of thousands of Yezidis from the grip of Islamic State (IS). “The Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-Gener ...

In Pictures: Yezidis New Year Ceremony (Red Wednesday)

Waar Media - 2017-04-19 14:07
WAAR-DUHOK: Thousands of Kurdish Yezidis on April 18th gathered in Lalish temple to celebrate the Yezidi New Year known as Charshamaba Sor “Red Wednesday”. A large number of Yezidis who live abroad returned to Kurdistan Region to take part in the ceremon ...

In Pictures: Yezidis Celebrate Red Wednesday

BAS News - 2017-04-19 01:03
DUHOK — Thousands of Kurdish Yezidis on April 18th gathered in Lalish temple to celebrate the Yezidi New Year known as ‘Red Wednesday’. A large number of Yezidis who live abroad returned to Kurdistan Region to take part in the ceremony alongside others f ...

Aleppo Yazidis are celebrating the Red Wednesday

ANHA - 2017-04-18 15:38
Suleiman Ahmad ALEPPO– Aleppo Yazidis are celebrating in Sheikh Maqsoud neighborhood are celebrating the Red Wednesday or the Yazidi New Year for the first time. Yazidis in Sheikh Maksoud neighborhood have been deprived of celebrating this day since the r ...

Barzani: No One Can Impose Themselves on Yezidis

BAS News - 2017-04-18 15:10
Barzani congratulates Kurdish Yezidis on their new year ERBIL — Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani sent his congratulations to the Kurdish Yezidis on the occasion of Yezidi new year known as Charshama Sor (Red Wednesday), which will be commemorate ...

Over 160,000 New Mosul IDPs Arrived in Kurdistan since October 2017

BAS News - 2017-04-17 23:48
ERBIL — Since the beginning of the Mosul operation on 17th October last year, nearly 164,000 new IDPs have arrived in Kurdistan Region, mostly settled in Erbil or Duhok provinces, said the Joint Crisis Coordination Centre (JCC). “Nearly 10,000 people are ...

Formula One 2017: The year of Lewis Hamilton vs. Sebastian Vettel?

Waar Media - 2017-04-10 17:03
WAAR-DUHOK: Last season was all about the indomitable Mercedes duo, Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg, battling it out for the championship. But with Rosberg’s retiring after his title triumph, Hamilton has found himself with a new rival at the front of th ...

Is The Iranian Regime Facing A Kurdish Uprising?

Roji Kurd - 2017-04-04 00:01
BYSETH J. FRANTZMAN During the Newroz Kurdish spring New Year celebrations, the Democratic Party of Iranian Kurdistan (PDKI) called on Kurds in Iran to hold widespread celebrations across the Kurdish areas. “This call was well received by the people of Ku ...

Iraqi Kurdistan News in brief – April 1, 2017

E-Kurd - 2017-04-03 14:59
Christian Assyrians celebrate New Year in Duhok Duhok: Assyrians in iraqi Kurdistan Region’s Duhok province, celebrated on Saturday their traditional New Year amid the ongoing persecution the community faces in Iraq and Syria. Islamic State (IS) militant ...

Bob Dylan receives Nobel Prize in literature in Sweden

Waar Media - 2017-04-02 14:30
WAAR-DUHOK: Behind closed doors and away from the world’s media, Bob Dylan has collected his Nobel Literature diploma and medal in Sweden’s capital. He was named as the winner of the prestigious accolade in October last year for creating “new poetic expr ...

IN PICTURES: Assyrians Celebrate Akitu New Year in Duhok

BAS News - 2017-04-01 21:37
DUHOK — For the first time after their areas were overrun by Islamic State (IS) militants, Assyrians, Chaldean and Syriac Christians on Saturday celebrated their new year known as Akitu in Duhok. ...

U.S. envoy to U.N.: Syria's Assad 'hindrance to moving forward'

Reuters - 2017-03-29 15:28
NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, said on Wednesday that Syria's President Bashar al-Assad is a "big hindrance in trying to move forward" to find an end to the country's six-year conflict. ...

Newroz celebrations by guerrillas continue

ANF/English - 2017-03-26 14:21
Guerrillas of the HPG (People's Defense Forces) and YJA-Star (Free Women's Troops) continue their celebrations to welcome the Kurdish New Year festival Newroz. ...

[IN PICTURES]: Israeli Kurds Celebrate Newroz with Kurdish Costumes

BAS News - 2017-03-24 15:40
ERBIL — The Jewish Kurds in Israel organized different activities to celebrate Nawroz on March 21st which marks the Kurdish New Year. The pictures of Kurds on Nawroz in Israel show how the Jewish Kurds, along with all other Kurds in the world, celebrated ...

Tens of thousands celebrate Kurdish Newroz in Syrian Kurdistan

E-Kurd - 2017-03-23 05:55
QAMISHLO, Syrian Kurdistan,— Tens of thousands of people celebrate the Kurdish New Year Newroz across Syrian Kurdistan (Rojava) and other parts of northern Syria on Tuesday. Newroz is the traditional Kurdish new year, The year 2017 corresponds to the Kur ...

Thousands celebrate the Kurdish New Year of Newroz in Turkey

E-Kurd - 2017-03-23 05:55
DIYARBAKIR-AMED, Turkey’s Kurdish region,— Kurdish celebrations of the New Year, Newroz, on Tuesday mixed peacefully with protests against expanding the powers of Turkey’s president. Thousands celebrated the Newroz in Istanbul and in Diyarbakir, a mainly ...

Barzani Meets with Ambassadors in Erbil

BAS News - 2017-03-23 00:46
ERBIL — On the occasion of the Kurdish New Year, Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani received foreign envoys in Erbil to celebrate Nawroz together. Ambassadors and diplomatic representatives of 35 countries were present at the gathering. Briefing t ...

Kurds in Iraq Ring in the New Year

The Kurdish Project - 2017-03-22 03:09
See how Kurds in Iraq are celebrating Newroz, or the Persian New Year, with this incredible photo gallery. The post Kurds in Iraq Ring in the New Year appeared first on The Kurdish Project. ...

Lévy Wishes Kurds Soon an Independent on Nawroz Congratulation Tweet

Waar Media - 2017-03-21 15:12
WAAr-DUHOK: A French public intellectual, media personality, and author Bernard-Henri Lévy congratulated his Kurdish friends on Nawroz via Twitter. Lévy wished a soon independent for Kurds, when he stressed via tweet: “Newroz Piroz Be! Happy new year to ...

BMW logs new record, but drops behind Mercedes

Waar Media - 2017-03-21 15:12
WAAR-DUHOK: Top-of-the range car manufacturer BMW announced Tuesday it sold a record 2.25 million BMW, Mini and Rolls-Royce vehicles in 2016. The company said it was able to increase its profit by 8 percent to 6.9 billion euros ($7.45 billion) last year, ...

Canadian PM congratulates Kurds on Nawroz

Waar Media - 2017-03-21 11:25
WAAR-DUHOK: Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Monday issued an official statement wishing a happy New Year (Nawroz) to all those who celebrate. “Today, we join Persian, Central Asian, Kurdish, and Ismaili Canadians to celebrate the festival of [N ...

Nawroz as Celebrated By Kurds

BAS News - 2017-03-21 09:56
Every year on 21st of March, Kurds around the world celebrate their New Year which starts with Spring when the nature starts reviving. For thousands of years, the beginning of the Kurdish New Year has been associated with joy, dancing, family gatherings, ...

Abadi Congratulates Barzani on Nawroz

BAS News - 2017-03-20 21:04
ERBIL — Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has congratulated Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani and the people of Kurdistan Region who celebrate the Kurdish New Year known as Nawroz. In an official letter, Abadi wished the Kurdish New Year bring ...

UNAMI Extends Greetings on Kurdish New Year

BAS News - 2017-03-20 20:06
BAGHDAD – The Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General (SRSG) for Iraq, Ján Kubiš, extended his greetings and best wishes to the Kurds and Iraqi people in general. “Nowruz is a time of renewal, a new beginning and for getting togeth ...

Barzani: Kurdish Nation Should gets their Sovereignty

Waar Media - 2017-03-20 18:57
WAAR-DUHOK: In a Nawroz message on the eve of the Kurdish New Year on Monday Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani said that Nawroz is for the Kurds the symbol of the demise of the enemy and start of a new life. Barzani said that the month of March w ...

Barzani: Sacrifices of Kurdistan People Should Result in Sovereignty

BAS News - 2017-03-20 13:02
Barzani released a statement on Nawroz occasion ERBIL — Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani released a statement on Monday on the Kurdish new year [Nawroz] occasion in which he asks the people of Kurdistan Region to have hopes that their perseveran ...

Not enough evidence to probe former British PM Blair over Iraq: MPs

E-Kurd - 2017-03-20 00:15
LONDON,— Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair won’t face an investigation into whether he misled Parliament before the 2003 Iraq invasion unless new evidence emerges, a committee of lawmakers said Thursday. A seven-year official inquiry into the war ...

Turkey’s Kurds say will celebrate Newroz despite preventions

E-Kurd - 2017-03-20 00:15
ANKARA,— Istanbul and Ankara governors have announced on Tuesday that official celebrations planned for the Kurdish new year of Newroz have been cancelled due to security reasons. According to Diken news portal, the governor’s offices expressed as a just ...

Iraqi Kurdish gay marries under Finland’s new same-sex marriage law

E-Kurd - 2017-03-20 00:15
HELSINKI,— A law passed in 2014 by Finland’s parliament to legalize same-sex marriages came into effect in the beginning of this month and has since enabled many gay couples, including Kurds, to formally tie the knot. This year is special to the history ...

Rojava’s Security (Asayish) Bans Nawroz’ Fire

Waar Media - 2017-03-19 15:25
WAAR-DUHOK: Syrian Kurdish security forces (Asayish), affiliated with the ruling Democratic Union Party (PYD), have banned the people across Rojava from making customary fire to celebrate Nawroz, the Kurdish New Year. According to the decision, gathering ...

The General Coordination congratulates the world on Newroz

ANHA - 2017-03-19 13:15
NEWS DESK- The General Coordination of the Democratic Autonomous Administration congratulated people of the world for Newroz Eid(New Year Eid) and said “Newroz’s soul should be the base of forming a Middle East Confederation”. By the coming of Newroz Eid ...

PYD Bans Nawroz Fire in Rojava

BAS News - 2017-03-18 20:11
Those who fail to comply with face punishment ROJAVA — Syrian Kurdish security forces, affiliated with the ruling Democratic Union Party (PYD), have banned people across Rojava from making customary fire to celebrate Nawroz, the Kurdish New Year. Accordi ...

HDP asks Turkish authority for Newroz permission

Waar Media - 2017-03-10 16:04
WAAR-DUHOK: Turkey’s second largest opposition group, the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) appealed to authorities on Thursday not to ban the Kurdish new year of Newroz that is to be celebrated later this month. Speaking at a press conference ...

Time to tour Kurdistan: A Photo Essay

Seth Frantzman - 2017-03-08 15:57
By Seth J. Frantzman Looking for something new this year? This summer? A place where there aren’t legions of tourists, but has the beauty and opportunity to get off the […] ...

Nepali police kill three ethnic protesters in new violence over charter

Reuters - 2017-03-06 17:26
KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Nepali police shot and killed at least three ethnic Madhesis in the country's restive southern plains as they tried to disrupt an opposition rally, officials said on Monday, the deadliest incident in more than a year over its post-mo ...

In new year message, China's Panchen Lama praises religious policy

Reuters - 2017-02-28 02:07
BEIJING (Reuters) - A youth named by China as the second-highest figure in Tibetan Buddhism, but reviled as a fake by many Tibetans, has praised the Communist Party's religious policies in Tibet in a lunar new year message, saying they made him feel "very ...

Suspected Istanbul nightclub attacker formally charged: agency

Reuters - 2017-02-11 18:04
ISTANBUL (Reuters) - A Turkish court on Saturday remanded in custody an Uzbek national accused of killing 39 people in an Istanbul nightclub on New Year's Day, state-run media said, an attack the authorities blamed on Islamic State. ...

Portugal offer to take Kurdish Yazidi refugees from Greece

E-Kurd - 2017-02-01 19:33
AGIOS ATHANASIOS, Greece,— As a member of a persecuted minority in Iraq, 24-year-old Shaker Mahie has seen his people massacred, raped and scattered across a new continent. Now, the Yazidi — whose faith is older than Christianity — are at the centre of a ...

Syria's warring sides gather for new attempt to break deadlock

Reuters - 2017-01-23 01:40
ASTANA (Reuters) - Syria's warring sides meet in Kazakhstan's capital on Monday with Russia, Turkey and Iran, sponsors of the talks, trying to make progress towards a goal others have repeatedly failed to reach: an end to the six-year-old conflict. ...

Istanbul nightclub attacker says was directed by Islamic State: report

Reuters - 2017-01-18 11:35
ISTANBUL (Reuters) - An Uzbek gunman who killed 39 people in an Istanbul nightclub on New Year's Day told police he had to change target at the last minute to avoid heavy security and acted with direct orders from Islamic State in Syria, a newspaper said ...
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