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Baghdad ready for conditional talks with KRG over referendum: expert

KurdPress - 2017-09-20 12:04
A political expert has stated that the central government of Iraq in Baghdad is ready to discuss the independence of the northern region of Kurdistan if the northern province of Kirkuk is not included in the Kurdish referendum vote set for September 25. ...

Zeynab Jalalian Banned from Family Visits by Prison Authorities

Kurdistan Human Rights - 2017-09-19 02:00
During a short interview with Kurdistan Human Rights Network (KHRN), Zeynab Jalalian talked about her ill health and the suspension of weekly visits with her family by the Prison Intelligence Bureau. This political prison has spent the past 10 years in th ...

Kurdistan Finance Minister Abandons Gorran over "Illegal" Demands

BAS News - 2017-09-18 18:09
ERBIL— Rebaz Hamlan, the finance minister of the Kurdistan Region from the Change Movement (Gorran), announced his resignation from his party on Monday evening. In a written announcement, the minister details his political and organizational career withi ...

Kirkuk Governor Rules out Iraqi Parliament Decision

BAS News - 2017-09-17 17:04
KIRKUK — The vote by the Iraqi parliament is a hundred percent political and it is invalid, said Kirkuk Governor Najmaddin Karim after a number of MPs voted to discharge him from his position. “We held a meeting with the legal advisors at the governorate ...

Since Sep 15… black attack on Kobanî, balances changed-3

ANHA - 2017-09-16 08:48
The latest victory of the resistance in Kobani and the first defeat by IS mercenaries, calling for a change in the balances of power on the Syrian and Iraqi lands and forced many to restore political and military calculations again, in addition to that, K ...

Kurdistan Parliament Session's Deferred over Regulation

BAS News - 2017-09-13 20:37
ERBIL— Due to an internal regulation, Kurdistan Parliament will reopen on Friday, not Thursday as it was scheduled. The legislative body is due to hold its first session after almost two years of being closed down over political differences. Speaking to ...

Senior Marshal of Polish Parliament Supports Kurdistan’s Independence

BAS News - 2017-09-13 11:53
ERBIL — Kornel Morawiecki, Senior Marshal of the Polish parliament, MP and Chairman of Free and Solidarity political party, expressed support for the referendum and independence of Kurdistan Region. During a press conference on September 12 in the Polish ...

Abadi Invites Kurdistan for Further Negotiations over Referendum

BAS News - 2017-09-12 21:00
ERBIL — As Kurds insist on their plan to hold the independence referendum on time, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has called for a new round of talks over the political disputes between Erbil and Baghdad. During his weekly press conference in Baghd ...

NGO Calls on PYD to Free Kurdish Political Leaders

BAS News - 2017-09-11 16:30
ERBIL—An organization affiliated with the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP)-Syria on Monday issued a statement in which it appealed to the ruling Kurdish party to release opposition leaders and members. Afrin organization urged Democratic Union Party (PYD ...

Armed Men Open Fire at KDP Branch Office in Chamchamal

BAS News - 2017-09-11 15:24
CHAMCHAMAL — A group of unidentified armed men opened fire on Monday at the political branch bureau of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) in Chamchamal, some 70 kilometres to the west of Sulaymaniyah. Nizam Nazim, head of the bureau,confirmed the repor ...

Barzani Refuses Arab League Request to Postpone Referendum

BAS News - 2017-09-10 00:15
ERBIL — Meeting with Arab League Secretary-General Ahmed Abul Ghent in Erbil, Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani has made it clear that holding independence referendum is a decision of the people and political parties of Kurdistan Region, and cann ...

Electoral Commission Monitoring Independence Vote Campaign

BAS News - 2017-09-07 15:00
ERBIL — Kurdistan Region’s Independent High Electoral and Referendum Commission has urged all the political factions to remain committed to the rules and regulations of the campaign for the imminent independence referendum. The electoral commission has f ...

Political activists on hunger strike in Rojhilat Kurdistan

ANHA - 2017-09-07 12:04
NEWS DESK – Political activists and civilians in Rojhilat Kurdistan (East Kurdistan) declared a hunger strike for 3 days in support of the laborers’ rights working on the border and denouncing violations of the Iranian regime by the Mullahs. The cities o ...

Catalonia set for clash with Madrid over independence vote

Waar Media - 2017-09-06 14:09
WAAR-DUHOK: Catalonia is expected to pass a law Wednesday laying the groundwork for an independence referendum on October 1 which is fiercely opposed by Madrid, setting a course for Spain’s deepest political crisis in decades. The looming showdown comes ...

Iraqi Kurdistan independence referendum campaigning has officially begun

E-Kurd - 2017-09-05 14:01
HEWLÊR-Erbil, Iraq’s Kurdistan region,— Official campaigning regarding the referendum for Iraq’s Kurdistan Region has begun on Tuesday and will last for 18 days. As of today, entities, political parties and people may start campaigning on the referendum ...

Gorran, KIG Renew Call for Postponing Kurdistan Referendum

BAS News - 2017-09-04 16:34
ERBIL— Change Movement (Gorran) and Kurdistan Islamic Group (KIG) on Monday once again demanded Kurdistan Region political leadership to postpone independence referendum until Kurdistan parliament sets a date for the vote. Leaders from both parties met t ...

Erdogan repeats threat to attack northern Syria

KurdPress - 2017-09-03 13:57
Turkey will launch a new cross-border military operation into Syria if its national security is threatened by the Islamic State (IS), Kurdish militants and political turmoil in Syria and Iraq. ...

Planned Kurdish Referendum on Independence Unsettles Iraqis, U.S.

The Wall Street Journal - 2017-08-30 18:13
A referendum on Kurdistan’s independence, set for Sept. 25, has Baghdad and Washington concerned over political consequences, and Arabs displaced in fight against Islamic State worried they won’t be allowed to go home. ...

US Diplomats, Military Officials Meet with Barzani in Erbil

BAS News - 2017-08-29 23:10
ERBIL — A number of US diplomatic and military envoys met on Tuesday with Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani in Erbil to review the latest political and security developments. The delegation was headed by Douglas Silliman, the US ambassador to Ira ...

Iranian FM, UN envoy discuss developments in Syria

KurdPress - 2017-08-29 09:20
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and UN special envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura on Monday conferred on political initiations for the resolution of crisis in the war-torn Syria. ...

Rola Haroun: people should lead communes to success by electing

ANHA - 2017-08-28 13:38
The general coordinator of the Modernity and Democracy Party in Syria, Rola Haroun, said that the success of the elections communes and the federal elections depends on the active participation of the society and the political parties. ...

German lawmakers call for economic pressure on Turkey

Waar Media - 2017-08-28 13:16
WAAR-DUHOK: The leader of Germany’s Social Democrats (SPD) Martin Schulz, on Sunday accused Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of establishing a political tyranny and called on the European Union to scrap any further negotiations on expanding its cus ...

Turkey Stops Issuing Visa to Sulaimaniyah Citizens: PUK Channels

BAS News - 2017-08-25 11:29
ERBIL— The Turkish government has stopped giving visa to the citizens of Sulaimaniyah due to "political" reasons, Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) media outlets reported on Friday. The decision comes only two days after Turkey expelled PUK representati ...

Amnesty International criticizes the repressive system in prisons in Iran

Kurdistan Human Rights Association - 2017-08-24 03:02
According to the Kurdistan Human Rights Association, in connection with a group strike, a number of prisoners in Rajai Shahr prison in Karaj, Amnesty International said that political prisoners remain in solitary confinement in a suffocating atmosphere. H ...

Some Kurdistan Region parties would prevent referendum: official

KurdPress - 2017-08-22 13:37
A member of the Iraqi parliament’s foreign relation commission claimed that there are political parties in Kurdistan Region, in the north of Iraq, and they would not allow the region and its President Masoud Barzani to hold the scheduled referendum. ...

KDP and Gorran to Meet on Monday

BAS News - 2017-08-20 11:37
ERBIL — The Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) and Change Movement (Gorran) are set to hold a bilateral meeting on Monday to discuss the political disagreements. Arif Roushdi, a senior advisor to KDP’s politburo, confirmed the report to BasNews and said th ...

Iraqi Parliament Speaker Announces New Political Party

BAS News - 2017-08-19 11:43
BAGHDAD — Iraqi Sunni politician and speaker of parliament, Salim al-Jabouri, officially announced his new political party on Friday in Baghdad. The Civil Rally for Reform, Jabouri’s new party, is said to seek to “develop effective policies aimed at find ...

KDP, Gorran, KIG to Meet This Week

BAS News - 2017-08-19 10:41
ERBIL — Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) is said to hold meetings this week with the Change Movement (Gorran) and Kurdistan Islamic Group (KIG) in hopes of finding a solution to their prolonged political disputes. Nouri Hama Ali, a leading member of KDP, ...

The Story of a Kurdish Political Prisoner Executed on His Birthday

Kurdistan Human Rights - 2017-08-19 02:02
On 9th August 2016, the second anniversary of the execution of the Kurdish political prisoner called Sirwan Nazhawi in Tabriz Central Prison, Kurdistan Human Rights Network publishes a report detailing the arrest, execution and burial of this Sunni priso ...

Official Calls for Deploying More Peshmerga Troops in Khanaqin

BAS News - 2017-08-18 13:43
ERBIL— There is a security vacuum in the borders of Khanaqin, 140 km northeast of Baghdad, and to overcome the situation, further Peshmerga forces from the Kurdistan Region should be deployed in the area, stated a political leader on Friday. Nearly 700 I ...

Barzani: Bright Future Awaits Kurdistan after Independence

BAS News - 2017-08-17 14:32
ERBIL — Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani expects prosperity and bright future for his people after independence. The independence vote set for 25th September was a “historic” decision made by Kurdistan’s political parties to prevent the repetiti ...

Abadi: Negotiations with Referendum Delegation Were Friendly

BAS News - 2017-08-15 18:58
ERBIL— Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi stated Tuesday that the negotiations with the senior referendum delegation were friendly. A senior delegation which included representatives from different political, religious and ethnic components in Kurdista ...
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