Latest news

President

Erdogan says Turkey won't wait at Europe's door forever

Reuters - 2017-04-26 02:22
ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey will not wait at Europe's door forever and is ready to walk away from EU accession talks if rising Islamophobia and hostility from some member states persist, President Tayyip Erdogan told Reuters in a wide-ranging interview on T ...

Barzani to Help Resumption of Kurdish Peace Talks in Turkey

BAS News - 2017-04-25 20:59
ERBIL — Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani and Kurdish politician Leyla Zana are said to be renewing efforts to resume the peace talks in Turkey in hopes of finding a solution to the case of Kurds in the country. According to the information obtai ...

Lawyer for Philippines hit-man files complaint against Duterte at ICC

Reuters - 2017-04-24 15:08
HONG KONG/THE HAGUE (Reuters) - A Philippines lawyer filed a complaint at the International Criminal Court (ICC) on Monday against President Rodrigo Duterte and senior officials, accusing them of mass murder in a nationwide anti-drugs crackdown. ...

U.S. defense secretary in Afghanistan as U.S. looks to craft policy

Reuters - 2017-04-24 10:30
KABUL (Reuters) - U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis arrived in Afghanistan on Monday as President Donald Trump's administration looks to construct its strategy for the war-torn country, where resurgent Taliban militants continue to make gains. ...

Afghan defense minister, army chief of staff resign over deadly attack

Reuters - 2017-04-24 09:18
KABUL (Reuters) - Afghan President Ashraf Ghani accepted on Monday the resignation of the defense minister and army chief of staff after more than 140 government soldiers were killed in a Taliban attack on an army base last week, the president's office sa ...

West intervenes whenever army advances: Assad

KurdPress - 2017-04-23 11:30
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has accused the West of interfering in Syria’s affairs in favor of terrorists whenever the army makes gains, citing Washington’s missile attack on a Syrian military airbase earlier this month as an example. ...

Iraqi President's Guards Still Missing

BAS News - 2017-04-22 20:29
ERBIL— There is no information on whereabouts of three guards of Iraqi President Fuad Ma'sum who went missing almost one year ago. Abdullah Alyawayi, an advisor for the Iraqi president, told BasNews on Saturday that it's not clear which party, Islamic St ...

Sadr Senior Deputation Meets President Barzani

BAS News - 2017-04-22 17:54
The parties discussed future prospects for Iraq ERBIL— Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani on Saturday received a senior delegation from the Shi'ite Sadr Movement, led by Sayyed Ahmed Sadr, according to Kurdistan Presidency's official website. Barz ...

Venezuela opposition march to honor those killed in violence

Reuters - 2017-04-22 17:35
CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuela's opposition prepared to march in silence on Saturday to honor a dozen people killed in three weeks of protests demanding that the government of President Nicolas Maduro hold delayed elections and address a growing economic c ...

Iraq Summons Turkish Envoy Over Erdogan's Remarks on Hashd Al-Shaabi

BAS News - 2017-04-21 19:18
ERBIL — Iraqi Foreign Minister summoned the Turkish ambassador to Baghdad after an interview in which the President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan used the word "terrorist" to describe an Iraqi parliamentary organisation. The Spokesperson for the Foreign ...

Death toll in Venezuelan protests reaches nine

Reuters - 2017-04-21 16:46
CARACAS (Reuters) - A man was killed in a protest in the Venezuelan capital on Thursday night, an official said on Friday, marking the ninth death in a wave of sometimes violent demonstrations against President Nicolas Maduro's government. ...

Erdogan plans to visit Russia on May 3

Waar Media - 2017-04-21 16:26
WAAR-DUHOK: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan plans to visit Russia on May 3 and hold a meeting with Russian leader Vladimir Putin, the Turkish president’s office told TASS on Friday. “This trip has been scheduled. Our president plans to visit Russi ...

Iran election campaign kicks off without Ahmadinejad

Waar Media - 2017-04-21 16:26
WAAR-DUHOK: Campaigning began on Friday for Iran’s presidential election with incumbent Hassan Rouhani facing a tough battle against hardliners, though not from former president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad who was barred from standing. Ahmadinejad’s disqualifica ...

Hashd Forces Accuse Turkey's Erdogan of Interfering in Iraqi Affairs

BAS News - 2017-04-21 09:47
Spokesperson says 70% of Iraqi MPs recognized the Shi'ite forces as legal ERBIL— Turkish President Recep Teyyip Erdogan is interfering in the internal affairs of the Shi'ite Hashd al-Shaabi forces, spokesperson for the forces said. During an interview wi ...

Obama Deceived Turkey over PKK: Erdogan

BAS News - 2017-04-21 00:35
ISTANBUL — Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan accused former US President Barack Obama of duping Turkey regarding their mutual agreement to fight terrorism. "With President Obama, we had a mutual agreement about the PKK, - but Obama deceived us. I d ...

U.S. troubled by increasing extrajudicial killings in Philippines

Reuters - 2017-04-20 22:21
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States said on Thursday it was troubled by the growing number of extrajudicial killings in Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's war on drugs and called on Manila to stick to its commitment to investigate them. ...

Iraq to Summon Turkish Ambassador over Erdogan's Comments Against Hashd

BAS News - 2017-04-20 19:38
ERBIL— Iraqi Foreign Ministry will summon Turkish ambassador to Baghdad to hand over a letter of protest against the recent remarks by Turkish President Recep Teyyip Erdogan against the Shi'ite Popular Mobilization or Hashd al-Shaabi Forces. The letter i ...

Venezuelan opposition plans more protests against Maduro

Reuters - 2017-04-20 16:31
CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuela's opposition called for renewed nationwide protests on Thursday to pressure the government of President Nicolas Maduro to hold elections and improve a collapsing economy, a day after three people were killed in similar demons ...

Barzani: We Employ a Peaceful Way to Gain Independence

BAS News - 2017-04-20 15:33
Those who criticize the referendum on Kurdistan independence have misapprehended it ERBIL — Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani said they continue the project of referendum on independence, stating that the criticism levelled at the project resulte ...

German FM Sigmar Gabriel Arrives in Bashiq, Northeast Mosul

BAS News - 2017-04-20 15:06
BASHIQ — Following his meeting with Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani in Erbil on Thursday, Sigmar Gabriel, the German vice-chancellor and foreign minister, arrived in Bashiq town, 12 km north-east of Mosul. The German foreign minister is expecte ...

President Barzani and German Foreign Minister Meet in Erbil

Waar Media - 2017-04-20 14:33
WAAR-DUHOK: Sigmar Gabriel, the German vice-chancellor and foreign minister, arrived in Erbil late Wednesday after he concluded his visit to Baghdad. The German foreign minister is currently meeting with Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani. The key ...

The EU must prepare itself for Frexit

Waar Media - 2017-04-20 14:33
WAAR-DUHOK: The thought of President Le Pen is so terrifying, it seems, posing such a threat to the future of Europe, that it remains for many a possibility they dare not entertain, much less plan for. But that threat is precisely why Europe must address ...

Duterte's office rejects drug-war allegations as 'movie scenes'

Reuters - 2017-04-20 14:10
MANILA (Reuters) - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's office rejected allegations on Thursday by two senior police officers in a Reuters report that police received cash rewards for executing drug suspects, while the most high-profile critic of the pr ...

Erdogan says Obama deceived Turkey over PKK

KurdPress - 2017-04-20 11:38
The Barack Obama administration deceived Turkey over cooperation against the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said late on April 19. ...

Russian navy visits Philippines as Duterte tightens ties with U.S. foes

Reuters - 2017-04-20 10:45
MANILA (Reuters) - Russian navy vessels arrived in the Philippines on Thursday for joint exercises as part of a drive for new security ties under President Rodrigo Duterte's revamped foreign policy of courting the traditional foes of Manila's top ally, Wa ...

Barzani and German Foreign Minister Meet in Erbil

BAS News - 2017-04-20 10:19
ERBIL — Sigmar Gabriel, the German vice-chancellor and foreign minister, arrived in Erbil late Wednesday after he concluded his visit to Baghdad. The German foreign minister is currently meeting with Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani. The key top ...

Israel says Assad's forces still have several tonnes of chemical weapons

Reuters - 2017-04-19 23:40
JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel's military said on Wednesday it believes Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's forces still possess several tonnes of chemical weapons, issuing the assessment two weeks after a chemical attack that killed nearly 90 people in Syri ...

“Massive Electoral Fraud” in Turkey’s Referendum / David L. Phillips

KurdPress - 2017-04-19 13:27
A Turkish election analyst wrote a private email describing “massive electoral fraud” in Turkey’s referendum yesterday. It is no surprise that followers of President Tayyip Erdogan rigged the vote. It is surprising, however, that his “yes” campaign only r ...

Approval for Duterte's drug war slips in Philippines

Reuters - 2017-04-19 09:00
MANILA (Reuters) - Satisfaction in the Philippines with President Rodrigo Duterte's war on drugs declined in the first quarter this year, a survey showed on Wednesday, with opinions split about police accounts that the drug suspects they killed had resist ...

China's Xi restructures military, consolidates control

Reuters - 2017-04-19 08:17
BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese President Xi Jinping has announced a military restructure of the People's Liberation Army (PLA) to transform it into a leaner fighting force with improved joint operations capability, state media said. ...

Barzani Congratulates Turkish President, PM on Victory in Referendum

BAS News - 2017-04-18 23:47
ERBIL — Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani on Tuesday congratulated his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on the referendum held in the country on Sunday. According to a press release by Barzani’s office, he has also sent a message to Turki ...

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 ...

Turkey extends emergency rule for another 3 months

Waar Media - 2017-04-18 14:41
WAAR-DUHOK: Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) government extended emergency rule for another three months during a National Security Council (MGK) meeting chaired by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Monday. During the meeting at the pr ...

Kurdistan independence not to be easy process: Official

KurdPress - 2017-04-18 08:37
It will not be easy for Kurdistan Region to become independence as there are many differences both in the region and in whole Iraq, Hemin Hawrami, a senior assistant to the region’s President Massoud Barzani, said. ...

Islamic State Looking to Ally with al-Qaeda: Iraqi VP

BAS News - 2017-04-18 00:12
ISTANBUL — The Islamic State (IS) group is in the process of negotiating an alliance with al-Qaeda, Iraqi Vice President, Ayad Allawi, told Reuters. "The discussion has started now," Allawi said. "There are discussions and dialogue between messengers rep ...

HDP rejects outcome of Turkish referendum

KurdPress - 2017-04-17 09:58
Turkey pro-Kurdish People’s Democratic Party (HDP) on Sunday announced that the outcome of the country’s presidential referendum is not final, accusing the ruling government party of fraud after Turkish President Erdogan won the referendum. ...
7579 results in 0.12 sec.