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Philippines' Duterte warns terrorists: 'I'll be harsh'

Reuters - 2017-05-24 05:12
MANILA (Reuters) - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said on Wednesday he will deal harshly with terrorism and that martial law on the island of Mindanao would remain in place for a year if necessary. ...

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 ...

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 ...

Trump calls Nazi Holocaust 'history's darkest hour'

Reuters - 2017-05-23 13:57
JERUSALEM (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump paid tribute at Israel's Yad Vashem memorial on Tuesday to the six million Jews killed in the Nazi Holocaust, calling it an indescribable act of evil. ...

Trump meets Palestinian leader in Bethlehem

Waar Media - 2017-05-23 13:54
WAAR-DUHOK: Donald Trump made the short trip from Jerusalem to Bethlehem Tuesday to meet Mahmud Abbas, who was hoping to convince the unpredictable US president to remain committed to an independent Palestinian state. His talks in Bethlehem with the Pale ...

328 Iranian Kurds executed during Rouhani’s term

E-Kurd - 2017-05-23 08:58
SNE, Iranian Kurdistan,— During the four-year presidential term of Iranian president Hassan Rouhani, on average, one Kurdish citizen has been executed in every five day or almost seven Kurdish citizens have been executed monthly. According to the statist ...

Brazil top court ruling on Temer probe to await tape analysis

Reuters - 2017-05-22 21:29
BRASILIA (Reuters) - Brazil's Chief Justice Carmen Lucia Rocha decided on Monday that the Supreme Court will only rule on the suspension of an investigation of President Michel Temer when the federal police determines whether a key tape recording was edit ...

Trump says concerns about Iran driving Israel, Arab states closer

Reuters - 2017-05-22 19:55
JERUSALEM (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Monday that shared concern about Iran was driving Israel and many Arab states closer and demanded that Tehran immediately cease military and financial backing of "terrorists and militias". ...

Trump hopes to revive peace process on first visit to Israel

Waar Media - 2017-05-22 17:00
WAAR-DUHOK: President Donald Trump opened his first visit to Israel Monday, a two-day stop aimed at testing the waters for jumpstarting the dormant Middle East peace process. Trump arrived in Israel from Saudi Arabia, where he basked in the lavish welcom ...

Rouhani to hold first press conference after reelection

KurdPress - 2017-05-22 06:16
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani is scheduled to hold his first press conference in the presence of representatives of domestic and foreign media since his landslide election victory and winning a second term in office. ...

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. ...

Iraqi VP Allawi Warns about More Dangerous Force than IS

BAS News - 2017-05-21 20:14
ERBIL— If there is no political success parallel with the military victories against the Islamic State (IS) organization, big threats loom on the horizon for Iraq, warned Iraqi Vice President Ayad al-Allawi. Speaking to Russia Today on Sunday, Iraqi VP t ...

Iran hardliners sulk after Rouhani win, say they must be heard

Reuters - 2017-05-21 16:01
LONDON (Reuters) - Iranian hardliners indignant at President Hassan Rouhani's re-election vowed on Sunday to press their conservative agenda, with some saying his caustic campaign trail attacks on their candidate would bring a backlash. ...

Re-elected Rouhani promises to strenghten ties with Western powers

Waar Media - 2017-05-21 15:53
WAAR-DUHOK: Re-elected President Hassan Rouhani promised that Iran will strengthen ties with Western powers following his victory in the elections on Friday. “Our nation’s message in the election was clear: Iran’s nation chose the path of interaction wit ...

Trump to urge Muslim leaders to fight extremism in major speech

Waar Media - 2017-05-21 15:53
WAAR-DUHOK: US President Donald Trump is to urge the Islamic world to confront extremism in a highly anticipated speech Sunday to dozens of Muslim leaders in Saudi Arabia. Aides have said the speech, given in the cradle of Islam, will be “uplifting” but ...

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. ...

Trump seeks 'reset' with Islamic world amid political tumult at home

Reuters - 2017-05-21 10:25
RIYADH (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump, struggling to shake a brewing scandal at home, will attempt a reset on Sunday with the Islamic world after frequently attacking Muslims on the campaign trail last year and trying to ban many from the United ...

Ammar al-Hakim congratulates Rouhani on his re-election

KurdPress - 2017-05-21 08:51
Chairman of Iraqi National Coalition Seyyed Ammar al-Hakim congratulated President Hassan Rouhani on his re-election as Iran’s president hours after he was officially announced winner of the 12th presidential election. ...

TPP countries keep trade deal alive without Trump's U.S.

Reuters - 2017-05-21 08:22
HANOI (Reuters) - Countries in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreed on Sunday to look at ways to move the trade deal forward without the United States after President Donald Trump pulled out in favour of an "America First" policy. ...

Barzani and Iraqi President Discuss Baghdad-Erbil Relations

BAS News - 2017-05-20 18:07
The leaders met in Amman on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum on the Middle East and North Africa AMMAN — Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani and Iraqi President Fuad Masoum met on Saturday in Amman, capital of Jordan, and discussed Baghdad ...

Iraqi President Says Destruction in Mosul Is Horrendous

BAS News - 2017-05-20 15:18
AMMAN — Iraqi President Fuad Masoum noted the current “horrendous” state of Iraq following the nearly three-year war on Islamic State (IS) militants and the need for international assistance in rebuilding the country’s second largest city as well as othe ...

Germany, Ukraine say aim to get back to Minsk ceasefire deal

Reuters - 2017-05-20 15:16
BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko agreed on Saturday to try to improve the security situation in eastern Ukraine and return to implementing the Minsk ceasefire deal after an upsurge in violence the ...

Rouhani leads Ian presidential election

KurdPress - 2017-05-20 10:07
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani leads the presidential election of the country with votes so far as he has won 22,796,468 out of 38,914,470 valid votes. ...

Asia-Pacific meeting puts Trump's trade turmoil center stage

Reuters - 2017-05-20 06:31
HANOI (Reuters) - Ministers from Asia-Pacific countries discussed the changing global trade landscape on Saturday after U.S. President Donald Trump upended the old order with an "America First" policy that has sparked fears of protectionism. ...

Iran election: Voters go to the polls to pick president

Waar Media - 2017-05-19 18:20
WAAR-DUHOK: Millions of Iranians joined long queues to vote on Friday, an early sign of strong turnout in an unexpectedly tight presidential election that could determine the future of the country’s nascent emergence from international isolation. The pre ...

US State Department summons Turkish ambassador

KurdPress - 2017-05-19 15:09
The U.S. State Department has summoned Turkish Ambassador in Washington Serdar Kilic on May 17 over a street brawl outside the Turkish diplomatic mission that erupted between protesters and Turkish security personnel during President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’ ...

U.S. senators condemn Erdogan’s guards attack on Kurdish protesters

E-Kurd - 2017-05-19 14:58
WASHINGTON,— U.S. Senators John McCain (Republican-Arizona) and Dianne Feinstein (Democrat-California) have signed a joint statement to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan condemning the recent violence directed from Erdogan’s security personnel again ...

Barzani Sends Condolence over Gorran Leader's Death

BAS News - 2017-05-19 14:00
ERBIL– Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani on Friday conveyed his condolence over the death of Gorran (Change) Movement's General Coordinator Nawshirwan Mustafa. In a message, Barzani offered condolence to Mustaf's family and Gorran Movement member ...

As Trump Alights in Israel, Palestinians are Descending into Darkness

International Crisis Group - 2017-05-19 13:59
President Trump plans a 22-23 May visit to Israel and Palestine in pursuit of the “ultimate deal”. But behind the scenes, rising tensions between Palestinian factions may be drawing Gaza and Israel closer to a new war. ...

Iraqi VP to Iranian Ambassador: Stop Your Intervention in Iraq

BAS News - 2017-05-19 12:14
ERBIL— In his first meeting with the new Iranian ambassador to Iraq, Iraqi Vice President Ayad al-Allawi demanded Iran to stop its interventions in the Iraq internal affairs. Elaph news reported that Allawi, who is also the leader of the National Accord, ...

Casting vote starts in Iran Kurdish region

KurdPress - 2017-05-19 07:27
Casting poll tarts in all Kurdish regions of Iran at 8 a.m. local time as the rest of the country goes to the polling stations elect the next president of the country and city and village councils. ...

Violence Erupts as Erdogan’s Goons Attack Protesters in Washington

The Kurdish Project - 2017-05-18 21:41
The following article was originally published in Foreign Policy. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has had a pretty good year — consolidating his executive powers, purging Turkey of pesky encumbrances like a free press and hundreds of thousands of ...

King Abdullah Receives Barzani as Head of State: MP

BAS News - 2017-05-18 20:05
ERBIL— King Abdullah II of Jordan welcomed Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani as the president of a country thanks to Barzani's reputation, said an MP. In a statement to BasNews on Thursday, Ashwaq Jaf said for the second time King of Jordan put K ...

Barzani to Discuss Referendum with Arab Leaders in Amman

BAS News - 2017-05-18 19:21
ERBIL— Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani will discuss Kurdistan Region's appeal for holding a referendum on independence with the Arab leaders at the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in Jordan, said an official. Barzani arrived in Jordan tod ...

[In Pictures] Barzani Visiting Wounded Peshmerga in Amman Hospitals

BAS News - 2017-05-18 18:54
ERBIL— Kurdistan Region President Massoud Barzani on Thursday visited a group of wounded Peshmerga troops who were in Amman, Jordan for remedy. The Peshmerga forces whom Barzani met today suffered injuries in Turkish airstrikes on Sinjar vicinity on Apri ...

Iran’s Bipolar Election

International Crisis Group - 2017-05-18 18:21
Iranian voters have a real choice on 19 May between a president promising engagement with the West or one focused on the ideological purity of the Islamic Revolution. At the same time, both leading candidates are clerical insiders who support the continu ...

South Africa's Zuma says spate of women and child murders 'a crisis'

Reuters - 2017-05-18 17:25
JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South African President Jacob Zuma said on Thursday that a spate of violent attacks against women and children represented a national "crisis" as he visited the family of a three-year old girl who was raped and killed. ...

Barzani to Meet Jordanian King Abdullah

Waar Media - 2017-05-18 16:40
WAAR-DUHOK: Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani travelled to Jordan on Thursday, May 18, to attend the World Economic Forum on the Middle East and North Africa and meet with King Abdullah for discussions over a number of topics. Kurdistan Region Pr ...

Putin and Macron discuss Ukraine in first phone call: Kremlin

Reuters - 2017-05-18 14:59
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin and France's new President Emmanuel Macron held their first phone conversation and discussed possible further cooperation in resolving the Ukraine crisis, the Kremlin said in a statement on Thursday. ...

Barzani Arrives in Amman to Meet with King Abdullah

BAS News - 2017-05-18 14:53
He will also attend the World Economic Forum in Jordan AMMAN — Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani arrived in Amman, capital of Jordan on Thursday to participate in the World Economic Forum on the Middle East and North Africa, which is slated to be ...

US says Erdogan’s bodyguards behind brutal attack on Kurdish protesters

E-Kurd - 2017-05-18 14:12
WASHINGTON,— The US State Department has confirmed that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s security detail was behind the brutal attack on Kurdish protesters in Washington, DC on Tuesday. Police believe “there could be a diplomatic immunity issue.” ...

Barzani to Meet King Abdullah of Jordan

BAS News - 2017-05-18 11:39
He will also attend the World Economic Forum in Jordan ERBIL — Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani travelled to Jordan on Thursday, May 18, to attend the World Economic Forum on the Middle East and North Africa and meet with King Abdullah for discu ...

Erdogan says Turkey will act if Syrian Kurdish militia attacks: media

Reuters - 2017-05-18 08:18
ISTANBUL (Reuters) - President Tayyip Erdogan told U.S. President Donald Trump during his visit to Washington this week that Turkey would act "without asking anyone" if it faced any sort of attack from the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia, Turkish media reporte ...

Trump meeting had no achievements for Erdogan: daily

KurdPress - 2017-05-18 08:10
The Guardian daily stated about the Tuesday meeting between Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and U.S. President Donald Trump that the meeting did not have any achievement for the Turkish side. ...
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