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Cyber spies target German party think-tanks ahead of election

Reuters - 2017-04-25 18:58
FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Two foundations tied to Germany’s ruling coalition parties were attacked by the same cyber spy group that targeted the campaign of French presidential favorite Emmanuel Macron, a leading cyber security expert said on Tuesday. ...

French presidential election: Voters flood to ballot box as polls open

Waar Media - 2017-04-23 16:14
WAAR-DUHOK: French voters began flooding ballot boxes Sunday to kick-off the start if a tense first-round poll that has been seen as a test for the spread of populism around the world. More than 60,000 polling stationed opened for around 47 million eligi ...

Iran election televised debates to be aired live

KurdPress - 2017-04-23 08:03
Iran Interior Ministry spokesman Salman Samani said that following the approval of the Commission of Presidential Elections Campaigning, candidates’ debates will be broadcast live on TV. ...

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 ...

Attack overshadows last campaign day in French election first round

Reuters - 2017-04-21 08:49
PARIS (Reuters) - The killing overnight of a policeman in an Islamist militant attack overshadowed the last day of France's unpredictable presidential election campaign on Friday as centrist Emmanuel Macron held onto his status as frontrunner in the polls ...

Paris shooting disrupts French election campaigning

Reuters - 2017-04-21 02:25
PARIS (Reuters) - Security concerns took center stage on Friday in the last days of France's tight presidential race as candidates defended their stance on the fight against terror in the wake of a shooting in Paris which killed one policeman. ...

Snap Judgments on Snap Elections in the UK

Foreign Policy Research Institute - 2017-04-19 00:13
As Europe digests the results of last Sunday’s referendum in Turkey and prepares for this weekend’s first round of presidential elections in France, Prime Minister Theresa May of the United Kingdom has added a further electoral entrée to the Continental ...

IHERC Ready to Hold Presidential, Parliamentary Elections on Time

BAS News - 2017-04-18 00:12
SOFIA — The Kurdistan Region’s Independent High Electoral and Referendum Commission (IHERC) said it is ready to hold presidential and parliamentary elections on time. In November this year the current term of the Kurdistan Region Parliament will be over, ...

Macron urges French to get rid of old generation as race tightens

Reuters - 2017-04-17 21:02
PARIS (Reuters) - Presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron urged French voters on Monday to turn the page on the last 20 years and bring a new generation to power, as he stepped up attacks against resurgent far-left and conservative rivals six days before v ...

Turkey’s opposition questions legitimacy of presidential referendum

KurdPress - 2017-04-17 09:58
The head of Turkey main opposition party on Sunday, April 16, criticized the High Electoral Board for making the vote on referendum "controversial" and stated that the legitimacy of Turkey's referendum on an executive presidency is open to debate. ...

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. ...

Turkey Votes “Yes”, 51.32% Accepting the Presidential System

BAS News - 2017-04-16 23:52
ISTANBUL — “Yes" votes have overtaken the “No” votes in the historic referendum to alter Turkey’s constitution and reconfigure its system from the parliamentary system to the presidential system. Turkey’s Prime Minister Binali Yildirim called the results ...

HDP MPs Take Part in Turkey's Referendum on Constitutional Changes

BAS News - 2017-04-16 13:21
HDP and CHP are against the presidential system for Turkey ANKARA — The pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) officials took part in Sunday's referendum on the constitutional proposed changes. While a number of HDP officials including its co-chairs ...

Turkey referendum: Historic vote on presidential powers under way

Waar Media - 2017-04-16 12:08
WAAR-DUHOK: Turkey goes to the polls Sunday in a controversial constitutional referendum, which if passed, would grant President Recep Tayyip Erdogan sweeping executive powers by replacing the parliamentary system with a presidential one. Amending Turkey ...

Kurdish militants kill guard in attack on Turkish politician: sources

Reuters - 2017-04-16 07:56
DIYARBAKIR, Turkey (Reuters) - Kurdish militants killed a guard in an attack on a vehicle carrying a district official from the ruling AK Party in southeast Turkey overnight, ahead of Sunday's referendum on introducing a presidential system, security sour ...

Arson attempt at Le Pen campaign HQ causes minor damage: source

Reuters - 2017-04-13 10:06
PARIS (Reuters) - An arson attempt left very minor damage at the Paris building where French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen has her headquarters, a police source said, and Le Pen accused leftist groups of the attack. ...

South Korea opposition to seek summit with China if frontrunner elected

Reuters - 2017-04-13 06:24
SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea's major opposition party will seek a summit with China to resolve an ongoing diplomatic spat over a U.S. anti-missile radar system if its presidential candidate is elected, the party's chief policymaker said in an interview w ...

Iran’s ex-president Ahmadinejad may take part in presidential election

Waar Media - 2017-04-12 14:45
WAAR-DUHOK: Former Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has submitted his name for registration as a candidate in the presidential election set for May 19, ISNA news agency reported on Wednesday. Ahmadinejad who served as the Islamic Republic’s presiden ...

Turkey calls for immediate setting up of no-fly zones in Syria

Waar Media - 2017-04-07 11:49
WAAR-DUHOK: There is a strong need to immediately set up no-fly zones in Syria, Turkish Presidential Spokesman Ibrahim Kalin said. “We believe that by attacking the Shayrat air base in the Homs Governorate, the US has given a positive response to the war ...

Markets look beyond bookies, pollsters for French election steer

Reuters - 2017-04-05 20:55
LONDON (Reuters) - With France's presidential election a potential banana skin-in-waiting for markets, forecasting sites that rely neither on voter surveys nor real-money betting are becoming a tool of choice for financiers and policymakers in search of a ...

Venezuela crisis casts shadow over Ecuador presidential election

Reuters - 2017-04-01 21:50
QUITO (Reuters) - Venezuela's political crisis is looming over Sunday's tight presidential election in Ecuador, where a leftist government aligned with Venezuela's socialist President Nicolas Maduro is hoping to prolong its decade-long rule. ...

Turkey objects Iraqi Kurdistan plans to hold independence referendum

E-Kurd - 2017-04-01 08:42
ANKARA,— Turkey opposes an initiative by Iraqi Kurdistan authorities to hold a referendum on the region’s independence, Turkey’s presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin said on Friday. A top aide to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said a referend ...

Paraguay senators vote in secret to allow presidential re-election

Reuters - 2017-04-01 01:42
ASUNCION (Reuters) - Paraguay appeared headed for a constitutional crisis on Friday after a group of senators voted behind closed doors for a bill that would allow President Horacio Cartes to run for re-election, while protesters confronted police outside ...

Turkish diasporans begin voting in referendum

Waar Media - 2017-03-27 13:10
WAAR-DUHOK: Absentee voting for Turkish citizens living in several western European countries on the referendum for constitutional changes that is seen as increasing presidential powers begins on Monday, while Turks in the Kurdistan Region and Iraq can b ...

France’s Le Pen meets Putin in Moscow

Rojikurd - 2017-03-25 00:09
Front National leader Marine Le Pen has met with Vladimir Putin and Russian lawmakers in Moscow. Russia has been cozying up to right-wing candidates and meddling in European and US elections. French right-wing leader and presidential candidate Marine Le P ...

France's Fillon under fire, even from allies, one month from election

Reuters - 2017-03-22 14:23
PARIS (Reuters) - Right-wing presidential candidate Francois Fillon was back under fire on Wednesday following new media reports of conflicts of financial and political interest while a party ally attacked a key part of his radical economic recovery progr ...

Turkey summons German envoy over Kurdish rally in Frankfurt

E-Kurd - 2017-03-20 00:15
ISTANBUL,— Turkey summoned Germany’s ambassador to express its fury over a Frankfurt rally where protesters brandished insignia of Kurdish militants, the presidential spokesman said Sunday, denouncing it as a “scandal”. Some 30,000 Kurdish protesters att ...

South Korea's ex-president hounded over dumped dogs

Reuters - 2017-03-14 10:15
SEOUL (Reuters) - A South Korean animal rights group has filed a complaint with police against former president Park Geun-hye for abandoning nine pet dogs in the presidential Blue House after being dismissed from office. ...

Barzani, McGurk review Mosul campaign

KurdPress - 2017-03-13 23:23
Kurdistan Region President Massoud Barzani and Brett McGurk, the US Special Presidential Envoy to the Global Coalition to Counter the Islamic State (IS), discussed bilateral ties and the anti-IS military efforts in Mosul. ...

IS Militants Left in Mosul Going to Die: US Envoy

BAS News - 2017-03-13 19:44
ISTANBUL — Islamic State (IS) militants remaining in western Mosul are trapped, as the last road out of the city has been cut off by the Iraqi forces, said Brett McGurk, Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter Islamic State (IS). A ...

Barzani and McGurk Review Mosul Campaign

BAS News - 2017-03-13 14:49
A US delegation headed by Brett McGurk met with Barzani ERBIL — Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani and Brett McGurk, the US Special Presidential Envoy to the Global Coalition to Counter the Islamic State (IS) discussed bilateral ties and the anti- ...

President Barzani Meets US Special Envoy

Waar Media - 2017-03-13 14:43
WAAR-DUHOK: Kurdistan Regional President, Masoud Barzani met with Brett McGurk, the special presidential envoy to the anti-ISIS coalition on Monday. Joining McGurk were Douglas Silliman, the US Ambassador to Iraq, and Lieutenant General Stephen Townsend, ...

IS “Trapped” in Mosul: US Envoy

BAS News - 2017-03-12 22:56
The jihadists are going to die there, McGurk says MOSUL — US special presidential envoy to the anti-Islamic State (IS) coalition has said IS jihadists are “trapped” inside Mosul. “Any of the fighters left in Mosul, they’re going to die there,” Brett McGu ...

Peshmerga, Iraqi Forces Cooperation Destroying IS: US Envoy

BAS News - 2017-03-08 00:57
ERBIL — The cooperation between Kurdistan Region Peshmerga and the Iraqi forces is destroying the Islamic State (IS), said Brett McGurk, the US Special Presidential Envoy to the coalition battling IS. McGurk made the remark after Iraqi Prime Minister Hai ...

Is Trump Russia’s Manchurian Candidate? No. Here’s Why

Foreign Policy Research Institute - 2017-03-06 19:26
“Is Trump a Manchurian Candidate?” The Trump as “Manchurian Candidate” scenario has been a constant query for my colleagues and I since we published our warnings in August and November last year about Russia’s influence campaign on the U.S. presidential ...

Ex-French President Sarkozy seeks meeting with Fillon and Juppe

Reuters - 2017-03-06 10:30
PARIS (Reuters) - Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy called on Monday for a meeting with Francois Fillon and another senior conservative figure, Alain Juppe, in a bid to hammer out a solution to the crisis facing Fillon's presidential election campai ...

France's Fillon under fire as party chiefs bring forward crisis meeting

Reuters - 2017-03-04 20:38
PARIS (Reuters) - Embattled French presidential candidate Francois Fillon was under growing pressure to quit the race on Saturday as his party leaders brought forward a meeting to discuss the situation and former allies shied away from a planned rally to ...

Russia says Kurds need to join Syrian talks in Geneva

E-Kurd - 2017-03-04 10:55
MOSCOW,— Moscow believes it necessary to engage the Kurds in the intra-Syrian talks in Geneva, Russian Special Presidential Envoy for the Middle East and Africa, Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov told reporters on Monday. “The Kurds’ participation ...

Turkey opposes creation of safe zones in Syria’s Kurdish areas

E-Kurd - 2017-03-04 10:55
MOSCOW,— Ankara would be against the creation of safe zones in Kurdish areas in Syria because they might be used by the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), Turkish chief presidential adviser Ilnur Cevik told Sputnik. “It depends where they want to create a s ...
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