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Nechirvan Barzani meets Erdogan in Istanbul

KurdPress - 2017-04-29 06:59
Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani met with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Istanbul, three days after Turkish warplanes launched air raids in Shingal that killed five Peshmerga. ...

Erdogan: Airstrike on Peshmerga “Mistake”

BAS News - 2017-04-28 22:42
ISTANBUL — Receiving Kurdistan Region Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani in Istanbul, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan stated last weeks airstrikes around Sinjar was “mistakenly” carried out that resulted in several Peshmerga casualties. The two offi ...

London terrorism suspect was on Gaza flotilla ship in 2010: sources

Reuters - 2017-04-28 19:37
LONDON/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A man arrested on suspicion of planning a terrorist act on Thursday, carrying knives near Prime Minister Theresa May's office, was on a ship raided by Israeli soldiers in 2010, sources familiar with the investigation have tol ...

KRG’s PM to Meet Turkish President in Istanbul

Waar Media - 2017-04-28 18:33
WAAR-DUHOK: After he attended the 2017 Atlantic Council’s Istanbul Summit, Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani is set to meet with the Turkish President Recep Tayip Erdogan on Friday afternoon. The Atlantic Council’s Ista ...

KRG PM Nechirvan Barzani to Meet with Turkish President in Istanbul

BAS News - 2017-04-28 16:05
KRG PM attended the 2017 Atlantic Council's Istanbul Summit ERBIL — After he attended the 2017 Atlantic Council's Istanbul Summit, Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani is set to meet with the Turkish President Recep Tayip ...

Iraqi PM to Declared Mosul Fully Liberated in Few Days: Report

BAS News - 2017-04-28 00:13
SOFIA — The northern Iraqi city of Mosul will be declared "fully liberated" from the so-called Islamic State (IS) next Saturday, a source close to the Prime Minister of Iraq Haider al-Abadi said on Thursday. According to the source the Iraqi flag will be ...

Turkey offers condolences over Peshmerga deaths

Waar Media - 2017-04-27 10:06
WAAR-DUHOK: Ankara has offered condolences to Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) President Masoud Barzani over the killing of Peshmerga troops in a Turkish airstrike on April 26, state-run Anadolu Agency has reported. Prime Minister Binali Yıldırm made th ...

Australian Troops' Presence in Iraq is Indefinite: Australia's PM

BAS News - 2017-04-27 00:36
ISTANBUL — During his visit to Camp Taji, north of Baghdad in Iraq, the Prime Minister of Australia Malcom Turnbull said that the Australian military presence in Iraq will be "a long-term commitment,” reported The Sydney Morning Herald. "But it is one of ...

Majority of Iraqis Trust Abadi to Run Office for Second Term: Survey

BAS News - 2017-04-24 17:05
ERBIL— Most of the residents of the southern and central Iraqi provinces believe that the Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi is qualified to run for another term, according to the results of a survey. The survey, conducted by the Shorouq Media Foundati ...

'Australia first' fortifies position of country's prime minister

Reuters - 2017-04-24 05:23
SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has recorded a rise in voter support just days after tightening rules for foreigners seeking work and citizenship under an "Australia first" policy, a newspaper poll showed on Monday. ...

Thousands of Hungarians rally to mock PM Orban

Reuters - 2017-04-22 18:23
BUDAPEST (Reuters) - Thousands of Hungarians joined a rally mocking Prime Minister Viktor Orban on Saturday, in the latest protest against what they call his attacks on democracy and human rights. ...

Pakistan awaits Supreme Court ruling that could disqualify PM

Reuters - 2017-04-20 10:45
ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Police in riot gear on Thursday surrounded Pakistan's highest court in the capital, Islamabad, as it prepared to deliver a decision that could unseat Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif over corruption allegations related to the Panama Paper ...

Abadi Visits Liberated Areas of Mosul to Review Developments

BAS News - 2017-04-19 21:16
SOFIA — The Prime Minister of Iraq, Haider al-Abadi, arrived in the city of Mosul on Wednesday to meet with military officials in the city and discuss the latest developments following the liberation of most of the city. The Prime Minister’s media office ...

UK parliament votes 522 to 13 to back June 8 general election

Waar Media - 2017-04-19 16:40
WAAR-DUHOK: The British Prime Minister Theresa May has won the vote in parliament to back her call for an early general election. She said the result will help unify parliament behind her Brexit plan and prevent instability. The vote was passed by 522 to ...

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 ...

PM Abadi Promises Pay Raise to Hashd Militias

BAS News - 2017-04-18 22:33
He refutes the allegations against the Shi'ite forces ERBIL— Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi stated on Thursday that as of May 2017 the Shi'ite Popular Mobilization Forces (best known as Hashd al-Shaabi) will enjoy a pay raise. Abadi announced the n ...

British PM Theresa May announces snap general election

Waar Media - 2017-04-18 14:41
WAAR-DUHOK: British Prime Minister Theresa May called for an early general election on June 8 in a surprise announcement on Tuesday as Britain prepares for delicate negotiations on leaving the European Union. “We need a general election and we need one n ...

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 ...

PM Abadi Investigating Allocation of Funds to PKK: Lawmaker

BAS News - 2017-04-16 15:18
The MP says the funds have been reduced ERBIL— Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi was "unaware of" the funds that the Iraqi government has allocated to the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) and he may issue an order in this regard, said a Kurdish MP. Shak ...

PKK a threat to both Turkish and Kurdish citizens: Turkish PM

KurdPress - 2017-04-13 09:01
The outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) threatens both Turkish and Kurdish people, Turkey Prime Minister Binali Yildirim has said, while accusing pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) of failing to represent the interest of the Turkish nation. ...

Kirkuk Officials Concerned about Baghdad Delaying Hawija Assault

BAS News - 2017-04-13 02:37
KIRKUK — The reason behind delaying an operation to liberate Hawija from Islamic State (IS) is still unknown and the Iraqi Prime Minister is required to clarify the issue, Kurdish officials in Kirkuk insist. “Postponing the [Hawija] operation affects the ...

KRG Believes in Dialogue to Settle Disputes with Baghdad: PM

BAS News - 2017-04-12 16:16
KRG PM Nechirvan Barzani and Iraqi FM Ibrahim Jaafari met in Erbil ERBIL — Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani received the Iraqi Foreign Minister Ibrahim Jaafari and his accompanying delegation on Wednesday in Erbil. Dur ...

Iraqi foreign minister arrives in Erbil then will be in Duhok

Waar Media - 2017-04-12 14:45
WAAR-DUHOK: Iraqi foreign minister Ibrahim Al-Jaafari has arrived in Erbil where he is meeting with high-level Kurdish officials. Jaafari is set to meet with a Kurdish delegation headed by Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani. Jaafari is then expected to tra ...

May, Trump agree Russia should break ties with Assad: UK PM's office

Reuters - 2017-04-11 00:34
LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Theresa May spoke on Monday to U.S. President Donald Trump and agreed that "a window of opportunity" now exists to persuade Russia to break ties with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, May's office said. ...

50% of Iraqi IDPs Resettled in Their Homes: Official

BAS News - 2017-04-10 21:28
He says the government allocates 1,200 USD to each returning family ERBIL — Iraqi government, with the assistance of the UNHCR, has intensified its efforts to return the IDPs to their original places, said the spokesperson for the Iraqi prime minister's ...

KRG’s PM Condemns Sunday’s Terrorist acts Against Churches in Egypt

Waar Media - 2017-04-10 17:03
WAAR-DUHOK: Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani, in a statement on Monday, strongly condemned Sunday’s terrorist attacks on two churches in Egypt which killed and wounded dozens of people. “I strongly condemn yesterday’s ...

Sweden falls silent to honor truck attack victims

Reuters - 2017-04-10 14:05
STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Sweden's Prime Minister said on Monday the country would never yield to terrorism, as he led a minute's silence for those killed and injured when a truck driver mowed down pedestrians on a Stockholm shopping street. ...

KRG PM Condemns Sunday's Bombings Against Churches in Egypt

BAS News - 2017-04-10 11:29
ERBIL – Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani, in a statement on Monday, strongly condemned Sunday's terrorist attacks on two churches in Egypt which killed and wounded dozens of people. "I strongly condemn yesterday’s terr ...

Iraq PM, US VP discuss Syria, IS on phone

KurdPress - 2017-04-09 12:07
U.S. Vice President Mike Pence and Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi discussed on April 8 the situation in Syrian and the defeat of the Islamic State (IS), the Iraqi government said in a statement. ...

Iran, Turkey open 3rd border crossing

KurdPress - 2017-04-09 12:07
The border pass way of Esendre-Sarv was modernized and opened on Friday by Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim as the third big border crossing between Turkey and Iran. ...

Iraqi Kurdistan News in brief – April 6, 2017

E-Kurd - 2017-04-07 09:04
Iraqi President discusses Kirkuk with Prime Minister Abadi Baghdad: Iraqi President Fuad Masoum visited PM Haider al-Abadi on Wednesday and discussed the raising of the Kurdish flag over government buildings in Kirkuk. Abadi and Masoum were in agreement ...

Iraqi PM Abadi says Baghdad, Kurds to reactivate Article 140

E-Kurd - 2017-04-07 09:04
BAGHDAD,— The visiting Kurdish delegation during their meeting with the prime minister of Iraq on Wednesday night discussed possible ways of removing the stumbling block before the reactivation of the controversial 140 Article and laying the groundwork t ...

UK's May heads for electoral test over Brexit and her leadership

Reuters - 2017-04-06 12:13
LONDON (Reuters) - Prime Minister Theresa May unleashed a scathing attack on Britain's main opposition party on Thursday, launching a campaign for local elections next month that will be the biggest electoral test so far of her leadership and her plan to ...

Spokesman rejects British PM's anti-Iran allegations

KurdPress - 2017-04-06 12:10
Iran Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qasemi said that arms sales to the aggressors who kill innocent people in the region, especially in the ongoing unequal war in Yemen, is not consistent with the claims recently made by British Prime Minister Theresa ...

IS Chief Al-Baghdadi Has Fled Mosul Long Time Ago: PM Abadi

BAS News - 2017-04-04 18:39
ERBIL — Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said that the information available about the Islamic State (IS) chief Abubakir al-Baghdadi indicates that he has fled Mosul a long time ago. Abadi pointed out that the Iraqi forces liberated the left side of ...

KRG PM Decries St Petersburg Terror Attack

BAS News - 2017-04-04 17:22
The international community needs to further insist on eliminating terrorism, Barzani says ERBIL — Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Prime Minister condemned the terrorist attack which took place in the Russian city of St Petersburg on Monday. “We stro ...

Turkey won’t accept independence for Kurdistan Region

KurdPress - 2017-04-04 12:51
Turkey will not accept any attempt to declare independence in northern Iraq and to incorporate Kirkuk into the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), Prime Minister Binali Yildirim has said, vowing they will continue to stand with Iraqi Turkmen groups. ...

Iraqi PM: Kurdistan Flag Flying over Kirkuk for the Past 10 years

Waar Media - 2017-04-04 12:24
WAAR-DUHOK: Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abad has criticized the controversy around a provincial decision to raise the Kurdistan flag in Kirkuk, saying the Kurdish flag has been hoisted in the province for the past ten years. In an interview with Mayad ...

Iraqi PM says separation will harm Kurds

KurdPress - 2017-04-03 01:49
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has warned against Iraq's division, saying a potential separation of the country’s Kurds would harm them. ...

What kind of success did Turkey achieve in Syria? / Murat Yetkin

KurdPress - 2017-04-03 01:49
Hours before U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s arrival in Ankara on the evening of March 29, Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said on NTV that Turkey’s “Euphrates Shield” operation on Syria soil had been completed. ...

Indian PM urges Kashmir youth to choose tourism over terrorism

Reuters - 2017-04-02 17:00
SRINAGAR (Reuters) - Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi urged the youth of Kashmir on Sunday to choose tourism and development over terrorism, shortly after inaugurating a 37.2 billion rupee ($574 million) highway tunnel in the northern state of Jammu an ...

Police terrorize people before Erdoğan's rally in Amed

ANF/English - 2017-04-01 14:16
The main Kurdish city Amed has been turned into an open prison before the rally to be held by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım today afternoon. ...

Referendum on Kurdistan’s independence to be held this year: Barzani

E-Kurd - 2017-04-01 08:42
HEWLÊR-Erbil, Iraq’s Kurdistan region,— A referendum on the independence of Kurdistan Region is set to take place this year to gauge support for leaving Iraq, Kurdistan Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani said. “Yes, there will be a referendum this year. No ...

Kurdish factions in Iraqi Parliament to boycott meeting with Abadi

E-Kurd - 2017-04-01 08:42
BAGHDAD,— Four Kurdish factions in the Iraqi Parliament will boycott a meeting with Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi on Sunday evening in protest at the Iraqi PM’s lack of commitment to include Kurdish proposals in the 2017 budget. The head of the Ch ...

Nechirvan Barzani hails Kirkuk declaration to hoist Kurdistan flag

E-Kurd - 2017-04-01 08:42
HEWLÊR-Erbil, Iraq’s Kurdistan region,— Iraqi Kurdistan Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani praised Wednesday a decision by the Kirkuk provincial council to officially fly the Kurdistan flag in government offices in the highly volatile and disputed province ...

Turkey ends ‘Euphrates Shield’ operation in northern Syria: PM

E-Kurd - 2017-04-01 08:42
ANKARA,— Turkey has ended the “Euphrates Shield” military operation it launched in Syrian Kurdistan (northern Syria) last August, Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said on Wednesday, but suggested there might be more cross-border campaigns to come. On Augus ...

Lebanon near 'breaking point' over Syrian refugee crisis: PM Hariri

Reuters - 2017-03-31 20:10
BEIRUT (Reuters) - Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri said Lebanon was close to "breaking point" due to the strains of hosting 1.5 million Syrian refugees, and he feared unrest could spiral from tensions between them and Lebanese communities. ...

Trump Confirms US Support for Iraq in Combating ISIS

Waar Media - 2017-03-30 17:21
WAAR-DUHOK: The US President Donald Trump thanked the Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi for his latest visit to Washington describing it as a “productive visit”, according to the White House readout on March 29. In a phone call made between Trump and ...

Turkish PM receives US secretary of state

Waar Media - 2017-03-30 12:49
WAAR-DUHOK: Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim met the U.S. Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, in the capital Ankara to discuss regional issues on Thursday, according to a source at the Prime Ministry. Yildirim and Tillerson spoke about ongoing effor ...

Trump And Abadi Reiterate Cooperation in Fight Against IS

BAS News - 2017-03-30 11:49
The two leaders spoke on the phone on March 29 ERBIL — The US President Donald Trump thanked the Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi for his latest visit to Washington describing it as a "productive visit", according to the White House readout on March ...

PM Barzani: Hoisting Kurdistan Flag in Kirkuk Strengthens Coexistence

BAS News - 2017-03-30 01:10
ERBIL — Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani on Wednesday congratulated Kirkuk’s governor, provincial council and the people on the decision to raise Kurdistan flag over state buildings, saying the initiative will further ...

UK prime minister signs formal Brexit letter to Brussels

Waar Media - 2017-03-29 17:03
WAAR-DUHOK: UK Prime Minister Theresa May has signed a formal letter to notify the European Union leadership that London was formally launching the procedure of quitting the organization, according to a photo released late Tuesday by the UK media. The im ...

Abadi Under Pressure to Cut Ties with Erbil: MP

BAS News - 2017-03-29 16:40
ERBIL — Pressure is mounting on the Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi to suspend the relations with Kurdistan Region and alienate Kurds, said a Kurdish lawmaker in the Iraqi parliament. Without specifying, MP Othman Tahir told BasNews that a political ...

Rouhani, Medvedev discuss enhancement of bilateral ties

KurdPress - 2017-03-28 08:28
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev reviewed, in a meeting in Moscow on Sunday evening, ways to promote bilateral relations as well as regional cooperation. ...

UK to conduct major counter-terrorism exercise in October: PM May

Reuters - 2017-03-27 14:39
LONDON (Reuters) - Britain will conduct a major counter-terrorism training exercise in October across parts of Scotland and northern England, Prime Minister Theresa May said on Monday, days after a lone attacker killed four people in London. ...

Russian police detain opposition leader, dozens of protesters

Reuters - 2017-03-26 15:18
MOSCOW/YEKATERINBURG (Reuters) - Police detained dozens of protesters across Russia on Sunday, including opposition leader Alexei Navalny, after thousands took to the streets to demonstrate against corruption and demand the resignation of Prime Minister D ...

KRG PM: Kurdistan Region to Hold Referendum This Year

Waar Media - 2017-03-26 12:04
WAAR-DUHOK: The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani says the Kurdistan Region will hold a referendum on independence this year. When asked by Trudy Rubin from the American Philly website about the referendum on Kurdistan ...

Communal strife in home state kills of India's Modi kills one, 14 hurt

Reuters - 2017-03-26 09:16
NEW DELHI (Reuters) - One person was killed and about 14 injured when violence erupted following a scuffle between Muslim and Hindu school students in Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's home state of Gujarat, a senior administrative official said on Su ...

US Calls on Iraq's Abadi to Disband Hashd Al-Shaabi: MP

BAS News - 2017-03-25 15:02
Hashd al-Shaabi will become dissolved, Arafat Karam says ERBIL — When visiting Washington, Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi has been asked by the US administration to disband the Shi'ite militia Hashd al-Shaabi, said a Kurdish member of the Iraqi par ...

PM Barzani: There Will Be a Referendum on Independence This Year

BAS News - 2017-03-25 11:07
"If the Americans want a united Iraq, in practical terms it doesn't exist anymore," Nechirvan Barzani says ERBIL — The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani says the Kurdistan Region will hold a referendum on independence t ...

Turkish PM blames CHP for Dersim massacre

KurdPress - 2017-03-25 03:19
Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim has stated that Alevis, Sunnis, Kurds and Turks are brothers in Turkey, Hurriyet daily reported. ...

Maliki Suspected of Iraqi Journalist Assassination

BAS News - 2017-03-23 22:33
BAGHDAD — Shi’ite politician and former Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki is suspected to be behind the assassination of a female journalist who was found dead in her apartment last week. Ruham Imad Sulaiman, known as Ruham Abid, was an Iraqi Sunni jo ...
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