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[WATCH]: Bears Living in Captivity Released into the Wild of Kurdistan

BAS News - 2017-04-10 18:06
ERBIL — Four bears, which have been living in captivity, have been reintroduced into their natural habitat by the Kurdish American Cooperation Organization on Saturday. The bears were released in the town of Choman, located near the Sakran National Park, ...

Fighters from all al-Raqqa clans participate in the liberation camiagn

ANHA - 2017-04-02 22:53
The commander of the Şehîd Tasleem Jimmo Brigade in SDF Aboud al-Hafez said that youths from all al-Raqqa clans are participating in the campaign of al-Tabqah city liberation. Al-Hafez said that they will be bringing soon the good news of al-Tabqah libera ...

Kirkuk Arabs Endorse Raising Kurdistan Flag in The City

BAS News - 2017-03-28 17:18
Head of al-Jabouri Arab tribe stated their support to raising the Kurdistan flag ERBIL — The leader of al-Jabouri Arab tribes in Kirkuk stated his support to the decision of raising the Kurdistan flag over the government buildings across the province. Ki ...

France’s Le Pen meets Putin in Moscow

Roji Kurd - 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 ...

Not Over Yet: China’s Progress in the South China Sea

Foreign Policy Research Institute - 2017-03-24 17:38
Japanese helicopter carrier Izumo in December 2016 China may be hoping that the recent easing of tensions in the South China Sea marks a turning point in the region—one that leads to the countries of the Asia-Pacific abandoning their confrontational appr ...

UN concerned over flying Kurdish flag in Iraq’s Kirkuk

E-Kurd - 2017-03-23 05:55
BAGHDAD,— The United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) expressed concern over the governor of Kirkuk’s decision to raise the Kurdish flag over official premises in the Iraqi ethnically-mixed city of Kirkuk. UNAMI released a statement on Tuesday ...

Turkey jails Kurdish Azadiya Welat journalist to over 9 years in prison

E-Kurd - 2017-03-20 00:15
DIYARBAKIR-AMED, Turkey’s Kurdish region,— A Turkish court has issued a jail term of over nine years to the written affairs director of Kurdish-language daily newspaper Azadiya Welat in the country’s southeastern province of Diyarbakir in Turkish Kurdist ...

Airport shooting rekindles security debate ahead of French election

Reuters - 2017-03-19 15:31
PARIS (Reuters) - Police on Sunday questioned relatives of a man shot dead by soldiers at a Paris airport as they sought clues about why he tried to seize an assault rifle in an incident that has pushed security to the top of France's election campaign. ...

Canada Allocates Over $28 Million to Support IDPs in Iraq, Syria

BAS News - 2017-03-18 01:06
ERBIL — In advance to the meeting of US-led coalition in Washington, Canadian announced on Friday the allocation of over $28 million to help IDPs in Iraq and Syria. Canada’s Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland said this support will help to address the im ...

Dutch election: Voters go to the polls in key test for populists

Waar Media - 2017-03-15 12:42
WAAR-DUHOK: The Netherlands goes to the polls on Wednesday to elect 150 members for the lower house of parliament and a new government. Although some polling stations opened at midnight, most opened their doors at 7.30am and will close again at 9pm. In t ...

U.S. consulate employee detained in Turkey over alleged PKK links

E-Kurd - 2017-03-08 16:09
ADANA,— A Turkish national working for the US consulate in the city of Adana in southern Turkey was detained Tuesday for the second time on suspicion of having links to the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), outlawed in Turkey, local media reported. Turkish ...

Police sniper shoots two in error during Hollande speech

Waar Media - 2017-03-01 11:32
WAAR-DUHOK: A French police sniper has accidentally shot and injured two people during a speech by President Hollande. Mr Hollande was inaugurating a new stretch of railway in the town of Villognon in western France when gunfire was heard. A waiter and a ...