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MP Henry Smith: UK to Face New Realities If Kurds Vote for Independence

MP Henry Smith: UK to Face New Realities If Kurds Vote for Independence

BAS News - 2017-08-15 11:11
ERBIL — UK parliament member Henry Smith, who is also a vice-chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Kurdistan, stated that there is “logic and justice” in an independent Kurdistan and that Kurds have the right to negotiate statehood with Ba ...
MP Henry Smith: UK to Face New Realities If Kurds Vote for Independence - BAS News

Kurdistan to Negotiate Statehood with World after Referendum

BAS News - 2017-09-13 21:12
ERBIL— The delegations which were expected to discuss independence referendum of the Kurdistan Region with the regional countries and the West, before holding the vote, will instead negotiate statehood measures with them. In a statement to BasNews on Wed ...

Masrour Barzani: Kurds Have Every Right to Self-determination

BAS News - 2017-09-09 15:24
ERBIL — The Chancellor of Kurdistan Region Security Council, Masrour Barzani, has reiterated that Kurds as a nation “have every right to self-determination” and owning a country of their own. “If you look at our history, we have been mistreated throughou ...

Lavrov begins Persian Gulf tour to discuss Qatar crisis

Waar Media - 2017-08-28 13:16
WAAR-DUHOK: Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov will go on a brief tour of the Persian Gulf countries starting with Kuwait on Monday. During his tour, he will also make visits to the United Arab Emirates and Qatar. While in Kuwait, the Russian top dip ...

UNAMI Urges Parliament to Select New IHEC Board of Commissioners

BAS News - 2017-08-21 18:54
ERBIL— The United Nations' Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) urged on Sunday the Iraqi lawmakers to select a new Board of Commissioners for the Independent High Electoral Commission (IHEC) before its term expires in September this year. UNAMI announced ...

Canadian cop's lack of French cancels speeding ticket

BBC - 2017-08-19 00:00
Driver won't have to face court because a police officer only spoke to him in English. ...

Gorran and KDP Likely to Make New Agreement: Gorran Official

BAS News - 2017-08-17 18:37
ERBIL— Change Movement (Gorran) and the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) will meet to settle their issues and there is a chance that they also work out a new agreement, said a Gorran official. In a statement to BasNews on Thursday, Sheikh Omar Kakahama, ...

Abadi Admitted to Constitutional Violations against Kurdistan: MP

BAS News - 2017-08-17 16:02
ERBIL— Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi has accepted that the Iraqi government has committed constitutional violations against the Kurdistan Region, according to an MP. Iraqi PM admitted to the impeachments as senior referendum delegation from Kurdis ...

Kurdistan Region’s senior delegation to discuss independence with foreign envoys in Baghdad

Waar Media - 2017-08-15 12:37
WAAR-DUHOK: The Kurdistan Region’s Referendum High Council’s delegation on Tuesday met with US Ambassador to Iraq Douglas Silliman in Baghdad to discuss the upcoming vote for independence on Sep. 25. The delegation arrived on Monday and met with Prime Mi ...

UK export agency OKs $117 mln in finance for Iraq power projects

E-Kurd - 2017-08-11 22:46
BAGHDAD,— Britain’s export credit arm has announced $117 million in financing for General Electric and training provider Enka UK to help build two gas power projects in Iraq. UK Export Finance will support the early stages of construction of two GE-power ...

Barzani says independent Kurdistan to be multi-ethnic, multi-religious

Aranews - 2017-08-10 04:47
ARA News The Kurdish President Masoud Barzani on Wednesday said that those who asked to postpone the referendum on Kurdistan’s independence “must show an alternative”, in response to a new movement against the referendum launched by NRT owner Shaswar Abd ...

Barzani: Decision of Holding Referendum “Cannot Be Reversed”

BAS News - 2017-08-09 10:49
ERBIL — Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani reiterated that the independence referendum is a “peaceful process” and it’s purpose is to prevent new wars and disasters. “The decision of [holding] the referendum and the move towards independence is a ...

PUK, KDP hold meeting, to implement new roadmap

KurdPress - 2017-08-09 10:22
The Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) and the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK), two major parties of Kurdistan Region, held a meeting on Tuesday in Erbil to discuss the internal issues and the independence referendum. ...

PUK, KDP to implement new roadmap, reactivate parliament

Kurdistan24 - 2017-08-08 21:36

Turkish army formed groups in al-Shahba to trade in children organs

ANHA - 2017-08-01 17:11
SULEIMAN AHAMD AL-SHAHBA- A special source of Hawar news agency from al-Shahba occupied areas stated that the Turkish MIT formed groups to arrest children from the Kurdish villages and trade in their body organs. A source stated that a group of agencies d ...

Six Million Kurds Eligible to Vote on Kurdistan’s Independence Referendum

BAS News - 2017-08-01 13:18
ERBIL — As the preparations for a referendum on Kurdistan’s independence intensifies and the date of the polls approaches, the Kurdistan Independent High Electoral Commission (KIHEC) has revealed that nearly six million people are eligible to vote. Kurdi ...

Official says Gorran is ready to negotiate disputes with KDP, other parties

KurdPress - 2017-07-27 12:03
A leading member of the Movement for Change (Gorran) stated that it is ready to hold meeting with the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP)and other parties and blocs in Kurdistan Region in order to tackle disputes and troubles in the region. ...

Former Mosul Governor calls on Kurdistan to cancel referendum in Nineveh

KurdPress - 2017-07-26 14:12
Atheel Nujaifi, a former Mosul governor, called on the Kurdistan Region to cancel its independence referendum in areas of Nineveh, fearing tensions. He also is encouraging the international community to contribute to the rebuilding of the war-torn city. ...

Kirkuk Votes on Joining Kurdistan for Independence: Governor

BAS News - 2017-07-24 11:11
KIRKUK — Kirkuk Governor Najmaddin Karim has stated that allowing people to have their voice on their future is a legitimate right supported by international laws, reiterating that Kirkuk will be included in the upcoming referendum on Kurdistan’s indepen ...

Story of Yezidi Child Survivors of the IS Hell - Part 2

BAS News - 2017-07-20 09:42
On August 3, 2014 the Islamic State (also referred to as IS, ISIS or Daesh) attacked Shingal (a town in Iraq's Kurdistan region also called Sinjar), most of the people living there are from the Kurdish religious community known as Yezidis. After IS overr ...

Meeting a Great Peshmerga of Kurdistan And a Good Friend of Peshmerga

Lawk Ghafuri - 2017-07-17 20:49
At World Economic Forum as a Young Kurd and Shaper, I had the chance to represent Kurdistan Region and Global shapers Erbil Hub which held in Amman Capital city of Jordan. During the 3 days of the conference, I had meetings with some international and reg ...