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Kurds vote in controversial referendum

CNN - 2017-09-28 17:56
Iraqi Kurds have voted overwhelmingly in favor of declaring independence from Iraq in a historic and controversial referendum that could have wide-ranging implications for the Middle East. ...

Trump, Erdogan reject KRG independence referendum

KurdPress - 2017-09-22 11:40
US President Donald Trump and Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey rejected a plan by Iraqi Kurds to hold an independence vote and called for "intense" talks, the White House has said. ...

Russia Emphasizes the Involvement of Kurds in Intra-Syria Talks

BAS News - 2017-09-08 15:33
ERBIL — Russian President's special envoy for the Middle East and Africa, Mikhail Bogdanov, has reaffirmed the importance the presence of Syrian Kurds in the talks on peace settlement in Syria, the Russian Foreign Ministry said on Thursday. Bogdanov met ...

Sold for $60: Yazidi children describe cruel life as IS slaves

Brenda Stoter - 2017-09-08 02:00
Publication: Middle East Eye DUHOK, Kurdistan Region of Iraq – Umm and Abu Ahmed could not have children of their own. So when the middle-aged Sunni couple from Mosul heard the Islamic State (IS) group was selling Yazidi orphans, they decided to take one ...

Protesters in Sulaimaniyah Condemn Killing of Myanmar Muslims

BAS News - 2017-09-06 19:17
ERBIL— A number of civil society activists and Muslim scholars staged a protest rally in central Sulaimaniyah on Wednesday, condemning the killing of Muslims in Myanmar. The protestors, holding banners and placards, called for stopping the crackdown on t ...

PUK, Gorran meeting fails to reach any final agreement

KurdPress - 2017-09-06 09:07
The Tuesday meeting between the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) and the Movement for Change (Gorran) in Sulaimani has reportedly failed to make any final agreement between the two sides. ...

This Is How Trump Can Earn a Rare Win in the Middle East

The Kurdish Project - 2017-09-06 05:52
The following article was originally published in Politico Magazine. When President Donald Trump looks out at the world these days, he must see challenges from all sides: a belligerent North Korea, an underhanded Russia, an ascendant China and a beleague ...

Iraqi Kurdistan independence referendum campaigning has officially begun

E-Kurd - 2017-09-05 14:01
HEWLÊR-Erbil, Iraq’s Kurdistan region,— Official campaigning regarding the referendum for Iraq’s Kurdistan Region has begun on Tuesday and will last for 18 days. As of today, entities, political parties and people may start campaigning on the referendum ...

North Korea Nuke Tests Show Need for New Policy Response

International Crisis Group - 2017-09-04 20:27
North Korea’s sixth nuclear test heightens regional anxieties and is dangerous for populations living nearby. But in itself it does not fundamentally alter the situation nor should it raise the risk of military conflict. Instead, it should spur the U.S., ...