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A Kurdish Citizen of Turkey Sentenced to a Five-year Imprisonment in Iran

Kurdistan Human Rights - 2017-10-10 02:00
A Kurdish citizen of Turkey who had travelled to Orumiyeh to visit his family in May was arrested by security forces and sentenced to five years of Imprisonment by the Revolutionary Court of Orumiyeh on charges of cooperating with one of the Kurdish parti ...

Fallon Urges Barzani to Work for a Solution with Baghdad and Neighbors

BAS News - 2017-09-30 17:52
ERBIL— UK Defense Secretary Michael Fallon urges Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani to work with Baghdad and its neighbors to find a solution for the recent the escalated tensions. A statement published by Kurdistan presidency's official page on S ...

Turkey to Extend Military Mission in Iraq and Syria

BAS News - 2017-09-22 20:55
ISTANBUL — Turkey aims to extend the state's authority to launch cross-border military operations in both northern Iraq and Syria for another year. The Prime Minister of Turkey, Binali Yildirim from the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) submitte ...

In Ireland, Israel’s Religious Right Engages with Ideas for Peace

International Crisis Group - 2017-09-21 22:19
Our Israel Senior Analyst Ofer Zalzberg joins nine leaders of Israel’s national religious community as they seek ideas for peace in meetings with the architects of Northern Ireland’s peace process. Unexpectedly, he finds the trip inspires subtle shifts i ...

Iran, Russia, Turkey agree on Syria de-escalation zones

KurdPress - 2017-09-15 16:18
Iran, Turkey and Russia have agreed to set up de-escalation zones in Syria for six months, negotiators for the three nations said in a joint statement on Sept. 15 after talks in Kazakhstan. ...

Erbil Expects Turkey, Iran to Respect the Will of Kurdistan People

BAS News - 2017-09-12 21:28
ERBIL — The Kurdistan Region of Iraq has no intentions to contribute to the creation of a Kurdish state in neighboring Iran or Turkey, but expects both countries to respect the rights of the local Kurds, a spokesperson of the Kurdistan Regional Governmen ...

Nineveh Arab Tribes Urge Arabs to Vote in Favor of Independent Kurdistan

BAS News - 2017-09-07 17:39
ERBIL— The Arab tribes of Nineveh province call for participating in Kurdistan independence referendum and voting in favor of statehood for Kurdistan, warning against any pressure to boycott the process. In a statement, the spokesperson of tribes, Muzahm ...

PUK Votes to Reactivate Parliament with KDP

BAS News - 2017-09-07 16:31
ERBIL— Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK)'s leadership council voted on Thursday afternoon to work for calling the suspended parliament of Kurdistan back into session, if its ally, the Change Movement (Gorran), keeps boycotting the process. Two-third of ...

Russia to Relocate Its Embassy in Baghdad for Security Measures

BAS News - 2017-09-06 14:01
ERBIL — Russian authorities are now in negotiations with the Iraqi counterparts to soon change the location of its embassy in the capital city of Baghdad due to serious security threats, an official said. “The negotiations to provide Russia with a new si ...

No One Authorized to Decide for Turkmens in Kirkuk: Turkmen Leader

BAS News - 2017-08-31 17:43
ERBIL—The Turkmen people back the Kurdistan Region in its pursuit for independence by all means and have submitted their conditions for partnership in the would-be "State of Kurdistan," stated a Turkmen leader. Speaking to BasNews on Thursday, Turkmen De ...

BCF Issues Eid Gifts to 4,000 Children in Erbil IDP Camp

BAS News - 2017-08-29 16:37
ERBIL— The Eid al-Adha gifts by the Intentional Islamic Relief Organization were issued on Tuesday to 4,000 children in an IDP camp near Erbil. The clothing items were distributed by Barzani Charity Foundation (BCF) to the children in Hassan Sham Camp. F ...

DFR: Ukraine, Sri Lanka to open honorary consulates in Erbil

Waar Media - 2017-08-28 13:16
WAAR-DUHOK: The head of the Kurdistan Region’s Department of Foreign Relations (DFR), Falah Mustafa, posted on his official Facebook account that the federal government of Iraq has approved both countries’ requests to open honorary consulates in Erbil. “ ...