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Thousands of tourists flock to snowy Mount Korek in Iraqi Kurdistan

Thousands of tourists flock to snowy Mount Korek in Iraqi Kurdistan

E-Kurd - 2019-02-11 14:01
HEWLÊR-Erbil, Iraq’s Kurdistan region,— As many as 10,000 tourists visited the area around Mount Korek over the last few days to take in the area’s winter scenery, according to a tourism official. Mount Korek has become an important location for tourism ...
Thousands of tourists flock to snowy Mount Korek in Iraqi Kurdistan - E-Kurd

Sulaimani residents commemorate victims of 2011 anti-KRG protests in Iraqi Kurdistan

E-Kurd - 2019-02-17 19:54
SULAIMANI, Iraq’s Kurdistan region,— Eight years ago, residents of Sulaimani city protested against corruption in the Iraqi Kurdistan Region, calling on the government to reform the Region’s laws. The demonstrators gathered on Salim Street on February 17 ...

Dana Gas posts net loss of $186m for 2018 as impairment charges mount The UAE firm is looking to develop concessions in Egypt and boost production in Iraqi Kurdistan this year February 14, 2019

The National AE - 2019-02-14 19:16

Saudi Arabia ‘Regrets’ its Inclusion on EU Blacklist

Waar Media - 2019-02-14 13:35
WAAR_DUHOK Saudi Arabia on Thursday voiced its “regret” over its inclusion on the EU’s revised list of countries considered to be “high risk” in terms of terrorism financing and money laundering. “Saudi Arabia notes with regret the European Commission’s ...

56 pharmacies, drug stores, clinics closed in Iraqi Kurdistan capital since 2019

E-Kurd - 2019-02-13 20:51
HEWLÊR-Erbil, Iraq’s Kurdistan region,— Kurdish police on Wednesday announced that they had closed 56 drug stores, pharmacies, and clinics in the province of Erbil since the beginning of 2019 for violating laws and instructions the local government had i ...

Iraqi Kurdish translators aim to get Sorani dialect into Google Translate

E-Kurd - 2019-02-12 15:36
SULAIMANI, Iraqi Kurdistan,— A group of Kurdish translators in Halabja in Iraqi Kurdistan region are doing their utmost to add Kurdish language’s Sorani dialect to Google Translate. Bokan Hassan is one of the contributors on the project. He told Rudaw TV ...

Push for Gun Control: KRG Destroys Thousands of Unlicensed Weapons

BAS News - 2019-02-12 13:38
ERBIL — Kurdistan Region’s Ministry of Interior on Tuesday destroyed nearly 5,000 pieces of unlicensed weapons as part of its efforts to control gun possession in private hands. Nali Nawzad, an official from the ministry, told BasNews that the weapons we ...

“Tens of Thousands” of IS Fighters in Iraq and Syria: US Commander

BAS News - 2019-02-11 08:43
ERBIL — Top US commander has warned that there are “tens of thousands” of Islamic State (IS) fighters are still in Iraq and Syria. "They are dispersed and disaggregated, but there is leadership, there are fighters there, there are facilitators there," Ge ...

Iraqi Kurdistan ‘orders seizure’ of weapons held without a permit

E-Kurd - 2019-02-10 20:25
HEWLÊR-Erbil, Iraq’s Kurdistan region,— Iraqi Kurdistan Regional Government’s (KRG) Ministry of Interior has authorized the police to seize weapons that do not have valid permits. The ministry will take legal action against the people who own guns withou ...

PUK gets Iraqi Kurdistan parliament speaker post and deputy PM in new government

E-Kurd - 2019-02-09 17:42
HEWLÊR-Erbil, Iraq’s Kurdistan region,— The Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) will take the positions of Iraqi Kurdistan parliament speaker and deputy prime minister, the spokesperson of the PUK Saad Ahmad Pira said during a press conference on Saturday ...

Masrour Barzani: Consensus Needed to Preserve Kurds’ Rights in Syria

BAS News - 2019-02-06 15:27
ERBIL — The political sides in Syrian Kurdistan are needed to work for consensus and understanding in order to preserve the rights of Kurds at the wake of the recent developments in Syria, Masrour Barznai, Chancellor of Kurdistan Region Security Council, ...

5,000 diagnosed with cancer in Iraqi Kurdistan in 2018: ministry

E-Kurd - 2019-02-04 17:09
HEWLÊR-Erbil, Iraq’s Kurdistan region,— The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Ministry of Health announced on Monday more than 5,000 people were diagnosed with cancer in Iraqi Kurdistan Region in 2018. Minister Rekawt Hama Rashid said in a press confer ...

Body of Yazidi leader Mir Tahsin Beg repatriated to Iraqi Kurdistan

E-Kurd - 2019-02-04 14:19
HEWLÊR-Erbil, Iraq’s Kurdistan region,— The body of Yazidi (Ezidi) leader Mir Tahsin Said Ali Beg, who died in Germany last week, was repatriated to Iraqi Kurdistan Region on Monday. His body arrived at Erbil International Airport and was greeted by Kurd ...

Iraqi Kurdistan to open new international bank, named ‘Nishtiman’

E-Kurd - 2019-01-31 18:21
HEWLÊR-Erbil, Iraq’s Kurdistan region,— A new international bank is coming to Iraq’s Kurdistan Region, Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) finance minister said on Wednesday, after a meeting with a delegation from the World Bank. “With the support of the ...

First hospital for Iraqi Kurdistan’s Peshmerga fighters opens in Erbil

E-Kurd - 2019-01-31 18:21
HEWLÊR-Erbil, Iraq’s Kurdistan region,— Construction for the first military hospital for Kurdish Peshmerga fighters completed on Thursday in Erbil with Ministry of Peshmerga officials, commanders, and German coalition members in attendance. The facility ...

Iraqi Kurdistan issues new taxi regulations to combat harassment, sexual assault

E-Kurd - 2019-01-29 16:50
HEWLÊR-Erbil, Iraq’s Kurdistan region,— Taxi drivers will have to comply with new measures from Iraqi Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG)’s Interior Ministry, imposed in a bid to combat harassment by drivers. All taxi drivers must register with the Trans ...

100s of violations against journalist in Iraqi Kurdistan in 2018: advocacy

E-Kurd - 2019-01-17 17:16
HEWLÊR-Erbil, Iraq’s Kurdistan region,— As many as 24 journalists were arrested in Iraqi Kurdistan Region without a court ruling, a media watchdog has found among hundreds of other reported violations. “METRO’s 2018 report on the situation of journalists ...

Iran’s FM Mohammad Javad Zarif arrives in Iraqi Kurdistan, meets with officials

E-Kurd - 2019-01-15 17:16
HEWLÊR-Erbil, Iraq’s Kurdistan region,— Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif arrived on Tuesday in Iraqi Kurdistan capital city of Erbil for talks with Kurdish officials. Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani, alon ...