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At Least 10% of Iraqis Currently Disable

BAS News - 2018-10-14 19:41
ERBIL - At least 10% of people in Iraq are disable, 2% of whom are children with mental disabilities, Iraqi Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs said in a statement on Sunday. According to the statement, the government has some special plans for the disa ...

Iraq Sends Back Three Children of IS Parents to Georgia

BAS News - 2018-10-14 11:05
ERBIL — The Iraqi government has decided to send back to Georgia three children whose parents were members of the Islamic State (IS). The children, aged between 2 and 6, will be sent back to Tbilisi where their grandparents will receive them. According t ...

Iraqi Delegations Arrive in Erbil for Talks over Government Formation

BAS News - 2018-10-14 11:05
ERBIL — A delegation, made up of several Iraqi political leaders, arrived in Erbil on Sunday to discuss the efforts pertaining the formation of next Iraqi government. The leader of Hikmah Movement, Ammar al-Hakim, is leading the delegation which includes ...

Trump vows “severe punishment” if Saudis killed Jamal Khashoggi

Waar Media - 2018-10-13 22:29
US President Donald Trump said Saudis deny killing missing journalist Jamal Khashoggi, but he promised to hold them responsible if they lied. WAAR-DUHOK: Facing mounting pressure to confront the Saudi government over the shocking disappearance and possib ...

Iraq Cannot Protect Yezidis: Commander

BAS News - 2018-10-13 15:35
ERBIL — Yezidi commander who now leads the Yezidi Democratic Party (YDP), Haider Shasho, said that the Iraqi government has proven its incapability in protecting the Yezidis and their region. Shasho said during an interview with Kurdistan 24 that Sinjar ...

Halbusi Says Timeline for Addressing Crises by Next Iraqi Govt. is Needed

BAS News - 2018-10-13 14:14
ERBIL — The Parliament Speaker of Iraq, Mohammed al-Halbusi, has called on the next government to set a timeline for addressing the crises in the country. “While in the process of forming a new government, there should be serious plans to address crises ...

KRG Working to Bring Back Bodies of Aegean Sea Victims

BAS News - 2018-10-13 13:33
ERBIL — The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) is working seriously to bring back the bodies of the Kurdish citizens who drowned in the Aegean Sea en route to Europe, said spokesperson Safin Dizayee. “The KRG is in constant contact with the Turkish auth ...

KRG Bans 38 Books for Supporting Radical Ideologies

BAS News - 2018-10-13 11:36
ERBIL — The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) has banned 38 books from being sold at the Erbil International Book Fair for displaying support of radical ideologies. “This year, we have prevented 38 books from being sold at the fair. All of them were lo ...

Building Peace in Mexico: Dilemmas Facing the López Obrador Government

International Crisis Group - 2018-10-12 01:50
With hopes for change sky-high, Mexico’s president-elect confronts endemic violent crime and state corruption. To make good on his campaign promises, his team should pursue justice in killings by state personnel, reform the civilian police and give robus ...

Baghdad Doesn't Recognize Halabja as Separate Province in Practice: MP

BAS News - 2018-10-12 00:33
ERBIL - Despite the fact that Baghdad has officially recognized the Kurdish city of Halabja as a separate province, the federal government did not consider it so when allocating the city's share from Iraq's 2018 budget bill, a Kurdish lawmaker argued. Ta ...

Turkey Initiates Talks with Baghdad to Use PUK Against PKK: Source

BAS News - 2018-10-11 13:16
ERBIL — As part of a plan to limit the military movements by the forces linked to Iran, the Turkish government is reportedly beginning talks with Baghdad to encounter the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) with the help of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (P ...

Iraq.. Over 36,000 people applied for ministerial posts

Waar Media - 2018-10-11 13:08
Iraqi Prime Minister-designate Adel Abdul Mahdi. WAAR-DUHOK: After Iraq’s incoming Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi offered the online application for ministerial posts in the country’s future government, over 36,000 applied for the positions. According t ...

Over 35,000 People So Far Applied for Future Iraqi Ministerial Posts

BAS News - 2018-10-10 23:44
ERBIL - After Iraq’s incoming Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi offered the online application for ministerial posts in the country's future government, over 36,000 applied for the positions. According to a statement by Abdul-Mahdi's office, 36,006 people ...

Baghdad Rejects Funding for Strategic Water Projects in Kurdistan

BAS News - 2018-10-10 13:35
ERBIL — The Iraqi federal government has blocked the funding of any strategic water project in the Kurdistan Region in hopes of preventing Kurds’ control over the water resources flowing into Iraq. Akram Ahmed, Director of Kurdistan Dams, told BasNews th ...

Iran Executed 80 Kurds in Past 12 Months: Monitor

BAS News - 2018-10-10 13:02
ERBIL — The Iranian government has executed 80 of its Kurdish citizens since 10 October last year, said a monitoring group. On Wednesday, which marks the World Day Against the Death Penalty, Hangaw Organization for Human Rights reported that the rate of ...

Iraq Signs Contract with Chinese Companies to Build Oil Refinery

BAS News - 2018-10-09 13:40
ERBIL — The Iraqi government has signed an agreement with two major Chinese companies to build an oil refinery in south of the country, an officials said on Sunday. The refinery will be built by PowerChina and Norinco International in the port of Fao on ...

Newly Appointed Iraqi PM Wants Ordinary People to Hold Ministerial Posts

BAS News - 2018-10-08 23:15
ERBIL - The newly appointed Iraqi PM Adil Abdul Mahdi is reportedly trying form the new cabinet by recruiting ordinary citizens, he therefore has offered his country's people the opportunity of receiving the posts of the ministries in the next government ...

WBG, Canada, Launch $1.9 Million for Economic Empowerment of Iraqi Women

BAS News - 2018-10-08 17:23
BAGHDAD (WBG) — The World Bank Group, the Government of Iraq, and the Government of Canada launched today a $1.95 million grant to support Iraq’s efforts to strengthen systems and deliver programs to empower women economically and politically. The “Gende ...

Kim, Pompeo agree to 2nd US-North Korea summit ‘at earliest date’

Waar Media - 2018-10-08 15:16
A photo from the North Korean government, shows US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. WAAR-DUHOK: Kim Jong Un has agreed to hold a second summit with US President Donald Trump as soon as possible, Seoul said Sunday, afte ...

Turkish gov’t prosecutes 263 people over social media posts in a week

Waar Media - 2018-10-08 15:16
Social Network WAAR-DUHOK: The Turkish government has investigated 320 social media accounts and taken legal action against 263 users over the last week (Oct.1-Oct.8) on accusations of disseminating propaganda for alleged “terrorist organizations,” the T ...

Death Penalties Significantly Limited in Kurdistan: Official

BAS News - 2018-10-08 12:12
ERBIL — The number of criminal cases given the death penalty by Kurdistan Region judicial authorities has significantly decreased with only 34 sentences in 2017, said the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG). “Though Iraq is not a member state of any [int ...

PICTURES: Iranian Kurdistan Goes on Strike to Protest Economic Crisis

BAS News - 2018-10-08 12:12
ERBIL — The majority of Kurdish cities in the Iranian Kurdistan joined a public strike on Monday to protest the harsh economic crisis as the result of Tehran government’s policies. Civic activists had previously called on the people to close down the mar ...

Iraqi Parliament Renews Call for Swift Government Formation

BAS News - 2018-10-08 12:12
ERBIL — Iraqi Parliament Speaker, Mohammed al-Halbusi, has once again called for the formation of the new cabinet in Baghdad soon. Halbusi said at a press conference that the incoming premier, Adil Abdul-Mahdi, is required to accelerate the efforts to es ...

World Bank to Allocate Nearly $2 Million to Help Iraqi Women

BAS News - 2018-10-07 18:50
ERBIL - The World Bank has announced that it, cooperatively with the Canadian government, will allocate nearly $2 million to help the Iraqi government in improving women's political and commercial affairs in the country. According to a statement by the i ...

Barzani, McGurk discuss new Iraqi government formation

Waar Media - 2018-10-07 15:39
President Barzani and McGurk WAAR-DUHOK: Kurdish prominent leader and the president of Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP), Masoud Barzani received a United States government delegation headed by Brett McGurk, the Special Presidential Envoy for the Global C ...

PM Barzani Receives Hadi al-Amiri in Erbil

BAS News - 2018-10-05 00:54
ERBIL - Kurdistan Region PM Nechirvan Barzani received on Thursday head of al-Fatih Coalition, Hadi al-Amiri, to discuss the Iraqi political process as a new government in Baghdad is expected to be formed in a near future. During the discussions, the pai ...

Sadr Gives New Iraqi Government 1 Year for Reforms

BAS News - 2018-10-04 15:06
ERBIL — Iraqi influential Shi’ite cleric and the leader of Sairoon bloc, Muqtada al-Sadr, has given one year timeline to the new Iraqi government, after its establishment, to implement reforms. Sadr said in a statement on his official Twitter account tha ...

U.S. encourages quick formation of new Iraq’s Kurdistan government

E-Kurd - 2018-10-04 14:31
WASHINGTON,— The United States encouraged the quick formation of a new Kurdish government, after Iraq’s Kurdistan region held a parliamentary election on September 30, 2018. Spokesperson of the US State Department Heather Nauert said in a press conferenc ...

Part of Shi'ite Factions Don't Back Adil Abdul Mahdi: Report

BAS News - 2018-10-03 23:14
ERBIL - Some Iraqi Shi'ite factions are not with the direction of Adil Abdul Mahdi for establishing a new government in Baghdad, but they have kept silent so far, a report said on Wednesday. Earlier on Tuesday night, the newly-elected Iraqi President, Ba ...

Iraqi president Barham Salih names Adel Abdul Mahdi PM-designate

E-Kurd - 2018-10-03 19:06
BAGHDAD,— Newly elected Iraqi President Barham Salih has named veteran Shi’ite politician Adel Abdul Mahdi as prime minister-designate and tasked him with forming a new government, two lawmakers told Reuters on Tuesday. According to Iraq’s constitution, ...

Cameroon: Divisions Widen Ahead of Presidential Vote

International Crisis Group - 2018-10-03 15:57
The risk of violence around the 7 October vote is greatest in Anglophone regions, but other parts of Cameroon could also be affected. The government should take steps to curb divisive rhetoric and declare a ceasefire, even if only temporary, with Angloph ...

France accuses Iran over bomb plot near Paris

Waar Media - 2018-10-03 14:41
WAAR-DUHOK: France has accused Iran’s intelligence ministry of being behind a foiled plot to bomb an exiled opposition group near the French capital in a move that risks straining already complicated ties between Paris and Tehran. The French government a ...

UN Welcomes Designation of Adil Abdel-Mahdi as New Iraqi PM

BAS News - 2018-10-03 14:11
BAGHDAD — The Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Iraq, Mr. Ján Kubiš, welcomes the designation of Mr. Adel Abdel-Mahdi to form Iraq’s next government. Just as the United Nations supported Iraq during the difficult fight ag ...

Germany Prolongs Military Training Mission in Iraq

BAS News - 2018-10-03 10:56
ERBIL — The German government has decided to extend its forces’ training mission in Iraq to help the country with the war against the Islamic State (IS), a government official said. “The Bundeswehr’s [the German Federal Defense Forces] mission continues ...

US Encourages Quick Formation of New Govt. after Election

BAS News - 2018-10-03 10:08
ERBIL — Following a “successful” parliamentary election in the Kurdistan Region, the United States encourages Erbil to quickly form the new government as soon as the results of the polls are announced. Heather Nauert, spokesperson for US State Department ...

Canada congratulates Kurdistan Region people on Parliamentary Election

Waar Media - 2018-10-02 17:06
WAAR-DUHOK: The embassy of Canada to Iraq has congratulated the people of Kurdistan Region, saying that it will remain a strong partner of Erbil. “We look forward to the results and a swift constitution of a new Parliament and Government. Canada will rem ...

Canada will Remain Strong Partner of Kurdistan: Embassy

BAS News - 2018-10-02 15:35
ERBIL — The embassy of Canada to Iraq has congratulated the people of Kurdistan Region, saying that it will remain a strong partner of Erbil. “We look forward to the results and a swift constitution of a new Parliament and Government. Canada will remain ...

France Seizes Assets Belonging to Iranian Intelligence

BAS News - 2018-10-02 13:31
ERBIL — The French government said on Tuesday it had seized the assets belonging to Iranian intelligence and two other Iranian individuals in response to a previous attack that was foiled near Paris. The foiled attack was planned to target a rally of the ...

Iraq Plans to Increase Light Crude Oil to 1 Million Bpd in 2019

BAS News - 2018-10-01 09:19
ERBIL — In hopes of boosting state revenue, the Iraqi government plans to increase its light crude oil to 1 million barrels per day next year, oil minister Jabar al-Luaibi said. “This (decision) will boost Iraq’s position in the global oil markets by pro ...

Kurdistan Parliamentary Elections held today…results to follow…

Justice for Kurds - 2018-10-01 08:06
On Sunday, the first parliamentary elections were held in the semi-autonomous Kurdistan Region since 2013. The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) was due to hold elections in 2017, but they were deferred as a result of the Region’s independence referendu ...

KRG PM Barzani casts his vote in Erbil

Waar Media - 2018-09-30 13:12
WAAR-DUHOK: The prime minister of the Kurdistan Regional Government, Nechirvan Barzani casted his vote as polls opened in Erbil. He is deputy head of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP). He encouraged eligible voters to go and cast their ballot. “I hope ...

Iraq Concerned over US Decision to Close Down Consulate in Basra

BAS News - 2018-09-29 09:43
ERBIL — The Iraqi government has expressed concern over a decision by US State Department to close down its consulate office in Basra. “We are concerned over US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s decision to close down the consulate in Basra and relocating ...

“Nobody Wants Us”: The Alienated Civilians of Eastern Ukraine

International Crisis Group - 2018-09-28 20:36
With living conditions worsening, and crossfire still claiming casualties, people residing in eastern Ukraine’s conflict zone feel increasingly abandoned by the central government. Reintegrating the area requires Russian withdrawal, but in the meantime K ...
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