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Abuse Against Women Reaches Alarming Level In Garmiyan

BAS News - 2018-02-04 20:09
ERBIL — A number of women’s rights organizations in Garmiyan warn of the high rate of suicide amongst women and abuses against them in the region. "Since the new year, there have been many violations against woemn in Garmiyan in which some of them were e ...

Turkish Ground Offensive Targets Syrian Kurdish Enclave

The Wall Street Journal - 2018-01-22 04:26
BEIRUT—Turkey launched a weekend offensive on a Syrian Kurdish enclave, raising tensions with the U.S. and opening a new front in the seven-year war after watching rivals gain ground on the battlefield. ...

No, we won’t run out of chocolate by 2050

Waar Media - 2018-01-14 23:18
WAAR-DUHOK: News of a global chocolate doomsday has gone viral, with chocoholics fearing an end to their fix. But don’t panic: Chocolate is not on the brink of extinction — yet. The new year has just begun, and chocolate lovers have already been hit with ...

Oil prices hit fresh highs, but worries grow of overheated market

Waar Media - 2018-01-10 18:32
WAAR-DUHOK: Crude oil prices hit new multi-year highs on Wednesday as OPEC-led production cuts and healthy demand helped to balance the market, but analysts warned of possible overheating. A broad, global market rally, including stocks, has also been fue ...

France’s Macron Calls on Iraq to Disarm Hashd al-Shaabi

BAS News - 2018-01-05 01:58
ERBIL — French President Emanuel Macron has called on Baghdad to disarm the Shi’ite militias of Hashd al-Shaabi, who are closely linked to the Islamic Republic of Iran. Marking the New Year during a speech to diplomats of his country on Thursday, Macron ...

Karayılan: New Year, a year of freedom-seekers

ANHA - 2018-01-03 09:58
Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) Executive Council member Murad Karayılan said the Turkish state's policies and all its diplomatic and military efforts which targeted Rojava have failed, confirming that New Year will be a year of democratic forces and freed ...

Blast Rocks Baghdad on First Day of 2018

BAS News - 2018-01-01 21:32
BAGHDAD — A bombing targeted an Iraqi paramilitary group as the country was celebrating the New Year and hoping for a peaceful beginning of the post-Islamic State (IS) era. “A bomb placed under a vehicle, driven by a member of the Tribal Mobilization For ...

Asayish Forces revealed their results in 2017

ANHA - 2018-01-01 12:16
The General Command of the Asayish forces of Rojava - North Syria revealed the outcome of its work in 2017, in a statement congratulated the new year on all peoples, describing the year 2017 a year of many achievements by the Asayish forces at all levels ...

KRG PM tweets people of Kurdistan a new year congratulation

Waar Media - 2018-01-01 12:02
WAAR-DUHOK: Kurdistan Region Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani sent New Year’s wishes on Twitter, saying “I am certain that with our people’s resilience and unity, we can overcome the current challenges in 2018.” The post KRG PM tweets people of Kurdistan ...

KDP hopes Baghdad to lift unjust punishments against Erbil in new year

Waar Media - 2018-01-01 12:02
WAAR-DUHOK: The Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) extended its congratulations on the new year to the people of Kurdistan, expressing its hope that the Kurdistan Region will find the “right path” to solve its many problems in order to secure prosperity in ...

Masrour Barzani wishes people of Kurdistan a happy new year

Waar Media - 2018-01-01 09:01
WAAR-DUHOK: Kurdistan Region Security Council (KRSC) Chancellor Masrour Barzani released a New Year message on Sunday, in which he hails the determination of Kurds to overcome the challenges. “As the people of Kurdistan come together, I want to wish ever ...

Barzani congratulates people of Kurdistan in a new year message

Waar Media - 2017-12-31 19:52
WAAR-DUHOK: Kurdish Leader Masoud Barzani has wished the Kurdistan Region and world “peace and prosperity” in a message he sent out to mark the New Year. “Happy New Year to the people of Kurdistan. May 2018 bring more peace and prosperity to the entirety ...

Barzani Wishes “Peace and Prosperity” in New Year Message

BAS News - 2017-12-31 17:21
LODZ — Kurdish Leader Masoud Barzani has wished the Kurdistan Region and world “peace and prosperity” in a message he sent out to mark the New Year. “Happy New Year to the people of Kurdistan. May 2018 bring more peace and prosperity to the entirety of t ...

Masrour Barzani Hails People’s Determination in New Year Message

BAS News - 2017-12-31 17:21
LODZ — Kurdistan Region Security Council (KRSC) Chancellor Masrour Barzani released a New Year messaged on Sunday, in which he hails the determination of Kurds to overcome challenges. “As the people of Kurdistan come together, I want to wish everyone a H ...

Manbij Military Council issued New Year’s Day statement

ANHA - 2017-12-31 12:29
Manbij Military Council has congratulated Manbij people and all the Syrians on the New Year's Day and affirmed their continued duty to maintain security and provide a stable life for the citizens. ...

Tirbe Sipi people celebrate of New Year Day

ANHA - 2017-12-31 12:29
QAMISHLO – residents of Tirbe Sipi district have gone to the streets to celebrate the New Year Day. Today, Sunday marks the last days of 2017, and the Rojava Relief and Development Society, in cooperation with the Charity Association of Jian and the Virgi ...

Checkpoints to provide security as new year approaches

ANHA - 2017-12-30 14:33
Manbij – The Internal Security Forces in Manbij and its countryside have reinforced their checkpoints inside the city to maintain security and stability as the new year approaches. The internal security forces in Manbij and rural areas put up checkpoints ...

Executive Council in Afrin congratulates new year

ANHA - 2017-12-30 13:00
The co-chair of the Executive council in Afrin canton congratulated the 2018 to the general public, hoping to be a year of good and blessing to all, and announced the first new year's day, a public holiday in all departments, except that require continuou ...

Scenes of Afrin’s preparations for New Year

ANHA - 2017-12-28 14:07
In conjunction with New Year's Eve approaches, Afrin city is preparing to receive the new year. The streets are very busy and shop fronts are beautifully adorned with decorations, New Year trees, Santa Claus, and many paper clips and pieces of cakes. ...

KRG’s PM to visit UK after new year holiday

Waar Media - 2017-12-27 16:30
WAAR-DUHOK: Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani is expected to visit the UK after he was invited by the UK premier Theresa May during a phone call on December 12. Dilawar Azhgay, the KRG envoy to the European Union (EU), ...

KRG PM Barzani to Visit London After New Year Holiday: Official

BAS News - 2017-12-27 10:23
ERBIL — Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani is expected to visit the UK after he was invited by the UK premier Theresa May during a phone call on December 12. Dilawar Azhgay, the KRG envoy to the European Union (EU), told ...

New Risks in Libya as Khalifa Haftar Dismisses UN-backed Accord

International Crisis Group - 2017-12-21 20:48
Khalifa Haftar, who rules eastern Libya, has dismissed the two-year-old, UN-backed accord about how the country should be run. Haftar’s regional and international partners should act now to mitigate this new risk of escalation over his apparent ambition ...

Al Hasaka Schools Celebrate New Year

ANHA - 2017-12-21 16:09
Ahmad Mukhlef school administration has organized a celebration to its students for the approaching New Year. Teachers said that the celebration was organized to bring joy to the children. As part of the approaching new year, and in order to bring to the ...

Germans say Russia is more reliable than the United States

Waar Media - 2017-12-10 23:08
WAAR-DUHOK: A new survey published by German public broadcaster ARD shows Germans trust Russia more than the US. America’s brand appears to have suffered considerably since the election of Donald Trump as US president last year. Germans increasingly see ...

Though their school wreaked, Katounyia students reopen it

ANHA - 2017-09-25 10:49
Students and children of the village of Khatounyia, west of the city of al- Raqqa, have reopened their schools and provided the necessary supplies for the new school year, as the village’s schools have been inflicted damage, moreover, they are lacking boa ...

Unprecedentedly, “Jinology” Faculty opened in Rojava

ANHA - 2017-09-20 14:29
The University of Rojava has opened two new faculties; Women's Science known as Jinology (Jinolojî is a term created by Kurdish people leader Abdullah Ocalan) and Fine Arts, as well as the four faculties that were already opened last year. ...

By joy, Ain Issa children began first school day

ANHA - 2017-09-18 16:43
After seven years children have been cut off from schools, Ain Issa schools have been opened, and smiles and joy are spread among children for starting the new school year. ...

820 Girê Sipî teachers finished training course

ANHA - 2017-09-07 14:21
GIRÊ SIPÎ- Şehîd Ruşîn Institution and Şehîd Ahmad Yasin Institution for preparing teachers in Girê Sipî finished two training courses that comprised 820 teachers of the canton people to get ready for the new school year. Şehîd Ruşîn Institution opened it ...

Education Council’s preparations are underway

ANHA - 2017-09-02 21:37
The Canton of Kobanê's Educational Council President Ebdulrezaq Mihemed stated that they had prepared 60 thousand teachers for the new school year, with repair work being carried out in schools that need renovation. ...

Inside every predictable Israeli news cycle

Seth Frantzman - 2017-08-31 20:00
By Seth J. Frantzman Israel is entering the period before Rosh HaShanah, the Jewish new year. With the new year coming the country once again has to suffer through, and […] ...

Russia And Saudi Arabia Plan To Extend Outputs Cuts Through June

Waar Media - 2017-08-29 16:24
WAAR-DUHOK: Oil producers in Russia and Saudi Arabia are pushing to extend the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries’ (OPEC) production cuts until June of next year, according to a new report by The Wall Street Journal. The deal, which lowers the ...

Leaving school more than 40 girls students in city of Bijar

Kurdistan Human Rights Association - 2017-08-23 00:04
According to a report from the Kurdistan Human Rights Association, more than 40 female students have left school in the new year of 2017, in Bijar, east of Kurdistan, due to financial poverty and lack of facilities and did not enroll for the new academic ...

Raikkonen signs new Ferrari deal for 2018

Waar Media - 2017-08-22 16:45
WAAR-DUHOK: Kimi Raikkonen has signed a one-year contract extension with Ferrari for the 2018 season, the Formula One team announced on Tuesday. “Ferrari announces that Scuderia Ferrari has renewed its technical and racing agreement with Kimi Raikkonen,” ...

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 ...

Barcelona attack suspect named as Younes Abouyaaqoub

Waar Media - 2017-08-21 17:04
WAAR-DUHOK: Spanish police have confirmed the identity of the driver suspected of killing 14 people in last week’s attack in Barcelona. He is 22-year-old Younes Abouyaaqoub, officials say, and the manhunt has been extended across Europe. New CCTV footage ...

Schools are being repaired in Bilbil district

ANHA - 2017-08-10 20:12
AFRIN – The Democratic Collective Education Committee (KPC-D) has begun reconstructing schools that have been damaged in the district of Bilbil. With the coming of the new school year, KPC-D began to rebuild schools in the Rajo area of Bilbil district in ...

Turkey’s PKK Conflict Kills almost 3,000 in Two Years

International Crisis Group - 2017-07-20 21:11
20 July 2017 marks the two-year anniversary of a collapsed ceasefire that previously held for two-and-a-half-years between Turkey and the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK). Crisis Group's new analysis of open-source data reveals that the ongoing cycle of vi ...

Gorran to elect general coordinator in weeks

KurdPress - 2017-07-17 09:31
The Change Movement (Gorran) is said to elect a new general coordinator by the end of July after Nawshirwan Mustafa’s death in May this year. ...

Gorran to Elect General Coordinator in Weeks

BAS News - 2017-07-16 22:55
ERBIL — The Change Movement (Gorran) is said to elect a new general coordinator by the end of July after Nawshirwan Mustafa’s death in May this year. A lawmaker from Gorran, speaking on condition of anonymity, told BasNews that his party is working now t ...

Colombia’s FARC Ends its 53-year Insurgency

International Crisis Group - 2017-07-05 18:36
With the official disarming of its main rebel organisation, Colombia has passed a remarkable new milestone in its peace process. But major challenges remain: the destruction of remote arms dumps, reintegration of ex-combatants, and progress towards peace ...

Turkey ready for new operation in Syria: Erdogan

KurdPress - 2017-06-29 12:08
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday that Ankara is ready to undertake a new military operation in northern Syria similar to Operation Euphrates Shield, which was launched in August of last year, Sputnik reported. ...

VIDEO: 'Iran against Kurdish statehood'

Kurdistan24 - 2017-06-26 23:12
Ellen Laipson, Atlantic Council distinguished fellow and president emeritus of the Stimson Center, presents her ten-year vision for tackling these complex challenges in "A New Strategy for US-Iran Relations." (Photo: Kurdistan24) ...

UNHCR: Refugee number reaches global record of 65.6m

Waar Media - 2017-06-19 14:12
WAAR-DUHOK: The global number of people who have fled their homes reached a new record of 65.6 million last year as a major new refugee crisis emerged in South Sudan, the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) says. While the UNHCR’s annual count marked a new high, t ...

Macedonia's parliament endorses new government

Reuters - 2017-06-01 00:58
SKOPJE (Reuters) - Macedonia's lawmakers on Wednesday evening endorsed a new government led by Social Democrats which is expected to steer the way out of a two-year-long political crisis and bring the country closer to membership in the European Union and ...

U.N. envoy says Iraqi Kurdistan intends to hold referendum this year

E-Kurd - 2017-05-31 11:21
NEW YORK,— The United Nations envoy to Iraq said the Iraqi Kurdistan Region’s senior officials intend to hold the referendum for the independence of Kurdistan this year. In a briefing to the U.N. Security Council in New York on Monday, Special Representa ...

Iraq says achieved OPEC oil cut share, ready to meet new demand

E-Kurd - 2017-05-23 08:58
BAGHDAD,— Iraq has achieved its share of the production cut agreement reached by OPEC and non-OPEC producers at the end of last year but remains ready to meet future oil demand growth, according to a speech by Iraqi oil minister Jabar al-Luaibi on Monday ...

HDP elects new co-leader

KurdPress - 2017-05-21 10:40
Turkey's pro-Kurdish party elected a new co-leader on Saturday, May 20, to replace Figen Yuksekdag, who has been in jail on terrorism charges since November last year and was stripped of her parliamentary status three months ago. ...

Fresh Syria peace talks off to another stumbling start

Reuters - 2017-05-18 17:36
GENEVA (Reuters) - Syria peace talks hosted by the United Nations in Geneva spawned a new series of meetings on Thursday with no hint of tangible progress toward a deal to end the six-year-old civil war. ...

Kurdish Female Political Prisoners’ Release Remains Uncertain

Kurdistan Human Rights - 2017-05-12 02:02
Last year the Prosecutor’s Office of Youth detention centre In Yasouj, announced the release of Ghadriye Ghaderi, a Kurdish political prisoner is on 26 May, 2017 but recently the prison authorities said that according to new letter from Orumiyeh courts a ...

KRG Seals 61 Illegal Oil Refineries

BAS News - 2017-05-02 00:54
Many more to be closed down in the future ERBIL — Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) has 61 illegal oil refineries since the approval of new regulations last year, said the Ministry of Natural Resources. All the sealed refineries were unauthorized by th ...

IS Militant Involved in Istanbul’s New Year Attack Killed

BAS News - 2017-04-21 22:37
ISTANBUL — An Islamic State (IS) member who helped organize the New Year's attack that took place in an Istanbul nightclub Reina was killed by US forces during a ground operation in Syria on April 6, said a US military official. The attack, which was IS' ...

Yezidis in Kurdistan Region celebrate Red Wednesday

KurdPress - 2017-04-20 09:54
Thousands of Kurdish Yezidis gathered on April 18 in Lalish temple to celebrate the Yezidi New Year known as ‘Red Wednesday’. A large number of Yezidis who live abroad returned to Kurdistan Region to take part in the ceremony alongside others from the rel ...

UN Marks Yezidi New Year by Renewing Call for Rescue of Thousands from IS

BAS News - 2017-04-19 22:03
BAGHDAD — On the occasion of the Yezidi New Year known as ‘Red Wednesday’, the United Nation has renewed a call for the release of thousands of Yezidis from the grip of Islamic State (IS). “The Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-Gener ...
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