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US Congressman Urges All Parties in the Region to Build a Home for Kurds

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US Congressman Urges All Parties in the Region to Build a Home for Kurds

Eliot L. Enge  ERBIL — US Congressman Eliot L. Engel, Ranking Member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, said that he firmly believes in Kurd’s right to self-determination. In a statement on Kurdistan Region’s independence referendum, Engel said “it’s no wonder” that Kurds are seeking self-determination to protect themselves in the future, given the fact […]

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Iraq suspends international flights to and from KRG-operated airports

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Iraq suspends international flights to and from KRG-operated airports

File Photo Iraq will suspend all foreign flights to and from airports operated by the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) starting Friday, the Iraqi Civil Aviation Authority (IraqCAA) said Wednesday. The statement comes after the KRG refused to surrender authority of airports to the central government in Baghdad. In a statement, the civil aviation authority said […]

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Anger in France as girl, 11, judged to have ‘consented’ to sex with man

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Anger in France as girl, 11, judged to have ‘consented’ to sex with man

Photo: AFP There was anger and shock in France this week after it emerged that prosecuters had deemed an 11-year-old’s sexual relationship with a 28-year-old man was consensual. The case, which made national headlines and led to anger among children’s rights groups, centers around a sexual encounter that took place between a 28-year-old man and […]

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Iraq’s premier gives Kurdish officials 3 days to hand over control of airports

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Iraq’s premier gives Kurdish officials 3 days to hand over control of airports

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi (file photo) Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has given the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) three days to hand over control of its airports if it seeks to avoid an international air embargo, a retaliatory move the Iraqi government says will take against the independence-seeking region in the wake of a […]

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Saudi Arabia: King Salman orders driving licenses for women

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Saudi Arabia: King Salman orders driving licenses for women

Staff writer, Al Arabiya EnglishTuesday, 26 September 2017 Saudi Arabia’s King Salman has issued a historic royal decree granting driving licenses for women in the kingdom as of next June. The royal decree issued on Tuesday also ordered the establishment of a high-level committee of involving the ministries of internal affairs, finance, labor and social […]

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Russia test-fires ‘Topol’ ICBM with new advanced warhead

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Russia test-fires ‘Topol’ ICBM with new advanced warhead

FILE PHOTO A Topol ICBM ground-based mobile launcher © Alexei Danichev / Sputnik Russia has conducted a successful test launch of the RS-12M Topol intercontinental ballistic missile, the Defense Ministry said in a statement, adding that the test data would be used for the development of future missile penetration aids. The test launch was performed […]

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Mosque gutted in suspicious fire: Örebro, Sweden

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Mosque gutted in suspicious fire: Örebro, Sweden

Firefighters at the mosque in Vivalla, Örebro. Photo: Kicki Nilsson/TT An arrest has been made after a blaze raged through a mosque in central Sweden during the early hours of Tuesday. Firefighters were called to the mosque in the Vivalla area of Örebro shortly after 2am on Tuesday. Five hours later they were still battling […]

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China stages 1st live fire drills at overseas base in Djibouti (VIDEO)

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China stages 1st live fire drills at overseas base in Djibouti (VIDEO)

FILE PHOTO © Zha Chunming / Global Look Press Chinese servicemen have held their first military drills at China’s first overseas base in the Horn of Africa in Djibouti. Less than two months after officially inaugurating their first foreign naval military base abroad in Djibouti, the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLA) held live-fire drills for […]

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HAMAS SPEAKS HIGHLY OF DEADLY SHOOTING ATTACK THAT KILLED 3 ISRAELIS

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HAMAS SPEAKS HIGHLY OF DEADLY SHOOTING ATTACK THAT KILLED 3 ISRAELIS

“Once again Jerusalem proves that it is the heart of the conflict with the occupation,” Hamas spokesman Hazim Qassim said in a statement on his Facebook page. “The operation this morning in northern Jerusalem is a new chapter of the Jerusalem intifada and… an affirmation that our uprising youth will continue to fight until the […]

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Turkey could block KRG’s oil exports in response to referendum, Erdoğan says

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Turkey could block KRG’s oil exports in response to referendum, Erdoğan says

AA Photo President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said Monday that Turkey considers the independence referendum in northern Iraq’s Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) null and void and illegitimate regardless of its results, adding that there may be economic and military repercussions. Speaking at a forum in Istanbul, Erdoğan stated that the Habur border gate with Iraq, which […]

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