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Iraqi parliament votes against Kurdish independence referendum

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Iraqi parliament votes against Kurdish independence referendum

raqi parliament. Baghdad (IraqiNews.com) The Iraqi parliament voted Tuesday against a planned referendum by Kurdistan Region Government on independence from Iraq, obliging the Iraqi government to take measures to “preserve the unity of Iraq”. The session was attended by 204 of parliament’s 328 members. “The Iraqi Constitution had enumerated issues for which a referendum is required, […]

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French and US troops head to Gothenburg as Sweden’s biggest military drill in 20 years kicks off

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French and US troops head to Gothenburg as Sweden’s biggest military drill in 20 years kicks off

A Swedish soldier taking part in a previous drill. Photo: Pontus Lundahl/TT The biggest Swedish military exercise in over 20 years has started in Gothenburg, with French and US air defence units as well as other overseas troops joining the Swedes in the Aurora 17 drill of more than 20,000 military personnel. Taking place between […]

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Erdoğan: S-400 is a done deal, down payment already transferred to Moscow

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Erdoğan: S-400 is a done deal, down payment already transferred to Moscow

President Erdoğan said a lack of cooperation from allied countries in defense pushed Turkey to produce its own both unarmed drones and armed drones. As part of Ankara’s steps to improve its national defense systems and strategies, Turkey has made the down payment for the S-400 missile system to Russia, President Erdoğan said President Recep […]

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Swedish Jews to appeal neo-Nazi march near synagogue

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Swedish Jews to appeal neo-Nazi march near synagogue

The NRM marching in Falun. Photo: Ulf Palm/TT Sweden’s main organization for Jews is appealing a police decision to grant the openly racist neo-Nazi group the Nordic Resistance Movement (NRM) permission to stage a march near a synagogue in Gothenburg on September 30th. The march will not only fall on the same day as the […]

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Justice remains elusive on 9/11 anniversary

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Justice remains elusive on 9/11 anniversary

Sixteen years after Sept 11 attacks and the US has not convicted anybody for the tower-felling spectacle of “terror”. People run from the collapse of World Trade Center on Tuesday September 11, 2001 in New York City [Suzanne Plunkett/AP] New York City – Time moves slowly for the five men accused of the 9/11 attacks. Sixteen years […]

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Rohingya crisis: UN sees ‘ethnic cleansing’ in Myanmar(BBC)

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Rohingya crisis: UN sees ‘ethnic cleansing’ in Myanmar(BBC)

Almost 300,000 Rohingya Muslims have poured out of Myanmar since 25 August The security operation targeting Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar “seems a textbook example of ethnic cleansing”, the UN human rights chief says. Zeid Raad Al Hussein urged Myanmar to end the “cruel military operation” in Rakhine state. More than 300,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled […]

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Armed group attack Bula Hawo on the Kenya-Somalia border claiming they killed dozens of soldiers.(Aljazeera)

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Armed group attack Bula Hawo on the Kenya-Somalia border claiming they killed dozens of soldiers.(Aljazeera)

Al-Shabab said 24 Somali soldiers were killed in the raid, but a Somali military official put the figure at around 10 dead soldiers [File: Hamza Mohamed/Al Jazeera] Heavy fighting erupted on Monday in the Somali border town of Balad Hawo near Kenya after al-Shabab detonated a suicide car bomb and then stormed the military base […]

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Iraq holding 1,400 foreign wives, children of suspected ISIS fighters

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Iraq holding 1,400 foreign wives, children of suspected ISIS fighters

Most came from Turkey. Many others were from former Soviet states, such as Tajikistan, Azerbaijan and Russia. (Twitter) Iraqi authorities are holding 1,400 foreign wives and children of suspected ISIS fighters after government forces expelled the militant group from one of its last remaining strongholds in Iraq, security and aid officials said. Most came from […]

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Bomb scare leads to partial evacuation of Frankfurt Airport

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Bomb scare leads to partial evacuation of Frankfurt Airport

Terminal 1 being evacuated after a similar incident in 2016 Photo: DPA Terminal 1 of Germany’s largest airport was partially evacuated over the weekend, after an apparently psychologically disturbed man told police was carrying explosives in his luggage. A taxi driver first alerted police after the 37-year-old man had acted strangely during his cab ride […]

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Russia offered to return to G8 if Zapad 2017 drills do not take place

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Russia offered to return to G8 if Zapad 2017 drills do not take place

Source: Mil.ru If Russia refuses to conduct Zapad-2017 military exercises, the county will be allowed to return to the Group of Eight, chairman of the Free Democratic Party of Germany Christian Lindner said. In his opinion, Europe should make advances to the Russian Federation. “We must give Putin an opportunity to break the deadlock of escalation, […]

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