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President Barzani meets with UN Secretary General Guterres to wrap up Davos trip

President of the Kurdistan Region Nechirvan Barzani on Friday (January 24) met with Secretary-General of the United Nations António Guterres at the World Economic Forum in Davos.


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Withdrawal of US forces from Iraq will bring instability: New Generation President Abdulwahid

New Generation Movement President Shaswar Abdulwahid warned on Friday (January 24) that withdrawal US forces was not in the Iraq' national interest.


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Roads to Haji Omaran border crossing point closed after heavy snow

Director of the Haji Omaran border crossing Masoud Bateli said on Friday (January 24) that all roads leading to the crossing were closed after heavy snow overnight.


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Kurdistan Region still to iron out new oil deal with Baghdad: Reuters

The Kurdistan Region has yet to begin implementing a new oil deal with the federal government as final details have yet to be agreed with Baghdad, its president Nechirvan Barzani told Reuters.


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331 arrested in 2019 on suspicion of ISIS ties: Sulaimani Asayish

Sulaimani Asayish Director Rizgar Hamarahim said during a press conference on Thursday (January 23) that 331 people were arrested in Sulaimani governorate in 2019 on suspicion of having ties to the Is


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Duhok Asayish seizes more than 57 kilograms of heroin at Turkey crossing

The Duhok Asayish Directorate said on Wednesday (January 23) that they seized a total of 57.5 kilograms (127 pounds) of heroin at the Ibrahim Khalil border crossing with Turkey in two separate busts.


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Protest by unemployed graduates in Kirkuk turns violent after security forces intervene

Unemployed graduates from the Kurdish community protested in Kirkuk on Thursday (January 23) against a decision by the federal government to allocate only 500 jobs to ethnic Kurds out of 2,841 positio


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Kurdistan Parliament discusses state of agreements between Baghdad and Erbil

The Kurdistan Parliament met in Erbil on Thursday (January 23) for a discussion with the Kurdistan Regional Government's (KRG) delegation that has been conducting negotiations between Erbil and Baghda


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Council of Ministers discusses tax reform plan

The Kurdistan Regional Government’s (KRG) Council of Ministers held its weekly meeting on Wednesday (January 22) to discuss a planned overhaul of the Region’s tax system, including reforming the way i


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Truck drivers protest in Koya after town restricts daytime access

Truck drivers in Koya blocked the main roads to Erbil and Sulaimani on Wednesday (January 22) after the municipality decided that trucks would no longer be able to drive through the city during the da


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KRG to offer new contracts to government employees in Kurdistan Region

Kurdistan Regional Government's (KRG) Ministry of Finance and Economy said on Wednesday (January 22) that it plans to offer new contracts to every employee in the Kurdistan Region.


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Second KDP lawmaker declines parliamentary pension

Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) lawmaker in the Kurdistan Parliament Rebwar Babkayi said on Wednesday (January 22) that he had submitted a letter in order to decline his parliamentary pension.


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Former political prisoners protest in Garmian over pension dispute

Former political prisoners protested in Kalar on Wednesday (January 22), demanding pieces of land and a pension.


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New Generation expels three MPs for not giving up parliamentary pensions

The New Generation Political Council on Wednesday (January 22) expelled three lawmakers from their caucus in the Kurdistan Parliament and from the Movement after they refused to forego their parliamen


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Non-contract teachers protest in Erbil, demanding employment

Non-contract teachers in Erbil protested on Wednesday (January 22) demanding full employment contracts and for the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) to compensate them for the years that they spent


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Roads in Penjwen blocked after heavy snow with more expected

Penjwen Traffic Directorate on Wednesday (January 22) said in a statement that the Penjwen roads will be closed due to heavy snow and advised the population to avoid taking that road.


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Kurdistan Region President Barzani meets Trump at Davos to discuss regional tensions

Kurdistan Region President Nechirvan Barzani is scheduled to meet with US President Donald Trump on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in Davos on Wednesday (January 22) for discussions about b


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Erbil Asayish seize 130 kilos of heroin

The Erbil Asayish said on Tuesday (January 21) that it had seized 130 kilograms of heroin and arrested three traffickers.


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Three die of carbon monoxide poisoning in Ankawa

Three members of a family were found dead on Tuesday (January 21) in house in Erbil’s Ankawa suburb after succumbing to carbon monoxide poisoning.


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New Generation urges Parliament to take up bill about on-bond employees

New Generation Movement lawmaker and member of the Kurdistan Parliament’s Legislative Committee Kawa Abdulqadir on Tuesday (January 21) requested that the legislature hold a session to discuss the iss


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