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KURDISTAN

Rizgar Ali appointed as new PUK elections chief

The political bureau of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) appointed Rizgar Ali as the new official in charge of elections for the party on Saturday (August 17).


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Preparatory work starts for Darbandikhan tunnel repairs

Government repair teams are performing preparatory work to fix damage in the Darbandikhan tunnel, an NRT reporter said on Saturday (August 17).


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'Kurdistan This Week' for August 17, 2019

NRT Digital Media broadcast another episode of “Kurdistan This Week” on Saturday (August 17).


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Turkish aircraft bomb villages in Qandil foothills

Turkish warplanes bombed the villages of Zargeli and Qirnakaw Pshtashan multiple times on Friday (August 16).


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Amid deadly summer on the roads, one killed in motorcycle crash in Koya

One person was killed in Koya on Friday (August 16) in a motorcycle crash.


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110,000 ​tourists came to Sulaimani governorate during Eid al-Adha

More than 110,000 people visited the resorts and tourist sites in Sulaimani governorate during the four days of Eid al-Adha this year.


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First group of Kurdish Hajj pilgrims will arrive in Region on Saturday

The first group of the Kurdistan Region pilgrims are due to arrive in the Kurdistan Region on Saturday (August 17).


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KRG set to perform repairs on Darbandikhan tunnel: spokesperson

Even though it is still a holiday, the Ministry of Housing and Reconstruction has decided to perform work on the Darbandikhan tunnel.


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Fire burning in village near Erbil International Airport

A fire broke out near the Erbil International Airport on Tuesday afternoon (August 14) and has not yet been controlled as of Wednesday morning.


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Cleric's remarks about singer condemned as sexist

Kurdish cleric Mullah Hallo caused an uproar this week when he made disparaging comments about singer Maria Hawrami, eliciting intense condemnation from the singer's family and on social media.


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PUK picks Jamal Hawez Mustafa as new Kurdistan Parliament caucus chair

The Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) has named Jamal Hawez Mustafa as its new caucus chair in the Kurdistan Parliament.


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PKK says more than 50,000 fighters killed over past 35 years

The Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) said on Wednesday (August 14) that more than 50,000 of its fighters have been killed during the group's 35-year conflict with the Turkey government.


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New Generation leader promises to fix problems at Darbandikhan tunnel

After saying he would provide an engineering team to renovate the Darbandikhan tunnel, New Generation Movement President Shaswar Abdulwahid said on social media Wednesday (August 14) that it would als


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Three Ezidi girls freed from ISIS captivity

The Director of the Ezidi Rescue Center in Duhok Hussain Qaidi said on Wednesday (August 14) that three Ezidi girls had been recused from Islamic State (ISIS) captivity.


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Solution to the border bombardments, attacks needs to be found: Barzani

Leader of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) Masoud Barzani said on Monday (August 12) that it is necessary to find a solution to continued airstrikes and artillery bombardments occurring along the


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Sulaimani city centralizes butchering process during Eid al-Adha

City authorities in Sulaimani have banned the butchering of animals in public areas, which is now done at a centralized location.


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Small earthquake felt in parts of Kurdistan Region, western Iran

An earthquake was felt in parts of the Kurdistan Region and western Iran on Monday morning (August 12).


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Fire completely destroys shop in Duhok’s Shakhke neighborhood

A fire destroyed a store selling plastic goods and vehicle parts in the Shakhke neighborhood of Duhok city on Sunday (August 11).


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PUK Central Council will decide date for party congress if leadership does not: official

The Patriotic Union of Kurdistan's (PUK) Central Council would be obliged to determine a date for the party’s congress if the party’s Leadership Council does not do so, according to a senior party mem


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Islamic State has started reorganizing and recruiting in disputed areas

Peshmerga Affairs Minister Shorsh Ismail said on Sunday (August 11) that the security vacuum in the disputed areas represents a golden opportunity for Islamic State (ISIS) to reorganize, saying that I


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