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Calls to domestic violence hotline increased during Erbil lockdown: directorate

Formal complaints about gender-based violence decreased by 35 percent during Erbil’s coronavirus lockdown, but calls to the 119 hotline increased by 25 percent, according to new statistics provided to


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Business accelerator launches in Sulaimani as part of growing entrepreneurial ecosystem

In the newest addition to Sulaimani’s expanding support system for entrepreneurs, the Takween Accelerator launched on Thursday (July 8) with the goal of supporting 45 new businesses to scale up their


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Government offices to restart operations in Sulaimani on July 12: coronavirus operations room

The Sulaimani Coronavirus Operations Room said in a statement on Thursday (July 9) that all government offices will reopen for work on July 12.


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Watchdogs call on Duhok authorities to release journalist Qaraman Shukri

Local and international journalism watchdogs are calling on the authorities in Duhok governorate to release freelance journalist Qaraman Shukri, who was arrested on June 27 in his hometown of Shiladze


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Iraqi Security Forces, Peshmerga to set up joint operations rooms in disputed areas

Deputy Chief of Staff of Peshmerga Training and Operations Major General Qaraman Kamal said on Thursday (July 9) that the Peshmerga will create joint operations rooms with the Iraqi Security Forces to


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Peshmerga veterans protests against delayed disbursement of salaries

Peshmerga veterans protested in Sulaimani on Thursday (July 9) because disbursement of their salaries has been delayed.


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Officials intercept 27.6 tons of chicken being smuggled into Kurdistan Region

Officials at the Parwezxan border crossing between Iran and the Kurdistan Region said on Thursday (July 9) that they have seized 27.6 tons of smuggled chicken.


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294 new coronavirus cases in Kurdistan Region: ministry

The Kurdistan Regional Government’s (KRG) Ministry of Health said on Wednesday (July 8) that it has recorded 294 new cases of coronavirus infection in the Kurdistan Region.


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Permanent closure of NRT channel not within our authority: KRG culture ministry

In response to a request by the public prosecutor, the Kurdistan Regional Government’s (KRG) Ministry of Culture said on Wednesday (July 8) that the permanent closure of NRT is not within the ministry


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Efforts to remove partisan checkpoints between Erbil and Sulaimani are ongoing: New Generation lawmaker

New Generation lawmaker in the Kurdistan Parliament Kawa Abdulqadir said on Wednesday (July 8) that efforts to remove the checkpoints between Erbil and Sulaimani governorates are ongoing, which he arg


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KSDP Secretary advocates parties take tougher lines against Baghdad, Ankara

Secretary of the Kurdistan Socialist Democratic Party (KSDP) Muhammed Haji Mahmood on Wednesday (July 8) advocated that the Kurdistan Region take a hard line against the federal government, claiming t


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Unity required from KRG to address agricultural problems: parliament speaker

Speaker of the Kurdistan Parliament Rewaz Fayaq said on Tuesday (July 7) that preserving and rejuvenating local agriculture cannot be accomplished by a single ministry or minister, but instead require


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Kurdistan Region sets new one-day total with 495 new coronavirus cases

The Kurdistan Regional Government’s (KRG) Ministry of Health said on Tuesday (July 7) that it has recorded 495 new cases of coronavirus infection in the Kurdistan Region.


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Man shot and killed in Bnaslawa: Erbil police

Erbil Police Directorate said on Tuesday (July 7) that a man was shot and killed while trying to resolve a dispute in Bnaslawa town.


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Syrian, Russian airstrikes in Idlib amount to war crimes, as do jihadist attacks, UN says

Syrian and Russian planes have carried out deadly aerial strikes amounting to war crimes on schools, hospitals and markets in Idlib province, UN investigators said on Tuesday (July 7) in a report that


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New Generation MPs meet with KRG agriculture minister after farmer protest

Following a protest in Erbil where farmers dumped their produce to draw attention to the presence of cheap imports, lawmakers from the New Generation Movement met with Kurdistan Regional Government (K


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274 places of business closed for coronavirus violations in Erbil

Erbil’s Coronavirus Operations Room said in a statement on Tuesday (July 7) that officials in the governorate have closed down 274 places of business over the past week for violating public health gui


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Kurdistan Region President Barzani condemns assassination of Iraqi researcher al-Hashimi

Kurdistan Region President Nechirvan Barzani on Tuesday (July 7) condemned the assassination of security analyst and researcher Husham al-Hashimi, who was killed by unidentified gunmen in Baghdad over


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Planned visit by KRG budget delegation to Baghdad postponed

A negotiating delegation from the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) postponed on Tuesday (July 7) an expected trip to Baghdad because federal officials have not completed a review of financial, pers


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No talks have been held between PUK and Gorran about changes to Sulaimani governor: Haval Abubakr

Sulaimani Governor Haval Abubakr said on Tuesday (July 7) that no talks have taken place between the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) and the Change Movement (Gorran) about changes to the governorsh


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