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Kurdistan Parliament summons officials from Peshmerga ministry about reform process

Deputy Head of the Kurdistan Parliament’s Integrity Committee Saeed Harki said on Wednesday (February 24) that the committee thinks that the reform process at the Kurdistan Regional Government’s (KRG)


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KRG cancels Baghdad trip as budget negotiations stall ahead of vote

An expected trip to Baghdad by a Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) negotiating delegation was scrapped on Wednesday (February 24) because neither side appeared willing to compromise about their budg


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176 new cases of COVID-19 recorded in Kurdistan Region: ministry

The Kurdistan Regional Government’s (KRG) Ministry of Health announced on Wednesday (February 24) it had officially recorded 176 new cases of coronavirus over the past 24 hours.


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Turkish warplanes bomb targets near Warte, Qandil

Turkish warplanes hit targets in Qupi Sardaran near Warte sub-district and the Qandil Mountains on Wednesday (February 24).


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Thirteen restaurants, bars closed in Sulaimani’s Sarchinar after NRT exposé

Following an investigative report by NRT about illegal activities at restaurants and bars in the Kurdistan Region, Sulaimani Municipality said on Wednesday (February 24) that is closing down thirteen


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Peshmerga brigade protests over initial exclusion from ministry’s expanded payments

Members of the First Regiment of the 12th Brigade of the Peshmerga Forces in Duhok’s Shekhan district protested on Wednesday (February 24), demanding that they also be paid three months’ worth of sala


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MP criticizes Kurdistan Region’s private sector as dominated by ruling parties

Head of the New Generation caucus in the Kurdistan Parliament Kazim Faruq on Tuesday (February 23) criticized “well-fed” officials from the ruling parties for encouraging youths in the Kurdistan Regio


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Two additional arrest warrants issued in connection with Duhok journalists and activists case

In an apparent doubling down on a campaign to punish free expression in the Kurdistan Region, the Court of Appeals in Erbil issued arrest warrants for journalist Difaa Harki and activist Qaidar Hussei


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Man killed, another wounded in shooting in Erbil’s Khalifan

One man was killed in a shooting in Erbil governorate’s Khalifan town on Tuesday (February 23) and another man who was with him was wounded.


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KDP to hold party congress in May: senior official

Secretary of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) Politburo Fazil Mirani said on Tuesday (February 23) that his party will hold its Fourteenth Congress on May 26 in Duhok city.


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KRG allocates $239m for infrastructure in governorates: KRG PM

The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) on Tuesday (February 23) said that it would allocate more than 349 billion Iraqi dinars ($239.2 million) for infrastructure projects in the Kurdistan Region’s f


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129 new cases of COVID-19 recorded in Kurdistan Region: ministry

The Kurdistan Regional Government’s (KRG) Ministry of Health announced on Tuesday (February 23) it had officially recorded 129 new cases of coronavirus over the past 24 hours.


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If Turkey attacks Sinjar and fights PMF, Peshmerga will stay out of it: commander

Commander of the Peshmerga forces in Sinjar Qassim Shasho said on Tuesday (February 23) that the Kurdistan Region’s military will stay out of any potential conflict between Turkey and Iran-backed Popu


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KRG will pay public sector workers with 21 percent cuts: ministry

The Kurdistan Regional Government’s (KRG) Ministry of Finance and Economy said on Tuesday (February 23) that it will pay the salaries of public sector employees and pensioners over the course of four


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Kurdistan Parliament MP files lawsuit against group advocating for women’s, LGBTIQ rights

A member of the Kurdistan Parliament has filed a lawsuit against a group that advocates for increased protections for women and LGBTIQ people in the Kurdistan Region, accusing it of working against tr


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Kurdistan Region’s non-oil income estimated at $185m: adviser to KRG PM

An economic advisor to the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) prime minister told NRT on Monday (February 22) that the Region brings in an estimated 270 billion Iraqi dinars (($184.7 million) in non-


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KRG agriculture minister says cannot deny smuggled goods sold locally

Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Minister of Agriculture Begard Talabani said on Monday (February 22) that she does not deny that there are smuggled products being sold in the Kurdistan Region.


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Arrest warrant issued for brother of Duhok activist sentenced to prison in widely-condemned case

The Court of Appeals in Erbil has issued an arrest warrant for the brother of an activist who was controversially sentenced to six years in prison last week along with four others in a case that has r


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KRG imposes travel restrictions between Iraq and Kurdistan Region to stem spread of COVID-19 variants: spokesperson

Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Spokesperson Jotiar Adil said on Monday (February 22) that the Supreme Committee for Coronavirus Response has decided to impose travel restrictions between the Kurd


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KRG delegation will go to Baghdad for crunch budget talks ahead of vote

A negotiating delegation representing the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) will travel to Baghdad on Monday (February 22) to continue talks with federal officials in an attempt to finalize an agree


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