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Kurdistan Parliament to begin Spring Session on March 1: speaker

The Kurdistan Parliament will gather on March 1 for the first meeting of its 2021 Spring Session, Speaker Rewaz Fayaq announced on Saturday (February 27).


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

The Kurdistan Regional Government’s (KRG) Ministry of Health announced on Saturday (February 27) it had officially recorded 78 new cases of coronavirus over the past 24 hours.


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Duhok journalists, activists 'must be immediately and unconditionally released': Amnesty International

Calling the charges trumped-up, Amnesty International on Friday (February 26) urged the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) to release five journalists and activists from Duhok governorate who were se


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Gorran MP wounded in attack in Sulaimani city

Council of Representatives lawmaker Ghalb Muhammed was wounded in an attack in front of his home in Sulaimani on Friday (February 26).


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

The Kurdistan Regional Government’s (KRG) Ministry of Health announced on Friday (February 26) it had officially recorded 202 new cases of coronavirus over the past 24 hours.


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Using ‘Badinan’ to refer to imprisoned journalists, activists politicizes cases, complains KDP MP

Head of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) caucus in the Kurdistan Parliament Zana Mullah Khalid said on Thursday (February 25) that using “Badinan” to refer to the imprisoned journalists and activi


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Fire at Erbil dormitory; no one hurt

A fire broke out at Shawkat Sheikh Yazdin dormitory in Erbil city on Friday (February 26).


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Unclear if Duhok journalists, activists remain on hunger strike because calls, visits not allowed: defendant’s family

The wife of imprisoned journalist Sherwan Sherwani said on Friday (February 26) that she does not know whether her husband and the other defendants remain on hunger strike because she has not had cont


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Turkey slams 'genocide' vote in Dutch parliament

Turkey has slammed as "null and void" a motion passed by the Dutch parliament urging the government to recognise the World War I era killings of Armenians as genocide.


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Kurdistan Region marks 110th anniversary of Turkmen newspaper

Ethnic Turkmen in the Kurdistan Region marked the 110th anniversary of the establishment of the first Turkmen-language newspaper on Thursday (February 25) during an event attended by government offici


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KDP appoints Ari Harsin as Leadership Council member in Sulaimani and Halabja

The Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) on Thursday (February 25) appointed Ari Harsin as a member of the party’s Leadership Council in Sulaimani and Halabja governorates.


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Sulaimani Asayish arrests eight accused of stealing $100,000

Sulaimani Asayish Directorate said on Thursday (February 26) that it has arrested of a group of eight suspects accused of stealing nearly $100,000.


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171 veterinarians to be employed permanently: KRG agriculture ministry

Spokesperson for the Kurdistan Regional Government’s (KRG) Ministry of Agriculture Hussein Hama Karim said on Thursday (February 25) that 171 on-bond veterinarians have been given permanent contracts.


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Bribe broker tells NRT about how some are skirting rules to get permits at government directorate

Bureaucracy is a fact of life in the Kurdistan Region, a burden on all who need to obtain permits, register property, or build a house. The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) frequently promises that


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KRG PM Barzani rules with ‘dry, narrow, partisan mindset’: PUK official

Member of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan’s (PUK) General Leadership Council Ata Sarawi said on Thursday (February 25) that Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Masrour Barzani works with a “dry, narr


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Three suspects arrested in Sharazur for counterfeiting

Sharazur Asayish Directorate said on Thursday (February 25) that its forces arrested three suspects accused of printing and using counterfeit US dollars in Said Sadiq district.


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Howling in Hawler: volunteers treat stray, injured dogs at Erbil shelter

Surrounded by a whirl of tail-wagging activity, a small group of volunteers in Erbil works to protect and treat stray and injured dogs at a shelter in the governorate.


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KRG PM Barzani says others to blame for slow pace of reform

At the opening ceremony for a section of the new 150 meter highway in Erbil, Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Prime Minister Masrour Barzani on Thursday (February 25) alleged that many people are w


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

The Kurdistan Regional Government’s (KRG) Ministry of Health announced on Thursday (February 25) it had officially recorded 199 new cases of coronavirus over the past 24 hours.


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‘No regime, state, or entity will continue without justice’: lawyers defending Duhok journalists, activists

Defense lawyers representing five journalists and activists sentenced to six years in prison said on Thursday (February 25) that the verdict issued by the court was “illegal” and designed to oppress t


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