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Fourth anniversary of journalist Wadat Hussein's murder in Duhok

The security forces in Duhok blocked mourners from gathering to commemorate the fourth anniversary of the murder of journalist Wadat Hussein on Thursday (August 13).


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Second day of protests in Kurdistan Region, calling for KRG to step down

Demonstrators gathered in Qaladze and Ranya for the second day on Thursday (August 13), calling for the government to step down and hold early elections.


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Kolbar killed by Iranian security forces near Baneh: rights monitor

A Kolbar (porter) was killed by the Iranian security forces on Thursday (August 13) on the near Baneh city in Iran’s Kurdistan province.


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569 new COVID-19 cases recorded in Kurdistan Region: ministry

Continuing a week of record high numbers of new cases, the Kurdistan Regional Government’s (KRG) Ministry of Health said on Thursday (August 13) that it has recorded 569 new cases of coronavirus infe


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HPG claims it killed three Turkish soldiers in Duhok operation

The Peoples’ Defense Forces (HPG) claimed on Wednesday (August 12) that it had killed five Turkish soldiers in several recent attacks in the Kurdistan Region and southeastern Turkey.


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KRG, federal government issue dueling statements over budget talks impasse

In the hours after a session of the Kurdistan Regional Government’s (KRG) Council of Ministers ended without a decision about when or how much to pay public servants this month, KRG officials sought t


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Turkey says operations against Kurdish fighters to continue, urges Baghdad to cooperate

Turkey will continue its cross-border operations against Kurdish fighters in northern Iraq and the Kurdistan Region if Baghdad continues to overlook their presence, the foreign ministry said on Thursd


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Journalist dies while covering protest in Ranya: channel

Journalist Hunar Rasool died while covering a protest in Ranya on Tuesday (August 12), his employer said.


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Protesters in Kurdistan Region call for government to step down, early elections

Protesters gathered in cities across the Kurdistan Region on Wednesday (August 12) to demand that the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) step down and that early elections be held under the auspices


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KRG Council of Ministers fails to agree on salary disbursements, cuts and postpones weekly meeting

A regularly scheduled weekly meeting of the Kurdistan Regional Government’s (KRG) Council of Ministers was postponed on Wednesday (August 12) amid disagreements within the cabinet over whether to cut


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Continuing week of record high numbers, 566 new coronavirus cases recorded in Kurdistan Region: ministry

Continuing a week of record high numbers of new cases, the Kurdistan Regional Government’s (KRG) Ministry of Health said on Wednesday (August 12) that it has recorded 566 new cases of coronavirus infe


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KRG interior ministry opens customs monitoring directorate

The Kurdistan Regional Government’s (KRG) Ministry of Finance and Economy said in a statement on Wednesday (August 12) that it has opened a new Customs Monitoring Directorate, designed to implement re


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One killed, five injured in two vehicle crashes in Sulaimani since Tuesday

Sulaimani Traffic Directorate said that late on Tuesday (August 11), one person was killed and another severely injured after the motorcycle on which they were riding collided with another vehicle in


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Turkish warplanes bomb Goritan village in Erbil’s Bradost area

After killing two Iraqi Border Guard commanders earlier in the day in a drone strike in the same area, Turkish warplanes bombed Gortarin village in Erbil governorate’s Bradost area late on Tuesday (Au


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Turkey, PKK should take their fight away from Kurdistan Region, Iraq: KRG interior ministry

The Kurdistan Regional Government’s (KRG) Ministry of Interior said on Tuesday (August 11) that the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and Turkey should take their fight away from the territory of the Ku


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KDP, PUK promise to avoid tense media rhetoric and increase cooperation: statement

In an effort to turn the page on months of friction, senior political officials from the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) and the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) met on Tuesday (August 11) and prom


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Two Iraqi officers killed in Turkish drone strike in northern Erbil governorate

Two Iraqi soldiers belonging to the Border Guard Force were killed in an airstrike conducted by a Turkish military drone on Tuesday (August 11) in the Bradost area of Erbil governorate’s Sidikan sub-d


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Sulaimani court hands down death sentence for man who killed wife in 2018 arson

The Judicial Court in Sulaimani on Tuesday (August 11) handed down a death sentence for Dyar Majeed, who was convicted of setting a fire a year and a half ago that killed his wife, Siwan Qadr, and thr


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PUK Co-president Lahur Sheikh Jangi says he is infected by coronavirus

Co-President of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) Lahur Sheikh Jangi said on Tuesday (August 11) that he has been infected by the novel coronavirus and developed COVID-19.


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Ahead of planned protests, organizers call for KRG to step down, new elections

Ahead of scheduled protests on Wednesday, organizers released a list of demands on Tuesday (August 11), calling on the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) to dissolve itself and for early elections to


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