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KRG will continue working to solve disagreements with Baghdad: PM Barzani

Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Prime Minister Masrour Barzani on Wednesday (January 20) asserted that the KRG has always worked to have excellent relations with the federal government and that he


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Barbershop shot up in Koya: Asayish

Representative of the Communications Department of the Erbil/Koya East Asayish Directorate Darbaz Sabr said on Wednesday (January 20) that a gunman shot up a barbershop at around 03:00 a.m. that morni


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Mud in the winter, dust in the summer: protest in Chamchamal over unpaved roads, lack of water

Residents protested in Chamchamal’s Mamostayan neighborhood on Wednesday (January 20) about poor public services, in particular unpaved roads and lack of reliable access to piped water.


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KRG official responds to human rights report with spin, defends security forces breaking up protests

Responding to criticism from a human rights group, a Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) official on Tuesday (January 19) claimed that protesters are allowed to express their views and demands and jus


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Gunman beat activist in Erbil’s Twaraq village over criticism of the authorities

Activist Hawre Kurdi was attacked on Tuesday night (January 19) by armed men in Twaraq village near the Kurdistan Region’s capital Erbil.


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Court in Garmian issues arrest warrants for border, customs officials and security forces officers

Qoratu/Khanaqin Court of First Instance on Tuesday (January 19) issued arrest warrants for four men in connection with alleged crimes at the Parwezkhan border crossing with Iran as part of an effort t


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Changes to Kurdistan Region’s counterterrorism law have ‘political dimension’: MP

New Generation Movement lawmaker in the Kurdistan Parliament Kawa Abdulqadr warned on Tuesday (January 19) that proposed changes to the Kurdistan Region’s counterterrorism legislation could have a pol


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KRG PM Barzani, Turkish defense minister discuss Sinjar agreement implementation

Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Prime Minister Masrour Barzani met with Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar on Tuesday (January 19) and discussed implementation of the Sinjar agreement signed las


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Oil pipeline catches fire southwest of Erbil

An oil pipeline caught fire near Gwer on Tuesday afternoon (January 19) after it was punctured by oil smugglers.


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Electricity infrastructure project completed in Erbil governorate: minister

Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Minister of Electricity Kamal Muhammed said on Tuesday (January 19) that a nearly $8 million electricity infrastructure project has been completed in Erbil governor


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Call to hand over Kurdistan Region’s oil dossier to Baghdad an ‘unconstitutional request’: KRG

The Kurdistan Regional Government’s (KRG) Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) on Monday (January 18) characterized a call from Iraq’s oil minister to hand over control of the Region’s oil industry to


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Oak trees take root in Kurdistan Region to help climate

Delband Rawanduzi spoke softly to her oak seedlings, as if willing them to grow fast and repopulate forests in the Kurdistan Region depleted by war, illegal logging, and fires.


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Refugee Iranian Kurds call on KRG to give them residency, so they can work and receive medical care

Iranian Kurdish refugees living in the Kurdistan Region protested outside of the UN office in Erbil on Monday (January 18) about their inability to obtain identity and residency cards issued by host g


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Kurdish inmate executed for murder in Iranian’s Sanandaj: Hengaw

Iranian authorities executed an ethnically Kurdish inmate at Sanandaj Central Prison on Monday (January 18), according to a human rights group.


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KRG agrees to transfer 250,000 barrels of oil per day through SOMO: PUK caucus chief

Head of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) caucus in the Council of Representatives Ala Talabani said on Monday (January 18) that the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) has agreed to transfer 250


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Prisoners protest at Garmian Detention and Transfer prison

Inmates at Garmian Detention and Transfer Prison staged a protest on Sunday morning (January 17) and set fire to a building at the facility over alleged discrimination in the allocation of privileges


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Fire destroys two tents at Bajd Kandal IDP camp in Duhok’s Zakho district

Two tents housing displaced families at the Bajd Kandal Camp in Duhok’s Zakho district caught fire on Sunday (January 17).


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Gorran spokesperson Osman resigns, criticizing party’s leadership

Spokesperson for the Change Movement (Gorran) Adnan Osman has stepped down from that position and from the party’s Executive Body citing his opposition to Gorran’s lack of ambition or purpose, accordi


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Chamchamal brought in $7.5m from sales of local gas between 2017 and 2018: mayor

Chamchamal Mayor Ramak Ramazan said on Sunday (January 17) that $7.5 million in proceeds from local gas sales was deposited in the district’s bank account at the International Kurdistan Bank in Erbil


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Solar station to help power factory in Bazian: official

As part of an effort to take advantage of the Kurdistan Region’s potential for harnessing the power of the sun, Sulaimani Electricity Directorate said on Sunday (January 17) that a private company wil


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