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Fire breaks out in Duhok’s main bazaar

Duhok Civil Defense Directorate said on Thursday evening (October 22) that a fire broke out in six warehouses containing shoes and school supplies in the city’s main bazaar.


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Activist, journalists arrested by security forces in Duhok

An activist and two journalists were arrested by the local security forces in Duhok governorate early on Thursday (October 22).


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Three suspects arrested for firing randomly in Chamchamal: Asayish

The Directorate of Asayish-Western Sulaimani said on Thursday (October 22) that it arrested three suspects for firing randomly in Chamchamal district.


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KRG says federal government should compensate it for oil production cuts from OPEC+ agreement: spokesperson

Spokesperson for the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Jotiar Adil said on Thursday (October 22) that the KRG is ready to make additional cuts to its oil production, if the federal government compen


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Price of olive oil climbs due to ration disruption

Head of Sulaimani Food Trade Directorate Shawkat Muhamad said on Thursday (October 22) that the price of olive oil has increased on local markets and attributed the increase to the failure of the fede


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Kurdistan Region records more than 1,300 new coronavirus cases; highest single-day total: ministry

The Kurdistan Regional Government’s (KRG) Ministry of Health said on Thursday (October 22) that it has recorded 1,308 cases of coronavirus infection in the Kurdistan Region over the past 24 hours.


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KRG to build housing projects with budget of $332m, claims PM Barzani

Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Prime Minister Masrour Barzani said on Wednesday (October 21) that his cabinet will build 42 housing and construction projects with a budget allocation of $332 mill


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KRG forgives customs taxes on imported agriculture equipment

The Kurdistan Regional Government’s (KRG) Council of Ministers said on Wednesday (October 21) that KRG Prime Minister Masrour Barzani has approved a proposal by Minister of Agriculture and Water Resou


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Fines collected from polluters in Kurdistan Region rarely used to fund environmental efforts: officials

In theory, fines levied by the government against polluters in the Kurdistan Region are supposed to fund environmental initiatives and expand inspections to uncover additional violations, but current


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US Elections 2020: a conversation with students in the Kurdistan Region

With less than two weeks left until Election Day in the United States, NRT sat down with students and a recent graduate of the American University of Iraq, Sulaimani to talk politics, policy, and proc


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Kurdistan Region records more than 1,000 new coronavirus cases for third consecutive day

The Kurdistan Regional Government’s (KRG) Ministry of Health said on Wednesday (October 21) that it has recorded 1,078 cases of coronavirus infection in the Kurdistan Region over the past 24 hours.


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Sulaimani to resume flights to and from Turkey on October 26

Head of Sulaimani International Airport’s Press and Relations Office Dana Muhammad said on Wednesday (October 21) that flights to and from Turkey will resume on Monday.


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Economic situation in Kurdistan Region leads to worries over new coronavirus measures: official

Despite a significant deterioration in the public health environment over the past week, a member of the Supreme Committee for Coronavirus Response said on Wednesday (October 21) that officials in the


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Two suspects arrested on narcotics, counterfeiting charges: anti-drug directorate

The Erbil Anti-Drug Directorate said on Tuesday (October 20) that two suspects were arrested in possession of narcotics and fake Iraqi and US currencies.


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Ezidi Iraqi keeps tradition alive of arak-making from dates

Saad Hussein, a 42-year-old Ezidi Iraqi, is one of the last in the northern region of Nineveh producing the anise-flavored spirit, arak, from local dates.


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Residents of Sulaimani’s Kanispika protest city’s decision to demolish their houses

Residents of Sulaimani’s Kanispika neighborhood burned tires and partially blocked a nearby roadway on Tuesday (October 20) to protest the demolition of their houses by the municipality.


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Two months since closure of NRT's Erbil and Duhok offices without judicial order

Two months have elapsed since the local security forces in Duhok and Erbil illegally closed NRT’s offices in those governorates following extensive coverage of protests about the Kurdistan Regional Go


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Kurdistan Region records more than 1,000 new coronavirus cases for second day in a row

The Kurdistan Regional Government’s (KRG) Ministry of Health said on Tuesday (October 20) that it has recorded 1,010 cases of coronavirus infection in the Kurdistan Region over the past 24 hours.


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Electricity privatization plans moving ahead, says minister

Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Minister of Electricity Kamal Muhammed said on Tuesday (October 20) that the aim of privatizing the electricity sector in the Kurdistan Region is to increase the nu


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Father, three sons die after bomb explodes in Makhmour

A man along with three of his sons died after a planted bomb exploded near Makhmour’s Rwala village early on Tuesday (October 20), with another son missing.


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