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KRG says it repaid $1.5 billion in loans in three years

The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) has said that it has repaid $1.5 billion of debts without loaning any money in the last three years and paid salaries in in full in the first six months of this year, thanks to rising oil prices.


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Turkish airstrikes bombard villages in Akre district

Turkish airstrikes hit Gurava and Birezhgi villages in Akre district causing the villagers’ fields to catch fire on Wednesday (July 6).


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Iraqi Kurd Nadhim Zahawi takes second highest position in UK

Nadhim Nahawi, an Iraqi Kurd from Baghdad, has been appointed to the role of the Chancellor of the Exchequer, who will be responsible for running the UK's finances.


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Farmers protest sudden demand for tax payment in Sulaimani bazaar

A number of farmers protested in Sulaimani’s fruit and vegetable bazaar on Tuesday (July 5), over the high taxes taken from them.


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No injuries reported in Turkish drone attack on Makhmour

No one was hurt in a Turkish drone attack on Shahid Rostam Judi refugee camp in Makhmour, Erbil province, on Tuesday (July 5), NRT reporter Murad Surchi said.


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Leaving US consul-general: I will continue advocating for Kurdistan

The leaving US consul-general, Robert Palladino, has reiterated the US support for the democratic process in the Kurdistan Region in a farewell message posted on Facebook on Tuesday (July 5).


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Husband suspect after model killed in Erbil

A woman from Sardasht, Iran, who was working as a model in Erbil, was allegedly killed by her husband, Hengaw Organization for Human Rights said on Monday (June 4).


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New procedures may require Peshmerga, security forces leave firearms at shift-end

Erbil Mayor Nabaz Adulhamid said on Monday (June 4) the Ministry of Peshmerga and Ministry of Interior are working on having the Peshmerga and security forces members leave their weapons after they finish their shifts.


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Erbil airport refuses to allow flight from Iran to land

The Director of Erbil International Airport said on Monday (July 4) the airport had prevented the landing of an Iranian plane that was not prepared to provide information on its passengers.


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Massive fire causes extensive damage to forest in Arbat

Hundreds of trees were destroyed in a fire that broke out at a village in Arbat district in Sulaimani on Sunday, the forestry and environment police said on Sunday (July 3).


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Two injured in gas explosion at cafe in Sulaimani

Two people were injured in a gas explosion at Kastana cafe in Sulaimani province on Sunday (June 3), Saman Nadr, the director of Sulaimani Emergency Center, confirmed.


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Three deaths by drowning occur in Kurdistan Region in 48-hours

Three people died in separate incidents of drowning in the Kurdistan Region in the last 48 hours, according to NRT reporters.


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Deputy speaker says Kurdistan parliamentary elections likely to be delayed

The Deputy Speaker of the Kurdistan Parliament, Hemin Hawrami, announced in a press conference on Saturday (July 2) that it is unlikely parliamentary elections will be held on time.


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Head of human rights commission speaks on habit of carrying weapons in Kurdistan

The head of the Kurdistan Independent Human Rights Commission, Zia Petros, said on Thursday (June 30) officials’ pride in carrying weapons has led some members of their parties to do the same.


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KRG says Baghdad has sent only 400 billion IQD of expected budget

The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) said on Thursday (June 30) only 400 billion Iraqi dinars has been sent to Erbil from a total of 1 trillion, 200 billion the KRG says should have been transferred.


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KRG PM Barzani orders shutdown of firearms stores, seizure of unlicensed guns

The Prime Minister of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), Masrour Barzani, has called on the Ministry of Interior to close down all weapons shops and seize unauthorized firearms.


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No one hurt in displacement camp fire in Duhok province

A fire broke out in the Bajed Kandala displacement camp in the Zakho district of Duhok governorate on Thursday (June 30) damaging at least 20 tents.


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Two killed in shooting incident in Erbil city

Two people were killed in a shooting accident in Erbil city on Thursday (June 30), NRT reporter, Rizgar Kochar said.


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Oil companies not leaving Kurdistan Region—KRG

The spokesperson of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) said in a press conference yesterday (June 29) that none of the oil companies working in the Kurdistan Region has left.


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No one hurt in two grenade explosions in Sulaimani city

No one was injured in two separate explosions caused by grenades fired at two houses in the town of Sulaimani on Wednesday and Thursday (June 29 and 30), an NRT reporter said.


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