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  • What will it take to defuse US-Turkey crisis? / Amberin ZamanWhat will it take to defuse US-Turkey crisis? / Amberin Zaman

    The US Treasury’s Aug. 1 bombshell about sanctioning two key ministers in Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s Cabinet over the continued detention of North Carolina pastor Andrew Brunson has spurred frenzied speculation about an imminent and irremediable rupture between the two NATO allies. How much worse can things get, and with neither side inclined to back down, what will it take to defuse the crisis?

    04:04 PM
  • Syrian Kurdish force denies it recruits displaced childrenSyrian Kurdish force denies it recruits displaced children

    A Syrian Kurdish-Arab coalition on Sunday denied a Human Rights Watch report that it recruited children from displacement camps in violation of international law, AFP said.

    01:25 PM
  • Ayatollah Sistani calls for protests to be continueAyatollah Sistani calls for protests to be continue

    Iraqi Prominent Shitte cleric Ayatollah Sistani expressed his support to protests in Iraq and stressed that their demands need to be fulfilled.

    02:06 PM
  • PUK announces nominee for Iraqi presidencyPUK announces nominee for Iraqi presidency

    The Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) has officially announced its nominee for Iraq’s presidency, a position which is traditionally assumed by a Kurd national.

    01:33 PM
  • Kurdish Caucher Birkar gets new medal after prize stolenKurdish Caucher Birkar gets new medal after prize stolen

    The Kurdish refugee whose top mathematics prize was stolen minutes after he received the honor this week in Rio de Janeiro will get a replacement medal Saturday, organizers said.

    09:36 AM
  • German-Kurdish footballer Naki lambastes Ozil, recalls racism in TurkeyGerman-Kurdish footballer Naki lambastes Ozil, recalls racism in Turkey

    German-Kurdish footballer Deniz Naki has criticized Mesut Ozil, who left the German national football team due to “racism and disrespect” arising from a meeting with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in May, recalling the oppression he faced in Turkey.

    08:25 PM
  • Wary of U.S. ally, Syrian Kurds look to Damascus for talks

    Syria’s Kurds are trying to forge ties with Damascus as they seek to protect gains made in seven years of war, wary of their unpredictable U.S. ally and more ready than ever to negotiate with President Bashar al-Assad.

    08:21 AM
  • Nechirvan Barzani, visiting Saudi delegation meet in Erbil, discuss expanding tiesNechirvan Barzani, visiting Saudi delegation meet in Erbil, discuss expanding ties

    The Prime Minister of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), Nechirvan Barzani, has met with a Saudi delegation that is currently visiting the Region where the two sides discussed potential programs to boost employment and investment in the region and traded views on strengthening economic and trade relations between the two governments, according to a statement released on Tuesday, July 24.

    04:01 PM
  • Suspected IS gunmen behind Erbil government building attackSuspected IS gunmen behind Erbil government building attack

    A suspected group of the Islamic State (IS) militants opened fire in the Government building in the capital of the Kurdistan region in Iraq, seizing the third floor of the facility.

    03:19 PM
  • Erbil offered joint control of disputed regions: spokesmanErbil offered joint control of disputed regions: spokesman

    The Spokesman for the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) stated that the region has offered Baghdad and the anti-IS coalition to jointly control Iraq disputed regions that both Baghdad and Erbil claim authority over.

    04:12 PM
  • US working to modernize Peshmerga: media groupUS working to modernize Peshmerga: media group

    According to the Kurdistan Regional Government’s (KRG) Ministry of Peshmerga, the United States will be assisting in the inclusion of two new Peshmerga brigades this year; they will be providing weapons, training, and vehicles.

    03:36 PM
  • US attempting to persuade Turkey to buy Patriots instead of Russian S-400sUS attempting to persuade Turkey to buy Patriots instead of Russian S-400s

    The US State Department on Monday said it was working with NATO ally Turkey on the possible sale of a Raytheon Patriot missile defense system to head off its purchase of a Russian-made S-400 system, Reuters reported.

    03:30 PM
  • Iraqi Kurdistan's Movement for Change faces rebellion from within / Fazel HawramyIraqi Kurdistan's Movement for Change faces rebellion from within / Fazel Hawramy

    A decade after Nawshirwan Mustafa led a rebellion within the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) over nepotism, corruption and family-based politics, the reform-oriented Gorran (Change) movement he later founded is ironically facing similar challenges.

    10:20 AM
  • No change expected in Kurdish policies / Barcin YinancNo change expected in Kurdish policies / Barcin Yinanc

    Since the June 2015 general elections, after which a ceasefire between the government and the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) ended, the Kurdish issue has been confined to an all-out military, political and psychological campaign against the PKK inside and outside Turkey. That campaign has also been waged against what the government sees as the PKK’s political affiliations.

    06:33 PM
  • Iraq may soon be without a government, as clock runs out / Ali MamouriIraq may soon be without a government, as clock runs out / Ali Mamouri

    The term of Iraq's current parliament ends June 30, but a mandated manual recount of votes cast in the May 12 election hasn't even begun, and disputes are deepening among some political blocs. This could create a constitutional vacuum, which would worsen an already-bad situation.

    02:41 PM
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