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Don’t forget to mark your calendars: President of the Kurdistan Region Masoud Barzani has set November 1, 2017 for parliamentary and presidential elections to be held in the Region. Barzani officially called the elections, saying the date was set in accordance with the presidential law passed by the Kurdistan legislature in 2005. The Kurdistan Region last […]

Over the past decade, the world have soured on artificial sweeteners. Once heralded as sweet substitutes for sugar without as many belt-busting calories, people once couldn’t get enough sucralose and aspartame. But recently, people have started looking at the molecules with increasing suspicion, amid studies that linked them to increased belly fat – and bogus but widespread rumours that they led to […]

Some people would do anything for love. German authorities are trying to find out if a 16-year-old who converted to Islam and disappeared from her home near Dresden last year is one of 20 women found in a tunnel in Iraq. Five German women being held by security forces in Iraq are reportedly part of […]

Unless you’re Rihanna, skirts are still a no-no in the Kingdom. Authorities in Saudi Arabia are investigating a young woman who posted a video of herself wearing a miniskirt and crop-top in public. The woman, a model called “Khulood”, shared the clip of her walking around a historic fort in Ushayqir. The footage sparked a […]

Can’t we all just get along? That’s what South Korea is trying to say as it proposed holding military talks with North Korea, after weeks of heightened tension following Pyongyang’s long range missile test. If they are to go ahead, these would be the first high-level talks since 2015. A senior official said talks should […]

Can you believe it’s already been one year? Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday gave emotional speeches to tens of thousands of people to mark the one-year anniversary of the attempted coup. While the coup failed, Erdogan has not let up, saying he supports the death penalty for coup plotters and that they should […]

Well turns out crime doesn’t pay. Former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva has been convicted of corruption charges and sentenced to nine and a half years in prison. The judge ruled he could remain free pending an appeal. Lula has rejected claims that he received an apartment as a bribe in a corruption […]

Don’t you wish you could block some people in real life? Well, seems President Donald Trump has taken it too far. Seven people in the US are suing Trump for blocking them on Twitter. The seven Twitter users involved claim their accounts were blocked by the president, or his aides, after they replied to his tweets […]

Mission accomplished everyone. Or is it? Don’t start celebrating just yet says a senior US commander in Iraq. Lt Gen Stephen Townsend has warned that the war against the Islamic State (IS) is not over, despite the “historic” victory in Mosul. While people celebrated Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi’s announcement, Townsend said the Iraqi government is […]

Free at last, free at last, they are free at last. The Islamic State has officially fallen in Mosul as Prime Minister Haider al-Aabdi arrived in the liberated city yesterday, and congratulated the Iraqi forces and people for achieving what his office described as the “great victory” over the group. Abadi toured districts in the […]


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