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Kurdish and Iraqi delegates have agreed for the Kurdistan Region airports to reopen under the Iraqi civil aviation authority, one of a list of recommendations to be presented to the Iraqi government for approval. A delegation from the oil ministry also met with Kurdish officials in Erbil set the ground for an oil-for-budget agreement. No […]

Two activists charged with taking part in Iran’s widespread protests have reportedly been tortured to death in prison. A 24-year-old Kurd died in Sanandaj prison in Iranian Kurdistan and while another 26-year-old died in Chalus prison in northern Iran. The reports also come as Iran lifted the ban on the Telegram messaging app Saturday night. Meanwhile, […]

In a complete reverse of his previous position, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has reached an agreement with Hashd al-Shaabi factions to allow them to run in the upcoming spring elections as a united coalition. The coalition, led by Abadi, is called Nasr al-Iraq and will allegedly work alongside the State of Law coalition, led […]

Thousands of Iranians who have been sentenced to death for drug crimes could be spared following a softening in the country’s law. Capital punishment has been abolished for some drug offences, and the head of the judiciary has said all cases on death row can be reviewed. The move is set to be applied retrospectively, […]

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has ordered the Iraqi military to resume security talks with their Kurdish counterparts and announced another delegation will discuss international borders with KRG authorities. The Iraqi PM also admitted that security forces were still hunting for Islamic State (IS) militants in remote desert areas of Iraq, vowing to eliminate them […]

The Iraqi Parliament on Monday voted to ban Kurdish engineering company Kar Group from operating oilfields in Kirkuk as a crackdown on the Kurdistan Region continues following the independence referendum held last September. The vote came after lawmakers in the Iraqi Parliament claimed the Kurdish firm “refused to cooperate” with Iraq’s state-run North Oil Company […]

At least 23 people are reportedly dead and many more injured after a large explosion in the rebel-held city of Idlib, in northwestern Syria. The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the blast struck the headquarters of a minor rebel faction. Seven of the dead are believed to be civilians. Meanwhile, two separate bomb […]

More drama in the kingdom as Saudi authorities have arrested 11 princes for holding a protest at a royal palace in the capital Riyadh. The group were angered by the government’s decision to stop paying the water and energy bills of royals. Those involved have not been named. Meanwhile, A 5.1-magnitude earthquake hit Iran’s western […]

The head of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards has declared the defeat of the “sedition” in the country, referring to a wave of anti-government protests. Maj Gen Mohammad Ali Jafari made the announcement as tens of thousands of people attended pro-government rallies called to counter the unrest. It began last Thursday in the city of Mashhad and […]

Iranian officials have threatened a stronger crackdown as protests have now raged for a week and pro-government organizers plan their own rally. Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei blamed Iran’s “enemies” for the cause of at least 22 deaths reported along with hundreds arrested in Tehran. Iran accused the US of being behind the wave of violent […]


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