Independence

Festivities gone wrong. One person has died after shots were fired during a pro-referendum event in Kirkuk on Monday evening. Shots were reportedly fired at people riding motorcycles and flying Kurdistan flags, raising security concerns. Despite that, the Kurdistan elections commission has announced Peshmerga fighters, security forces, and others will vote with the rest of the […]

Just a little longer. The opening session for the Kurdistan Region Parliament has been delayed until Friday. The political parties have agreed to hold the session tomorrow at 7 PM local time in accordance with Article 20 of the Parliament’s law which states lawmakers should be informed two days before holding a session of parliament. […]

Some good news out of Erbil last night as it seems Gorran has agreed in principle to reactivate the parliament after a historic trilateral meeting with the KDP and PUK on Tuesday. The three parties will have one more meeting this week to finalize a deal. On their end however, the Iraqi Parliament voted against […]

Parliament is back! The Kurdistan Region’s High Council for the Independence Referendum approved several decisions in a meeting on Sunday, including the reactivation of the Kurdistan Regional Government’s Parliament. The Parliament is set to resume on September 14 after a two-year stalemate between opposing parties. Gorran however was not in the meeting and the parties […]

Abadi over Kurdistan, it seems. Hoshyar Zebari, a member of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) and member of the Kurdistan Referendum High Council has said the United States has asked the Kurdistan Region to postpone the referendum on independence scheduled for Sep. 25 to help Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi to secure a second term […]

Yes he can! The centrist party of French President Emmanuel Macron looks on course to win a landslide victory following the first round of parliamentary elections. Projections show La Republique en Marche (Republic on the Move) and its MoDem ally are set to win up to 445 seats in the 577-seat National Assembly. The final outcome […]

Two men have been arrested on suspicion of planning an “imminent” attack in France, days before the first round of the French presidential election. Police said they found explosives and several guns at a flat linked to the suspects. The two Frenchmen, aged 23 and 29, were detained in Marseille on Tuesday. The two men […]


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