Iraq

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Three people died, and others were injured Monday as a result of a traffic accident on Koya road connecting the cities of Erbil and Kirkuk.  A truck hit a jeep around noon, killing three people and injuring three others. Traffic police officials have called on drivers to respect speed limits and to drive carefully, especially if […]

An Iraqi man who reportedly confessed to raping and killing a German teenage girl has been deported back to Germany. Ali Bashar, a failed asylum seeker aged 20, disappeared after Susanna Maria Feldman, 14, was found strangled near the city of Wiesbaden near Frankfurt last month. He was detained on Friday in Iraqi Kurdistan and […]

Sad news out of Iraq’s capital as an explosion in Baghdad’s al-Sadr district killed at least seven people. Initial reports indicated there were two explosions and a Shiite mosque was the target while security officials said there was an explosion at an arms depot near the mosque. The Iraqi Ministry of Interior, meanwhile, confirmed the explosions […]

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi on Tuesday announced that the Council of Ministers has decided for a manual recount of 5 percent of votes across all polling stations and for IDP and diaspora votes to be scrapped. Directions have been given to national security and intelligence apparatus to find those complicit of committing fraud. Abadi […]

Jordan’s Prime Minister Hani Mulki has resigned after days of protests against tax rises and austerity measures. The recent demonstrations in the country are the biggest in years. Protesters have chanted anti-government slogans and clashed with police, who have fired tear gas and blocked roads. The protests have continued for four consecutive nights, and police […]

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is reportedly planning on making a state visit to North Korea. It would be the first time North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has hosted a head of state since assuming power in 2011. He has undertaken a flurry of diplomatic activity recently, meeting China’s president in May, and is expected to […]

  Iraq and the Kurdistan Region face a serious water crisis as the governments of Turkey and Iran have been decreasing or cutting water supplies into the country’s rivers. The Iraqi Minister of Water Resources on Saturday said that the Turkish government had begun filling the newly-established Ileso Dam on the Tigris River. The move […]

Iraq’s electoral commission nullified results from over 1,000 polling stations after receiving hundreds of complaints. At the same time, parliament is discussing a bill that would require a manual recount of all votes. Acting on nearly 2,000 complaints of voting irregularities, the Commissioners Council of the electoral commission cancelled election results from 1,021 polling stations from […]

Members of the UN have expressed dismay over Syria becoming president of the Conference on Disarmament (CD) in Geneva. The move comes just weeks after the latest reported chemical weapons attack, in which the Syrian authorities are widely believed to have used chemical agents against civilians. Syria takes over from Switzerland simply because it follows […]

At least four Russian combatants have been killed by militants in the eastern Syrian province of Deir EzZor. Two military advisers died when the Syrian army battery they were directing was attacked. Five other Russians were injured and two died later of their wounds. Syria’s army took Deir EzZor city last November but Islamic State […]


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