Lawmakers in the Canadian Parliament say they are optimistic about Canada improving its ongoing relationship and partnership with the Kurdistan Region. Two Members of the Canadian Parliament, Tom Kmiec and Ziad Aboultaif, both of the Conservative Party of Canada, expressed their support for Kurdish people all across the world. Kmiec revealed that the group now has a mini office in the region’s capital, Erbil, connected directly to the Canadian embassy, along with dedicated staff.

San Francisco has become the first US city to ban e-cigarette sales. Officials on Tuesday voted to ban stores selling the vaporisers and made it illegal for online retailers to deliver to addresses in the city. The California city is home to Juul Labs, the most popular e-cigarette producer in the States. Juul said the move would drive smokers back to cigarettes and “create a thriving black market”.

Italy head coach Milena Bertolini said her players are on a “mission” to help the country “discover and appreciate the women’s game” after they beat China to reach the Women’s World Cup quarter-finals. The Netherlands hit Japan with a 90th-punch as Lieke Martens’ penalty sent them through to the last eight of the championship.