Head of the Kurdistan Regional Government’s Department of Foreign Relations Falah Mustafa has stepped down from his position, amid a broader government transition in the Region. He will be replaced by current Chief of Staff to the Prime Minister and KRG Spokesperson Safeen Dizayee. Mustafa tweeted on Sunday that “Serving the people of @Kurdistan  Region as Head of @KRG_DFR for the past 13 years has been the greatest honor of my life. I want to thank my family & colleagues @DFR_KRG for their tremendous support.” “I congratulate my successor & dear friend @SafeenDizayee & wish him all the best,” .Mustafa was first appointed as de-facto foreign minister of the KRG in September 2006 and has served continuously since then.

A man killed his own sister with a riffle, police confirmed.The victim was found dead in her family home in Khalifan district of Erbil province after gun fires were heard. A spokesperson for Soran Police said the victim was born in 2002, and she was killed with an AK-47 by her brother. The motivations behind the murder is not clear yet as investigations are ongoing. Police added, search operation has been launched while the perpetrator remains at large.

More than a thousand firefighters have been deployed to battle a wildfire sweeping across central Portugal. The mobilization on Sunday was one of the biggest seen in the heavily forested Castelo Branco region, 200km north of Portuguese city of  Lisbon, and included 1,100 firefighters and 340 vehicles. In a message, President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa expressed his “solidarity with the hundreds fighting the scourge of the fires”.