On Monday, Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) and Japan signed an agreement for a massive project in Erbil. KRG’s Minister of Municipality, Erbil governor, Japan’s Consul General, and head of Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA) attended a ceremony during which an agreement was signed for the construction of Erbil Sewer. JICA will provide technical consultation support to the KRG in the major project which will be completed within 77 months.

The US embassy in Baghdad has issued a security alert for its citizens in the country as anti-government protests are reportedly expected to intensify in the capital city and other provinces. “According to reports, demonstrations are expected to increase in size starting on Tuesday, December 10, 2019. U.S. citizens may see a heavy security presence,” This security alert does not include areas in the Kurdistan Region.

New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern has said there were no signs of life on White Island following a volcanic eruption. Thirteen people are presumed to have died, five of those are confirmed dead and eight are still missing on the island. The volcano erupted on Monday as tourists were visiting the popular attraction. Thirty-four people survived, with 31 still receiving treatment in hospital as they suffer extensive body burns.