Kurdistan Region Prime Minister Masrour Barzani attended a ceremony on Tuesday to open the last phase of a strategic 120 meter highway in the capital city of Erbil. The circular highway enables passenger vehicles and trucks to travel around Erbil. It connects all major exists. PM thanked the executive company, emphasizing that the project was successfully implemented by a local company with a highly professional local engineering team.

Kurdistan Region President Nechirvan Barzani received on Tuesday the Italian Defense Minister Lorenzo Guerini at his office, During the meeting, the Kurdish president thanked Italy for its military and humanitarian assistance to the Kurdistan Region and Peshmerga fighters during the fight against the Islamic State (IS). The Italian minister, in return, expressed gratitude for the role of the Peshmerga forces in the war against terrorism, praising the Kurdish fighters’ efforts to defend all components in the Kurdistan Region.

A South Korean court has sentenced Samsung Electronics board chairman Lee Sang-hoon to 18 months in prison for sabotaging labour union activities. Lee and about 25 other defendants were convicted of violating labour union-related laws. Prosecutors said Samsung executives had used several tactics to target union activities, including closing sub-contracted firms with active unions. The case on Tuesday focused largely on efforts by officials to undermine union activities at the customer service unit when Lee was serving as chief financial officer.