Saudi Arabia King Salman orders use of official terminology for persons with disabilities

Saudi Arabia King Salman orders use of official terminology for persons with disabilities

:: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman has urged all government agencies to adopt the term “persons with disabilities” in all official communications and media statements. The directive came after a recommendation by the More »

Lebanese PM: Our relations don’t change according to whims of political forces

Lebanese PM: Our relations don’t change according to whims of political forces

:: Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri said in a speech Tuesday that his country’s relations with other Arab nations do not change according to the “whims and positions” of some political forces, More »

Iran’s Zarif: We will face any economic, military war efforts strongly

Iran’s Zarif: We will face any economic, military war efforts strongly

:: Tehran will defend itself against any war efforts, be they economic or military, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif said, according to Iraqi TV during a visit to Baghdad on Sunday. More »

King Salman promotes, appoints 25 judges at various levels

King Salman promotes, appoints 25 judges at various levels

:: King Salman issued a royal decree on Monday promoting 25 judges at the Board of Grievances at various levels. The Kingdom is taking various measures to revolutionize its judicial system. Recently, More »

Saudi Arabia intercepts Houthi missiles heading toward Mecca, Jeddah

Saudi Arabia intercepts Houthi missiles heading toward Mecca, Jeddah

:: Saudi Arabia’s air forces on Monday intercepted two Houthi ballistic missiles over Taif, one heading for Mecca and the other for Jeddah, according to eyewitnesses. The Kingdom’s air defense forces were More »

 

Tag Archives: ERBIL

Iraq Kurds name president’s cousin as their new PM

:: Iraqi Kurdistan’s parliament named Masrour Barzani as the region’s new premier on Tuesday, a day after his cousin was sworn in as its president. Masrour Barzani, 50, is the son of longtime Iraqi Kurdish leader Masoud Barzani and had

‘New roadblocks’ emerge in Iraq after ISIS defeat

:: The war against ISIS in Iraq may soon be over but providing humanitarian aid to Iraqis is becoming more difficult as new political and cultural divides open up, the director of the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) said. Jan Egeland

Iraqi Kurds postpone polls in face of crisis

:: Iraq’s autonomous Kurdish region on Wednesday postponed presidential and legislative elections because of the current crisis with Baghdad, its electoral commission said. The region’s Independent High Electoral Commission said it had “decided to suspend temporarily preparations for the elections

Kurdish forces withdraw to June 2014 lines: Iraqi army commander

:: Kurdish Peshmerga forces have retreated to positions they held in northern Iraq in June 2014 in response to an Iraqi army advance into the region after a Kurdish independence referendum rejected by Baghdad, a senior Iraqi commander said on

New Kurdish flashpoint as Baghdad eyes Kirkuk’s oil

:: The flashpoint in the independence stand-off between the Kurdistan Region and the Iraqi government shifted to Kirkuk on Tuesday, as Baghdad moved to take control of the area’s lucrative oil wells. The Kurdistan Regional Government exports 550,000 barrels of

Iraqi military preparing to take control of Kurdish borders

:: Iraq’s military is preparing to take control of the international borders of the northern Kurdish region. The preparations are part of the central government’s stepped-up efforts to isolate the Kurds following their vote on independence earlier this week. They

Abadi calls travel ban constitutional, Kurdistan refuses to relinquish borders

:: As the Iraqi Prime Minister on Friday said the direct air travel ban is not “a punition against the citizens of the region” the Kurdistan Regional Government refused to relinquish control of its border crossings. Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi

All foreign flights to Iraq Kurd capital to end Friday

:: All foreign flights to and from the Iraqi Kurdish regional capital Erbil will be suspended from Friday evening on Baghdad’s orders, its airport director said, following a controversial independence referendum. “All international flights without exception to and from Erbil

Iraq’s Kurds vote ‘yes’ to independent state in referendum

:: Almost 93 percent of Iraq’s Kurds voted to create an independent state, the High Elections and Referendum Commission said on Wednesday, in a referendum that has angered the Baghdad government and regional powers Turkey and Iran. Voters were asked

Iraqi PM calls on Kurds to cancel independence referendum result

:: Iraq’s Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi demanded on Wednesday that Kurdish authorities “cancel” the outcome of the independence referendum in northern Iraq, as a condition for dialogue to resolve an escalating crisis. In a speech to parliament, Abadi renewed his

Iraqi Kurd leader Barzani: Majority of Kurdistan voted ‘yes’ for independence

:: Kurdish leader Masoud Barzani Tuesday urged Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi to begin talks on the issues dividing them a day after the Kurdish autonomous community held a referendum in which he said a majority voted in favor of

Three Kurdish fighters killed, five wounded in blast south of oil city Kirkuk

:: Three Kurdish Peshmerga fighters were killed and five wounded on Saturday when an explosive device blew up near their vehicle south of the Iraqi oil city of Kirkuk, security sources said. The explosion happened in Daquq, a region bordering

Iraqi Kurdish leader Barzani delays independence vote announcement

:: Iraqi Kurdish leader Massud Barzani on Saturday delayed a scheduled news conference on a controversial independence referendum he has called for next week as international pressure mounts for a postponement. There has been uncertainty about whether the vote will

Iraq launches offensive on Hawija, an ISIS-held region near Kirkuk

:: Iraq launched an offensive on Thursday to dislodge ISIS from Hawija, an area located west of the oil city of Kirkuk. The offensive, announced by Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, comes four days before a referendum on Kurdish independence due

Developing consensus to resolve the crisis in Iraq

Adnan Hussein

By : Adnan Hussein :: The worst expected scenario to resolve the current crisis between Erbil and Baghdad is for a solution to be imposed by foreign parties either directly or indirectly by exerting pressure. Foreign solutions often reflect the

Barzani demands alternative to referendum be presented within three days

:: Iraq’s Kurdish leader Masoud Barzani said on Tuesday that Erbil’s union with Baghdad has come to an end. The president called for Iraq and the Iraqi Kurdistan region to be kind neighbors instead. During a ceremony held in the

Iraqi Kurd parliament reconvenes to vote on independence referendum

:: The parliament of Iraq’s autonomous Kurdistan region convened for the first time in two years on Friday to vote on a plan to hold a referendum on independence on Sept. 25. The central government in Baghdad opposes the plan,

Turkey warns Iraqi Kurdish referendum will ‘have a cost’

:: Turkey on Thursday warned Iraqi Kurdish leaders that a planned independence referendum would “have a cost” as Ankara welcomed a vote by Iraq’s parliament against the poll. The non-binding referendum set for September 25 has faced strong opposition from

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