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KRG Council of Ministers approves project to restructure Peshmerga forces

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The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Council of Ministers has approved a project to restructure the Peshmerga forces. The Council of Ministers held talks  to discuss the project of restructuring Peshmerga forces in the Kurdistan Region. KRG Council of Ministers Secretary Amanj Raheem issued a statement posted to his Facebook page saying the council has adopted the project, which was structured in consultation with military advisors from the U.S, the U.K. and Germany. “The Ministry of Peshmerga will become a modern and trusted ministry [which will be apart] from politics”, Raheem added. The head of the Peshmerga Ministry’s Culture and Media Office, Halgurd Hikmat, said on Saturday  that a new body was suggested for the Peshmerga Ministry by the Coalition forces and the joint Peshmerga committee. Hikmat noted the new body suggested for the Peshmerga forces is a standard body like the Coalition forces. The new body will begin with the Peshmerga Ministry, then it will be decentralized to the Peshmerga forces, he added.


Iranians can vote in 11 polling stations in UK: Envoy

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Iranians can cast their votes in 11 polling stations across Britain and all preparations have been done for holding successful elections, Iranian Ambassador to London Hamid Baeedinejad. He made the remarks in a message released on his page in telegram. “We will do our best to use the electoral competitions as an opportunity to show unity and consolidation among all Iranians”.The envoy added that his embassy is working with all Iranian cultural centers in the UK, including the Islamic and education centers as well as the students unions, for holding the election. ‘About 120 educated people and students would help the Iranian embassy for holding the election”, he noted. Baeedinejad said that 11 polling stations with 12 ballot boxes have been considered for Iranian to cast their votes. Six ballot boxes have been designated to five polling stations in the capital, London, and there will be also ballot boxes in Manchester, Birmingham, Newcastle, Glasgow, Leeds and Cardiff cities, he added. The ambassador said that all Iranian nationals can register for voting if they present credible passport or identity card. Ebrahim Raeisi, custodian of Imam Reza (AS) holy shrine, Vice-President Eshaq Jahangiri, Tehran Mayor Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf, former minister of culture and Islamic guidance Mostafa Mirsalim and former minister of physical education Mostafa Hashemi Taba, as well as President Hassan Rouhani are the six candidates to run for presidency in the forthcoming presidential elections. After the 1979 Islamic Revolution which led to the fall of the Pahlavi regime, Iran has held one election each year on average, all of which have witnessed large turnout of the people.

Gorran’s Nawshirwan returns to Iraqi Kurdistan after months abroad

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Leader of the Change (Gorran) Movement, Nawshirwan Mustafa, returned back to Iraq’s Kurdistan Region on Saturday from a medical trip in London. Mustafa arrived early this morning into Sulaimani International Airport. His office had not previously provided a definitive time frame for Mustafa’s return to the Kurdistan Region, however the possibility of a May 9 return had been circulated according to a member of the Kurdistan Parliament from Gorran, Munira Othman, NRT reported. Mustafa went to Germany for medical treatment in September 2015. After his stay in Germany, he went to the U.K. for a “medical follow-up”. He returned to Kurdistan for a short time in April 2016. Shorsh Haji, spokesperson of Gorran told Rudaw that he was unaware of what prompted Mustafa’s return. Since then the Gorran head has been largely absent amid a political crisis that has threatened at times to destabilize the region. Gorran has 24 seats in now-closed Iraqi Kurdistan Parliament, the second most after the ruling Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP).

Migrant detention centres get human rights training from IOM.

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IOM (International Organisation for Migration) more involved in migrants life condition in Libya, after allegations of violences and bad living standards in migration detention centres. For the first time in three years, IOM has held training sessions inside some of Libya’s migrant detention centres on the of migrants’ human rights. In its initial pilot project, funded by the UK, the IOM has focussed on five places: three in Tripoli (Abu Sleem, Triq Al-Sikka and Airport Road), and at Khoms and Gharyan. Typical issues faced were language barriers, difficulties in dealing with health cases and helping those with mental health issues. Topics also discussed in the training sessions included disease prevention, identifying vulnerable cases and freedom of religion.With this kind of program, IOM, try to improve migrants global living conditions.

Saudi Court gives death sentence to Shiite activist.

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Saudi Arabia handed down death sentence to a Shiite activist on alleged charges of participating in activities against the Riyadh regime.The unnamed man was found guilty and sentenced to death by the Specialized Criminal Court in Riyadh on Sunday for his anti-regime activities, among other offenses, Arabic-language Saudi Arabian daily newspaper Okaz reported. The activist was reportedly accused of carrying out an armed attack on police and its checkpoints in Qatif’s village of al-Awamiyah in Saudi Arabia’s Eastern Province. His charges also included possession of white arms, spreading hatred against the ruling regime, and provoking people to carry out attacks against Saudi security forces. The monarchy is consistently singled out and criticized for its widespread violation of human rights. US-based Human Rights Watch and UK-based Amnesty International have both condemned Saudi Arabia for cracking down on activists and political dissidents. Back in March 2016, the Amnesty released a statement, saying the kingdom had enforced an “abusive” anti-terror law, which associates peaceful protests with terrorism and allows it to hand down lengthy jail terms to peaceful critics and human rights activists after holding “deeply unfair” trials for them.

The UK prime minister Theresa May has announced the name of the aggressor.

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Kinvestigated by the Secret Service for violent extremism. The man has invested some pedestrian on Westminster Bridge in London on March 22, killing two people and injuring forty. The terrorist was also directed against the parliament, stabbing to death a policeman, before being killed by other agents. Isis claimed the responsibility for the attack through the syndication Amaq.

Western countries urge Libyan factions to end strife at oil terminals

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The conflict in the oil croissant continue. Since last week, a series of attacks had been executed on the Oil ports of Esramri e Ras-Lanuf. The fights are opposing LNA (Liberation National Army) and BDB (Benghazi Defence Brigade). The envoys from US, UK and France, which had expressed their voluntees to stop the conflict soon few days ago, have precised their wishes. They want the reconognization of the authority of the Libyan National Oil Corporation, and revenues must be channelled to the UN-backed Government of National Accord. But this seems difficult in the political context. Since Tuesday the oil terminals was handed  over to the president of National Council in Tripoli from BDB.


U.K. representatives started talks with U.S. counterparts about what will be the relations between the two countries

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The British Secretary for Foreign Affairs, Boris Johnson, is in the U.S., as reported from British television BBC. He has already had meetings with some important members of the President-elect Trump staff, the chief strategist Steve Bannon and son in law Jared Kushner on Sunday in New York before departing for Washington where he will meet the Speaker of the the House of Representatives Paul Ryan, Sen. Bob Corker and the Majority Whip Mitch McConnell. Johnson’s trip to the U.S. serves not only in order to prepare that of the Prime Minister Theresa May in March but also to begin to talk about what will be the relations between the United States and the United Kingdom after the latter has left the EU. Although neither Theresa May neither Boris Johnson have had words of appreciation for Trump during the election campaign, the President-elect seems however well disposed towards the UK.

It’s important for U.K. and Turkey to reach a settlement on the divided island of Cyprus

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Turkey and the U.K. have agreed upon the importance of reaching a settlement on the divided island of Cyprus ahead of next week’s summit in the Swiss capital, Geneva, according to a Downing Street statement on Saturday. The Cyprus reunification talks will start on Jan. 9 in Geneva, but they resumed in May 2015, and both sides have repeatedly expressed optimism that a solution would be found by the end of last year. If a deal is reached on territorial changes, negotiators are expected to announce a date for a final summit between the Turkish and Greek Cypriot leaders and three other states involved in the process as guarantor countries: Turkey, Greece, and the U.K. Once a final agreement is reached, it would be put to both communities in a referendum.

Saudi Ambassador visits the UK to discuss relief work and humanitarian aid

At the British Ministry of International Development, Saudi Ambassador to Britain Prince Mohammed bin Nawaf and Abdullah Al-Rabeeah, KSRelief general supervisor, on Monday met with British government and nongovernment relief agencies to discuss about humanitarian activities in various countries. Al-Rabeeah said that the visit “comes as a confirmation of the pioneering role of Saudi Arabia in the area of relief and humanitarian aid under the leadership of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman”. He also emphasized the leading role being played by Saudi Arabia in relief work and humanitarian aid across the world, particularly in Yemen.

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