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Iraqi Kurds rally against 'corruption' of ruling elite


Saturday, 22 February, 2020 , 17:25 AFP Thousands of Iraqi Kurds Saturday rallied against poor public services and "corruption" among the ruling elite in their autonomous region, an AFP correspondent said.

Nine dead in 'xenophobic' Germany bar shootings


Thursday, 20 February, 2020 , 11:32 AFP A shooter with suspected far-right beliefs killed nine people at a shisha bar and a cafe in the German city of Hanau, police said Thursday, before apparently killing himself and his mother.

More than football: Kurdish women win big with Syria title


Tuesday, 18 February, 2020 , 11:32 AFP Samar Sheikh's neighbours used to tell her football was not for girls but the criticism stopped when her team won the very first women's championship in Syria.

Irked US squeezes Iraq with cash delays, short waivers


Saturday, 15 February, 2020 , 12:02 AFP Irked by Iraq's close ties to neighbouring Iran, Washington has begun following through on threats to squeeze Baghdad's fragile economy with delays to crucial cash deliveries and shortened sanctions waivers.

Syria's Kurds hand over 35 IS-linked orphans to Russia


Thursday, 6 February, 2020 , 15:12 AFP Syria's Kurds Thursday handed over 35 Russian orphans linked to the Islamic State group to their home country in the latest such repatriation of parentless children, an AFP correspondent said.

Shooting, gas shortages in Kurdish Iraq over contract spat


Wednesday, 5 February, 2020 , 17:24 AFP A dispute between companies transporting liquefied petroleum gas across Iraq's northern Kurdish region has escalated into armed attacks and skyrocketing gas prices, government and industry sources said Wednesday.

Kurdish authorities move 21 orphans out of Syria camp


Saturday, 25 January, 2020 , 13:35 AFP Kurdish authorities said they transferred 21 orphans from a squalid displacement camp in northeast Syria on Saturday, including two French children who are set to be repatriated.

'Really tired': French IS women languish in Syria camp


Tuesday, 21 January, 2020 , 11:22 AFP In an overcrowded desert camp for families linked to the Islamic State group in northeastern Syria, a French woman begged for another chance so she and her children could go home.

Syria refugees bring new tastes and traditions to Kurdish Iraq


Sunday, 19 January, 2020 , 02:38 AFP At first, no one in the Iraqi Kurdish capital Arbil would drink the bitter coffee at Syrian refugee Abdussamad Abdulqadir's cafe. But now it's a hit, part of a growing cultural exchange.

More than 500 dead in Syria's Al-Hol camp in 2019: medics


Thursday, 16 January, 2020 , 13:21 AFP At least 517 people, mostly children, died in 2019 in an overstretched Syrian camp housing displaced people and relatives of Islamic State group fighters, the Kurdish Red Crescent told AFP Thursday.