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After retaking Kirkuk's lucrative oil fields from Kurdish forces, Iraq's government is looking to BP to develop them.

Turkey's National Security Council is meeting on Wednesday to recommend prolonging the state of emergency by a further three months.

What does 2018 hold for Libya?

Guma El-Gamaty

What does 2018 hold for Libya?

Comment: Increased oil production and the prospect of elections mean many are hoping 2018 will be the year conflict finally comes to an end in Libya, writes Guma El-Gamaty.

Turkey to reopen iconic 'Iron Church' after revamp

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Turkey to reopen iconic 'Iron Church' after revamp

After seven years of restoration and in a gesture of harmony between Turkey and Bulgaria, leaders of of the two nations will reopen the ...

Germany and Turkey take small steps toward improving relations

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Germany and Turkey take small steps toward improving relations

The German and Turkish foreign ministers took small and cautious steps on Saturday toward restoring friendlier ties after relations soured for ...

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Macron: Stringing Turkey along is hypocritical

French president Macron suggested that the EU should stop stringing Turkey along after counterpart Erdogan said he was "tired" of waiting.

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Syrian groups urge UN to shun Russia peace talks

The UN's attendance at Russia-led Syria talks in Sochi would add credibility to a process that could entrench President Bashar al-Assad in ...

Pieter-Jan Dockx

Why France's Macron is wrong on Iraq

Comment: Macron's policy objectives in Iraq are not grounded in reality, writes Pieter-Jan Dockx.

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Iran reopens two crossings with Iraq's Kurdish region

Tehran's border restrictions on Iraqi-Kurdistan following Erbil's vote for independence have been lifted, with Iran reopening all its crossings.

Turkey's Erdogan seeks to fix strained ties with Europe

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Turkey's Erdogan seeks to fix strained ties with Europe

Erdogan described the leaders of Germany, the Netherlands and Belgium as 'old friends,' and called recent contacts with them 'quite good.'

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Baghdad extends Kurdistan flight ban until February 2018

A ban imposed in September on all flights from and to Iraq’s Kurdistan Region has been extended by Baghdad for another few months, the Erbil ...

The Iraq Report: Kurdistan in turmoil

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The Iraq Report: Kurdistan in turmoil

This week in Iraq: Kurdish politicians are being blamed for an ongoing and deep economic crisis, leading to deadly protests and the resignations ...

Hundreds detained in Iraqi Kurdistan amid corruption protests

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Hundreds detained in Iraqi Kurdistan amid corruption protests

More than 600 people have been detained in Iraqi Kurdistan since protests began last week over corruption and the fallout from a failed bid for ...

Putin's Israel outreach could signal big policy changes ahead

Ruth Riegler

Putin's Israel outreach could signal big policy changes ahead

Putin's push to end Syria's war could see Russia pursue a more pragmatic approach to regional issues, which will likely see Iran dumped in ...

Iraqi Kurdish ministers resign amid deadly anti-corruption protests

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Iraqi Kurdish ministers resign amid deadly anti-corruption protests

Five Iraqi Kurdish ministers from two parties have resigned amid violent street protests in Sulaimaniyah over delayed salaries, poor services ...

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Iraqis 'forcibly disappeared' by Kurdish forces, says HRW

Kurdish police and soldiers have been accused by Human Rights Watch of the enforced disappearance of at least 350 Iraqis, suspected of being linked to the Islamic State group.

Tanya Goudsouzian

Long-held grievances fuel protest in Iraqi Kurdistan

Comment: As many young Kurds mourn the loss of the independence dream, the economic situation continues to worsen, fuelling political ...

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Troops lock down Iraqi Kurdistan's second city after riots

Army troops and anti-riot police close off Sulaimaniyah city on Wednesday, after five people were killed and dozens more were wounded following ...

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Germany aid to Iraq 'relies on resolving Kurdish conflict'

The German government said its continued support for Iraq relies on Baghdad resolving its dispute with the Kurdish region, which voted to split ...

Violent protests rock Iraqi Kurdistan over failed independence <em>referendum</em>

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Violent protests rock Iraqi Kurdistan over failed independence referendum

Protests in Iraqi Kurdistan saw at least three people killed and over 80 injured on Tuesday, as anger raged for a second day at the disastrous ...

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Mass Iraqi-Kurdish protests as party offices are torched

Protesters in the Iraqi-Kurdish city of Sulaymaniyah have set fire to the local KRG offices and demanded the ruling party step down from power.

Iran reopens all border crossings with Iraq's Kurdish region

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Iran reopens all border crossings with Iraq's Kurdish region

Tehran's border restrictions on Iraqi-Kurdistan following Erbil's vote for independence have been lifted, with Iran reopening all its crossings.

Iraq's penchant for the 'military option' with Kurdistan

Paul Iddon

Iraq's penchant for the 'military option' with Kurdistan

Comment: The Iraqi army's operation in Kirkuk concluded almost a decade of efforts on Baghdad's part to force the hand of the Kurds, writes Paul ...

UN probes 'Iraq army abuses' during battles with Kurds

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UN probes 'Iraq army abuses' during battles with Kurds

The UN mission to Iraq says it is investigating allegations of human rights abuses following clashes between the Iraqi army and Kurdish fighters ...

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