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Iraqi Kurdistan’s parliament elects new prime minister

Iraqi Kurdistan’s parliament on Tuesday elected Masrour Barzani, to become the semi-autonomous region’s new prime minister.
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11 arrested over $400 million theft in Iran

Iran’s intelligence ministry said Monday it had arrested 11 “economic disruptors” who misappropriated some $400 million earmarked for essential goods and smuggled the money out of the country.

Muslims mark Eid el Maulud with sufi rituals and gifts

From sufis in Iraqi Kurdistan shaking their hair to rhythmic drumbeats, to Libyan children receiving toys and Egyptians swapping sweets — Muslims across the world celebrated Prophet Mohammed’s birthday on Tuesday.

NAPTIP lauds Ghana’s anti-trafficking law

Also speaking, the representative of the Head, Consular, David Ako Sowah, expressed that the Ghana High Commission’s appreciation for the level of cooperation and good working relationship between the agency and the commission.

Presidential election postponed in Iraq

The election has been postponed due to intense opposition and objection raised by the Kurdistan Democratic Party after the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan nominated Berhem Salih as the presidential candidate.

In Iraq, Angelina Jolie calls for focus on conlfict prevention

Hollywood star Angelina Jolie called Sunday for a larger focus on conflict prevention rather than responding to its repercussions, during a visit to Iraq with the UN refugee agency.

Iraq holds first nationwide election since IS defeat

Iraq headed to the polls Saturday for its first parliamentary election since declaring victory over the Islamic State group, with the country hoping to shore up a fragile peace and rebuild.

Hundreds arrested since Iraqi Kurd protests began – lawmakers

At least 600 people have been arrested since protests began last week against authorities in Iraqi Kurdistan over corruption and the fallout from a failed independence push, lawmakers said Tuesday.

Iraqi court annuls Kurdish independence referendum

The Iraqi federal court on Monday invalidated the independence referendum of the semi-autonomous region of Kurdistan and the disputed areas, the Iraqi official television reported.

Iran hunts for survivors as quake kills 300 near Iraq border

Iranian rescue workers dug through rubble in a hunt for survivors on Monday after a major earthquake struck the Iran-Iraq border, killing more than 300 and injuring thousands.

Massud Barzani to step down as Kurdish leader in Iraq

Massud Barzani, the president of the autonomous Kurdish region in Iraq, told a closed-door session of parliament Sunday he was stepping down amid the fallout from a controversial independence referendum.

Masoud Barzani should resign after Kurdish vote – Gorran

A Kurdish opposition group that opposed the recent referendum on secession from Iraq on account of poor timing, has called for the Kurdistan Regional Government leader to resign.

Independence dreams turn to despair for Iraq’s Kurds

Just over three weeks ago, Iraqi Kurds were dancing in the streets after an overwhelming vote for independence fuelled hope they might finally gain their own country.

Iraq’s military declares mission accomplished in Kirkuk

Iraq's military says it achieved its objectives in a lightning-quick operation that saw troops sweep through disputed Kurdish-held territory in a punishing riposte to an independence vote last month.

Iraqi troops arrival triggers exodus from Kurdish region

Thousands of Iraqis are fleeing the city of Kirkuk and heading toward the northern cities of Sulaimaniya and Erbil in Kurdistan, a source in the Kirkuk migration department tells dpa.

IPOB declares sit-at-home in Anambra ahead November 18 poll

The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), under the leadership Nnamdi Kanu, has declared a sit-at-home in Anambra State, on November 18, and a total boycott of the governorship election in the state.

We will announce a date for Biafra referendum in 2018 – IPOB

The Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, has insisted that it will mobilize its members for the boycott of the Anambra State governorship election scheduled for 18 November.

Boycotting Anambra election our last push to achieving Biafra referendum – IPOB

The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has said that boycotting the Anambra governorship election is the only card left for its members and Biafrans living in the state to demonstrate their resolve for a referendum.

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Ondo denies unconditional release of monarch from prison

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EFCC chief laments widening corrupt practices in Nigeria

The Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu, Tuesday lamented the widening scourge of corrupt practices pervading the country.
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Ekiti pensioners hail governor for improved welfare in one year

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Nigeria Police poorest paid in Africa – ex-PSC chief

Former Chairman of Police Service Commission, Chief Simon Okeke, has described the nation’s police officers as the poorest paid in Africa amidst risks taken in the line of duties.
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EFCC confirms arrest of Instagram celebrity

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