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Kurdistan Region-Iraq News in brief  30.4.2012   





April 30, 2012 -  Sulaimaniyah, Erbil-Hewler, Duhok, Kirkuk, Kurdistan Region 'Iraq'

Kurdistan President Barzani leaves for UAE Annual Investment Meeting

Erbil: President of the Kurdistan Region Massoud Barzani will travel to UAE on MOnday with a Kurdish delegation to attend the country's Annual Investment Meeting (AIM). Spokesperson for the Kurdistan Region Presidency Umed Sabah confirmed Barzani's participation in AIM, which will be held from May 1-3. The delegation includes head of the Department of Foreign Relations Falah Mustafa, Minister of Trade and Industry Sinan Çelebi along with dozen of Kurdish investors. AIM will include a conference, site visits, country presentations, a networking roundtable, workshops and an exhibition. aknews.com

Turkish shelling resumes on Kurdish border areas

Erbil: Turkish troops last night bombed areas close to Hmazinan town in the Kurdish-majority Hakkari province, southeast of the country, said the Kurdish People's Defense Force. The force is the armed wing of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK). A news agency close to the PKK released a statement saying that Turkish forces yesterday evening used mortar and artillery to shell Siro Hill that borders the Kurdistan Region. The PKK said that it has called for a ceasefire to show good intentions eight times since the Justice and Development Party took power in 2002, adding that all calls were ignored. aknews.com

Disease fears halt import of US cows to Kurdistan

Erbil: The Ministry of Agriculture and Water Resources in the Kurdistan Region has decided to stop importing US cows due to the spread of prion diseases in the states. The ministry's director of animal resources Ramazan Mohammed said: "After spreading prion diseases in the US, the ministry decided to ban importing US cows to Kurdistan. "There's no indication to confirm the existence of the diseases in the Kurdistan Region," added the official. The Ministry of Agriculture in the US previously announced the spread of the diseases among cattle in the country. Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathies (TSEs), also known as prion diseases, are a group of progressive conditions that affect the brain and nervous system of many animals, including humans. aknews.com

Sulaimaniyah court frees activist, gives life sentence to another

Sulaimaniyah: The Sulaimaniyah court decided on Thursday to free an activist, while gave a life sentence to another one, a source from the court said. "The court released Ibrahim Kaka Aha, who has been detained four months ago, for being accused of encouraging local residents to open fire on policemen during protests in the city in March 2011," the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency. "The court found the detainee not guilty and freed him," the source added. "It gave another activist (B.N) 20 years behind bars after blaming him for shooting policemen during the protest," he added. Several demonstrations were staged in Sulaimaniyah in February and March 2011 calling for political and social reforms, which witnessed acts of violence, during which scores were killed or wounded. Human Rights Watch had said five days ago that Kurdistan authorities should end their widening crackdown on peaceful protests in northern Iraq. The authorities should hold accountable those responsible for attacking protesters and journalists in Erbil and Sulaimaniyah since April 17, 2011, including opening fire on demonstrators and beating them severely, it added. aswataliraq.info

Baghdad to celebrate Kurdish culture week

Baghdad: The Baghdad Capital of Arab Culture 2013 initiative will include a week to celebrate the Kurdish culture, undersecretary of Iraqi culture ministry said on Wednesday. Fawzy al-Atroushi's statements came during a special festivity on the occasion of the 114th anniversary of the establishment of Kurdish press. "A week will be allocated among the 22-week initiative for the Kurdistan region, in addition the project of the establishment of a cultural center of Faili Kurds in Baghdad after the rule made by the Federal Court in Baghdad to consider their suffer during the former regime as genocide," he added. aswataliraq.info

VP, chief of al-Taghier bloc review relations between Baghdad, Erbil

Sulaimaniyah: Iraq's Vice President Adel Abdulmahdi discussed on Thursday with Head of al-Taghier bloc Nawshirwan Mustapha the latest developments in Iraq and relations between Baghdad and Erbil. "The vice president, who is a leading figure of the Supreme Iraqi Islamic Council, visited Nawshirwan Mustapha in Sulaimaniyah, and discussed with him the latest political developments in the country and the recent escalation between Kurdistan and the federal government," a media source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency. President Jalal Talabani had met with President of Iraq’s Kurdistan region, Massoud Barzani, on Wednesday to discuss the latest developments in Iraq and the ways to solve them.
Iraq is passing through a continued political crisis since last December when Hashimi was charged with terrorism and the attempt to demote deputy premier Saleh al-Mutlaq, both leading member in Iraqiya bloc, headed by Iyad Allawi. Maliki was charged by Iraqiya and the Kurdish Alliance of unilaterally control the government and discarding other partners. Moves in the parliament are underway to have a move to limit the duration of the premiership in two rounds to prevent Maliki win a third round in government....aswataliraq.info

Animal rights seminar for Duhok students

Duhok: The Kurdistan Organization of Animal Rights Protection (KOARP) last week presented a seminar for students of junior Bezarah in Duhok province. The event, led by chairman of the organization Dr. Sulaiman Saeed, focused on animal rights and welfare in the Kurdistan Region and how to apply such rights. Saeed also discussed the problems and challenges faced by animals in both Iraq and the region. He touched on the role KOARP plays in the protection of breeding and educating people on the principles of animal rights. At the end of the seminar and after seeing pictures of animal abuse and neglect, students promised to protect animals in the future. aknews.com

  

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