Locals flee amid growing fears for children trapped in ISIS prison in Syria

ERBIL, Kurdistan Region - Tens of thousands of people have been displaced due to the ongoing battle to retake control of a prison in Hasaka province in northeast Syria attacked by Islamic State (ISIS) four days ago, according to the United Nations (UN), as concerns mount for the hundreds of children housed within the detention facilities alongside thousands of suspected ISIS fighters; 300 of whom surrendered to Kurdish regional authorities on Monday as fighting rages and a week-long curfew in the area begins.

Threefold increase of migrant rescues in English Channel last year: French immigration office

ERBIL, Kurdistan Region - The number of migrants shipwrecked off the coast of Calais requiring rescue assistance from French authorities tripled in 2021 from the previous year’s figures, data shared by France’s immigration office on Monday showed, adding to UK Home Office figures released last week depicting a threefold increase from 2020 in the number of people reaching the English coast in small boats last year.

Iran 'misses' compensation deadline, countries threaten 'subsequent actions'

ERBIL, Kurdistan Region - Two years since an international flight was downed by Iranian forces, a joint statement issued on Thursday by an international group of countries representing the victims has criticised Iran for ignoring repeated requests for dialogue and failing to provide compensation to the families of those killed in the disaster, pledging to pursue alternative routes to achieve justice.

Questions for Assad regime's use of chemical weapons

ERBIL, Kurdistan Region - Western nations have accused Bashar al-Assad’s Syrian regime of refusing to answer questions posed by the Chemical Weapons Convention at a UN Security Council meeting in New York on Wednesday, as they continue to seek answers regarding the country’s research, production, and potential weaponisation of chemical attacks, which data estimates has killed almost 2,000 people in Syria since 2012.

Compensation deadline looms for Iran as Canada adds pressure to recompense families of those killed in downed airliner

ERBIL, Kurdistan Region - Wednesday marks the deadline of the ultimatum for Iran to provide compensation to the families of the 176 civilians killed when the plane they were travelling to Kiev in was shot down by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) in January 2020, presented to Tehran by Canada, Britain, Ukraine and Sweden last month, and approaching in the wake of a recent ruling in a Canadian court calling on Iran to provide further damages to the families of victims.

Turkey accused of interference as Kurdish film pulled from Sulaimani festival competition

ERBIL, Kurdistan Region - A film about Kurdish resistance in the city of Diyarbakir (Amed) in the Kurdish areas of Turkey was pulled out of Sulaimani International Film Festival’s (SIFF) feature film competition, causing the filmmakers to accuse Turkey of impacting the decision, although the organiser of the festival has denied to Rudaw that it was because of any external influence.
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