Ancient lost city of Mardaman slowly gives up its secrets

DUHOK, Kurdistan Region – Against the fine yellow dust coating the landscape, the brilliant white of a human skeleton juts conspicuously from the earth. Dropped into pits, apparently without ceremony more than 2,000 years ago, the bodies uncovered by archaeologists near the town of Bassetki, Duhok province, are just one of the mysteries slowly emerging […]

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Sweden has ‘immense people-to-people contact’ with Kurds: ambassador to Iraq

Iraqi Kurds make up one of the biggest minority communities in Sweden, fostering a special cross-cultural relationship between the two nations. Through its military commitment to the international coalition to defeat ISIS and its support for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Stockholm has a strong interest in Iraq the Region’s stabilization and future prosperity. Pontus […]

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Neanderthal skull, two complete skeletons found in Shanidar Cave

SHANIDAR, Kurdistan Region – British and Kurdish archaeologists have uncovered the fossilised remains of two Neanderthals in Shanidar Cave, northern Kurdistan Region, including a complete skull. Neanderthals, a species of humanoid thought to have gone extinct 40,000 years ago, were first discovered in the cave by American anthropologist Ralph Solecki in the 1950s. He found […]

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Francis Fukuyama: Trump’s America is in a ‘democratic recession’

Political scientist and author Professor Francis Fukuyama, best known for his controversial 1989 essay “The End of History”, warns that America is stuck in a “democratic recession”. Far from basking in the victory of liberal democracy as the natural conclusion of mankind’s political evolution, Fukuyama says the United States is suffering a crisis of national […]

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Yezidi women must not face rape stigma: Congolese doctor Mukwege

Photo: Panzi Foundation     ERBIL, Kurdistan Region — World renowned gynecologist and women’s rights campaigner Dr Denis Mukwege visited Duhok and Lalish in late June to meet Yezidi women recovering from the ordeal of sexual slavery at the hands of ISIS. Mukwege, 63, who is widely celebrated for his work treating victims of rape […]

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Youth unemployment a major challenge for Iraq’s next government

ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – Iraq’s next government has a problem. Almost half the population is under the age of 19 and unemployment among 15-24 year olds already stands at 18 percent. Unless opportunities are created for them, their disillusionment will only grow. According to the latest figures from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the […]

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