Turkish transport minister announced lifting a 16-month-old ban on flights in and out of the Kurdish Regional Government-held Sulaymaniyah in northern Iraq, a ban imposed following their non-binding independence referendum.
Kirkuk Governor Saeed al Jabouri is calling for calm after Iraqi security forces dispersed a rally on Tuesday by supporters of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) after the latter began waving KRG flags.
Kurdish security officials launched manhunt operations after the break-out late on Wednesday and 15 of the 21 escaped prisoners were recaptured, two security officials said. The whereabouts of the other six remains unknown.
KDP, the most powerful party of the KRG, slightly increased its seats in the Iraqi parliament despite the diplomatic and military failure after leading a non-binding independence referendum last year in September.
Every Friday is race day at the Erbil International Equestrian Club, and interest is growing as the sport gains popularity in areas controlled by the Kurdish Regional Government in northern Iraq.
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al Abadi orders a 24-hour suspension to military operations against Kurdish forces in northern Iraq.
Simultaneous legislative and presidential elections in northern Iraq had been due to take place on November 1 but were delayed amid tensions over disputed territory with the central government in Baghdad.
Meanwhile, Iraq's Supreme Justice Council has ordered the arrest of KRG's Vice President Kosrat Rasul for allegedly saying Iraqi troops were "occupying forces" in Kirkuk.
Turkey has not yet moved to take control of Iraq's borders under the control of the KRG. But a senior diplomat warns that it could still be possible.
Campaigning for the two elections will start on October 15, and the elections will be held on November 1.
Russian President Vladimir Putin meets Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Ankara to discuss Syria, Iraq and to boost bilateral relations.
At the conclusion of the G20 Summit, President Erdogan spoke to the media and addressed key issues such as the Syrian refugee crises, fight against terror and relations between Turkey and Germany.
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