Author: Teyre Asos

Explanations beginning to emerge after worst terror attack in Israel’s history They might as well have been sitting ducks. They are the tatzpitaniyot, mostly female soldiers stationed on the IDF bases near the Gaza Strip, their eyes glued to security cameras and other feeds of the border. Last Saturday morning, the Hamas terrorists who entered some of those bases with hang gliders shot at cameras and jammed some communications systems. They shot at the combat soldiers who were stationed at those bases, as well as at the tatzpitaniyot. “Yes, they surprised us, and we weren’t ready for it,” said a female soldier…

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Punishing hot weather affects not only a person’s health or work productivity but also affects couples’ fertility and birth outcomes, a project by the National University of Singapore (NUS) found. Rising temperatures could further reduce Singapore’s resident total fertility rate, which dipped below 1 – a record low – in 2023. The rate refers to the average number of babies each woman would have during her reproductive years. Researchers from the NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine studied sperm samples from 818 men that were already stored at the National University Hospital’s (NUH) andrology section. The scientists then traced the men’s…

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Dubai (27/2) Tajikistan’s existential project to build the colossal 335-meter-high Roghun hydropower dam is proceeding apace, but costs are spiralling, and to a level that is making it hard to see where the government is going to find the funds needed to finish the work. To complicate matters for Dushanbe, this is happening against the backdrop of calls from environmental watchdogs for international development lenders to pause the allocation of any future funds to Tajikistan pending a fresh assessment of the project. The extent of the budget overshoot is striking In a press conference on February 16, Finance Minister Faiziddin…

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On the first anniversary of Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan’s deadliest border war, marked in September, irascible Kyrgyz national-security chief Kamchybek Tashiev aired his frustrations at the slow progress in talks aimed at demarcating the disputed frontier. Tajikistan, said Tashiev, was making “territorial claims” against Kyrgyzstan in the talks. “But our answer is that there should be no such claims,” Tashiev fumed, noting ominously that Kyrgyzstan had found “new documents” related to the border. “Based on those, we know that many parts of Kyrgyzstan had been given to Tajikistan,” he claimed. “If [Tajikistan] does not renounce its territorial claims against Kyrgyzstan then…

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A petroleum association on Tuesday said that the international oil companies (IOCs) in Kurdistan Region will not produce oil until it is clear how they are to be paid for their contractual entitlements of sold oil, saying members are owed nearly $1 billion in arrears.  On Monday, the Turkish Energy and Natural Resources Minister Alparslan Bayraktar said during an energy forum in Abu Dhabi that the Iraq-Turkey pipeline exporting Kurdish oil through Turkey’s Ceyhan port was ready for operation and expected to resume exports “this week”. The Association of the Petroleum Industry of Kurdistan (APIKUR) said in a statement that…

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Baghdad denounces the strikes as a breach of its ‘sovereignty’. The government in Baghdad has condemned the United States for a series of air raids which killed eight Iran-backed fighters, saying it violated Iraqi sovereignty. The US did not coordinate the attacks on militia positions south of Baghdad on Tuesday and early Wednesday morning with Iraq, government spokesman Bassem al-Awadi said. The strikes constitute an “unacceptable violation of Iraqi sovereignty”, he added. Pro-Iran militia Kataib Hezbollah, also known as Hezbollah Brigades, confirmed on Wednesday that eight of its fighters were killed in the US strikes. It warned in a statement that…

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More than half of the Kurdistan Region’s trees have died due to droughts caused by climate change, an advisor to the Region’s President Nechirvan Barzani revealed on Friday.  “Drought has left a negative impact on the Kurdistan Region. Despite having numerous forests, now more than half of the trees are gone. Therefore, new trees have to be planted and the agriculture sector must be developed,” Bahram Khidir told Rudaw’s Fuad Rahimi on Friday. Khidir is part of a Kurdistan Region delegation attending the United Nations’ COP28 climate change summit in Dubai. “Along with the surge in the population of the…

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Israel has recalled diplomats from Turkey after President Recep Tayyip Erdogan accused it of behaving like a “war criminal”. He made the comments while addressing thousands of demonstrators at a pro-Palestinian rally in Istanbul. The Israeli Foreign Minister Eli Cohen responded by ordering diplomats to return. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Israel has “the most moral army in the world”. Israel has expanded its strikes on the Gaza Strip, three weeks after Hamas launched its attack on southern Israel, killing more than 1,400 people and taking 229 people hostage. Since then, the Hamas-run health ministry in Gaza says more than…

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Four Sudanese workers who have been living at an unfinished project in Erbil for ten years and are unable to return to their country due to unpaid salaries, urge the KRG’s relevant authorities to resolve the issue. When in 2013 the massive Erbil residential project Dashty Bahasht was closed down, 39 of the 45 Sudanese workers employed on the premises returned to Sudan, with only six deciding to stay in Erbil in the hopes that the project would resume its construction works. The six workers who stayed were hired as guards on the project site, on the promise that once…

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The Sverdlovsk District Court of Belgorod arrested for two months, until November 19, 28-year-old Kaliningrad resident Ilya Chubukov in the case of arson of the Z-installation, Sota reports . Chubukov was charged with vandalism motivated by political hatred (Part 2 of Article 214 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation) and illegal possession of explosives (Article 222.1 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation). During the court hearing, the man, as reported by RusNews, said that the deputy head of the police department and other security officials tried to force him to sign a confession. He did not admit his guilt in the…

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