Japan’s trade minister on Wednesday dismissed concerns that boosting economic ties with Russia as part of a push for progress on a decades-old territorial row would mainly benefit Moscow, saying any business deals would be “win-win” for both. Source: Reuters
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Ambassador says Italian parliament’s investigations into NGOs is ‘a routine exercise carried by two parliamentary committees’ and that there’s no ‘hidden agenda’ Source Malta Today
A referendum through which the people of the Kurdistan Region to decide whether they want to stay with Iraq or separate and establish a state of their own will be held this year, says Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani. Source Rudaw
The US and Turkey continue to hold on to diametrically opposite opinions on the status of Kurdish military and political entities in Syria, threatening to drive a wedge between Ankara and its Western allies.Source Sputnik