Erbil Kurdistan Region (dfr.gov.krd)- KRG’s Department of Foreign Relations organized a meeting between Senior Kurdistan Region officials and foreign diplomats based in Erbil to officially inform them that the KRG will hold a referendum on independence later this year. Source Kurdistan Regional Government
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Russia ordered the U.S. to slash hundreds of embassy and other personnel in the country in a dramatic and sweeping retaliation to the passage of a new sanctions bill in the U.S. Congress. Source: Bloomberg
Japan will impose additional sanctions on North Korea for its weapons programs, Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida said on Friday, just hours after the U.S. Senate also voted for new sanctions on the secretive state. Source: Yahoo!News
Shortly after wrapping up the initial stage of the first-ever joint Russia-China drills in European waters, Beijing has reportedly blocked out a swath of ocean off the country’s east coast for a fresh series of “large-scale” military drills. Source:RT