European Council summit takes place

 

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The next European Council summit is to take place in Brussels.

Heads of state or government from the 28 EU member states are to attend.

The summit had been earmarked as the deadline to announce any Brexit deal.

Midterm elections take place in US

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Mid-term elections are to take place in the United States. All 435 members of the House of Representatives will be elected, as well as one third of the Senate. Gubernatorial elections will take place in 37 states (excluding Delaware, Idaho, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, North Carolina, North Dakota, Virginia, Washington and West Virginia) and there will also be local council and municipal elections.

Iraq’s Kurdistan region to hold elections

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The semi-autonomous Kurdistan region of northern Iraq, which voted overwhelmingly in favor of independence last year in a referendum rejected by Baghdad, will hold an election on Sept. 30.

A Kurdistan Regional Government media official said KRG Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani had approved the date.

The vote should elect both a parliament and a president for Kurdish regions which have gained self-rule in 1991, when a U.S-led coalition forced Saddam Hussein’s Iraqi army to withdraw from them in the wake of his eight-month occupation of Kuwait.

UN General Assembly

 

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The general debate of the United Nations General Assembly is to begin in New York.

 It usually opens with an address by the secretary-general of the United Nations, António Guterres, and by the new president of the General Assembly.

European affairs Ministers Meeting

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A General Affairs Council of European affairs ministers from the 27 EU member states is to take place in Brussels.

They will discuss the state of play of the Brexit negotiations, with the chief negotiator, Michel Barnier, expected to give a briefing.

War planes hit Idlib, fears of battle mount

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Russian and Syrian regime fighter jets hits opposition held areas.

This may be the start of major offensive by mass troops of Syrian regime to recapture the area which houses 3 to 4 million people.

International community worries about the outcomes of civilian causalities and huge migration move through Turkey.

Mauritania legislative election

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Mauritania’s government has confirmed legislative elections will be held on September 1 amid a row over a newly-created electoral commission.

Mauritanians will choose members of parliament as well as regional and local councillors.

The country’s opposition said in April it would contest in the upcoming legislative and municipal elections after previously boycotting votes in the country.

The National Forum for Democracy and Unity (FNDU), seen as a radical opposition group, has declined to participate in a number of votes against President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz and his government, but said it would take part in the September elections.

EU leaders hold summit on illegal migration in Vienna

 

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EU leaders are to hold an informal summit on illegal migration and security in Vienna.

On 13 February, the Austrian chancellor, Sebastian Kurz, announced the date after meeting the president of the European Council, Donald Tusk. At that time, Austria will hold the six-month rotating presidency of the Council of the EU.

Iraq’s Kurdistan region to hold elections

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The semi-autonomous Kurdistan region of northern Iraq, which voted overwhelmingly in favor of independence last year in a referendum rejected by Baghdad, will hold an election on Sept. 30.

A Kurdistan Regional Government media official said KRG Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani had approved the date.

The vote should elect both a parliament and a president for Kurdish regions which have gained self-rule in 1991, when a U.S-led coalition forced Saddam Hussein’s Iraqi army to withdraw from them in the wake of his eight-month occupation of Kuwait.

Russia, Turkey and Iran agree Syrian peace talks

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A Syrian “Congress of National Dialogue” will be held in the Russian city of Sochi on January 30-31, Russia said alongside its allies Turkey and Iran, while the United Nations urged them to support the struggling Geneva peace process.

Moscow, Tehran and Ankara announced the date in a joint statement after talks in the Kazakh capital Astana that also involved representatives of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and some opposition groups.

The congress will see “the participation of all segments of Syrian society”, said the statement.