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Ali Mohammadian noticed his pupil was being bullied, and shaved his head to show his support

These shepherds, with their 500-strong flock, were stuck for three days due to the heavy snowfall

Postcard from... Turkey

The coach journey from Diyarbakir to Erbil is an arduous one on the best of days. It takes around 12 hours to travel between the two Kurdish cities in Turkey and Iraq, with regular stops for tea and a lengthy wait on the border.

Market Report: Gulf Keystone puts on a victory spurt

Usually punters need news of fresh oil to get them excited, but yesterday it was a court case in London that sent Gulf Keystone Petroleum spurting up more than 16 per cent.

Market Report: Gulf Keystone cops it as boss sells down

Todd Kozel led by example yesterday. News that the boss of Gulf Keystone Petroleum had transferred the bulk of his shares in the oil explorer was swiftly followed by punters selling theirs.

Erdogan should pursue lasting truce with the PKK

The conflict between Turkey's government and its Kurdish population will only get worse if no agreement is reached. A ceasefire might last this time

Increased exports in the pipeline for Rothschild's Genel

Genel Energy, the Kurdistan-focused oil producer backed by the financier Nat Rothschild, has announced plans to step up exports next year.

Iraqi civilians and security forces inspect a crater caused by a car bomb attack in Kirkuk, north of Baghdad, Iraq today. A suicide car bomber joined by other suicide attackers on foot assaulted a provincial police headquarters

Suicide bombing attack that kills at least 16 show al-Qa’ida retains its influence in Iraq

Suicide bombers killed at least 16 people outside the police headquarters in the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk today in the third such attack in the region in recent weeks.

Thousands of Kurds carry the coffins of the three top Kurdish activists Sakine Cansiz, Fidan Dogan and Leyla Soylemez - shot dead in Paris - in Diyarbakir

Thousands turn out for funerals of Kurdish women shot dead in Paris

Tens of thousands of people took to the streets of the Turkish city of Diyarbakır today for the funerals of three female Kurdish activists shot dead in Paris last week.

Iraq to sue Genel Energy over exports

Baghdad is preparing to sue Genel Energy, the oil company run by the former BP chief executive Tony Hayward, for "illegally" exporting some of the oil it produced in the semi-autonomous region of Kurdistan.

Iraqi rescuers work at the site of a suicide bomb attack in Kirkuk city, northern Iraq

Suicide bomber kills 21 in al-Qa'ida attack on Kirkuk

Attack had the hallmarks of al-Qa'ida in Mesopotamia and is aimed at fuelling tensions

Former soldier versus oil baron in £1bn High Court fight

A £1bn High Court fight over an oil group focused on northern Iraq, which involves a former Green Beret and a tycoon who entertains contacts at strip clubs, starts on Wednesday.

Turkey bomb blast death toll rises to 9 as 12-year-old girl dies

A 12-year-old girl became the ninth victim today of a bomb blast in Turkey's southeast, which has highlighted fears that Kurdish rebels seeking self-rule are becoming emboldened by moves toward autonomy by the Kurdish minority in war-torn Syria.

Turkey: Kurdish rebels blamed for car bomb attack

At least seven people were killed and dozens wounded when a car bomb, believed to have been planted by Kurdish separatists, exploded in the south-eastern Turkish city of Gaziantep, near the Syrian border, yesterday.

5 killed in suicide bomb at norther Iraq Shi-ite mosque

A suicide bomber driving a truck attacked a Shi'ite mosque near the northern Iraqi city of Mosul as Friday prayers ended, killing at least five people and wounding 70, police and health officials said.

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad accused of arming Kurdish separatists for attacks against Turkish government

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has been accused of arming Kurdish separatists who have stepped up attacks against the Turkish government - meddling that has the potential to lead to a major inflammation of the conflict outside war-ravaged Syria. 

British tourist released by Kurdish rebels in Turkey

Kurdish rebels have released a British tourist unharmed a day after his abduction in Turkey's south east, officials said today.

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