Ali Mohammadian noticed his pupil was being bullied, and shaved his head to show his support
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.
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
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.
World View: Its three main communities – Shia, Sunni and Kurd – cannot seem to run the country together, and yet none can run it alone
Maliki's demands for handover of rival heighten fears of sectarian strife
Composer Akyol's family hails from Dersim, where Turks murdered Kurds in 1934.
One person has been killed and 47 others injured during overnight protests in the northern Iraqi city of Sulaimaniyah, police and hospital officials said.
Kurdish rebels will end their military ceasefire at the end of the month if Turkey hounds its supporters and prepares for an attempt to rout the group after 26 years of conflict, their leader told The Independent from his mountain hideout in northern Iraq.
Two Iraqi refugees facing deportation to Baghdad made a dramatic escape from an asylum detention centre but were recaptured by police using dogs and a helicopter.
When Jake Hess began investigating human rights abuses, he didn't expect to be locked up and interrogated himself
Since 2003, persecuted reporters facing new threats to freedom of expression
Ali Hassan al-Majid was one of the great monsters of the 20th century and carried out one of its vilest crimes. It was he who gave the orders for hundreds of thousands of Kurds to be gassed and the survivors massacred in 1987 and 1988. "The armed forces must kill any human being or animal present," he decreed.
The only thing keeping Arabs and Kurds from fighting is the glue of US occupation
Calls for end to monopoly control of power generate strong results for Goran party
As the Iraqi region goes to the polls, many are blaming the growth in inequality on an entrenched political establishment. Patrick Cockburn reports