Nechirvan Barzani has been sworn in as president of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) in an inauguration ceremony that took place in the Kurdistan region’s capital, Erbil. Kurdish leaders said that the move would further cement the dominance of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP).
In Basra, south of Iraq, more than 14,000 cases recorded in the past two weeks related to the consumption of unclean water. As a result political and tribal leaders from the oil hub have threatened to obstruct crude exports if their demands are not met.
The United Nations has expressed its deep concern with the Syrian Government's offensive in Southern Syria. The Army's battle against Deraa rebels has displaced 270,000 people in Syria's south, with thousands stuck at Jordan border.