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Kurds: Iranian ethnic group
Kurds or Kurdish people are an Iranic ethnic group native to a mountainous region of Western Asia known as Kurdistan, which spans southeastern Turkey, northwestern Iran, northern Iraq, and northern Syria. There are exclaves of Kurds in Central Anatolia, Khorasan, and the Caucasus, as well as significant Kurdish diaspora communities in the cities of western Turkey and Western Europe. The Kurdish population is estimated to be between 30 and 45 million.

Bishop of Dover calls for migrants to be given safe passage [Video]

Bishop of Dover calls for migrants to be given safe passage

The Bishop of Dover has expressed her sadness over the loss of the Kurdish-Iranian family who died trying to cross the English Channel. Rose Hudson-Wilkin called for the UK and the rest of Europe to..

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Syria's Kurds to allow families of IS fighters to leave squalid camp [Video]

Syria's Kurds to allow families of IS fighters to leave squalid camp

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Aid agencies worried over sharp rise in Syria COVID-19 cases [Video]

Aid agencies worried over sharp rise in Syria COVID-19 cases

They are worried that a lack of infrastructure in opposition and Kurdish-held areas, means doctors will not be able to deal with a significant outbreak.

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Turkey orders arrests over 2014 Kurdish protests [Video]

Turkey orders arrests over 2014 Kurdish protests

Turkish authorities have ordered the arrest of 82 people including members of a pro-Kurdish opposition party. The warrants are in relation to violent protests from 2014 against the siege by Islamic..

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'How are they terrorists?': UK treatment of Kurdish YPG volunteers under fire after legal case dropped

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Turkey plans more military bases in north Iraq after offensive: official

Turkey plans to set up more temporary military bases in northern Iraq after stepping up its strikes against Kurdish militants there, a senior Turkish official told Reuters, saying the effort would..
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Turkey says it hits 500 Kurdish militant targets in northern Iraq

Turkish forces have hit more than 500 Kurdish militant targets in northern Iraq as part of an operation in the region against the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), the Defence Ministry said on Thursday.
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Kurdish militant attack kills four in southeast Turkey: governor's office

Four workers were killed when Kurdish militants detonated a roadside bomb that struck the labourers' pick-up truck as it passed by in southeast Turkey on Wednesday, the local governor's office said.
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Turkish warplanes strike Kurdish targets in northern Iraq

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Kurdish case becomes rallying cry for Japan protest against police

The case of a Kurdish man who says he was stopped and shoved to the ground by Tokyo police became a rallying cry for protesters marching in solidarity with Black Lives Matter on Saturday.
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Special Report: How Turkey’s courts turned on Erdogan's foes

It took 16 judges to convict Kurdish politicians Gultan Kisanak and Sebahat Tuncel of belonging to a terrorist organization last year.
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Syria war: Dozens killed in truck bomb attack at Afrin market

Turkey blames the attack in the opposition-controlled city of Afrin on a Kurdish militia group.
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Syria's Kurdish-led northeast confirms first case of coronavirus

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Islamic State prisoners escape from Syrian jail after militants riot

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U.S.-backed Kurdish-led group says militants riot in jail in northeast Syria

Islamic State prisoners on Sunday seized control of the ground floor of a major prison in northeastern Syria run by the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), with some of the militants managing..
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Turkey detains five Kurdish mayors as crackdown continues

Turkish authorities detained mayors of five municipalities in Kurdish-majority areas on Monday as part of a widening government crackdown against the pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP), the..
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Turkey sentences ousted pro-Kurdish mayor to jail

The ousted mayor of Turkey's mainly Kurdish Diyarbakir province was sentenced on Monday to more than nine years in prison for membership of a terrorist organization, a judicial source said.
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German Kurds 'shocked but not surprised' at attack

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Germany's minorities call for action after shisha bar shootings

German Kurds called on Thursday for stronger government action against far-right radicalism and racism as they mourned the victims of a gun attack on two shisha lounges.
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Some victims of German shooting have Kurdish roots: Bild

Some of the victims of a suspected far-right shooting rampage in the German town of Hanau were of Kurdish descent, Bild daily reported on Thursday, without citing its sources.
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Turkish court acquits novelist accused of Kurdish militant ties

An Istanbul court acquitted novelist Asli Erdogan on Friday of charges of terrorist group membership, in one of a series cases which have fueled concern among European Union states and rights groups..
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Christians in northeast Syria living in fear as Turkish forces, IS group active in region

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Syrian-Kurdish leader Hevrin Khalaf was executed by a Syrian army faction, BBC Arabic reports.
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Former British soldier charged with terror offences for 'trying to join Kurdish fighters in Syria'

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A senior Polish official said Monday there could be no backtracking from a NATO decision to pursue a defense plan for Poland and the Baltics after Ankara suggested it might still block it until allies..
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Macron says 'no consensus' with Turkey over definition of terrorism

French President Emmanuel Macron said Wednesday that no consensus could be reached with Turkey on defining terrorism, amid a row with Ankara over Kurdish militia groups.
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