Kurdish premier Barzani describes the move as a "very important step"
The surprise announcement comes two days ahead of the second round of voting for president and follows a disappointing result for the government
Putin has remained defiant in the face of these setbacks, repeatedly defending Russia's annexation of Crimea from Ukraine
Ban Ki Moon orders Israel to pay $850 million to foot the bill for strike on fuel tank that caused fuel spill into the Mediterranean.
The call came in a letter by Putin, himself a former KGB agent, to veterans and current operatives of Russia's security services on the day Moscow traditionally honours them.
"Russia is ready for dialogue and cooperation, but only on the principles of equality and real respect for our interests," the ministry said.
Meeting on a day when Putin mounted a wordy defence of policies on Ukraine and the economy, the leaders of the 28 EU states conferred on how to handle their giant eastern neighbour longer term
Ukranian separatist leader says talks will not go ahead on Sunday and a date is yet to be set.
Carmakers have scaled back business as collapsing oil prices and sanctions over Ukraine push Russia into recession
Nuclear deal runs until June 30 after two extensions, and has been designed to buy time for talks on final settlement, with IAEA confirming Iran adhering to terms of accord.
Birmingham based ‘Islamic Help’ and the London based Muslim Charities Forum have lost their government grants but will consider decision to appeal DCLG decision.
Serbia's foreign minister expresses disappointment over the gas pipeline's cancellation.
Lukashenko and Poroshenko will meet on Sunday, in Kiev; Belarus's official news agency Belta reported
Sanctions not intended to weaken Russian economy 'but to effectuate a change in relations,' says German foreign ministry spokeswoman
At least 1,000 workers vent anger against EU for pursuing free trade pact with US that workers say could threaten public services.
Five Ukrainian soldiers had been killed and seven wounded in attacks by pro-Russian separatists in the past 24 hours
Palestinian scholar and activist says decision of more European countries to recognize Palestine is positive step.
45.3 percent saying they would vote "no" to an independent state of Catalonia, and 44.5 percent "yes"
MP says he was offered up to 3 mln euros to vote for president * Government spokeswoman dismisses "despicable" accusations
Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier has said Germany is ready to do its bit to provide humanitarian assistance for Syrian refugees
Women currently serve on the front line but do not allow them to join units whose main aim is to engage and kill the enemy.