France approves new anti-terror laws

The French parliament passed the anti-terrorism bill a few days after a knifeman killed two women in Marseille. The bill, which is being hailed by some as “highly controversial” was approved by 415 votes to 127.

Barzani to step down amid aftermath of Kurdish referendum

The effects of the Kurdish independence referendum are still resonating within Iraq and the Kurdish territories. Masoud Barzani announced Monday that he will be stepping down from his position as president of the KRG, a position which he has held since 2004. Last week, Iraqi forces took back Kirkuk from the Kurds after they had…