The Kurdistan Islamic Union bloc in the Kurdistan Parliament, Thursday, revealed the details of the general budget of the Kurdistan region for 2020.

Head of the Kurdistan Islamic Union bloc Sherko Jawdat in a statement to Speda Channel said "KIU bloc met today with the Minister of Finance and Economy of the Kurdistan Regional Government Awat Sheikh Janab," adding that "We discussed during the meeting the preparation of the regional budget for the year 2020."

Sources in the Ministry of Finance and Economy in the Kurdistan Regional Government, Thursday, confirmed that the federal government sent the amounts allocated for the salaries of employees.

The sources said, "The Federal Ministry of Finance today transferred the amount of 454 billion dinars, deposited in the accounts of the Central Bank of Iraq branch of Erbil."

The sources pointed out that "after the arrival of amount the KRG will resume distribution the salaries after it stopped for a number of ministries and institutions as a result of lack of funds, because of the delay in Baghdad ."

The Turkish government, on Thursday, revealed the killing of three Turkish soldiers in clashes with PKK elements in the southeast of the country.

Three Turkish soldiers were killed in a clash with the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) in the southeast of the country near the border with Syria and Iraq, the office of the governor of Shirnakh said.

The governor's office said in a written statement that three PKK militants were "killed" during the confrontation.

He added that the soldiers were overseeing the security of the Turkish state oil company (TPAO) near the town of Slopi in the province of Shirnakh when the clash took place on Wednesday.

Iran on Thursday unveiled a new indigenously built air defense missile system, Bavar-373.

The new long-range surface-to-air missile system was displayed in a ceremony held in country's capital Tehran with the presence of President Hassan Rouhani.

During his speech, Rouhani asserted that the Iranian air defense system is "stronger than Russia's S-300 and is more like Russia's S-400," according to Iranian News Agency (IRNA).

"Bavar-373, with a range of 200 kilometers [124 miles] and a height of 27 kilometers [17 miles], is known as Iranian S-300 of Russia," the news agency said.

The new system passed its tests successfully and joined Iran's air defense system on Thursday.

Six members of the ISIS were killed in an attack on the security forces in Diyala.

"Six terrorists were killed by the 3rd Battalion, 47th Brigade, 5th Division, where this terrorist group attempted to attack the above regiment, but our forces managed to besiege them and kill them all after engaging with them," the cell said in a statement received by Shafaq News.

The statement added that "it was found that they were four suicide bombers wearing explosive belts, including the so-called journalist of Diyala state, where his camera was found in Kara Tapa area in Diyala province."

The Ministry of Agriculture and Water Resources in Kurdistan Regional Government decided on Thursday to ban importing tomato crop to market the local production of peasants internally.

A source in the ministry told Shafaq News, that the decision to prevent importing tomato crop into the region will come into force on 1/9/2019 and to further notice.

The source added that the ministry is currently considering banning the import of other agricultural crops permanently.

Local farmers in Kurdistan region recently complained from "substantial" material losses because of the low prices of their agricultural products due to competition of imported crops, which arrive at very cheap prices compared to the local ones.

World Health Organization (WHO) on Thursday called for further research on the health impacts of microplastics following the release of latests findings on microplastics in drinking water.

"We urgently need to know more about the health impact of microplastics because they are everywhere - including in our drinking-water," Maria Neira, an expert from WHO said in a statement.

Based on the limited knowledge we currently have, microplastic pollution in drinking water does not currently pose a health risk, but more research and findings are required, the expert said.

People need to prevent rising plastic pollution around the world, she added.

"WHO recommends drinking-water suppliers and regulators prioritize removing microbial pathogens and chemicals that are known risks to human health, such as those causing deadly diarrhoeal diseases," said the statement.

"Microplastics larger than 150 micrometers are not likely to be absorbed in the human body and uptake of smaller particles is expected to be limited," according to the latest findings of the microplastics analysis, which sparked WHO's concern.

Another research finding on the danger of microplastics was discovered and published in the journal Science Advances by a team of researches who found 10,000 plastic particles per liter in Arctic which fall out with snow, reported the BBC last week.

NGOs and international organizations such as the UN consider plastic pollution one of the most pressing environmental problems on the rise.

To raise awareness, the UN designated "Beat Plastic Pollution" as last year's slogan for World Environmental Day.

A 10-centimeter nail was extracted from the lungs of an elderly person in a hospital in eastern Turkey’s Elazig province on Thursday.

The patient Keko Ates (91) had approached doctors complaining an acute breathing problem.

Murat Kilic, doctor in the Elazig State Hospital told Anadolu Agency that they found patient's breathing problem was due to a nail stuck in his lungs.

“We immediately operated the patient, and successfully removed the 10-centimeter [3.9 inches] nail,” Kilic said.

The nail had slipped into his lungs after the patient had used it to clean opening of the trachea in the neck. His larynx was removed 24 years ago, because of laryngeal cancer.

The doctor said that Ates was breathing through an opening created in the neck, connected to the trachea.

Kilic stressed though, such a situation was rare, but advised patients, not to use foreign bodies to itch or clean their throats.

Parliamentary sources, Wednesday, revealed the submission of the Iraqi Parliament Speaker Mohammed Halbousi, a proposal to form a parliamentary delegation to visit the presidency of the Kurdistan region in order to resolve the differences and outstanding problems between Baghdad and Erbil.

The sources said, "The Speaker of Parliament submitted a proposal to the heads of the blocs in order to form a parliamentary delegation to visit the region."

Added that "the visit aims to resolve the differences and outstanding problems between Baghdad and Erbil, specifically with regard to the application of Article 10 of the 2019 budget law, in addition to finding appropriate solutions to resolve the problem of Article 140 and disputed areas."

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