Outrage over murder of Kurdish journalist in Kirkuk

first_img News IraqMiddle East – North Africa April 18, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Outrage over murder of Kurdish journalist in Kirkuk IraqMiddle East – North Africa Follow the news on Iraq Receive email alerts News RSF’s 2020 Round-up: 50 journalists killed, two-thirds in countries “at peace” Help by sharing this information Iraq : Wave of arrests of journalists covering protests in Iraqi Kurdistan to go further News Chamal Abdallah AssadReporters Without Borders today condemned the murder of Kurdish journalist Shamal Abdallah Assad on 15 April in Kirkuk, 250 km north of Baghdad. Assad worked for local Kurdish television station Kirkuk TV and satellite TV Kurdsat of President Jalal Talabani’s Patriotic Union of Kurdistan.”We are dismayed that gunmen can murder a journalist on the street in broad daylight,” the press freedom organization said. “In this climate of tension, we are worried that other Kurdish journalists could be the target of attacks and we reiterate our call for journalists to be seen as just observers and essential conveyers of news and information in wartime, and to be preserved from violence whatever their origin.” Fadel Hazem FadelKurdsat’s correspondent in Baghdad said Assad was driving down Kirkuk’s main street when gunmen aboard a Nissan Primera opened fire. They jumped out and pull Assad’s body from his car on to the street before departing. Ali Abrahim AissaHe was the third Kurdish journalist to be killed on two days. Two members of a crew with Al-Hurriya TV, a television station also run by the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan, were killed on 14 April while on their way to cover a car-bomb explosion in southern Baghdad. A second blast killed reporter Fadel Hazem Fadel, 35, and his cameraman, Ali Abrahim Aissa, 21, while Shaker Awad and driver Mohammed Abrahim were injured. Reporters Without Borders today condemned the murder of Kurdish journalist Shamal Abdallah Assad on 15 April in Kirkuk, 250 km north of Baghdad. Assad worked for local Kurdish television station Kirkuk TV and satellite TV Kurdsat of President Jalal Talabani’s Patriotic Union of Kurdistan. “We are dismayed that gunmen can murder a journalist on the street in broad daylight,” the press freedom organization said. News December 16, 2020 Find out more Organisation Three jailed reporters charged with “undermining national security” February 15, 2021 Find out more December 28, 2020 Find out more RSF_en last_img read more

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OCC Shines Light on Outstanding Mortgage Debt

first_imgSign up for DS News Daily Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Delinquency Foreclosure Interest Rate Loan Modifications loans mortgage OCC Performance Servicers Servicing 2019-03-25 Radhika Ojha Subscribe Tagged with: Delinquency Foreclosure Interest Rate Loan Modifications loans mortgage OCC Performance Servicers Servicing Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Share Save About Author: Radhika Ojha The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago OCC Shines Light on Outstanding Mortgage Debt Related Articles Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days agocenter_img Banks serviced approximately 16.9 million first-lien mortgages by the end of December 2018, according to the Q4 Mortgage Portfolio and Performance report published by the Office of the Comptroller of Currency (OCC).The $3.22 trillion in unpaid balances serviced by the banks during the last quarter, the OCC reported, made up 31 percent of all outstanding mortgage debt in the United States. The report indicated that the overall mortgage performance across the country improved on an annual basis, with the percentage of mortgages that were current and performing at the end of the fourth quarter of 2018 at 95.8 percent compared with 94.5 percent the previous year.While the fourth quarter saw an uptick in foreclosures, with servicers initiating 29,515 new foreclosures marking a 3.5 percent increase over the previous quarter. However, new foreclosures declined 14.5 percent from a year earlier. Home forfeiture actions during the quarter—completed foreclosure sales, short sales, and deed-in-lieu-of-foreclosure actions—also decreased 20.9 percent from a year earlier to 14,520.The report indicated a 21.2 percent decrease in loan modifications over the previous year with servicers completing 20,256 loan mods during the quarter. Of these, 17,487, or 86 percent, “were combination modifications—modifications that included multiple actions affecting affordability and sustainability of the loan, such as an interest rate reduction and a term extension. Of the remaining “2,636 loan modifications received a single action and 133 modifications were not assigned a modification type.Breaking down the combined modifications, the report indicated that 97.2 percent of these mods included capitalization of delinquent interest and fees, 38.3 percent included an interest rate reduction or freeze, 96.3 percent included a term extension, 1.2 percent included principal reduction, and 13.9 percent included principal deferral.The OCC said that the second quarter of 2018 is the first quarter for which all loans modified during that quarter could have aged at least six months by December 31, 2018. As a result, of the 32,655 modifications that were completed during the second quarter of 2018, “servicers reported that 4,169, or 12.76 percent, were 60 or more days past due or in the process of foreclosure at the end of the month that they became six months old.”Click here to read the full report. Previous: Industry Veteran to Assume General Counsel Role at Fannie Mae Next: The Inverted Yield Curve—A Recessionary Red Flag? Home / Daily Dose / OCC Shines Light on Outstanding Mortgage Debt Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Radhika Ojha is an independent writer and copy-editor, and a reporter for DS News. She is a graduate of the University of Pune, India, where she received her B.A. in Commerce with a concentration in Accounting and Marketing and an M.A. in Mass Communication. Upon completion of her masters degree, Ojha worked at a national English daily publication in India (The Indian Express) where she was a staff writer in the cultural and arts features section. Ojha, also worked as Principal Correspondent at HT Media Ltd and at Honeywell as an executive in corporate communications. She and her husband currently reside in Houston, Texas. The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Foreclosure, News Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago March 25, 2019 1,056 Views Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago  Print This Post Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days agolast_img read more

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