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Iraqi Kurdistan referendum: High turnout in independence vote

Iraqi Kurdistan referendum: High turnout in independence vote

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Kurds danced on the streets of Kirkuk, a city also claimed by the central Iraqi government Large numbers of people have taken part in a landmark vote on independence for Iraq’s Kurdistan region, amid growing opposition both at home and abroad. Votes are still being counted, with a big “yes” […]

Iraqi Kurdistan votes in independence referendum

Iraqi Kurdistan votes in independence referendum

Media captionVoters get to say Yes or No to independence People have voted in a landmark referendum on independence for the Kurdistan Region of Iraq – a move which has been criticised by foreign powers. Polling took place in the three provinces that make up the region, as well as disputed areas claimed by the […]

Iraqi Kurdistan in historic independence vote

Iraqi Kurdistan in historic independence vote

Media captionKexit? Iraqi Kurdistan referendum explained – by the voters themselves Voters are heading to the polls in a controversial independence referendum in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. Iraq’s prime minister has warned he will take “necessary measures to preserve the unity of the country”. Western countries have expressed concern that the poll could provoke […]

Saudi textbook features image of Yoda with King Faisal

Saudi textbook features image of Yoda with King Faisal

Image copyright Shaweesh/Gharem Studio Image caption Shaweesh said he included Yoda because, like King Faisal, he was “wise, strong and calm” Saudi Arabia’s education minister has apologised for the production of a school textbook in which the Star Wars character Yoda is seen superimposed on a photograph of the late King Faisal. Ahmed al-Issa said […]

Iraqi Kurdish referendum: UN warns of ‘destabilising impact’

Iraqi Kurdish referendum: UN warns of ‘destabilising impact’

Media captionKexit? Iraqi Kurdistan referendum explained – by the voters themselves The UN Security Council has warned of the potentially destabilising impact of a planned referendum on independence for the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. The 15 member states said Monday’s non-binding vote could hinder efforts to counter so-called Islamic State (IS) and help displaced Iraqis […]

Syrian activist and daughter ‘murdered’ in Turkey

Syrian activist and daughter ‘murdered’ in Turkey

Image copyright Orouba Barakat Image caption Orouba Barakat and Halla Barakat’s family said they had been “assassinated” A prominent Syrian opposition activist and her journalist daughter have been found dead in Turkey, police say. The bodies of Orouba Barakat, 60, and her 22-year-old daughter Halla were discovered overnight in their apartment in Istanbul’s central Uskudar […]

Iran nuclear deal: US ‘sunset clause’ concern remains – Tillerson

Iran nuclear deal: US ‘sunset clause’ concern remains – Tillerson

Image copyright Reuters Image caption All seven countries which negotiated the nuclear deal were at the talks US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has said Washington continues to have “significant issues” with the Iran nuclear deal, after his first talks with his Iranian counterpart. But Mr Tillerson said the talks were “very matter of fact”, […]

Iran’s leader Hassan Rouhani slams Donald Trump in UN speech

Iran’s leader Hassan Rouhani slams Donald Trump in UN speech

Media captionIranian President Hassan Rouhani said his country would not be intimidated by threats President Hassan Rouhani of Iran has used a speech to the UN General Assembly to hit back at Donald Trump over the US president’s criticisms of his country and its 2015 nuclear deal. In his debut speech to the UN on […]

Rouhani condemns Trump at UN

Rouhani condemns Trump at UN

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has hit back at Donald Trump over comments the US president made regarding the nuclear deal with Iran. He told the UN General Assembly the new US administration “destroys its own credibility and undermines international confidence”. In his first speech at the UN on Tuesday, President Trump included Iran among “a […]

Syria war: Assault on IS-held Raqqa in ‘final stages’

Syria war: Assault on IS-held Raqqa in ‘final stages’

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Syrian Democratic Forces fighters took full control of Raqqa’s Old City earlier this month A US-backed alliance of Kurdish and Arab fighters says it has driven Islamic State (IS) militants out of 80% of the northern Syrian city of Raqqa. The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) announced that its three-month-old assault […]

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