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Turkey's prime minister has warned of a 'economic and security' response if Iraqi-Kurdistan goes ahead with its controversial vote on independence.

President Massoud Barzani has cancelled a crucial press conference, as tensions over a vote on Kurdish independence heighten.

Kurds push ahead with <em>independence</em> vote despite regional concerns

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Kurds push ahead with independence vote despite regional concerns

Iraqi Kurdish leader Massoud Barzani on Friday insisted that a 25 September independence referendum will still go ahead, despite regional condemnation of the historic vote.

Despite positive reforms in Tunisia, more democratic changes needed

Jonathan Fenton-Harvey

Despite positive reforms in Tunisia, more democratic changes needed

Comment: While Tunisia is lauded for its progress on human rights laws there is a desire for greater democratic reforms in the "model Arab ...

Is oil motivating the Kurdish referendum?

Jonathan Fenton-Harvey

Is oil motivating the Kurdish referendum?

Comment: For the Kurds, consolidating control of Kirkuk's substantial oil source is essential for achieving their long-standing ambition of ...

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Syrian-Kurds hold first local vote to cement federal push

Residents of Kurdish-majority areas of Syria voted on Friday in the region's first elections, part of a push to cement a regional government, which Damascus has dismissed as a "joke"

Paul Iddon

The Kurds deserve their vote on independence

Comment: Given the numerous past atrocities against them and their fight against IS, it is high time the Kurds received recognition on the world ...

Stephen Brent

Free media matters: Bringing balance to Kurdish fever

Blog: While Kurdish militias are glorified in the media, press freedoms are suffering in Iraq's Kurdish autonomous region, writes Stephen Brent.

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Barzani's independence vote 'diverting attention from dire economic state'

In-depth: For Massoud Barzani, a 'yes' vote in the upcoming controversial Iraqi Kurdistan referendum is an attempt to divert attention from the ...

Turkey, Iran, Iraq threaten 'counter-measures' against Kurd referendum

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Turkey, Iran, Iraq threaten 'counter-measures' against Kurd referendum

Turkey, Iran and Iraq on Thursday warned of "counter-measures" if Iraq's Kurdistan region goes ahead with a planned referendum on ...

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Iraqi forces begin offensive to retake IS bastion Hawija

Iraq has begun an offensive to retake Hawija, one of two remaining bastions of the Islamic State group in the country, Prime Minister Haider ...

Palestinian rights groups hand dossier on Israel to ICC

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Palestinian rights groups hand dossier on Israel to ICC

A 700-page dossier has been handed to the International Criminal Court, alleging that Israeli authorities are responsible for a range of war ...

Kirkuk a tense flash point ahead of Iraqi-Kurdish referendum

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Kirkuk a tense flash point ahead of Iraqi-Kurdish referendum

Tensions in Kirkuk have risen in recent weeks as the rhetoric between the Kurdish leadership and Iraq's central government escalates.

The Iraq Report: Kurds take centre stage from IS

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The Iraq Report: Kurds take centre stage from IS

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Turkish agents captured by Kurdish rebels in Iraq

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Turkish agents captured by Kurdish rebels in Iraq

Turkey's foreign minister has confirmed media reports that two Turkish intelligence officials have been captured by Kurdish rebels in northern ...

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EU calls Iraqi-Kurdish referendum 'counterproductive'

The European Union on Tuesday expressed its opposition to a referendum on independence in Iraqi Kurdistan, calling the upcoming vote "counterproductive".

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Kurdish Barzani demands 'referendum alternative' within three days

Massoud Barzani has demanded an alternative to the referendum that would guarantee the rights of the Kurds to be presented within three days, ...

Warda Mohamed and Tony Fortin

Exposed: France's arms dealers making a killing in Yemen

The long read: The US and UK are often lambasted for their sales of weaponry to Saudi Arabia. But France cannot be overlooked, write Warda ...

Paul Iddon

The governor Baghdad wants to remove from office

Analysis: Kirkuk's Najmaldin Karim wants his city included in Kurdistan's controversial independence referendum, but supports holding ...

Kurdish referendum: Iraqi police deploy after Kirkuk ethnic clashes

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Kurdish referendum: Iraqi police deploy after Kirkuk ethnic clashes

Gunmen on motorcycles began to shoot one of the offices Monday night. The guards returned fire, killing one and wounding two of the assailants

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Turkey launches military drills on Iraqi border

With Erbil's Kurdish referendum vote just a week a way, Turkey is flexing its military might with drills on the border of Iraq.

Iraq's supreme court orders suspension of Kurdish referendum

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Iraq's supreme court orders suspension of Kurdish referendum

Iraq's supreme court has ordered Erbil to scrap a planned Kurdish referendum on possible independence which is due to take place in a ...

Russia digs into Iraqi-Kurdistan with huge gas pipeline

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Russia digs into Iraqi-Kurdistan with huge gas pipeline

Russia's Rosneft have won a $1 billion pipeline deal with the Iraqi-Kurdistan government, which will see Moscow's influence extend in Erbil just ...

Iran warns Kurdistan <em>independence</em> means end to border deals

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Iran warns Kurdistan independence means end to border deals

Iran has warned a "yes" result in Kurdistan's upcoming independence referendum would signal an end to cross-border agreements, as the ...

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