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State media: Iran quake injures 600, no death reported

A 6.3 magnitude earthquake on Iran’s western border with Iraq injured more than 600 people, most suffering minor wounds, state television said on Monday, but no fatalities had been reported.
Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani of the KDP cast his vote shortly after polls opened on Sunday morning [Thaier Al-Sudani-Reuters]

Iraq’s Kurds vote in parliamentary election

Kurds have started voting in Kurdish parliamentary elections a year after the semi-autonomous region's failed bid for independence from Iraq.
Iranian Kurdish

Rockets hit Iranian Kurdish opposition offices in Iraq’s Koya

Rockets have struck the headquarters of two Iranian Kurdish opposition parties in Iraq's semi-autonomous Kurdish region, killing and injuring several people, according to officials and local media.

ISIS finance chief killed in joint coalition raid

Islamic State (ISIS) finance and logistics chief Abu Obaida was killed in a joint Peshmerga and US-led coalition raid on Saturday, according to the head of Peshmerga forces in Makhmour, Sirwan Barzani.

Masoud Barzani should resign after Kurdish vote – Gorran

A Kurdish opposition group that opposed the recent referendum on secession from Iraq on account of poor timing, has called for the Kurdistan Regional Government leader to resign.

Iraqi troops arrival triggers exodus from Kurdish region

Thousands of Iraqis are fleeing the city of Kirkuk and heading toward the northern cities of Sulaimaniya and Erbil in Kurdistan, a source in the Kirkuk migration department tells dpa.

Iraqi ban on flights to Kurdish cities begins Friday

An Iraqi government order that international airlines halt all flights in and out of the cities of Erbil and Sulaimaniyah in Kurdish territory is set to kick in on Friday.

Iraq refuses talks with Kurds about referendum results

The Iraqi government will not hold talks with the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) about the results of Monday's "unconstitutional" referendum on independence in northern Iraq, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said.

Iraqi Kurds vote in independence referendum

People in Iraq's autonomous region of Kurdistan are voting in an independence referendum, amid rising tensions and international opposition.

Iran halts Iraqi Kurdistan flights ahead of referendum

Iran has halted flights to airports in Iraqi Kurdistan at the request of the central government in Baghdad a day before a Kurdish independence referendum, the semi-official Fars news agency reported.

US urges Kurds to call off independence vote

The United States has put to one side its long-standing sympathy for its allies in the semi-autonomous region of Iraqi Kurdistan and sternly urged the region to call off its independence referendum.

Iraqi PM Abadi declares victory over IS in Tal Afar

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has declared victory over the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) group in Tal Afar and the entire province of Nineveh.

France pledges support to stabilize post-IS Iraq

France will help reconstruction and reconciliation efforts in Iraq as it emerges from the war against Islamic State, French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said on Saturday after talks with Iraqi officials in Baghdad.

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