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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.

US-led strikes killed 84 civilians near Syria’s Raqa – HRW

US-led coalition strikes near the Islamic State group’s Syrian stronghold Raqa, in March, killed at least 84 civilians, including dozens of children, Human Rights Watch alleged Monday.

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.

Russian general killed fighting IS in Syria

A Russian general was killed while battling Islamic State group militants near the eastern Syrian city of Deir Ezzor, Moscow’s defence ministry said Sunday.

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.

Merkel heads for German poll win, hard-right AfD for first seats

Chancellor Angela Merkel is expected to cruise to victory in elections Sunday but also to face the breakthrough into parliament of hard-right populists for the first time in Germany's post-war history.

Iraq Kurd leader delays independence vote announcement

Iraqi Kurdish leader Massud Barzani on Saturday delayed a scheduled news conference on a controversial independence referendum he has called for next week as international pressure mounts for a postponement.

‘Bring home the bacon,’ Merkel tells voters on eve of poll

Chancellor Angela Merkel and her rival Martin Schulz rallied voters on the eve of Sunday's vote, urging Germans to shun the first hard-right party expected to enter parliament in force since the end of World War II.

Turkey warns of ‘security’ steps in response to Iraqi Kurd vote

Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim warned on Saturday that Ankara's actions in response to a controversial independence referendum in Iraq's Kurdistan region would have "economic and security dimensions".

Fifteen dead as refugee boat capsizes in Black Sea

At least 21 refugees and migrants drowned on Friday and up to nine others were missing after a Europe-bound boat sunk off Turkey's Black Sea coast, the Turkish coast guard said.

Trump’s travel ban to expire on Sunday

The United States President Donald Trump’s contentious travel ban expires Sunday with little clarity over whether America’s door will reopen for travelers from six majority-Muslim countries.

Four dead, 20 missing as migrant boat sinks off Turkey’s Black Sea

Four people drowned and up to 20 were missing on Friday after a fishing boat carrying migrants sunk off Turkey’s Black Sea coast, reports said.

Erdogan warns of sanctions over Kurds’ independence bid

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has warned that his government will consider imposing sanctions on northern Iraq's semi-autonomous region of Kurdistan over its planned independence referendum.

UNGA: Nigeria’s faith in democracy unshaken – Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari has assured the international community of Nigeria’s firm and unshaken commitment to democracy in the country and the African continent.

Lagos ‘third most stressful city’ in the world – study

Lagos was ranked third in a research that revealed the world’s most and least stressful cities of 2017.

Buhari praises UN for support against Boko Haram

President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday at the 72nd Session of the UN General Assembly in New York, urged the world to strive for peace and decent living for all people.

President Buhari’s speech at UNGA

Here is the full speech delivered today by President Muhammadu Buhari at the 72nd session of the United Nations General Assembly. It is totally different from the fake version earlier circulated today.

UNGA: Our faith in democracy remains unshaken – Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari has assured the international community of Nigeria’s firm and unshaken commitment to democracy in the country and the African continent.

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