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Hundreds arrested since Iraqi Kurd protests began – lawmakers

At least 600 people have been arrested since protests began last week against authorities in Iraqi Kurdistan over corruption and the fallout from a failed independence push, lawmakers said Tuesday.

Iran pledges swift aid after major quake kills 400

Iranian authorities scrambled on Tuesday to bring help to thousands of people left homeless by a major quake that killed more than 400 people.

Iran hunts for survivors as quake kills 300 near Iraq border

Iranian rescue workers dug through rubble in a hunt for survivors on Monday after a major earthquake struck the Iran-Iraq border, killing more than 300 and injuring thousands.

Independence dreams turn to despair for Iraq’s Kurds

Just over three weeks ago, Iraqi Kurds were dancing in the streets after an overwhelming vote for independence fuelled hope they might finally gain their own country.

Turkey orders detention of 133 workers in post-coup probe

Turkish authorities have issued detention warrants for 133 people working in the finance and labour ministries, the state-run Anadolu news agency said on Thursday.

Ambazonia, Biya’s intolerance and internet democracy

A Biafra-like agitation for independence has been unfolding in neighbouring Republic of Cameroon since November 2016. The people of Northern and Southern Cameroons under the umbrella of the Southern Cameroons Ambazonia Consortium United Front (SCACUF) finally decided to affirm the independence of the English-speaking sections of Cameroon from the Republic.

Macron invites Iraq PM to Paris to discuss Kurdish vote

French President Emmanuel Macron has invited Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi to visit Paris on Thursday, saying the aim is to calm tensions after the deeply divisive Kurdish independence referendum.

Foreigners quit Iraqi Kurdistan ahead of flight ban

Foreigners scrambled to leave Iraqi Kurdistan Friday before the start of a flight ban imposed by Baghdad in retaliation for an independence referendum that has sent regional tensions soaring.

Massive ‘yes’ vote in Iraqi Kurd independence referendum

Iraq's Kurds announced a massive "yes" vote for independence on Wednesday following a referendum that has incensed Baghdad and sparked international concern.

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.

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.

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.

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