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    Kurdistan region offers to freeze independence vote

    Iraqi Kurdish leaders offered on Wednesday to freeze the outcome of last month's vote for independence, taking a step back in a major crisis that prompted Baghdad to seize swathes of disputed territory.

    West Asia
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    Xi Jinping reappointed as China’s top leader

    President Xi Jinping was formally handed a second term on Wednesday, with no clear successor emerging in a revamped ruling council, cementing his grip on power and setting the stage for him.

    Southeast Asia
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    Pakistani legislator in hot water after saying he ‘urinates on votes’

    A petition was filed in the Sindh high court seeking his disqualification under Articles 62 and 63 of the Constitution after he said that he doesn’t need to have relations with those who vote for him.

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    Assessing Trump’s Criticisms of Iran and the Nuclear Deal

    The rationale Trump provided includes several misleading or incomplete statements about the terms of the deal, what he considers a violation of the agreement and Iran itself. Here is an assessment.

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    Spain gives Catalan leader eight days to drop independence

    Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy on Wednesday gave the Catalan government eight days to drop an independence bid, failing which he would suspend Catalonia's political autonomy and rule the region directly.

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    Iraq imposes new measures on Kurdistan over referendum

    Iraq has filed a lawsuit through the office of the public prosecutor to put those officials on trial who arranged the independence referendum on September 25 despite the opposition of the Iraqi government.

    West Asia
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    The geopolitics of Kurdish independence

    One week after Iraqi Kurds held their independence referendum, the geopolitical blowback has been swift and near unanimous. The United States has called the referendum illegitimate.

    West Asia
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    Iran, Turkey vow to halt Iraqi Kurds’ secession bid

    The presidents of Iran and Turkey vowed during talks in Tehran on Wednesday to work closely together to prevent the disintegration of Iraq and Syria and to oppose the Iraqi Kurds’ drive for independence.

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    Erdogan visits Iran amid tensions over Kurdish independence

    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has arrived in the Iranian capital, Tehran, for discussions with the country’s senior officials on issues of bilateral and regional significance.

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    Catalonians choose independence from Spain

    Catalonia, one of Spain’s 17 autonomous regions, held a symbolic referendum back in November 2014, during which more than 80 percent of participants voted for independence.

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    Erdogan sees Israel’s hand in Iraqi Kurdistan vote

    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Saturday that Israel’s Mossad intelligence agency played a role in Iraqi Kurdistan’s independence vote, proved by the waving of Israeli flags during celebrations .

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    Iran, Iraq to hold military drills on Kurdistan border

    A senior Iranian military commander says Iran and Iraq will hold joint military exercises along their border with the Kurdistan region in the coming days in line with Tehran's policy to support Baghdad’s.

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    Iraq's top cleric Sistani opposes secession of Kurdish region

    Iraq's top Shiite cleric opposes the secession of the Kurdistan region in northern Iraq, his representative Ahmed al-Safi said in a Friday sermon on his behalf in the holy city of Karbala, south of Baghdad.

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    Iran, Iraq military brass meet amid Kurdish vote

    Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Major General Mohammad Baqeri on Wednesday received his Iraqi counterpart Major General Othman al-Ghanmi, who arrived in Tehran at the head of a military.

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    Erdogan threatens ties with Israel over support for Kurds

    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday said Israel should “review” its support for Iraqi Kurdish independence, warning the Jewish state’s support for the bid could negatively affect diplomatic.

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    Tensions rise as Iraq Kurds defy Baghdad in independence vote

    Iraq’s Kurds defied widespread opposition to vote on Monday in a historic independence referendum, sparking fresh tensions with Baghdad and threats from Turkey while Washington warned it would “increase instability”.

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    Iraqi Kurd head resists pressure to scrap independence vote

    Iraqi Kurdish leader Massud Barzani insisted on Friday that a controversial Sept 25 independence referendum for his autonomous Kurdish region in northern Iraq will go ahead, even as last-minute.

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    Gandhi, Nehru, Ambedkar were NRIs, Rahul Gandhi says in US

    Congress leaders such as Mahatma Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru were NRIs who returned to their country to transform India, Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi has said, exhorting overseas Indians

    South Asia
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    Iraq’s Kurdistan region approves referendum

    Iraqi Kurdish legislators of the country’s semi-autonomous Kurdistan region have approved a plan to hold a referendum on independence from Baghdad later this month, a contentious move spearheaded.

    West Asia
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    Malay set to be Singapore's first woman president: Straits Times

    Former Speaker of Parliament Halimah Yacob has promised to do the best she can as President to serve the people of Singapore. She will also become the second Malay President after Singapore's first President Yusof Ishak.

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    Players & Gentlemen!

    Pakistan’s former Prime Minister, Nawaz Sharif, is publicly known as an avid lover of Cricket, a game historically known as the game of “players and gentlemen.”

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    Pakistan: JuD launches political party, plans to contest 2018 polls

    The Jamaatud Dawa (JuD), a Pakistan-based charity that the US accuses of being a front for anti-India militant group, has entered the mainstream politics by forming a new party, officials said Monday.

    South Asia
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    Gandhi brand no longer sells in Indian politics

    India's Congress party and its controlling Nehru-Gandhi dynasty that has been synonymous with political power for most of the 70 years since independence, hit a new low with this weekend's vice-presidential election.

    South Asia
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    Western Divide Evident At Rouhani Inauguration

    Observers say, Mogherini's presence in Tehran is a clear show of support for the Iranian president, who built his first four years in office on a policy of engagement with western nations.

    West Asia

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