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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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    Darshan Lal becomes first Hindu to enter Pakistan cabinet in 20 years

    Pakistan's new Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi formed his cabinet on Friday, filling it with his toppled predecessor Nawaz Sharif's aides and allies. It also included the first Hindu in a Pakistan government.

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    New Pakistan PM Shahid Abbasi's cabinet sworn in

    The Cabinet of Pakistan's new Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi was sworn in on Friday with media reports saying that Khawaja Asif has been appointed the country's first full-time foreign minister since 2013.

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    President Rouhani sworn in for second term

    Under Iran’s election law, the president-elect is required to gain the Leader’s official approval before being sworn in at the nations Parliament, the Majlis. Through this process, called Tanfiz (validation)

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    Nearly 500 to face coup trial in Turkey

    Nearly 500 people arrested in the crackdown following the failed July 15, 2016 coup in Turkey will go on trial today. They are accused of conspiring to oust the government from an air base seen as the plotters' hub.

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    Iran Plans Gala Presidential Inauguration

    EU Foreign Policy Chief Federica Mogherini besides dozens of heads of states and governments will attend the inauguration ceremony of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on August 5 and the large presence of foreign dele

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    Putin asks US to recall 755 diplomats, staffers from Russia

    President Vladimir Putin asked the United States to withdraw 755 personnel from its embassy and consulates in Russia and warned ties with Washington could be gridlocked for a long time, in a move.

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    I, PROMISCUOUS Power and the Improbable Amorality of Nitish Kumar

    His first chosen partner was, believe you me, the CPI(ML). His current chosen partner is a BJP as approximate to the RSS as it can get. Between them, Nitish Kumar has run the entire political spectrum.

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    Shehbaz Sharif to Replace Brother as Pak PM

    Shehbaz Sharif, the younger brother of ousted Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, was picked as the next nominee for the top constitutional post by the ruling PML-N, reports claimed. The decision.

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