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Iraqi Federal Court rules Kurdish referendum unconstitutional

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BAGHDAD/ERBIL Iraq's Supreme Federal Court ruled on Monday that the Sept. 25 Kurdish independence referendum was unconstitutional and the results void, a court spokesman said.

Iraqi forces recapture last Islamic State-held town

BAGHDAD Iraqi forces on Friday captured the border town of Rawa, the last remaining town under Islamic State control, signaling the collapse of the group's self-proclaimed caliphate.

World, Nov 17 2017

'New roadblocks' emerge in Iraq after Islamic State defeat: aid expert

ERBIL, Iraq The war against Islamic State in Iraq may soon be over but providing humanitarian aid to Iraqis is becoming more difficult as new political and cultural divides open up, the secretary general of the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) said.

World, Nov 15 2017

Oil seen as real prize of Iran's Kurdish adventure

By Ahmed Rasheed, Dmitry Zhdannikov and Bozorgmehr Sharafedin

World, Nov 14 2017

Abadi says Iraq to act soon over border areas in stand-off with Kurds

BAGHDAD/ERBIL, Iraq Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, seeking to up the pressure in a stand-off with Iraq's Kurdish region, said on Tuesday he would act soon over border areas under Kurdish control but predicted his government's forces would regain them without violence.

World, Nov 14 2017

Kosovo at risk of attacks by returning Islamist militants: report

PRISTINA Kosovo's government considers the possibility of attacks by Islamic State fighters returning from Iraq and Syria one of the main threats to national security, according to a new strategy document.

World, Syria, Nov 13 2017

Monday Morning Briefing

Over 300 people were killed after an earthquake struck Iran, Trump and Duterte bonded at a summit in Asia and sources revealed that the Qualcomm-Broadcom deal looks set to collapse.

China, Japan, Spain, Twitter Nov 13 2017

Iraqi forces launch offensive to recapture last town in Islamic State control

ERBIL, Iraq Iraqi forces launched an offensive on Saturday to capture Rawa, the last remaining town under Islamic-State control, leaving the group's self-proclaimed caliphate on the verge of complete defeat.

World, Nov 11 2017

Opioid abuse crisis takes heavy toll on U.S. veterans

NEW YORK Opioid drug abuse has killed more Americans than the Iraq, Afghanistan and Vietnam wars combined, and U.S. veterans and advocates this Veteran's Day are focusing on how to help victims of the crisis.

Health, Afghanistan, U.S. Nov 10 2017

Shi'ites gather in Iraq's Kerbala for mourning rite

KERBALA, Iraq Chanting and flailing themselves in mourning for Imam Hussein, hundreds of thousands of Shi'ite Muslims from around the world gathered in the Iraqi city of Kerbala on Friday for one of the most sacred rituals in their religious calendar.

World, Nov 10 2017

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