Iraq’s Kurdistan region holds independence vote

Iraq’s Kurdistan region holds independence vote

Media captionKexit? Iraqi Kurdistan referendum explained – by the voters themselves Voters are heading to the polls in a controversial independence referendum in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. Iraq’s prime minister has warned he will take “necessary measures to preserve the unity of the country”. Western countries have expressed concern that the poll could provoke […]

Iran tests missile despite Trump pressure

Iran tests missile despite Trump pressure

Media captionState TV broadcast footage of the missile test at an undisclosed location Iran says it has successfully tested a new-medium range missile, in defiance of US President Donald Trump. The launch of the Khoramshahr missile, which has a range of 2,000 km (1242 miles), was shown on state TV. It is unclear when the […]

Saudi textbook features image of Yoda with King Faisal

Saudi textbook features image of Yoda with King Faisal

Image copyright Shaweesh/Gharem Studio Image caption Shaweesh said he included Yoda because, like King Faisal, he was “wise, strong and calm” Saudi Arabia’s education minister has apologised for the production of a school textbook in which the Star Wars character Yoda is seen superimposed on a photograph of the late King Faisal. Ahmed al-Issa said […]

Iraqi Kurdish referendum: UN warns of ‘destabilising impact’

Iraqi Kurdish referendum: UN warns of ‘destabilising impact’

Media captionKexit? Iraqi Kurdistan referendum explained – by the voters themselves The UN Security Council has warned of the potentially destabilising impact of a planned referendum on independence for the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. The 15 member states said Monday’s non-binding vote could hinder efforts to counter so-called Islamic State (IS) and help displaced Iraqis […]

Syrian activist and daughter ‘murdered’ in Turkey

Syrian activist and daughter ‘murdered’ in Turkey

Image copyright Orouba Barakat Image caption Orouba Barakat and Halla Barakat’s family said they had been “assassinated” A prominent Syrian opposition activist and her journalist daughter have been found dead in Turkey, police say. The bodies of Orouba Barakat, 60, and her 22-year-old daughter Halla were discovered overnight in their apartment in Istanbul’s central Uskudar […]

Iran nuclear deal: US ‘sunset clause’ concern remains – Tillerson

Iran nuclear deal: US ‘sunset clause’ concern remains – Tillerson

Image copyright Reuters Image caption All seven countries which negotiated the nuclear deal were at the talks US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has said Washington continues to have “significant issues” with the Iran nuclear deal, after his first talks with his Iranian counterpart. But Mr Tillerson said the talks were “very matter of fact”, […]

Iraqi forces launch offensive to retake Hawija from IS

Iraqi forces launch offensive to retake Hawija from IS

Image copyright AFP Image caption Hawija was surrounded and cut off from other IS-held territory more than a year ago Iraq has launched an offensive to expel Islamic State militants from Hawija, one of the last two areas in the country still held by the jihadists. Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said the attack on the […]

Iran nuclear deal: US ‘issues remain’ – Tillerson

Iran nuclear deal: US ‘issues remain’ – Tillerson

Image copyright Reuters Image caption All seven countries which negotiated the nuclear deal were at the talks US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has said Washington continues to have “significant issues” with the Iran nuclear deal, after his first talks with his Iranian counterpart. But Mr Tillerson said the talks were “very matter of fact”, […]

Iran’s leader Hassan Rouhani slams Donald Trump in UN speech

Iran’s leader Hassan Rouhani slams Donald Trump in UN speech

Media captionTrump and Rouhani trade insults in UN podium duel President Hassan Rouhani of Iran has used a speech to the UN General Assembly to hit back at Donald Trump over the US president’s criticisms of his country and its 2015 nuclear deal. In his debut speech to the UN on Tuesday, President Trump included […]

Iran’s leader Rouhani slams Trump in UN speech

Iran’s leader Rouhani slams Trump in UN speech

Media captionIranian President Hassan Rouhani said his country would not be intimidated by threats President Hassan Rouhani of Iran has used a speech to the UN General Assembly to hit back at Donald Trump over the US president’s criticisms of his country and its 2015 nuclear deal. In his debut speech to the UN on […]

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