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Kurdish leader and ex-Iraqi president Talabani dies

ERBIL: Iraqi Kurdish leader and ex-Iraqi president Jalal Talabani died on Tuesday at age 83, Iraqi state TV said, a week after Iraq’s autonomous Kurdish region held a referendum on independence. Talabani, a veteran leader of the Kurdish struggle for self-determination, stepped down as president in 2014, after a long period of treatment following a stroke in 2012. Talabani died in Germany, according to Erbil-based Rudaw TV, which reported earlier in the day that his health had deteriorated. He often went to Germany for…

Pakistan concerned over Kurd independence referendum, backs Iraq’s unity

ISLAMABAD: The Foreign Office of Pakistan on Monday expressed concern over a referendum recently held for the independence of Iraq’s Kurd-dominated areas and said it backs Iraq's unity. Speaking at a press briefing, Foreign Office spokesperson Nafees Zakaria said the referendum held on 25th September violated the Iraqi constitution and therefore lacks any legitimacy. He said Pakistan supports the Iraq’s unity, sovereignty, and territorial integrity. Like Iraq, its neighbors, and the international community, Zakaria…

Iraq Kurd head says Baghdad partnership ‘failed’, vote to go ahead

ERBIL: Iraqi Kurdish leader Massud Barzani, on the eve of a disputed independence referendum, said on Sunday that his people's "partnership with Baghdad has failed" and urged them to go to the polls. "We have reached the conclusion that independence will allow us not to repeat past tragedies," he told a news conference in Arbil, capital of autonomous Iraqi Kurdistan in northern Iraq. "The partnership with Baghdad has failed and we will not return to it," said Barzani, who has resisted pressure from the central government,…