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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,…