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An Iraqi Kurdish man casts his ballot during the referendum on independence from Iraq in Irbil, Iraq, Monday, Sept. 25, 2017. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed)
Iraqi Kurds vote in referendum on independence from BaghdadPolls open in Iraq's Kurdish-run provinces, disputed Kirkuk as Iraqi Kurds vote for independence from Baghdad
The Associated Press26 minutes ago
Polls have opened in Iraq's Kurdish-run provinces, disputed Kirkuk as Iraqi Kurds vote for independence from BaghdadPolls have opened in Iraq's Kurdish-run provinces, disputed Kirkuk as Iraqi Kurds vote for independence from Baghdad
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Iraq's Kurds to vote on independence amid fears of unrestIraq's Kurds are set to vote in a referendum on support for independence that has stirred fears of instability across the region as the war against the Islamic State group winds down
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Palestinian leader tries to put Trump on notice with warningOvershadowed by last week's showdown between the U.S. and North Korea, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas issued an ominous warning in his address to the United Nations.
The Associated Press10 hours ago
This photo provided by the Syrian Civil Defense White Helmets, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, shows Civil Defense workers searching through the rubble after airstrikes hit in Khan Sheikhoun, in the northern province of Idlib, Syria, Sunday, Sept, 24, 2017. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Syrian war monitoring group says airstrikes have targeted rural Aleppo for the first time in months since a cease-fire took hold in the province. (Syrian Civil Defense White Helmets via AP)
Airstrikes hit Syria's Aleppo despite ceasefireA Syrian war monitoring group says airstrikes have targeted rural Aleppo for the first time in months since a cease-fire has taken hold in the province
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People pass under Kurdish flags in Irbil, 217 miles (350 kilometers) north of Baghdad, Iraq, Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017. Iraq's Kurdish region will vote on Monday's referendum for Kurdish independence, a vote dismissed as illegal and destabilising by the central government and the international community. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed)
Baghdad orders Kurdistan region to hand over borders, portsIraq's central government in Baghdad is ordering the country's Kurdish region to hand over all border crossings and airports to federal government control late Sunday night, hours before the region is set to carry out a controversial referendum
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Iran strikes IS bases on Syria-Iraq border with dronesIran's state TV is reporting that the country's elite Revolutionary Guard has targeted bases belonging to the Islamic State group in eastern Syria with drone strikes
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A Russian-made S-300 air defense system is on display for the annual Defense Week, marking the 37th anniversary of the 1980s Iran-Iraq war, at Baharestan Sq. in Tehran, Iran, Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017. Iran's elite Revolutionary Guard displayed the country's sophisticated air defense system in public for the first time. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)
Iran displays S-300 air defense missile system to publicIran's elite Revolutionary Guard has displayed the country's sophisticated Russian-made S-300 air defense system in central Tehran
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Iranian Guard drills near Iraq ahead of Kurdish referendumIran's powerful Revolutionary Guard has begun a military exercise in the northwestern Kurdish region near the Iraqi border ahead of a Kurdish independence referendum in the neighboring country
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In this Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017 photo released by Saudi Press Agency, SPA, Saudi men perform under a giant screen showing an image of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman during National Day ceremonies, at the King Fahd Stadium in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabia is celebrating its National Day with an array of family-friendly festivities, including allowing women to enter the main stadium in the capital, Riyadh, for the first time, to see a performance recounting the country's founding 87 years ago. The King Fahd stadium has previously been reserved for male-only crowds to watch soccer matches. (Saudi Press Agency via AP)
Saudi festivities stress unity amid political, economic woesSaudi Arabia is celebrating its National Day with an array of family-friendly festivities, including allowing women to enter the main stadium in the capital, Riyadh, for the first time, to see a performance recounting the country's founding 87 years ago
The Associated Press16 hours ago
Egypt: Life sentences for 2 over 2015 soccer violenceAn Egyptian court has sentenced two men to life in prison and a dozen others to two to ten years over deadly soccer violence in 2015 that it blamed on the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood group
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Saudi Arabia says it shot down ballistic missile from YemenSaudi Arabia says it shot down a ballistic missile fired by Shiite rebels and their allies in Yemen during the kingdom's National Day
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US-backed SDF says it took Syria's largest gas field from ISA senior official with the main U.S.-backed force in Syria says his fighters have captured the country's largest gas field from the Islamic State group in an eastern province that borders Iraq
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Yemen rebels pardon journalist after death sentenceYemeni Shiite rebel officials say a prominent journalist who was sentenced to death over accusations of collaborating with a Saudi-led coalition battling the group has been pardoned
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Iran tries to reconcile Syria and Hamas, rebuilding allianceIran and the militant Lebanese Hezbollah group are trying to mediate between the Palestinian Hamas and the Syrian government years after Hamas left Syria after its leadership publicly supported opponents of President Bashar Assad
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