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Palestinian kills 3 Israelis in settlement

A Palestinian opened fire at Israeli security personnel at the entrance to a West Bank settlement on Tuesday, killing three and wounding another before being shot dead, police said.
Source: AFP | 2017/9/26 22:53:39

Taxi for sheikh

Dubai Crown Prince Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed is seen inside a flying taxi in Dubai, United Arab Emirates on Monday. Dubai staged a test flight on Monday for what it said would soon be the world’s first drone taxi service under an ambitious plan by the United Arab Emirates city to lead the Arab world in innovation.
Source: VCG | 2017/9/26 22:43:39

Iraq refuses to discuss Kurdish independence after referendum

The Iraqi government ruled out talks on possible secession for Kurdish-held parts of northern Iraq on Tuesday after a referendum on independence showed strong support for a split, Erbil-based Rudaw TV said.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/9/26 21:46:19

93 pct of voters support Iraqi Kurdistan independence: electoral commission

The electoral commission supervising the independence referendum said Tuesday that initial results have shown that 93 percent of Iraqi Kurds support Kurdistan independence from Iraq, Alsumaria News reported.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/9/26 21:45:56

Palestinian gunman kills three Israeli security officers in West Bank

A Palestinian gunman killed three Israeli security officers and wounded another outside a West Bank settlement on Tuesday morning before he was shot dead, Israeli police said.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/9/26 21:44:05

Regional powers support Iraq's territorial integrity amid Kurdish referendum

Iraqi Kurds cast their ballots on Monday in a controversial independence referendum amid heightened tension due to Baghdad's and international opposition. Regional powers and the international community have voiced support for Iraq's territorial integrity.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/9/26 14:09:42

UN chief concerned about referendum in Kurdish region of Iraq

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is concerned about "the potentially destabilizing effects" of Monday's referendum in the Kurdish region of Iraq.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/9/26 10:58:30

Syria supports Iraq's unity, rejects any fragmentation attempt

Syria's Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem said Monday that his country supports Iraq's unity, and rejects any attempt to fragment that country, including the independence vote of Iraq's Kurdistan.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/9/26 10:28:01

Hamas seeks to turn internal reconciliation into reality: Hamas chief

Islamic Hamas movement's chief Ismail Haneya vowed on Monday that his movement intends to turn the internal Palestinian reconciliation with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas into tangible reality.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/9/26 10:17:45

Iraqi Kurds vote for independence referendum, amid threats

The Iraqi Kurds on Monday ended their vote in a referendum that will determine the independence of the Kurdish region and the disputed areas amid threats and rejection from Baghdad and neighboring countries.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/9/26 10:11:12

Kurds get a chance to voice their ideas

Iraqi Kurds voted in an independence referendum Monday, defying warnings from Baghdad and their neighbors in a historic step towards a national dream.
Source: AFP | 2017/9/25 22:53:40

World's heaviest 500-kg lady passes away in Abu Dhabi

Iman Abd Al-Ati, once the world's heaviest woman, at weight 500 kg, passed away early Monday in Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), local media reported.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/9/25 17:42:39

Turkey vows to take "every measure" if Kurdish referendum endangers national security

Turkey will take "every measure" under international law if the Iraqi Kurdish independence referendum being held on Monday endangers Turkey's national security, Turkish Foreign Ministry said Monday morning.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/9/25 14:32:56

Iraqi Kurds begin to vote in historic independence referendum

The Iraqi Kurds on Monday cast their votes in a referendum that will determine the independence of the Kurdish region and the disputed areas that are currently under de facto Kurdish control.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/9/25 14:18:37

Kurdish President Barzani reconfirms holding referendum as planned

Iraq's Kurdish regional President Masoud Barzani on Sunday reconfirmed holding the referendum on the independence of the Kurdish semi-autonomous region as scheduled on Sept. 25.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/9/25 9:16:26

Iran launches war games near Iraqi Kurdistan borders

Iran's Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) launched war games on Sunday near the borders with Iraq's Kurdistan region, a day before a Kurdish independence referendum, Iranian State broadcaster IRIB reported.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/9/25 9:04:55

Experts warn Iraqi Kurdish independence referendum disastrous to region

As the Iraqi Kurds are going ahead into a controversial referendum on independence of the semi-autonomous region of Kurdistan, experts warn that the move would deteriorate the already complex situation in the Middle East.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/9/25 7:26:39

US sends mass military gears to Kurdish-led groups in Raqqa

The United States has sent large shipments of military gears to the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) to help them in the battle against the Islamic State (IS) group in Syria's northern province of Raqqa, the SDF said Sunday.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/9/25 7:25:39