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  • Iraqi Kurds wave the Kurdish flag as they celebrate in the streets of the northern city of Arbil on September 25, 2017 following a referendum on independence.

    Tensions over an independence vote in Iraqi Kurdistan boosted oil prices to more than two-year highs and may keep markets unsettled.

  • BAGHDAD/ ERBIL, Iraq, Sept 26- Iraqi Kurdish leader Masoud Barzani said on Tuesday that Kurds had voted "yes" to independence in a referendum held in defiance of the government in Baghdad and which had angered their neighbors and their U.S. allies. Iraq considers the vote unconstitutional, especially as it was held not only within the Kurdish region itself but also...

  • BAGHDAD/ ERBIL, Iraq, Sept 26- The Iraqi government ruled out talks on Kurdish independence and Turkey threatened to impose a blockade on Tuesday after Iraq's Kurds defied their neighbours and their U.S. allies to stage a referendum showing strong support for secession. Iraq considers the vote unconstitutional, especially as it was held not only within the...

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    President Trump fell for Iranian fake news, Vox reports.

  • A report Tuesday by the ISNA news agency quoted Tehran prosecutor Abbas Jafari Dolatabadi as saying the charges against Durov stem from Telegram's popularity with the Islamic State group, as well as the ease by which child pornographers, human traffickers and drug smugglers could use the app. It remains unclear how Iran will prosecute Durov as he lives...

  • ERBIL, Iraq, Sept 26- The Iraqi government ruled out talks on possible secession for Kurdish-held northern Iraq on Tuesday and Turkey threatened sanctions after a referendum in the region showed strong support for independence. In ethnically mixed Kirkuk, where Arabs and Turkmen opposed the vote, authorities lifted an overnight curfew imposed to maintain...

  • A general view of the Port of Kharg Island Oil Terminal in Iran on March 12, 2017.

    Saeid Khoshrou from National Iranian Oil Company says a $60 price mark could encourage investors to invest and develop oil fields.

  • Saeid Khoshrou, director of International Affairs, National Iran Oil Company, say exports by Iran are now 2.2 million barrels per day after UN economic sanctions were lifted last year.

  • *Iran imposes flight ban, Turkey threatens retaliation. ERBIL/SULAIMANIYA, Iraq, Sept 25- Kurds voted in large numbers in an independence referendum in northern Iraq on Monday, ignoring pressure from Baghdad, threats from Turkey and Iran, and international warnings that the vote may ignite yet more regional conflict. It is designed to give Masoud Barzani, who...

  • The numerous threats include terrorism and Iran's activities in the region, including its support for Hezbollah, says Alan Eyre of the Bureau of Energy Affairs, ‎U.S. Department of State.

  • *Iran imposes flight ban, Turkey threatens retaliation. *Tension simmers over vote in disputed areas like oil-rich Kirkuk. ERBIL/SULAIMANIYA, Iraq, Sept 25- Kurds voted in large numbers in an independence referendum in northern Iraq on Monday, ignoring pressure from Baghdad, threats from Turkey and Iran, and international warnings that the vote may ignite yet...

  • *Iran imposes flight ban, Turkey threatens retaliation. *Tension simmers over vote in disputed areas like oil-rich Kirkuk. ERBIL/SULAIMANIYA, Iraq, Sept 25- Kurds voted in large numbers in an independence referendum in northern Iraq on Monday, ignoring pressure from Baghdad, threats from Turkey and Iran, and international warnings that the vote may ignite yet...

  • *Iran imposes flight ban, Turkey threatens retaliation. *Tension simmers over vote in disputed areas like oil-rich Kirkuk. ERBIL/SULAIMANIYA, Iraq, Sept 25- Kurds voted in large numbers in an independence referendum in northern Iraq on Monday, ignoring pressure from Baghdad, threats from Turkey and Iran, and international warnings that the vote may ignite yet...

  • *Iran imposes flight ban, Turkey threatens retaliation. *Tension simmers over vote in disputed areas like oil-rich Kirkuk. ERBIL/SULAIMANIYA, Iraq, Sept 25- Kurds voted in large numbers in an independence referendum in northern Iraq on Monday, ignoring pressure from Baghdad, threats from Turkey and Iran, and international warnings that the vote may ignite yet...

  • *Iran imposes flight ban, Turkey threatens retaliation. *Tension simmers over vote in disputed areas like oil-rich Kirkuk. ERBIL/SULAIMANIYA, Iraq, Sept 25- Kurds voted in large numbers in an independence referendum in northern Iraq on Monday, ignoring pressure from Baghdad, threats from Turkey and Iran, and international warnings that the vote may ignite yet...

  • *Some voters call for break-up of Iraq. SULAIMANIYA, Iraq, Sept 25- Some Kurdish leaders describe Monday's referendum on independence as a historic chance for the ethnic group to shape its own destiny after decades of oppression. In Sulaimaniya, home of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan, officials caution that the vote could invite trouble from Turkey and Iran, and...

  • Iraqi Kurds holds a large Kurdish flag as they walk near the citadel towards a gathering urging people to vote in the upcoming independence referendum in Arbil, the capital of the autonomous Kurdish region of northern Iraq, on September 13, 2017.

    Iraqi Kurds cast ballots on Monday in their autonomous region and in a wide sweep of captured territories on whether to seek independence from Baghdad, a historic vote that has also raised tensions and fears of instability.

  • The new Iranian long range missile Khorramshahr

    Relations between Iran and the U.S. grew more strained after the Middle Eastern country successfully tested a new ballistic missile.

  • *Iran imposes flight ban, Turkey threatens retaliation. *Tension simmers over vote in disputed areas like oil-rich Kirkuk. ERBIL/SULAIMANIYA, Iraq, Sept 25- Kurds voted in an independence referendum in northern Iraq on Monday, ignoring pressure from Baghdad, threats from Turkey and Iran, and international warnings that the vote may ignite yet more regional...

  • SINGAPORE, Sept 25- Iran aims to maintain its crude and condensate exports for the rest of 2017 though recent maintenance, depleted oil storage and a growing domestic appetite will limit shipments abroad, a senior official at the national state oil company said on Monday. Iran has a target to export around 2.6 million barrels per day of crude oil and condensate...