Iraqi authorities have extended for two more months an international flight ban on the country’s semi-autonomous Kurdistan region amid tensions between the Baghdad government and the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) in the wake of the September controversial Kurdish independence referendum.
Iraq’s Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG)'s prime minister says the issue of a unilateral independence referendum is over, adding that the region respects a recent top court ruling that bans any secession from the mainland.
Iraq's Federal Court has ruled that no region or province could secede from the homeland after an unconstitutional Kurdish referendum that ended in failure but brought the country into the brink of a new crisis.
Iraqi Kurdish leader Masoud Barzani has announced he will step down as president of the region's government in November, after an independence referendum he championed backfired and triggered a regional crisis.
Two wealthy regions of northern Italy voted overwhelmingly for greater autonomy in referendums that could fan regional tensions in Europe at a time when Spain is striving to prevent Catalonia from breaking away.
Spain’s political showdown with Catalonia is set to reach a new level on Thursday when political leaders in Madrid and Barcelona are expected to make good on pledges made to their supporters to stick to their tough positions over the region’s future Reuters reported.
Kurdish leaders have dismissed the Iraqi government’s demand that the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) annul the results of last month’s independence referendum in the semi-autonomous Kurdistan region.