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Palestinian gunmen kills three at Israeli settlement

Tue, 26 Sep 2017 07:44:47 GMT

Attack west of Jersualem is the first serious incident in several months



Iraqi Kurds defy threats to vote in independence referendum

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 13:38:57 GMT

Voters in Iraq’s northern Kurdistan pour into polling stations to cast their ballots



Why oil markets are taking Kurdish referendum in their stride

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 08:36:44 GMT

Traders reckon impact on overall Iraq crude production will be minimal






Baghdad ramps up pressure on Iraqi Kurdistan region

Sun, 24 Sep 2017 15:00:48 GMT

Head of autonomous government insists poll on independence will go ahead



Suffering and grief drive quest for an independent Kurdistan

Sun, 24 Sep 2017 13:54:11 GMT

Supporters of the referendum know they are courting trouble but are not put off



Tunisia activists worry marriage reform is ploy to win votes

Sun, 24 Sep 2017 11:41:28 GMT

Concerns voiced over political game as Sebsi woos women ahead of local elections



Kurdish independence referendum raises the stakes in Kirkuk

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 03:07:28 GMT

Baghdad and world powers oppose plebiscite amid fears of ethnic clashes



Turkey starts to deploy troops to northern Syrian province

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 16:07:17 GMT

Move to enforce de-escalation deal agreed with Russia and Iran in rebel-held Idlib






Donald Trump’s blistering rhetoric only boosts Iran’s hardliners

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 17:34:13 GMT

The survival of the nuclear deal with Tehran is now at stake, writes David Gardner






Saudi Arabia to test Tehran’s influence in Iraq

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 10:05:39 GMT

Riyadh’s diplomatic push challenges Iran’s plans to strengthen role with Baghdad



Iraqi Kurdistan referendum poses challenge for Turkey

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 04:18:15 GMT

Erdogan condemns poll but may have limited room for manoeuvre



Iran’s Rouhani fires back at Trump’s ‘ignorant’ rhetoric

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 01:41:11 GMT

Leader attacks US administration as ‘rogue newcomers to the world of politics’



US warns Kurdistan over independence referendum

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 01:10:33 GMT

State department says diplomatic aid for Iraqi region could be cut if vote goes ahead



Iran’s Rouhani fires back at Trump’s ‘ignorant’ UN rhetoric

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 16:10:38 GMT

Leader attacks administration as ‘rogue newcomers to the world of politics’






Kurdish independence and the lessons of history

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 10:11:09 GMT

Next week’s referendum could realise the dream of statehood at last



Trump sparks global push to keep Iran nuclear deal intact

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 03:43:23 GMT

Tehran and Europe lobby US on merits of agreement after president’s scornful UN speech



Saudi Arabia’s crown prince scales back his ambitions

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 15:41:41 GMT

The crackdown on internal dissent fails to disguise jitters over plans for reform



Israel shoots down drone over the Golan Heights

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 14:32:53 GMT

Incident comes at a time of rising tensions with Hizbollah in the region



Saudi security forces clamp down on dissent

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 04:00:33 GMT

Academics and clerics held as Riyadh acts to silence criticism



Hundreds jailed in Egypt after mass trial over Morsi protests

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 22:07:00 GMT

Life sentences handed to 43 for role in demonstration over former president’s ousting



Iraqi prime minister calls for Kurdistan region to halt referendum

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 17:36:44 GMT

Tensions grow between Baghdad and KRG ahead of contentious vote on independence