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Clashes erupt in Iraqi city of Kirkuk over Kurdish vote

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BAGHDAD (AP) -- Iraq's ethnically-mixed and contested city of Kirkuk was on a nighttime curfew on Tuesday after clashes erupted there the previous night between Kurds and Turkmen amid preparations for the controversial Kurdish independence referendum next week, a local Turkmen official said....

Iraq's top court suspends Kurdish region's independence vote

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BAGHDAD (AP) -- Iraq's top court on Monday temporarily suspended the northern Kurdish region's referendum on independence that's due next week, a decision that put further pressure on the Iraqi Kurds to call off the controversial vote....

The Latest: Turkey warns Kurds against 'artificial' state

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BAGHDAD (AP) -- The Latest on the independence referendum scheduled for later this month in Iraq's semi-autonomous northern Kurdish region (all times local):...

UN chief comes out against Kurdish independence referendum
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The U.N. says Secretary-General Antonio Guterres opposes the Sept. 25 independence referendum planned by Iraq's Kurds for the enclave in the country's north....

UN may vote soon to help Iraq collect evidence against IS
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The Security Council is putting the final touches on a resolution that would authorize U.N. investigators to help Iraq collect evidence to prosecute extremists from the Islamic State group for possible war crimes....

Kurdish parliament votes to move ahead with referendum
IRBIL, Iraq (AP) -- The Kurdish region's parliament voted Friday evening to approve the holding of a controversial referendum on support for independence Sept. 25, according to broadcasts of the session by local television. Kurdish leaders have come under increasing pressure from key ally the United States, as well as neighboring Turkey and Iran, to call off the vote fearing it could plunge the region into greater instability as the fight against the Islamic State group grinds to a close....

The Latest: US envoy calls for Kurds to halt referendum

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BAGHDAD (AP) -- The Latest on developments in Iraq (all times local):...

Declassified list shows sites in Mosul with unexploded bombs

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- A top American military commander has declassified 81 locations of unexploded bombs dropped by the U.S.-led coalition in the battle to oust Islamic State militants from the Iraqi city of Mosul. And officials are considering similar disclosures for other areas, in a rare step to help aid groups and contractors clear explosives from war-ravaged Iraqi cities....

Iraqi Kurdish leader defends independence vote
IRBIL, Iraq (AP) -- The leader of Iraq's Kurdish region defended an independence referendum planned for later this month during a visit Tuesday to the oil-rich Kirkuk province, the epicenter of a long-running dispute with the central government....

Turkey urges Iraqi Kurds to call off vote on independence
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- Turkey is calling on the head of Iraq's autonomous Kurdish region to cancel a planned referendum on Kurdish independence....

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