Barzani to step down as Iraqi Kurdish leader

Barzani to step down as Iraqi Kurdish leader

"After November 1, I will no longer exercise my functions, and I reject any extension of my mandate," Massud Barzani, said in a letter read out to parliament in the Kurdish capital Erbil.

Former Iraqi president Talabani buried in Kurdish region

Former Iraqi president Talabani buried in Kurdish region

Iraqi and Kurdish TV showed the Iraqi Airways plane which carried Talabani's coffin from Germany, where he died on Tuesday at the age of 83, landing in Sulaimaniya, his home city in northern Iraq.

Iraqi PM calls on Kurds to cancel referendum result

Iraqi PM calls on Kurds to cancel referendum result

Haider Abadi renewed his ultimatum to Masoud Barzani's Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) to hand over control of international airports by Friday or face a ban on direct international flights to the Kurdish region.

Erdogan warns of 'ethnic war' risk over Iraqi Kurdish vote

Erdogan warns of 'ethnic war' risk over Iraqi Kurdish vote

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday warned the Iraqi Kurdish leader against pushing for independence after holding a non-binding referendum, saying such a move risked sparking an "ethnic war" in the region.

Iraq Kurd leader delays independence vote announcement

Iraq Kurd leader delays independence vote announcement

Iraqi Kurdish leader Massud Barzani on Saturday delayed a scheduled news conference on a controversial independence referendum he has called for next week as international pressure mounts for a postponement.

Nepal activist gets first transgender passport

Nepal activist gets first transgender passport

Nepal issued its first transgender passport on Monday in a move which rights groups hailed as a breakthrough.