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Iraq Fires New Salvo in Political Row with Kurds

Iraq's top court on Monday declared the Kurdish north's independence referendum in September to be unconstitutional, firing a new salvo in the political crisis with the autonomous region.

The legal move marked the latest stage in the dispute between Baghdad and Kurdish regional capital Arbil sparked by the referendum, which resulted in a resounding "yes" vote for independence in the Kurdish area.

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Turkish Troops, Kurdish Militia Clash in Syria's Idlib

The Turkish army and Kurdish militia exchanged fire Monday in the northern Syrian province of Idlib where Ankara's troops are stationed as observers, the first report of such an incident in the area, state media said.

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Syria 'De-Escalation Zone' Sees Civilians Buried under the Rubble

Entire families have been buried under the rubble in a rebel-held enclave near Syria's capital, as government forces pursue a nearly week-long campaign against the area despite a de-escalation deal.

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Palestinian Factions Head to Cairo for Reconciliation Talks

Leaders of various Palestinian factions headed for the Egyptian capital Cairo on Monday ahead of talks aimed at moving forward with a reconciliation agreement.

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Photo of Israel President in Palestinian Scarf Sparks Probe

Israeli police announced Monday an investigation after a picture of President Reuven Rivlin wearing a Palestinian scarf emerged amid anger over his decision to reject a soldier's pardon request.

Rivlin had on Sunday refused to pardon Elor Azaria, the soldier convicted of manslaughter for shooting dead a wounded Palestinian assailant as he lay on the ground in March 2016.

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Iraq Top Court Declares Kurd Referendum Unconstitutional

Iraq's top court on Monday declared the Kurdish north's independence referendum in September to be unconstitutional, firing a new salvo in the political crisis with the autonomous region.

The legal move marked the latest stage in the dispute between Baghdad and Kurdish regional capital Arbil sparked by the referendum, which resulted in a resounding "yes" vote for independence in the Kurdish area.

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Mosul Jihadist Families Sent to Baghdad 'for Expulsion'

About 300 wives and children of foreign jihadists captured in Mosul have been transferred from northern Iraq to Baghdad "for expulsion to their home countries," an official told AFP Monday.

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15 Dead, 10 Hurt in a Stampede for Food Aid in Morocco

A stampede erupted while food aid was being distributed in a Moroccan village Sunday and at least 15 people died and 10 were injured, authorities said.

The crush took place in Sidi Boulalam as a local association was handing out food at a local weekly "souk," or market, the Interior Ministry said in a statement. The town is in Essaouira province, which abuts the Atlantic coast southwest of Casablanca.

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France to Take in Refugees Rescued from Libya by UN

France will be the first to welcome African refugees evacuated from Libya to NIger by the United Nations refugee agency, French officials announced Monday.

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Arab League Delivers Harsh Criticism of Iran, Little Action

In a resolution long on criticism but short on concrete steps, Arab foreign ministers who met in Cairo Sunday delivered a tirade of criticism against Iran and its Lebanese ally Hizbullah, saying Tehran was destabilizing the region.

They said they planned to "brief" the U.N. Security Council on Iran's "destabilizing" policies in the region, particularly its support for Shiite rebels in Yemen, with a view to submit at a later stage an anti-Iran Arab resolution.

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