Turkey's governing AK Party is holding an extraordinary congress to confirm the country's new prime minister, Binali Yildirim. Who is President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's new right-hand man?
Speaking at the UN, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has warned Iraqi Kurds to call off an independence referendum. Nearly all countries including the US and Iran oppose the vote — though Israel supports the idea.
Despite threats and warnings from the international community, Iraqi Kurds turned out in large numbers to cast their votes in an independence referendum. Turkey's president Erdogan said the move could cause "ethnic war."
The Kurdish regional head has vowed never to return to "the failed partnership" with Baghdad, ahead of Monday's independence vote which Iran, Iraq and Turkey all oppose. Earlier, Iran halted flights to and from the area.
Authorities in the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk have imposed a curfew as jubilant Kurds celebrated a referendum on independence. Iraq’s government and nearby powers oppose the non-binding ballot.
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