Spanish police raid warehouses to confiscate Catalan independence referendum campaign material

Spanish authorities, on Sunday, raided warehouses in Barcelona to confiscate over 1.3million leaflets and campaign material promoting the Catalan independence referendum. Spain’s Interior Ministry said the operation was the largest in a series of similar raids, reports Reuters. Officials said that Spanish prosecutors have ordered police to investigate any efforts to promote the referendum adding that it would charge any officials promoting the referendum with abuse of office and misuse of public funds. Catalan’s parliament passed a law enabling the independence referendum earlier this month,...

Iraqi PM warns Kurds against referendum

Iraq's prime minister, Haider al-Abadi on Saturday warned Kurds against holding the independence referendum planned for September 25. Mr Abadi said holding the referendum was like "playing with fire", Reuters reported. "The vote could jeopardise gains achieved by the Kurds under the self-rule regime," he reportedly added. On Friday, the Kurdish regional parliament approved plans for the referendum.

Hamas dissolves Gaza administration, aiming to build unity government

Hamas announced on Sunday that it has dissolved its administration of the Gaza strip, and would be prepared to commence talks with Fatah on holding general elections and forming a unity government. Dissolving the Hamas run Gaza administrative body was a key condition sent by President Mahmoud Abbas. "Hamas invites the consensus government to come to Gaza to practice its mission and carry out its duties in the Gaza Strip immediately, and it accepts holding the general elections," the statement said. Relations between Hamas and Fatah have remain strained despite a 2014 agreement to form a...

US denounces Kurdistan independence referendum

The United States has denounced the Kurdistan Regional Government’s intention of holding an independence referendum later this month. In a press statement made by the White House on Friday, the Office of the Press Secretary said, “The United States does not support the Kurdistan Regional Government’s intention to hold a referendum later this month. The United States has repeatedly emphasized to the leaders of the Kurdistan Regional Government that the referendum is distracting from efforts to defeat ISIS and stabilize the liberated areas. Holding the referendum in disputed areas is...

UN agencies call for international assistance to Rohingya refugees

The United Nations called on the international community for massive assistance to help approximately 400,000 Muslims from Myanmar who fled to Bangladesh, reports Reuters. In a statement made on Thursday, the director of operations and emergencies for the International Organisation of Migration, Mohammed Abdiker, said, “We urge the international community to step up humanitarian support and come up with help.” On Wednesday, the UN Secretary General Antonia Guterres urged Myanmar to end what he described as ethnic cleansing of the Rohingya people. The IOM director of operations warned that the...

ICC renews calls for Libyan commander to be arrested for war crimes

The chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court on Wednesday renewed her call for the Libyan commander, Mahmoud Mustafa Busayf Al-Werfalli to be arrested over allegations of war crimes. The renewed call came after reports that Commander Werfalli was responsible for more killings. Stating that he “stands accused of serious crimes. I therefore call again on Libya to take all possible steps to immediately arrest and surrender him to the ICC,” ICC prosecutor Fatou Bensouda said that she had received “reports alleging conversely that the suspect is at large and may have been involved in...

Catalan's mayors summoned over independence referendum

Spain has summoned 712 Catalan mayors for endorsing the independence referendum due to be held on October 1, reports Al Jazeera . The state prosecutor has called for the mayors to be arrested if they fail to comply with the summons. The move comes just days after one million Catalans marched in Barcelona calling for independence. It is the latest in a series of attempts by Madrid to stop the referendum from taking place. Catalan leaders remain defiant however, pledging to continue with their plans to hold the referendum.

Myanmar leader to skip UN General Assembly meet

Myanmar’ leader Aung San Suu Kyi has cancelled a trip to the United Nations General Assembly due to the crisis in the Rakhine state, said her office on Wednesday. Speaking at a press conference, the leader’s spokesperson Zaw Htay said Ms Suu Kyi was focusing on preventing any spread of communal violence, adding that “She is concentrating on establishing stability.” The leader has faced growing international pressure for her silence on the state military clampdown on the Rohingya community which has been described by the UN as an “example of ethnic cleansing.”

Israel reiterates support for Kurdish state

The Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday reiterated the country's support for an independent state of Kurdistan ahead of the planned independence referendum on Septemeber 25. "[Israel] supports the legitimate efforts of the Kurdish people to achieve their own state,” Mr Netanyahu was quoted by Reuters as saying. According to the news wire, an Israeli general said at a conference last week in Washington that he did not view the PKK as a terrorist group. See more here .

Kurds prepared to draw borders if Iraq rejects independence referendum

The president of Iraqi Kurdistan said it will draw orders of a future Kurdish state if Baghdad refused to accept an independence referendum taking place later this month. Speaking to the BBC Kurdish president Massoud Barzani, said he wanted to reach an agreement with the central government if the Kurdish people opted to secede. “This is the first step. This is the first time in history the people in Kurdistan will freely decide their future. After that we will start talks with Bagdad, to reach an agreement over borders, water and oil,” he said. The Kurdish community in Iraq makes up 15 to 20...