Supreme court calls for suspension of Kurdish referendum, Iraqi PM deems it 'unconstitutional'

Iraq's Supreme Court has ordered the planned Kurdish independence referendum to be suspended as Iraqi prime minister on Monday formally demanded a halt, stating seccession would be "unconstitutional". "The supreme court has issued the order to suspend organising the referendum set for September 25 ... until it examines the complaints it has received over this plebiscite being unconstitutional," the Court said in a statement, Al Jazeera reported. Warning the vote on September 25 would lead to "dangerous outcomes", Iraq's prime minister, Haider al-Abadi on Monday said “the breakaway of any...

Spanish government increases control of Catalan finances

The Spanish government on Friday said it had increased control over Catalonia’s spending to ensure funds are not diverted to paying for an independence referendum, reports Spain’s finance minister, Cristobal Montoro told reporters that the controls were justified to ensure financial stability and defend the country’s legal order. The announcement came after Spain’s constitutional Court ruled Catalanonia’s independence referendum illegal.

UN Sec-Gen warns Kurdistan referendum could detract from fight against Islamic State

The United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres, on Sunday, spoke out against the planned Kurdish independence referendum, reports Reuters. Warning that the referendum would detract from the fight against Islamic State militants, the UN spokesperson Stephane Dujarric in a statement, said, “The Secretary-General respects the sovereignty, territorial integrity and unity of Iraq and considers that all outstanding issues between the federal Government and the Kurdistan Regional Government should be resolved through structured dialogue and constructive compromise.”

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.