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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.