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Iraqi Kurdish president asks parliament to prepare for independence vote

Last Updated: Friday, July 04, 2014, 03:34

The president of Iraq`s autonomous Kurdish region asked its parliament on Thursday to plan a referendum on Kurdish independence, signalling his impatience with Baghdad, which is fighting to repel Sunni insurgents and struggling to form a new government.

US opposes independence referendum for Iraqi Kurds

Last Updated: Friday, July 04, 2014, 01:20

The United States today came out against a call by Iraq`s Kurdish leader for an independence referendum, saying the only way the country could repel Islamic State radicals would be to stay united.

Iraq Kurd chief to discuss disputed areas referendum: MP

Last Updated: Thursday, July 03, 2014, 16:48

Iraqi Kurdish regional president Massud Barzani will address the Kurdish parliament Thursday on holding a referendum in disputed areas, after vowing to hold a plebiscite within months, an MP said.

Iraqi Kurds to vote on independence in months: Leader

Last Updated: Tuesday, July 01, 2014, 15:27

Iraq`s Kurds will hold an independence referendum within months, their leader Massud Barzani said on Tuesday, as the region reels under a brutal offensive by Sunni jihadists who have declared an Islamic caliphate.

Big turnout in Hong Kong democracy vote as Beijing fumes

Last Updated: Sunday, June 29, 2014, 19:56

An informal referendum aimed at bolstering support for greater democracy in Hong Kong wound down today after drawing nearly 800,000 votes and the ire of Beijing, which denounced it as a political farce.

Ten of thousands vote as Hong Kong democracy ``referendum`` kicks off

Last Updated: Friday, June 20, 2014, 11:38

Tens of thousands of people voted for full democracy in Hong Kong within the first hour of an unofficial online referendum, a civil campaign that has sparked warnings from China`s Communist Party leaders.

Japan lowers voting age to 18

Last Updated: Friday, June 20, 2014, 11:24

The minimum voting age in Japan has been lowered from 20 to 18 as a revised national referendum law took effect Friday.

Hong Kong``s democracy ``referendum`` likely to rile China``s communists

Last Updated: Thursday, June 19, 2014, 13:14

Hong Kong holds a controversial "referendum" on democracy on Friday, a prelude to an escalating campaign of dissent that could shut down the former British colony`s financial district and further anger China`s Communist Party leaders.

Burkina opposition in mass rally against extending president`s mandate

Last Updated: Sunday, June 01, 2014, 01:36

Tens of thousands of people Saturday answered a call by Burkina Faso`s opposition to protest against any move by President Blaise Compaore to get a fifth term in office.

Formal countdown begins for Scottish vote that could break up United Kingdom

Last Updated: Friday, May 30, 2014, 05:59

The formal campaign for a Scottish independence vote that could result in the break-up of the United Kingdom began on Friday, though polls currently show Scots are unlikely to vote for the demise of the 307-year-old union with England.

Arvind Kejriwal seeks fresh polls in Delhi, says no to referendum

Last Updated: Wednesday, May 21, 2014, 09:20

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday apologised to the nation for quitting as Delhi Chief Minister early this year after running the government for 49 days and said that his party wants fresh mandate.

Eyeing power in Delhi, AAP may hold public referendum

Last Updated: Tuesday, May 20, 2014, 16:19

Arvind Kejriwal-led AAP is considering to hold a referendum to form government in Delhi, where they were wiped out in all seven seats in the recently concluded General Elections, several months after winning 28 seats in the assembly polls there.