BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq’s top court has paved the way for the self-ruled northern Kurdish region to step back from its controversial independence referendum and annul the vote’s results that overwhelmingly backed secession from Baghdad.

The Supreme Federal Court on Monday reaffirmed an earlier ruling that said the Sept. 25 referendum was unconstitutional and that its results are to be annulled.

In the crisis that followed the vote, Baghdad had demanded the Kurds annul its results before negotiations could start between the Iraqi central government and the self-ruled Kurdish region.

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Pakistan’s two-faced game helped in Taliban’s return, Abdullah tells Halifax

The Chief Executive of the Government of National Unity of Afghanistan Abdullah Abdullah blames Pakistan’s two-faced game helped in return of the Taliban insurgency. Speaking during the Halifax International Security Forum in Canada, Abdullah said the Taliban group returned and resumed its insurgency in Afghanistan due to the two-faced games of the neighboring Pakistan. Abdullah

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No violations committed by Pak forces along Durand Line: Gen. Hussain Khel

A top commander of the border protection police forces in the East has rejected reports suggesting that the Pakistani forces have violated the Durand Line. The commander of the 1st Brigade of the border protection police forces Gen. Mohammad Ayoub Hussain Khel said no Pakistani soldier has moved inside the Afghan soil. Speaking to reporters

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Taliban and ISIS suffer heavy casualties in Nangarhar air and ground operations

At least twenty militants of the Taliban group and loyalists of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group were killed or wounded during the operations in eastern Nangarhar province of Afghanistan. The 201st Silab Corps in the East said the militants were killed or wounded in three different districts in the past

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MoI rejects discrimination in recruitment process of public order police

The Ministry of Interior of Afghanistan rejected the perceptions regarding the discrimination in recruitment of personnel in the ranks of the public order police forces. The ministry issued a statement to clarify the government’s stance regarding a controversial letter being circulated on media. Admitting the writing mistakes in the letter, the ministry said such perceptions

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