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Iraq’s Kurdistan region holds independence vote

Iraq’s Kurdistan region holds independence vote 25 September 2017 From the section Middle East Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionKexit? Iraqi Kurdistan referendum explained – by the voters themselves Voters are heading to the polls in a controversial independence referendum in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. Iraq’s prime minister has warned he will take “necessary measures to preserve the unity of the country”. Western countries have expressed concern that the poll could provoke fresh conflict, and distract from the fight against so-called Islamic State. But Kurds, who have long fought for their own state, have pressed...

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Bali volcano: 35,000 evacuated from near Mount Agung

Bali volcano: 35,000 evacuated from near Mount Agung 25 September 2017 From the section Asia Image copyright Reuters Image caption Thousands of Bali residents have been evacuated to town halls and schools Nearly 35,000 people have been evacuated from their homes near an active volcano in Bali, as authorities warn it could erupt imminently. The area around Mount Agung has seen hundreds of tremors and signs of magma rising to the surface in recent days. Authorities have now imposed a 12km (7.5 miles) exclusion zone around the mountain and issued their highest level alert on Friday. Thousands of evacuees...

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Australia to create national space agency

25 September 2017 From the section Australia Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The Australian government has committed to creating a national space agency Australia will establish a national space agency to grow its space industry, the government has said. The nation is one of the only developed countries in the world not to have a space agency. Acting Industry Minister Michaelia Cash said it was “crucial” that Australia capitalised on the rapid growth of the global space industry. It follows a domestic industry review which had called for a dedicated body to be established. “The agency will be...

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