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Iraqi Kurdish party to boycott local polls in tussle with federal Supreme Court

IRBIL: The main party in northern Iraq’s autonomous Kurdish region said on Monday it would boycott local elections, accusing the Baghdad-based Supreme Court of interfering in regional affairs.

The Kurdistan Democratic Party or KDP said it would not take part in the June 10 vote following a February ruling by the Federal Supreme Court to amend the electoral law.

That decision reduced the number of seats in the Kurdish parliament from 111 to 100, effectively eliminating a quota reserved for Turkmen, Armenian and Christian minorities.

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IRBIL: The main party in northern Iraq’s autonomous Kurdish region said on Monday it would boycott local elections, accusing the Baghdad-based Supreme Court of interfering in regional affairs.

The Kurdistan Democratic Party or KDP said it would not take part in the June 10 vote following a February ruling by the Federal Supreme Court to amend the electoral law.

That decision reduced the number of seats in the Kurdish parliament from 111 to 100, effectively eliminating a quota reserved for Turkmen, Armenian and Christian minorities.

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In Ukraine, low hopes for the liberation of lands occupied by Russia

As Kyiv’s forces struggle, fewer than half of Ukrainians believe the country could return to its pre-2014 borders.

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Australia’s counterterrorism team arrests seven teens in overnight raids

Police arrest seven in raids across Sydney following the stabbing of an Assyrian Orthodox bishop last week.

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Russia arrests deputy defence minister suspected of corruption

Timur Ivanov, in charge of military construction contracts, suspected of taking bribes ‘on a particularly large scale’.

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