The Governor of Kirkuk Najmaldin Karim during an interview with Kurdistan 24
The move came after Iraq's parliament voted to remove the governor of Kirkuk, a staunch supporter of Kurdish independence.
Lawmaker Hussein al-Maliki said parliament voted to dismiss Kirkuk Gov. Najmiddin Karim based on consultations with Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi.
Iraqi Kurdish lawmakers voted earlier Friday to hold the referendum on September 25, in the face of bitter opposition from Baghdad and protests from neighboring Iran and Turkey, which fear it will fan separatism among their own Kurdish minorities.
The United States and other Western powers also have opposed the move, fearing it could weaken the already shaky government in Baghdad.
The referendum has been opposed by Baghdad because it would threaten the integrity of Iraq and distract the ongoing fight against Islamic State militants by Iraqi forces.
An global delegation, including the United States, Britain and UN envoys, met with Barzani and presented the alternative path for the controversial independence referendum.
Pakistan beats World XI, wins series
Students are painting their faces with Pakistani flag colours and a lot of them are also wearing shirts of Pakistani flag. World XI captain Faf du Plessis and Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed. "This has been a huge success", said du Plessis.
Tillerson calls for an end to 'horrors' in Myanmar
The government must recant its position on the status of the Rohingyas, who must be accorded the full citizenship rights. The Muslim Rohingyas have been fleeing from Myanmar (Burma) by the thousands.
Cheap Nokia 2 smartphone to pack a whopping 4000mAh battery
The phone would offer nearly all types of connectivity options on the phone to connect the device with the web or other devices. Besides, the appearance on Geekbench also means that HMD is testing the Android Oreo build for the upcoming flagship smartphone.
"I will stay in office", he told Reuters. It is clear that the Iraqi authorities can maximally grant a broader autonomy to the Iraqi Kurds seeking independence.
Iraq's Kurdish region has enjoyed a high degree of autonomy since the USA imposed a no-fly zone over northern Iraq after the 1990 Gulf War.
Iranian-backed Iraqi Shia paramilitary groups have threatened to dislodge the Kurdish forces from the oil-rich Kirkuk region, which is due to take part in the referendum.
Turkey's Recep Tayyip Erdogan has advised his Iraqi Kurdish counterpart Massoud Barzani to back off from plans to host a referendum on Iraqi Kurdish independence.
A Foreign Ministry statement released Thursday also welcomed an Iraqi parliament vote that rejected the September 25 referendum as unconstitutional. Last spring, Kirkuk's governorate voted to raise the Kurdish flag over state buildings, despite Baghdad's insistence that only Iraq's national flag should fly in the multiethnic city. "This is a very risky process", United States envoy to the multinational coalition battling Daesh, Brett McGurk, told reporters after a delegation that included the UN and British representatives met with Barzani.
J&K: BSF soldier killed in Pak firing
Pakistan Rangers started unprovoked firing and shelling on Indian positions and civilian areas in Arnia sector around 1 am today. The authorities have kept emergency services in readiness to meet any eventuality due to the ceasefire violation by Pakistan.
Cassini Completes 20-Year Mission With Plunge Into Saturn
Cassini is expected to send back new details about the planet and its moons right up until its blazing finale later on Friday. Back in April, the spacecraft started a series of orbits that had the goal of looking in between and behind Saturn's rings.
Australia kicks off weeks-long same-sex marriage ballot
Hundreds of "no" campaigners marched on Saturday, arguing that changes would infringe religious freedom and children's rights. Australian PM Malcolm Turnbull is one of those supporting a yes vote in an upcoming postal vote.
China orders all Bitcoin exchanges to close, report says
Speaking to CNBC , the executive said there is value in creating and trading Bitcoin , as its current popularity and usage shows. So if you were a dollar millionaire but put it all into bitcoins, you lost over $363,000 (£272,000) overnight.
Brazil tycoon Wesley Batista held for 'insider trading'
Despite the lower house's move to block the charges, they remain valid and can be pursued by prosecutors once Temer leaves office. The Supreme Court was also considering a motion from Temer's lawyers to throw out the Batista evidence.
Watch Spyder Pre Release Event Online
Spyder trailer was scheduled to be released at the grand pre-release event that will be held in Hyderabad on Friday evening. While the Telugu version has already got close to 6.5 lakh hits, the Tamil version has got 2.5 lakh views on YouTube.
Nestle acquires Blue Bottle Coffee
Nestle, Europe's biggest company by market value, is under pressure too from activist shareholder Third Point. Today, Oakland's Blue Bottle Coffee announced it's selling a majority stake to Nestlé .
Pakistan top World XI in historic game
The World XI today seek to keep the series alive with a comeback following their defeat last night to the green shirts. Pakistan owe their match-winning total to Babar Azam whose 52-ball 86 set the foundation for the Pakistan total.