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Polish president scraps court reform bid as EU issues warning

Polish president scraps court reform bid as EU issues warningPoland's president on Monday scrapped his bid to give himself more power over the judiciary, as the EU warned that Warsaw still risked unprecedented sanctions over what it calls a threat to the rule of law. Andrzej Duda made a sudden U-turn just hours after proposing to change the Polish constitution, when lawmakers told him he would not have parliamentary backing for the move. Duda had on Monday morning presented his own version of laws in place of government reform proposals he vetoed in July, to the surprise and dismay of the ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party.


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Turnout high as Iraqi Kurds defy threats to hold independence vote

Turnout high as Iraqi Kurds defy threats to hold independence voteBy Maher Chmaytelli and Michael Georgy ERBIL/SULAIMANIYA, Iraq (Reuters) - Kurds voted in large numbers in an independence referendum in northern Iraq on Monday, ignoring pressure from Baghdad, threats from Turkey and Iran, and international warnings that the vote may ignite yet more regional conflict. The vote organized by Kurdish authorities is expected to deliver a comfortable "yes" for independence, but is not binding. Turnout was 76 percent an hour before voting closed, the Kurdish Rudaw TV station said.


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