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Iraq's Kurds Push for Independence Vote; US Objects

The president of Iraq's autonomous Kurdish region has asked his parliament to prepare for a referendum on independence, a measure that drew the United States' swift objection. Massoud Barzani told the region's legislature in a speech Thursday that it is "time to decide about our self-determination and not to wait for other people to decide for us." And in an interview with VOA, he called self-rule "a natural right that must be achieved. Independence must be...

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