The president of Iraq's autonomous Kurdistan region, Massud Barzani arriving for a session of the Kurdistan parliament in Arbil July 3, 2014.(AFP Photo/Safin Hamed)
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Kurdish ministers said they were boycotting meetings of Iraq's caretaker cabinet and authorities in Baghdad halted cargo flights to two Kurdish cities, in an escalating row between the Shiite-led central government and Kurdish leaders.The new legislature has failed to agree on leadership for the country, leaving Maliki in power as a caretaker while Shiite and Kurdish leaders trade accusations over the insurgency.Sunnis and Kurds demand Maliki leave office, but he shows no sign of agreeing to step aside.Maliki, meanwhile, has accused the Kurds of exploiting the crisis to push for statehood.
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