Civil unrest in Kurdistan rises as police join protests

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Striking police officers take to the streets, decrying government pay cuts made in response to a crippling financial crisis.

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Kirkuk receives petrodollars from Kurdistan government

Kurdistan Regional Government President Massoud Barzani (L) sits with Kirkuk Gov. Najmaldin Karim during a visit to Kirkuk on July 8, 2015. (AKO RASHEED/Reuters)

$10 million payment consolidates Kirkuk’s oil within the Kurdistan region’s exports, delivering cash to the province while shoring up a critical ingredient of the KRG’s oil mix.