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  • Hundreds of protesters storm Baghdad's Green Zone, enter parliament 30 Apr 2016 | 7:44 am

    Followers of Iraq's Shi'ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr are seen in the parliament building as they storm Baghdad's Green Zone in IraqHundreds of supporters of Shi'ite Muslim cleric Moqtada al-Sadr stormed Baghdad's Green Zone on Saturday and entered the parliament building after lawmakers failed to convene for a vote on overhauling the government, two Reuters witnesses said. The protesters, who had gathered outside the heavily fortified district housing government buildings and many foreign embassies, crossed a bridge over the Tigris River chanting, "The cowards ran away!" in apparent reference to lawmakers leaving parliament, one of the witnesses said. A guard at a checkpoint said the protesters had not been searched before entering.


  • Anti-government protesters breach Baghdad's Green Zone 30 Apr 2016 | 7:23 am

    Followers of Iraq's Shi'ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr storm in IraqBAGHDAD (AP) — Dozens of protesters have climbed over the blast walls surrounding Baghdad's highly-fortified Green Zone and could be seen storming into parliament, carrying Iraqi flags and chanting against the government.


  • Iran media: Moderates win more than 30 more parliament seats 30 Apr 2016 | 6:57 am

    An Iranian woman casts her ballot for the parliamentary runoff elections in a polling station at the city of Qods about 12 miles (20 kilometers) west of the capital Tehran, Iran, Friday, April 29, 2016. Iranians voted Friday in the country's parliamentary runoff elections, a key polling that is expected to decide exactly how much power moderate forces backing President Hassan Rouhani will have in the next legislature. The balloting is for the remaining 68 positions in the 290-seat chamber that were not decided in February's general election, in which Rouhani's allies won an initial majority. (AP Photo)TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's moderate-reformist bloc secured more than 30 additional seats in parliamentary runoff elections, according to a Saturday report on state TV.


  • Austria in EU talks to extend migrant border controls 30 Apr 2016 | 6:18 am

    A barbed wire fence is erected at a border crossing between Austria and Slovenia at Spielfeld, Austria in December 2015Austria said on Saturday it was in talks with the European Union's executive body to extend border controls brought in last year to help stem the migrant flow. "I can confirm that we are having discussions with the EU Commission and our European partners about this," interior ministry spokesman Karl-Heinz Grundboeck told AFP. Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany and Sweden have all clamped down on their frontiers as the continent battles its biggest migration crisis since the end of World War II.


  • Yemen foes begin direct peace talks in bid to end conflict: UN 30 Apr 2016 | 6:12 am

    A suicide attack targeted the police chief at the Saudi-backed government's base in the southern Yemeni city Aden on April 28, 2016Yemen's warring parties began face-to-face peace talks on Saturday on "key issues" in a bid to end the conflict in the impoverished Arab country, the United Nations said. "All delegations are present. Key issues will be addressed," Charbel Raji, spokesman for Yemen's UN envoy Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, told AFP about the negotiations taking place in Kuwait.


  • Turkish airstrikes target Kurdish rebels overnight 30 Apr 2016 | 5:44 am

    ISTANBUL (AP) — The Turkish military says it conducted overnight airstrikes against Kurdish rebels in northern Iraq and southeast Turkey.

  • IS claims responsibility for Baghdad bombing that killed 21 30 Apr 2016 | 5:43 am

    Shiite pilgrims march toward the Imam Mousa al-Kadhim shrine to commemorate the anniversary of the Imam's death in Baghdad, Iraq, Friday, April 29, 2016. The anniversary of the 8th-century Imam's death draws tens of thousands of Shiites from all walks to converge on his golden-domed shrine in northern Baghdad. The pilgrims typically march to the shrine while hundreds of tents are erected to offer them free food, drinks and services. (AP Photo/Ali Abdul Hassan)BAGHDAD (AP) — The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for a bombing Saturday east of Baghdad, according to a statement posted on an IS-affiliated website. The attack killed at least 21 people and wounded at least 42 others, according to Iraqi police and hospital officials. The IS statement described the attack as a three-ton truck bombing.


  • Bomb attack on Shi'ite pilgrims in Baghdad kills at least 19: sources 30 Apr 2016 | 5:24 am

    People gather around a crater after a suicide bomb attack in a southeastern suburb of BaghdadA suicide bomber driving a car killed at least 19 people and wounded 48 others on Saturday in an attack claimed by Islamic State on a group of Shi'ite Muslim pilgrims in a southeastern suburb of Baghdad, Iraqi police sources said. A second explosion near a Shi'ite militia checkpoint in the capital's Dora district killed two and wounded three others, police sources said. Amaq news agency, which supports Islamic State, said a fighter in the Nahrawan district had driven a truck loaded with three tonnes of explosives into the gathering of Shi'ite pilgrims.


  • Iran's moderates make modest gains in run-off election 30 Apr 2016 | 5:00 am

    File photo of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani speaking during news conference in IslamabadBy Sam Wilkin DUBAI (Reuters) - Politicians allied to President Hassan Rouhani came out strongest in a second round of parliamentary elections in Iran, early results showed on Saturday, but his moderate faction appeared unlikely to clinch an overall majority. If confirmed, the results suggest Iran's next parliament will be more supportive of Rouhani's drive for economic reforms, but conservatives will remain a powerful force and could limit the prospects for social change. Rouhani's allies made significant gains in that vote, held in February, ending conservative dominance of the 290-seat assembly.


  • Turkish warplanes hit PKK targets in southeast Turkey, northern Iraq: sources 30 Apr 2016 | 3:53 am

    A Turkish F-16 fighter jet takes off from Incirlik airbase in the southern city of Adana, TurkeyThe Turkish army carried out air strikes in rural parts of southeastern Turkey and northern Iraq, targeting logistics posts used by Kurdish militants, security sources said on Saturday. Twenty jets took off from Diyarbakir air base late on Friday and bombed sites used by Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) militants for food and weapons support in Hakurk, Avasin and Qandil in northern Iraq, the sources said. Two separate rounds of air bombardments were carried out in Sirnak province near the Iraq border after receiving an intelligence tip-off, the sources said.


  • U.N. says in principle open to helping in Iran-U.S. assets dispute 29 Apr 2016 | 10:38 pm

    U.N. Secretary General Ban delivers a speech in front of Austrian Chancellor Faymann in the Parliament in ViennaBy Louis Charbonneau UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The United Nations on Friday suggested it would be willing to assist in a dispute between Tehran and Washington after Iran requested U.N. help in convincing the United States to stop what the Islamic Republic says are violations of state immunity. Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif wrote to U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday to ask him to intervene with his "good offices" after the top U.S. court ruled that $2 billion in frozen Iranian assets must be paid to American victims of attacks blamed on Tehran.


  • Rouhani allies win Iran parliament elections 29 Apr 2016 | 7:16 pm

    Iranian President Hassan Rouhani was voted into office in 2013Reformist and moderate Iranian politicians allied with President Hassan Rouhani won second round parliamentary elections, preliminary results said Saturday, capping a remarkable comeback after years of isolation. The result is also an implicit public vote of confidence for Rouhani, who won a landslide election victory in 2013 and went on to clinch a historic deal with world powers over Tehran's nuclear programme that lifted sanctions. Almost a quarter of parliament's seats were at stake in run-offs Friday in what was a showdown between reformists and conservatives seeking to influence the country's future.


  • Trevi fountain runs red with 'blood' of persecuted Christians 29 Apr 2016 | 7:13 pm

    The Trevi fountain is illuminated in red to symbolise blood of persecuted Christians around the world in a grim makeover for one of Italy's most iconic monuments, on April 29, 2016 in RomeThe Trevi fountain in Rome was bathed in red light Friday, symbolising the spilt blood of persecuted Christians, in a grim makeover for one of Italy's most iconic monuments. Tourists looked on as survivors and relatives of victims of attacks on Christians in Africa and the Middle East made emotional pleas for an end to religious violence next to the fountain in the heart of the Eternal City. "We are here to let persecuted Christians know they have not been abandoned, they are not alone," Nunzio Galantino, secretary general of the Italian Bishops' Conference (CEI) said.


  • Bomb attack on pilgrims kills 23 in Iraq as hundreds protest 29 Apr 2016 | 7:03 pm

    A policeman walks past the wreckage of a car at the site of a car bomb attack targeting Shiite pilgrims in Baghdad's Nahrawan area on April 30, 2016A car bomb targeting Shiite pilgrims killed at least 23 people near Baghdad on Saturday, as hundreds protested in the capital for reforms and parliament made another attempt to reshuffle the cabinet. Iraq has been hit by weeks of political turmoil surrounding Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi's efforts to change the government. Both Washington and the United Nations have warned the crisis could distract from the fight against the Islamic State (IS) group, which carries out frequent bombings against civilians.


  • Unpredictable and Deadly: North Sinai’s Insurgency 29 Apr 2016 | 7:00 pm

    Unpredictable and Deadly: North Sinai’s InsurgencyWelcome to one of the most unruly, dangerous and unreported places on the planet.


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