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Sadr’s supporters storm parliament again

Thousands of supporters of populist Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr stormed Baghdad’s walled government area on Saturday and stormed into parliament, the second time in a week, injuring at least 125.

Parliamentary sessions have been suspended until further notice, the state news agency reported.

Sadr’s party came first in the October elections, but withdrew its 74 MPs from parliament after failing to form a government. His withdrawal ceded dozens of seats to the Coalition Framework, an alliance of Shia parties backed by Iran. Sadr has since followed through on his threats to stir up popular unrest if parliament tries to approve a government he doesn’t like.

In response to the actions of Sadr’s supporters, the Coalition Framework called on Iraqis to demonstrate peacefully “in defense of the state”, raising fears of clashes.

Nigerian vendor arrested for murder

Italian police have arrested an Italian in the murder of a Nigerian salesman whose brutal death on a busy street in the seaside town was filmed by onlookers with no apparent attempt to physically intervene, sparking outrage.

Alika Ogorchukwu, 39, was selling goods Friday on the main street of Civitanova Marche, a seaside town on the Adriatic Sea, when her attacker grabbed the vendor’s crutch and beat him, police said. The video shows the attacker wrestling the victim onto their back and subduing them with their body weight.

Police used street cameras to track the assailant’s movements and arrested a man identified as 32-year-old Filippo Claudio Giuseppe Ferlazzo. He was suspected of murder and robbery for allegedly taking the victim’s phone. According to the police, the suspect claims to have lambasted after the victim made “insistent” requests for pocket change.

China holds a live-fire exercise in the Taiwan Strait: China held live-fire military drills in the Taiwan Strait on Saturday as U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi prepared to arrive in Asia. The exercises took place off the coast of Fujian province, opposite Taiwan. A warning issued by the local maritime safety agency said the drills would be conducted near Pingtan, a county about 80 miles from the city of Hsinchu across the strait in northwest Taiwan. . It was the first live-fire exercise announced by the agency in at least a year. Pelosi (D-Calif.) has not officially said she will travel to Taiwan, which China considers a runaway province.

Iran arrests Swedish citizen for spying: Iran says it has arrested a Swedish citizen for spying, after a Stockholm court convicted a former Iranian official of war crimes earlier this month. Iran’s Intelligence Ministry did not give a name or specify when the arrest was made, but added that the suspect used to travel to the Palestinian territories, traveled to non-tourist destinations in Iran and had contacted people, including Europeans, under surveillance. Iran has arrested dozens of foreigners and dual nationals in recent years, mostly on espionage and security charges.

The death toll rises after a grenade attack during a cricket match in Kabul: The Taliban has raised the death toll from a hand grenade blast during a cricket match in the capital Kabul on Friday, saying two civilians at the stadium died in the blast. No one has so far claimed responsibility for the explosion, but the blame is likely to fall on militants from the Islamic State group – the main rivals of the Taliban since they took control of the country a year ago. year. Previously, 13 people were reportedly injured in Friday afternoon’s blast at the International Cricket Stadium.

Second monkeypox-related death reported in Spain: Spain has reported a second death in as many days from monkeypox, its health ministry said. These are thought to be the first confirmed deaths from monkeypox in the European Union since its outbreak. The ministry gave no details about the deceased. He reported his first death from the disease on Friday. The global monkeypox outbreak has seen more than 22,000 cases in nearly 80 countries since May. There have been 75 suspected deaths in Africa, mostly in Nigeria and the Democratic Republic of Congo, where a deadlier form of monkeypox is spreading than in the West. Brazil also reported one death from monkeypox.

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