8 dead as suicide blast hits Baghdad mourners

In this file photo, Iraqi security forces inspect the scene of a car-bomb blast targeting Shiite pilgrims on an annual march to Baghdad. (AFP)
Updated 16 May 2018
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8 dead as suicide blast hits Baghdad mourners

BAGHDAD: Eight people were killed and about 30 others wounded Wednesday when a suicide bomber blew himself up in a tent filled with mourners in Baghdad, police and medical sources said.
The attack hit the Taji district in the north of the Iraqi capital at around 1030 GMT, a police source said.
Medical sources at a local hospital had given an earlier toll of four dead.
Security forces central command said the attack had “killed and wounded civilians” without providing figures.
The police source said some members of the Hashed Al-Shaabi militia that was influential in the fightback against the Daesh in the past three years were among those killed.
Daesah has lost most of the territory it seized in Iraq in 2014 but still carries out regular individual attacks.


Speaker’s long tenure embodies Lebanon’s political stasis

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Speaker’s long tenure embodies Lebanon’s political stasis

BEIRUT: Lebanon’s longtime parliament speaker Nabih Berri often seems like a veteran schoolteacher, using threats and jokes to keep unruly students in order.
The 80-year-old has held the job for a quarter-century, and is set to be re-elected for a sixth time on Wednesday, when the new assembly convenes after national elections earlier this month — the first in nine years.
That he faces no challengers, and rarely has over the years, owes much to Lebanon’s sectarian-based and elite-dominated political system, which has mostly kept the peace since the 1975-1990 civil war but has also spawned political paralysis and endemic corruption.
Berri is one of Lebanon’s most influential politicians but is also seen as a moderate, unifying figure who lifted his Shiite community’s profile and role in the country’s postwar politics.