Middle East, Sept 14: Iraq — Suicide Bomber Kills 26 at Funeral

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LATEST: Mubarak Trial Adjourned to October 19

SUMMARY: A suicide bomber killed 26 people and wounded 46 in Iraq at the funeral for a member of the Shabak minority group Saturday.

The blast was in the town of Basshiqah, just outside the northern city of Mosul,

The 30,000-strong Shabak community mostly lives near the Turkish border. Members speak a distinct language and largely follow a faith that is a blend of Shiite Islam and local beliefs. They have been targeted in attacks by Sunni insurgents.

Two other attacks in Nineveh Province killed a policeman and wounded three others.

An explosion in Dujail, which also lies north of Baghdad, killed two others.


Mubarak Trial Adjourned to October 19

The Cairo Criminal Court has adjourned the re-trial of former President Hosni Mubarak, his two sons, and former Interior Minister Habib El-Adly to October 19.

The court has designated a three-day session for testimonies from Atef Ebeid, a Prime Minister under Mubarak; former Interior Minister Ahmed Gamal El-Din; current Petroleum Minister Sherif Ismail; and former member of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces, Major General Hassan El-Roweiny.

Today’s brief hearing was the seventh session in a retrial, ordered in January 2013. Mubarak had been given a life sentence for his role in the deaths of protesters during January 2011 uprising that overthrew him.

Mubarak also faces charges of squandering public funds by selling natural gas to Israel at below-market prices.

Egypt: 2 Killed as 1000s March in Anti-Coup Protests

SUMMARY: One person was killed and 12 others injured when gunshots were fired on Friday during protests in Egypt’s second city of Alexandria.

Another man was killed and dozens injured in the Upper Egypt governorate of Beni Suef

Eighteen anti-regime demonstrators were arrested in Alexandria and a further 11 in Mahalla.

Thousands of people protested across Egypt in rallies titled “Loyalty to the Martyrs’ Blood”, calling for the July 3 coup against President Mohamed Morsi to be reversed.

The protests marked the August 14 crackdown by security forces on pro-Morsi sit-ins in Cairo, with almost 1,000 people killed throughout Egypt in the following days.

“Either we recover their rights, or we die like them,” protesters chanted on Friday as they marched towards Rabaa al-Adawiya Square, the site of one of the dispersed sit-ins.

On Thursday, the interim Government said the state of emergency, imposed just after the August 14 crackdown, would be extended for another two months.

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