Car bombs at market in Iraq kill 22
BAGHDAD, 10 JUNE: Militants detonated explosives-laden cars around two busy markets in central Iraq today, killing 22 people and wounding dozens, the latest in a wave of violence ravaging the country.
Attacks in Iraq have spiked to levels not seen since 2008. The surge in bloodshed, which follows months of protests by the country’s Sunni Arab minority against the Shi’ite-led government, is raising fears that Iraq is heading for another bout of sectarian violence. ap
4 teens held over UK school arson
LONDON, 10 JUNE: Scotland Yard have arrested four teenagers in connection with a fire at an Islamic boarding school in south-east London. Around 128 pupils and staff were evacuated from Darul Uloom School, in Foxbury Avenue, Chislehurst, on Saturday over a suspected revenge attack in reaction to the killing of soldier Drummer Lee Rigby on the streets of London last month. Two 17-year-olds and two 18-year-olds were being questioned on suspicion of arson, the Metropolitan police said, adding that security and patrols have been stepped up around Islamic centres in London. pti
Iran presidential candidate opts out
Teheran, 10 June: A Conservative hopeful for Iran’s presidential elections pulled out of the race today, but did not endorse any of the four other conservatives standing in the vote, media reports said. Ex-parliamentary Speaker Gholam Ali Haddad Adel, seen close to supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, was not considered a frontrunner for the 14 June election. afp
Mubarak retrial adjourned till July
Cairo, 10 June: An Egyptian criminal court today adjourned the retrial of former President Hosni Mubarak until 6 July over corruption charges and his role in killings of protesters during the 2011 revolution.
The court also ordered the release of Mubarak’s two sons Alaa and Gamal, pending investigations in other cases. During the session, aired live on state television, presiding judge Mahmoud Kamel al-Rashidi stressed the case would be run in a fair manner. pti
‘Mandela&’s condition unchanged’
Johannesburg, 10 June: Nelson Mandela was in a “serious but stable” condition as the 94-year-old anti- apartheid icon and former South African President continued to receive hospital treatment for a third day for a recurrent lung infection, the government said today. “Former President Nelson Mandela remains in hospital, and his condition is unchanged,” the presidency said. pti