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Saudi Arabia bans all demos after Shia protests

RIYADH – Saudi Arabia said on Saturday it would ban all protests and marches after minority Shi’ites staged small protests in the oil-producing eastern province. Security forces would use all measures to prevent any attempt to disrupt public order, the Interior Ministry said in a statement carried by state television. The ban follows a series of protests by Saudi Shi’ites in the kingdom’s east in the past weeks mainly to demand the release of prisoners they say are long held without

Shia MPs walk out as two killed in Bahrain demos

MANAMA – Two protesters died in clashes with Bahraini police, sparking angry calls from young cyber-activists for regime change and a walkout on Tuesday of Bahrain’s main Shia opposition bloc in parliament. The Islamic National Accord Association which has 18 seats in the 40-member house has suspended its membership in the parliament, said a member, MP Khalil al-Marzooq.
The decision was taken because of “the deterioration in security and the negative and brutal way in which (the

Suicide bomber kills 27 Shia pilgrims in Iraq

SAMARRA – A suicide bomber blew himself up inside a bus filled with Shiite pilgrims at a checkpoint outside the Iraqi city of Samarra on Saturday, killing at least 27 people, police sources said. “The suicide bomber quickly ran into the bus when it stopped at a checkpoint several kilometres (miles) outside Samarra, and detonated his vest inside the vehicle,” the police official said.
“About 27 people were killed and about 20 were wounded,” he said, giving a toll confirmed by

Triple attacks on Shia pilgrims in Iraq kill 12

KARBALA – Three car bombs ripped through crowds near Iraq’s shrine city of Karbala on Monday, killing 12 people and wounding dozens in fresh attacks on pilgrims arriving for religious rituals. “There were three car bomb explosions, two at 8:30am (05:30 GMT) and another 30 minutes later,” said Nusayef Jassem, the provincial vice chief.
“Twelve people were killed and 150 wounded in the attacks,” he said. Dr Laith Sharifi, an official of the provincial health department, said

MQM condemns attack on Shia party activists

KARACHI – The MQM on Sunday condemned attempts to ignite sectarian violence in the city by killing its party activists belonging to the Shia community.
“There is a conspiracy being hatched to create a sectarian strife in the city by killing MQM workers belonging to the Shia community,” said MQM Rabita Committee member Wasay Jalil at a press conference at the Khursheed Begum Memorial Hall. Other Rabita Committee members including Kunwar Khalid Yunus, Gulfaraz Khattak, Ashfaq

Iraqi Qaeda claims bombings against Shia ‘insults’

BAGHDAD: Al Qaeda’s Iraqi affiliate said on Friday it was behind car bombings against Shiites in Baghdad this week that killed 64 people, saying they were revenge for “insults” and threatening more attacks.
The claim drew a strong reaction from the representative of Iraq’s most respected Shiite cleric, saying it aimed to drag the country into new sectarian conflict.
In a statement on the Al-Hanein jihadi website, the Islamic State of Iraq (ISI) said Tuesday’s attacks were