Iran’s parliament votes to boost Tehran's missile capabilities

File photo shows Iranian MP's in parliament.

Here is a round-up of global news developments:

  • Iran’s parliament has voted to boost the country’s missile capabilities. MPs approved an additional article to the next five-year development plan. The article will see Iran’s missile production grow and anti-missile capabilities enhanced. It requires the government to conduct research and planning to produce weapons needed in the fight against terror.
  • President Hassan Rouhani says the nuclear deal with the P5+1 group has paved the way for Iran’s development, by preparing the ground for more investments. Rouhani said investments will facilitate job creation and boost production. The president was addressing Iranian workers on the international Labor Day.
  • It’s May day, with workers around the world marking the international occasion known as Labor Day. Workers have rallied in several countries including South Korea and Indonesia to demand better working conditions. Similar rallies are expected in other countries. International Workers Day is marked in about 90 countries.
  • 5 people have been killed and nearly two dozen wounded in separate attacks in Turkey's volatile southeast. Three soldiers died in a rocket attack by PKK militants in the town of Nusaybin. Two police officer were also killed in a car bomb attack in the city of Gazian-tep.
  • Anti-government protesters in Iraq have gathered inside Baghdad's Green Zone a day after storming the parliament. Reports say some of the demonstrators have entered the parliament building again. The Iraqi Prime Minister has ordered the arrest of the protesters who attacked security forces and lawmakers.
  • Two car bomb explosions have claimed the lives of at least 33 people in Iraq’s southern city of Samawa. At least 75 others have been wounded in the attacks near the provincial council building and a bus station. Daesh has claimed responsibility for the blasts.
  • Protesters have taken to the streets in the Austrian capital Vienna to denounce their country’s involvement in the international arms trade. They also called for an end to what they described as the war against refugees. The protesters blamed war and poverty for the influx of refugees to Europe.
  • In the U-S, protesters have rallied outside San Fransico’s main station to demand justice for victims of police brutality. They call for the resignation of the police chief. Several hunger strikers have also been camping outside the station for 10 days.


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