Syria blames Saudis, Turkey, Qatar for deadly bombings

Syrians gather at the site of multiple bombings that left tens dead in the northern coastal city of Jableh, between Latakia and Tartus on May 23, 2016. AFP

Here is a round-up of global news developments:

  • The Syrian government has accused Saudi Arabia, Turkey, and Qatar of being behind the deadly bombings which took the lives of some 150 people last week. UN Secretary General Ban ki-Moon has condemned the explosions in Jablah and Tartus as worrying signs of escalation in Syria.
  • Turkish police use force against supporters of the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party during a rally in the southeastern city of Mardin. Police fired water cannon and tear gas to disperse the protesters who were trying to block roads in front of the city hall. There are conflicting reports of casualties.
  • The leader of Iran’s Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei says Tehran will use all means available in the fight against terrorism. He made the remarks in a meeting with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Tehran. Earlier on Monday, Ayatollah Khamenei also met Afghan President Ashraf Ghani in Tehran.
  • EU foreign ministers have agreed to redouble their efforts to help combat the Daesh terrorist group operating in Syria and Iraq. At a meeting in Brussels, the ministers were warned by intelligence agencies that the Takfiri terrorist group is planning further attacks in the European Union.
  • The Iraqi army, backed by the Popular Mobilization Units, has liberated the city of Karmah near Fallujah from Daesh terrorists. Dozens of the Takfiris were killed in the operation. Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has praised the army for its efforts against Daesh terrorists.
  • Bahrain Center for Human Rights has slammed as discriminatory a new law passed by the Bahraini parliament that prohibits religious figures from political activities. The rights group says the move violates people’s freedom. The Bahraini regime has intensified its crackdown on dissent since 20-11.
  • Brazilian police have clashed with protesters who gathered outside the residence of acting president Michel Temer amid corruption allegations against his government. Temer assumed the presidency on May 12 after the senate voted to impeach and suspend President Dilma Rousseff.
  • Austria's president-elect Alexander Van der Bellen has pledged to establish a new political culture in the country after winning the election. He also vowed to address the "divisions" among Austrians and unite the nation. Van der Bellen, who is a pro-European Union independent, beat Norbert Hofer by just 31-thousand votes.


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