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Salman Rushdie attacked

Salman Rushdie, the author of an anti-Islam book, has been attacked on stage at an event in the US state of New York. A man stabbed the Blasphemous novelist in the neck and abdomen, when he was about to give a lecture. Rushdie is now on a ventilator and his agent says he has suffered damage to his liver and one eye. The suspected attacker has been detained. Police, however, say they have no indication of a motive. Police have identified the attacker as 24-year-old Hadi Matar from New Jersey. They are assuming he acted alone. Rushdie published his blasphemous novel, The Satanic Verses, in the late eighties. The novel triggered an outcry across the Muslims world.

"Iranian tanker reloading oil"

An Iranian-flagged tanker seized by Greece in April is now reloading its oil shipment for return to Iran. Iran’s embassy in Athens broke the news, adding that Lana tanker will soon depart for the country. The development comes after the Greek Supreme Court cancelled an earlier order for seizure of the consignment. The ship was earlier detained by Greek authorities and its oil cargo was confiscated by the United States in late July. It triggered tensions with Tehran, which called Athen’s move an act of robbery. Iran has also detained two Greek tankers for violations in the Persian Gulf waters.

Iraq rallies

Opponents of the Iraqi cleric Moqtada al-Sadr hold a rally in the capital, Baghdad, amid a deadlock over the formation of a new government. The so-called Coordination Framework said it would hold an indefinite sit-in to speed up the formation of the new government. The coalition urged all parties to put aside personal interests and adhere to the country’s Constitution. The protests come two weeks after supporters of Sadr stormed the parliament and began an open-ended protest there. They have been demanding fresh elections after the Coordination Framework named a candidate for the premiership. Sadr won the most seats in the 2021 parliamentary elections. But last June, he asked his MPs to resign after failing to form a government.

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