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15 Killed As Suicide Bomber Targets Mourners In Iraq

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No fewer than 15 people are reported to have died after a suicide bomber targeted mourners at a Shia Muslim mosque south of Baghdad, according to police and a doctor.

Sunday’s blast, which collapsed the roof of Al-Hussein Mosque in the Musayyib area, also wounded 50 people.

It came just hours after at least 11 people were killed and dozens injured in a double suicide-car bombing in Erbil, the capital of Iraq’s autonomous Kurdish region, an area usually spared the violence plaguing other parts of the country.

The victims of that attack were believed to be members of the Iraqi Kurdish security forces, known as asayesh.

A senior security official said the first blast was a suicide car bomb, while an explosives-rigged ambulance was detonated when people rushed to check for casualties.

While other areas of Iraq are plagued by near-daily violence that kills hundreds every month, the three-province Kurdistan region has largely been spared.

Sunday’s blasts were the first to hit Erbil since May 2007, when a truck bomb exploded near the same asayesh headquarters, killing 14 people and wounding more than 80.

Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki’s spokesman said the deadly attack may be linked to the bloody civil war in neighbouring Syria, where fighters have battled Kurdish forces.

The Musayyib mosque bombing is just the latest in a series of sectarian attacks on mosques and funerals in central Iraq that have raised the fears of a return to the all-out Sunni-Shia violence that peaked in 2006-2007 and killed tens of thousands of people.

On Friday, bombs exploded near two Sunni mosques in Baghdad as worshippers left after prayers, killing six people.

Another bombing targeted Sunni mourners in Baghdad on September 23, killing 15 people, while an attack on a Sunni funeral killed 12 the day before.

Bombings targeting Shia mourners killed 73 people in Baghdad on September 21, and two blasts at a Sunni mosque north of the capital killed 18 a day before that.

The latest violence brings the death toll to more than 790 people in September and upwards of 4,600 this year, according to AFP news agency figures based on security and medical sources.

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US President, Donald Trump, Wife Test Positive For Covid-19

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President of the United States, Donald Trump, and his wife, Melania Trump have both tested positive for COVID-19.

The President took to his official Twitter handle on Friday to make this announcement.

Trump was last seen in public on Thursday afternoon, returning to the White House after a fundraising trip to New Jersey.

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On Thursday, he announced that his aide, Hope Hicks tested positive for the virus which has killed over 1 million people around the world.

He further revealed that he and the first lady had taken the test and waiting for the results before announcing the outcome on Friday.

 

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Retired Army Colonel, Bah N’Daw has been sworn in on Friday as the interim president of Mali and he is to head a transitional government following last month’s military coup in the country.

The swearing-in ceremony held in the country’s capital city of Bamako, where Colonel Assimi Goita, who led the military junta, was also sworn in as interim vice president.

This administration is to lead the government for a maximum of 18 months before organising national elections.

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It will be recalled that the country’s military executed a coup last month (August 18) which successfully removed the nation’s president, Ibrahim Boubacar Keita from office.

Former President of Nigeria, Goodluck Jonathan, attended the ceremony alongside other members of the ECOWAS mediation team.

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