Iraq attacks kill 41 as unrest surges
Attacks north of Baghdad have left 41 dead as the UN said more than 2,500 were killed in the past three months, highlighting concerns that Iraq is slipping back into all-out war. Monday's latest violence comes as the country grapples with months of protests among the Sunni Arab minority, tensions along a swathe of territory in northern Iraq, and a protracted political deadlock that has blocked key legislation. Analysts have warned that the stalemate and tensions could continue until a general election due next year. Yesterday, a series of attacks in restive areas north of Baghdad left 41 people dead as new figures released by the UN mission in Iraq showed a dramatic surge in violence in recent months. Most of the victims died when a suicide bomber set off his explosives-rigged vest in the middle of a packed funeral for an Iraqi soldier being held in a husseiniyah, or Shiite religious hall.
Sri Lankan nationalist group asks India to respect its sovereignty
Ahead of Lankan envoy Basil Rajapaksa’s visit to New Delhi to discuss the controversial plan on devolution, a Lankan nationalist group Tuesday asked India to respect the sovereignty of the island nation. Several hundreds of Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) activists, mainly Buddhist monks, staged a walk to the Indian High Commission here under a banner saying ‘India, do not touch Sri Lanka’s sovereignty’. ‘A group of around 1000 of our monks staged a peaceful walk to the Indian High Commission today. We handed over a communique addressed to the Indian Prime Minister. Any political intervention would hurt our sovereignty,’ BBS said.