Iraq declares curfews as gunfights rage

first_imgFive people were killed on Wednesdayand more than 200 were wounded in renewed clashes nationwide, the largestdisplay of public anger against Abdul Mahdi’s year-old government. Two werekilled on Tuesday.(Reuters) Demonstrators disperse as Iraqi security forces use tear gas during a protest in Baghdad, Iraq on Oct. 2. REUTERS/THAIER AL-SUDANI BAGHDAD – Iraqi Prime Minister AdelAbdul Mahdi declared a curfew in Baghdad after at least seven people werekilled and over 400 were injured during two days of nationwide anti-governmentprotests.      center_img Curfews were imposed in Nassiriya,Amara and Hilla as protests began on Tuesday over unemployment, corruption andpoor public services while counter-terrorism troops opened fire on protesterswho were trying to storm Baghdad airport.last_img read more

‘Anti-terror bill has enough safeguards vs rights abuse’

first_imgMANILA – Sen. Panfilo Lacson has defended the proposed anti-terrorism act, saying it has enough safeguards from human rights abuses as being feared by the critics of the measure.Lacson, the bill’s proponent, said in a statement Tuesday that concerns being raised by various human rights groups have already been taken up into consideration when the measure was being drafted.“The concerns being raised by the progressive and leftist groups as well as human rights advocates have been adequately addressed during the Committee on National Defense and Security public hearings as well as the debates and interpellations in plenary,” Lacson said.“Enough safeguards are in place. The critics should read first the bill itself to see for themselves what I am saying,” he added.Lacson also said that he is confident that the measure will be pass the soonest at the House of Representatives after it was certified by President Rodrigo Duterte as urgent on Monday afternoon.“That gives the bill a chance to [be] enacted into law within 30 days unless vetoed by the President which is very unlikely considering the certification that he issued,” Lacson said.In a letter to House of Representatives Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano, President Duterte called for the immediate passage of House Bill No. 6875, which amends the Human Security Act of 2007.The call for a speedy passage aims to “address the urgent need to strengthen the law on anti-terrorism in order to inadequately and effectively contain the menace of terrorist acts for the preservation of national security and the promotion of general welfare.”Malacañang has also defended President Duterte’s decision to certify as urgent the passage of the measure as there was no “draconian provision” to be feared on the proposal.“Wala naman pong Draconian na provision diyan, lahat po ng provision diyan ay binase natin sa batas ng ibang bansa,” Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said./PN “Enough safeguards are in place. The critics should read first the bill itself to see for themselves what I am saying,” says Sen. Panfilo Lacson as he defended the proposed anti-terrorism act. SENATE OF THE PHILIPPINESlast_img read more

Sturridge goal sends AVB’s men through

first_imgEverton 1 Chelsea 2 (after extra time)Daniel Sturridge’s winner four minutes from the end of extra time settled an incident-packed tie and sent Chelsea into the quarter-finals of the Carling Cup.Chelsea striker Nicolas Anelka missed an early penalty before his team took a 38th-minute lead through Salamon Kalou, whose shot was horribly fumbled by Jan Mucha.AdChoices广告Twelve minutes into the second half, Blues goalkeeper Ross Turnbull was sent off after bringing down Louis Saha and the resulting penalty by Leighton Baines was saved by substitute keeper Petr Cech.That looked like being enough to send Andre Villas-Boas’ side into the last eight, but Saha headed in the equaliser with seven minutes of normal time remaining.Everton were themselves reduced to 10 men in extra time, when Royston Drenthe fouled Ryan Bertrand and was sent off for a second bookable offence.And with a penalty shoot-out looming, Sturridge pounced on the loose ball to score after hapless keeper Mucha failed to hold Malouda’s shot.Anelka putting his spot-kick wide after the excellent Josh McEachran was brought down by Johnny Heitinga was not the start required by a team left cursing their luck after Sunday’s derby defeat at QPR, where Jose Boswingwa and Didier Drogba were sent off.But Villas-Boas’ men then enjoyed some good fortune when Mucha inexplicably allowed Kalou’s weakly-struck lob from the edge of the box to slip through his grasp and into the net.After the break, however, Chelsea were again hit by a controversial dismissal.Turnbull was red-carded after clattering into Saha but did not appear to be the last man back, as David Luiz was covering.Enter Cech, whose first and second touches were to save Baines’ penalty and the left-back’s attempt to blast in the rebound, with Tim Cahill heading wide with his follow-up.But Cech was beaten by a blistering Drenthe free-kick that struck the bar – and again when Saha met Seamus Coleman’s cross at the near post to level for the Merseysiders.Dutchman Drenthe, who scored a brilliant goal against Fulham on Saturday, was again impressive so the visitors were probably glad to see the back of him once he was given his marching orders.They were certainly glad when Sturridge showed his predatory instincts to net his fifth goal of the season and take them through.last_img read more