1) CAR BOMB KILLS 13 CIVILIANS IN NORTHERN SYRIA
A car bomb exploded in a northern Syrian town along the border with Turkey yesterday, killing 13 people.
Turkey’s Defence Ministry said about 20 others were injured when the bomb exploded in central Tal Abyad, which was captured last month by Turkey-backed opposition gunmen.
The ministry blamed Syrian Kurdish fighters for the attack, saying it harshly condemns it and called on the international community to take a stance against this “cruel terror organisation.”
There was no immediate claim of responsibility.
2) PROTESTS CONTINUE IN BAGHDAD
Protesters have started fires and blocked key roads in further anti-government protests in Baghdad.
The latest protest followed demonstrations a day earlier in which at least one person was killed and more than 200 others were wounded when tens of thousands of people gathered near a central square.
The protest was in defiance of a government crackdown which has killed dozens of people over the past month.
3) IRAN’S KHAMENEI RENEWS BAN ON TALKS WITH U.S.
Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said today that Iran will maintain its ban on talks with the United States.
Relations between the two foes have reached a crisis over the past year after U.S. President Donald Trump abandoned a 2015 nuclear pact between Iran and world powers under which Tehran accepted curbs to its nuclear programme in return for lifting sanctions.
Washington has reimposed sanctions aimed at halting all Iranian oil exports, saying it seeks to force Iran to negotiate to reach a wider deal. Khamenei has banned Iranian officials from holding such talks unless the United States returns to the nuclear deal and lifts all sanctions.