1) QUAKE IN PHILIPPINES KILLS 1, INJURES DOZENS
A powerful earthquake shook the southern Philippines today, killing one person and injuring dozens.
The Philippine Institute of Seismology and Volcanology said the 6.6 magnitude earthquake was caused by movement in a local fault about 25 kilometres north east of Tulunan town in Cotabato province.
The Office of Civil Defence reported a 66-year-old man died from head injuries apparently after being hit by a falling object in South Cotabato province’s capital city of Koronadal, where 30 other people were injured.
2) IRAQI SECURITY FORCES OPEN FIRE ON PROTESTERS, KILL 14
According to security sources, Iraqi security forces killed at least 14 people in the Shi’ite holy city of Kerbala after opening fire on protesters, with at least 865 people wounded.
In a statement, Kerbala’s police chief denied that any protesters had been killed and said only one person had died in an unrelated criminal incident.
He said footage of security forces shooting at protesters that went viral on social media were fabricated and designed to “incite violence” in the city.
Thousands of Iraqis took to the streets this week in a second wave of protests against Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi’s government and a political elite they say are corrupt and out of touch.
3) SAUDI CROWN PRINCE CONGRATULATES TRUMP ON KILLING OF DAESH LEADER
Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman congratulated U.S. President Donald Trump on the killing of DAESH’s leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
Saudi state TV today reported that Mohammed bin Salman described the operation as a historic step in the fight against extremism.