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Supporters of Iraqi cleric Sadr again storm Baghdad’s Green Zone

Thousands of supporters of populist Shia cleric Moqtada al-Sadr stormed Baghdad’s walled government area and stormed parliament on Saturday for the second time in a week, injuring at least 125 and sparking a political escalation . Protesters gathered by Sadr and his Sadrist movement tore down concrete barriers and entered the Green Zone, which houses ministries and foreign missions, before entering parliament.

Homeless people in a Brazilian city are encouraged to go to a shelter: beds for their pets

A small town in southern Brazil has found a way to attract more homeless people to one of its shelters on cold winter nights: they now also welcome people’s pets. Canoas – a city with an estimated population of 348,000 in the state of Rio Grande do Sul – realized that many people living on the streets avoided staying in the city’s 14 shelters during the winter of southern hemisphere that is currently unfolding because their pets were not welcome, said the city’s special secretary for animal welfare, Fabiane Tomazi Borba.

Israel Grounds F-35s Over Pilot Ejection Seat Problems

The Israeli Air Force on Saturday announced a temporary shutdown of its F-35 stealth fighter, following US concerns over flaws in pilot ejection systems. The planes will undergo inspections that will last a few days, the Israeli Air Force said on Twitter, and any individual F-35 operations will be conducted with special permission from the head of the air force.

Chinese rocket falls to Earth, NASA says Beijing has not shared information

A Chinese rocket fell back to Earth over the Indian Ocean on Saturday, but NASA said Beijing had not shared the “specific trajectory information” needed to know where any debris might fall. US Space Command said the Long March 5B rocket re-entered the Indian Ocean at approximately 12:45 p.m. EDT Saturday (4 p.m. 45 GMT), but referred questions about “technical aspects of re-entry such as the potential location of debris scatter impact” to China.

Sri Lanka’s Wickremesinghe says IMF deal pushed back after unrest – AP

Sri Lankan President Ranil Wickremesinghe said on Saturday that a deal with the International Monetary Fund had been pushed back to September due to unrest in recent weeks, the Associated Press reported. Wickremesinghe, in his first speech since being elected by parliament, said that although when the Prime Minister aimed to reach an agreement in early August, it has now been pushed back by a month, according to the report.

Austria mourns suicide of doctor targeted by anti-vaccine activists

Austrian leaders have called for national unity after a doctor threatened with death by anti-vaccination activists and coronavirus pandemic conspiracy theorists killed himself.

“Let’s put an end to this intimidation and this campaign of fear. Hate and intolerance have no place in our Austria,” said President Alexander Van der Bellen, hailing Lisa-Maria Kellermayr as a doctor who s is fighting to heal people, protect them from disease and take a cautious approach to the pandemic.

Pope Says Genocide Happened in Church Schools in Canada for Indigenous Children

Pope Francis said on Saturday that what happened in the residential schools that Roman Catholics and other Christian churches set up to forcibly assimilate Canada’s indigenous children was genocide. The pope made the comment as he returned to Rome from a week-long trip to Canada, where he issued a historic apology for the church’s role in politics.

Mexico deports 126 Venezuelan migrants

Mexico has expelled 126 Venezuelan migrants who did not have the proper authorization to be in the country, the National Institute for Migration (INM) announced on Saturday. The 117 men and nine women were unable to prove their legal entry into Mexico, according to an INM statement. The migrants were transported from an immigration post in the town of Tapachula, near the Mexico-Guatemala border, to an airport where they boarded a flight early Saturday morning.

Chinese nationalist commentator deletes Pelosi’s tweet after Twitter blocks account

Prominent Chinese commentator Hu Xijin said on Saturday he deleted a tweet warning of military retaliation if US fighter jets escorted House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on any visit to Taiwan, after Twitter blocked her account. Pelosi, number three in the US presidential succession, after Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris, announced on Friday that she was embarking on a trip to Asia.

Ukrainian Zelenskiy announces mandatory evacuation from Donetsk region

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said on Saturday his government was ordering the mandatory evacuation of residents of the eastern region of Donetsk, the scene of heavy fighting with Russia. In a late-night televised address, Zelenskiy also said the hundreds of thousands of people still in combat zones in the greater Donbass region, which includes Donetsk as well as neighboring Luhansk region, had to leave.

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