Bus bombing kills 9 people, injures 6 near Iraqi city of Kerbala

Updated 20 September 2019

Bus bombing kills 9 people, injures 6 near Iraqi city of Kerbala

KERBALA, Iraq: A bus bombing killed at least nine people and wounded another six on Friday near Iraq's holy city of Kerbala, south of Baghdad, local police said.
An explosive device planted on the bus detonated at a northern entrance to the city, setting fire to the vehicle, two police spokesmen in the area said.
They said the wounded were rushed to hospital.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the blast.
Such attacks in the mostly Shiite Muslim south of Iraq have been rare in recent years, especially after the territorial defeat of Daesh in Iraq in 2017 and the routing of its Al-Qaeda predecessors in the mid-2000s.
Daesh insurgents have continued to carry out regular attacks mostly against security forces in the north of the country, however.


UAE ratifies peace signing agreement with Israel

Updated 19 October 2020

UAE ratifies peace signing agreement with Israel

DUBAI: The UAE on Monday adopted a decision to ratify the signing of a peace agreement with Israel.
The council of ministers, headed by Mohammed bin Rashid, vice president of the UAE and ruler of Dubai, said they adopted a decision to ratify full diplomatic relations between the emirates and Israel, and directed the initiation of constitutional procedures to issue a federal decree to ratify the agreement.