The death toll from days of violent demonstrations across Iraq surged to 46 on Friday, most of them killed in the last 24 hours as unrest rapidly accelerated and the country’s most powerful cleric placed the blame squarely on politicians. In a rare intervention, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, whose word is law for most of Iraq’s majority Shi’ites, called on protesters and the security forces to avoid violence.
French detectives are continuing to work to establish the motive of a state employee who killed four colleagues with a kitchen knife inside Paris’s police headquarters on Thursday. The assailant, named in the media as Mickaël H, 45, had held an administrative job in the IT department for more than 15 years. Questions remain over what might have led him to carry out the attack, which is being treated as potentially a personal issue.
A man has been able to move all four of his paralyzed limbs with a mind-controlled exoskeleton suit, French researchers report. Thibault had surgery to place two implants on the surface of the brain, covering the parts of the brain that control movement. His movements, particularly walking, are far from perfect and the robo-suit is being used only in the lab.
Donald Trump has been accused of breaking his oath of office by asking China to investigate 2020 presidential hopeful Joe Biden. The US president said he thinks Beijing should look into the former vice president and his businessman son, Hunter, who formed a private equity fund in China – though he said he has not yet appealed to the Chinese president to do so.
Hong Kong’s embattled leader Carrie Lam invoked colonial-era emergency powers on Friday for the first time in more than 50 years in a dramatic move intended to quell escalating violence in the Chinese-ruled city. Lam, speaking at a news conference, said a ban on face masks would take effect on Saturday under the emergency laws that allow authorities to “make any regulations whatsoever” in whatever they deem to be in the public interest.