Iraqi security forces killed at least 14 people in the Shi’ite holy city of Kerbala overnight after opening fire on protesters, medical and security sources said, in a return to tactics denounced by the government’s own internal inquiry. 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.
Syrian Kurds say they managed to place a spy in Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi’s inner circle who stole a pair of the Islamic State leader’s underpants to prove his identity and then helped guide US soldiers to his Syrian hideout. The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) claim they played a key role in tracking down Baghdadi to a compound in northern Syria where he was reportedly planning his escape over the nearby border into Turkey.
A two-year-old boy, who had fallen down a well in southern India on Friday, has been found dead. Early on Tuesday officials in Tamil Nadu said Sujith Wilson’s body had been retrieved in a decomposed state, following an 82-hour rescue operation lasting four days. Sujith had fallen into the abandoned borewell while playing with friends.
House Democrats are moving into a new phase of their impeachment inquiry, with plans to vote this week on a resolution to formalize the next steps of the investigation into President Donald Trump. The House vote signals Democrats are preparing to take the probe public, and Democratic leaders say it should neutralize GOP attacks on their process.
Police have appealed directly to the Vietnamese community in an attempt to help identify the 39 victims who died in a lorry trailer in Essex. In a video directed to the Vietnamese community in the UK, Detective Chief Inspector Martin Pasmore pleaded for people to “trust” him and “to take a leap of faith” by passing on any information they have to help them establish who the deceased are following last Wednesday’s discovery in Grays.