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Iraq: Green Zone Occupiers Congregate In Main Square As Their Ranks Swell

More protesters, including those not affiliated with Shiite leader Muqtada al-Sadr, have gathered in the Green Zone's Grand Festivities Square, Rudaw reported. Read more…

Iran: Reformists Win Second Round Of Parliamentary Elections

President Hassan Rouhani's reformist allies won 36 of the 68 seats up for grabs in the April 29 second round of parliamentary elections, according to preliminary results released April 30, Al Jazeera reported. Read more…

Germany: Government Will Request Extension Of Schengen Border Controls

Germany, France, Austria, Belgium, Denmark and Sweden will call for the European Commission to extend border Schengen Zone border controls beyond their original end date of May 12, German Interior Minister Thomas De Maiziere said April 30, Reuters reported. Read more…

Afghanistan: Government Launches Operations In 18 Provinces

The Afghan military kicked off anti-militant operations in 18 provinces backed by airstrikes and artillery, according to an April 30 Ministry of Defense statement, Reuters reported. Read more…

Russia: Moscow Says Barrel Roll Near U.S. Aircraft Justified

Moscow said April 30 that a Russian Su-27 was justified in its April 29 aggressive interception of a U.S. reconnaissance aircraft over the Baltic Sea, according to a statement by the Russian Defense Ministry, BBC reported. Read more…

Iraq: After Shiite Protesters Storm Parliament, Military Deployed To Green Zone

Baghdad declared a citywide state of emergency April 30 after hundreds of demonstrators loyal to Shiite leader Muqtada al-Sadr marched over the Tigris River and into Baghdad's Green Zone, entering the parliament building, witnesses said, BBC reported. Read more…

Turkey: Suicide Bomber's Ties Remain Unclear

A female suicide bomber who caused an April 27 explosion in the Turkish city of Bursa has been identified, The Daily Star reported April 29. Read more…

Burundi: Attack Kills 5 In Capital

Five people were killed in a gun and grenade attack April 28 in Burundi's capital, regarded as a hub of opposition to Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza, Reuters reported April 29. Read more…

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