Mourners in Turkey have farewelled 25 out of the 32 Kurdish activists killed in Monday’s suicide bombing.
The attack occurred in the town of Suruc, 10 kilometres from the country’s Syrian border. The crowd chanted against IS, who have taken responsibility for the attack, and accused President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of not doing enough to prevent IS expansion and violence in the region.
US claims top al-Qaeda figure killed
The US announced a top figure of an offshoot of al-Qaeda was killed during an air strike in northeast Syria. Pentagon officials said Muhsin al-Fadhli of the Khorasan Group was killed two weeks ago as his vehicle passed through Sarmada. Al-Fadhli was believed to be a senior leader of a group of al-Qaeda veterans plotting attacks against the US while hiding in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Al-Fadhli was falsely reported as dead in 2014.
Italy’s same-sex stance breaches human rights
A European court has ruled Italy’s refusal to acknowledge same-sex unions as a violation of human rights. Judges said the Italian government had failed to “provide for the core needs relevant to a couple in a stable committed relationship” when they refused three gay couples marriage or any other recognised form of union. The European Court of Human Rights said Italy was in breach of Article eight of the European Convention on Human Rights – the right to respect for private and family life. Despite Prime Minister Matteo Renzi’s promises to pass a law on civil unions, Italy remains the only major Western European country with no acknowledgement of civil partnerships.
African Union accused of killing civilians
African Union (AU) troops have been accused of shooting unarmed civilians in southern Somalia. According to residents of the town of Marka, AU soldiers killed at least 24 civilians and injured 22 others, including a group of boys playing football at a local sports field. The African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) has denied the allegations, saying it instead battled al-Shabab militants. AMISOM has been embroiled in similar controversies in the past, including claims from the Human Rights Watch last year that AU soldiers gang-raped Somali girls and women and traded food for sex.
– Compiled from internet and wire sources by Naomi Winner, Clara Stacey and Jake Nelson
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