11 die in day of attacks

Bombs and a shooting targeted a marketplace and off-duty policemen in Iraq on Saturday, killing at last eleven people in the latest attacks by militants seeking to destabilize the country. Police officials said the first bombing took place near an outdoor market in the morning in the capital’s western suburb of Abu Ghraib, killing four people and wounding 12 others. Also, police said attackers using guns fitted with silencers killed three off-duty policemen in a drive-by shooting near Fallujah.


Crowds demand justice

Thousands of protesters returned to Istanbul’s Taksim Square on Saturday, demanding justice for a demonstrator slain by police fire during demonstrations that have swept Turkey this month. Police later forced the protesters out of the square, pushing them back using their shields. In the capital, Ankara, police fired tear gas and pressurized water to break up a similar protest by a group of about 200 people.


Gay-rights confrontation

Police arrested several gay-rights activists and Russian nationalists who confronted them at a rally Saturday that was declared illegal under a new law against “gay propaganda.” Officials in St. Petersburg deemed that the rally, which took place in a space designated for public demonstrations, violated the law. The statute essentially prohibits public displays of homosexuality, as well as talking about it to children. About 200 nationalists also gathered at the rally, chanting slogans and throwing eggs and rocks at the 40 activists.


New report on atrocities

Nigeria’s National Human Rights Commission says in a report released today that it has credible reports security forces are killing, torturing, illegally detaining and raping civilians in fighting an Islamic uprising in northeast Nigeria. The extremists have killed more than 1,600 people since 2010. The report says troops also have torched homes and tried to hide evidence of gross violations by disposing of bodies.

Compiled from wire reports.