Members of the Popular Moblization Forces flash victory signs as they ride in pickup trucks with portraits of Shiite cleric Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani, right, and militia leader Abu Mahdi al-Mohandes, in Basra. (AFP/Getty Images)
The comments are likely to bolster Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, who has said reining in the armed Shiite militias is needed to stabilize the country as it reckons with the physical and social damage of the Islamic State occupation.
Lawmakers in Peru launched proceedings Friday to oust President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, who refuses to resign after being accused of failing to disclose decade-old payments from a Brazilian company embroiled in Latin America’s biggest corruption scandal.
North Korea’s friends and enemies joined forces Friday in opposing its determination to be recognized as a nuclear weapons state and calling on leader Kim Jong Un to negotiate the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula — but the North gave no sign of budging on its nuclear ambitions.
Thousands of supporters of opposition candidate Salvador Nasralla blocked highways with flaming barricades Friday to protest Honduras’ disputed presidential election, in which incumbent Juan Orlando Hernandez holds a slim lead according to official results.