Iraq tense after election recount and bomb explosion occur hours apart

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraqi cleric Moqtada al-Sadr called on his followers on Thursday to remain calm after an explosion killed 18 people in his main stronghold in Baghdad just hours after parliament called for a recount of votes in an election his bloc won. Sadr, a nationalist who tapped growing resentment

Biggest demonstrations in Jordan since 2011

JEDDAH: Thousands of Jordanian youth took to the streets for the third night in a row against tax rises and austerity measures — the biggest demonstrations since 2011. In Amman, the Jordanian capital, police fired tear gas and blocked roads to stop protesters getting close to the prime minister’s office. The protesters

Jordanians protest International Monetary Fund tax increases

Protesters in the capital Amman carried placards criticizing the government They also accused politicians of corruption and squandering public funds (Arab News) AMMAN: Thousands of Jordanians went on strike on Wednesday to protest against planned tax increases demanded by the International Monetary Fund (IMF). The draft amendments would double the income-tax