LONDON – Extinction Rebellion, the more radical arm of the climate-change protest movement, on Monday kicked off two weeks of planned protests designed to shut down dozens of cities around the world.
Demonstrators blocked roads and bridges leading to the Palace of Westminster in central London. They staged a “die-in” in Wellington, New Zealand. They obstructed a major roundabout in Berlin, parked a pink sailing boat outside the prime minister's office in Dublin and splattered fake blood on Wall Street's “Charging Bull” sculpture.
Iraq pulls army from troubled area
Iraq's prime minister Monday ordered the police to replace the army in a Shiite neighborhood of Baghdad where dozens of people were killed or wounded in weekend clashes stemming from anti-government protests, the military said.
Since Oct. 1, spontaneous rallies have erupted in Baghdad and southern cities by Iraqis demanding jobs, better services such as electricity and water and an end to corruption.
'Corpse Bride' poser arrested in Iran
An Iranian woman known for posting images of herself online trying to look like a lead character from Tim Burton's “The Corpse Bride” has been arrested, the semi-official Tasnim news agency reported.
It said authorities are looking to charge her with promoting violence, blasphemy and encouraging youth to corruption and insulting the Islamic dress code for women.
The woman previously posted she underwent plastic surgery to make herself resemble the character Emily, the stop-motion corpse bride in the 2005 film.
Tehran to unveil advanced centrifuges
Iran plans to start using a new array of advanced centrifuges for enriching uranium, the country's nuclear chief said Monday according to state television.
Ali Akbar Salehi told Iranian state TV that an array of 30 IR-6 centrifuges will be inaugurated in the coming weeks.
Under the terms of its 2015 deal, Iran had committed to not using the array until late 2023.