Iraqi supporters of pro-Iran group protest US sanctions Dec 15, 2019 0 1028 12345 AFPBaghdadSeveral thousand supporters of one of the most powerful pro-Iranian armed groups in Iraq marched through Baghdad on Saturday, trampling on giant US flags after Washington slapped sanctions on their leader. The international community has condemned the role of pro-Iranian factions in a crackdown on two months of protests in which nearly 460 people have been killed and 25,000 wounded.Last week Washington imposed sanctions on three Iraqis including Qais al-Khazali -- who heads Asaib Ahl al-Haq, part of the Hashed al-Shaabi security force tied to the Iraqi state -- and his brother. The US Treasury accused his group of “widespread forced disappearances, abductions, killings, and torture”.The measures block financial transactions with and travel to the US for people who commit human rights abuses or corruption. Khazali has laughed off the sanctions as an “honour”.His supporters blocked major roads in the capital on Saturday, staging mock hangings using effigies of US President Donald Trump, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Mohammed bin Salman, crown prince of Iran’s arch-rival Saudi Arabia.“We denounce the unjust decision” to punish Khazali, said Mahmoud al-Rubaye, a member of Asaib Ahl al-Haq’s political wing. RELATED ARTICLES 400 arrested in protests against Algerian election, rights group says Dec 15, 2019 0 679 Sudan’s court finds Bashir guilty on corruption charges Dec 15, 2019 0 489 UN condemns execution of 4 aid workers in Nigeria Dec 15, 2019 0 1137 Five teenagers arrested over man’s death in Hong Kong protests Hong KONG: Five Hong Kong teenagers have been arrested in connection with the death of a man hit on the head by a brick during clashes between pro- and anti-government protesters last month, police said on Saturday. The .. North Korea conducts ‘crucial test’ at Sohae satellite launch site AFP Seoul North Korea has conducted another “crucial test” at its Sohae satellite launch site, state media reported on Saturday, as nuclear negotiations between Pyongyang and Washington remain stalled with a deadline .. 7 killed, 32 injured in two major road accidents in S Korea Seoul: At least seven people have been killed and another 32 injured in two major traffic pile-ups in South Korea, the South Korean news agency Yonhap reported on Saturday. The first crash occurred early Saturday when .. US sanctions Lebanese businessmen for alleged support of Hezbollah DPA Washington The United States on Friday sanctioned a prominent Lebanese art collector and an associate for allegedly funnelling tens of millions of dollars to the pro-Iranian Hezbollah movement through money .. 17 killed in eastern Congo attacks: Army Bunia: Seventeen people have died in three attacks in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo hit by chronic unrest, the army and local observers said on Friday. Two of the attacks in Ituri province were attributed to the ..