Fears of instability are high as casualties were reported after protests over lack of basic services and delayed and reduced salaries turned violent yesterday. The protests in cities across Sulaimani and Halabja provinces turned violent when demonstrators clashed with riot police and security forces in several cities on Monday. The KRG said that while the law permits peaceful protest they oppose those that cause “instability.”

Meanwhile, The US has vetoed a draft UN Security Council resolution rejecting President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. The text put forward by Egypt affirmed that any decisions on the status of Jerusalem had “no legal effect, are null and void and must be rescinded “. The 14 other members of the council voted in favor of the motion.

Lastly, a member of one of South Korea’s biggest boy bands has died suddenly. Jonghyun, full name Kim Jong-hyun, was one of the five members of Shinee. He was 27 years’ old