An Iranian commercial bus carrying 30 passengers burned on a road between Soran and Khalifan in the capital Erbil. The road, known as Gali Ali Beg, is commonly traveled by tourists, especially in the summer months. The vehicle became engulfed in flames after sparking “due to a technical problem. Firefighters from both Soran and Khalifan rushed to the scene to extinguish the fire. The incident caused only financial damage. All the passengers have been rescued and are in good health.

Former governor of Kirkuk, Najmaddin Karim, met with Kurdistan Region President Nechirvan Barzani on Sunday in Erbil. Karim arrived in the Kurdistan capital city weeks after reports of his arrest in Lebanon. Karim is residing in Erbil now where he has resumed his daily work and interaction with politics.

Hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets of Hong Kong for the second consecutive Sunday, despite a move by the city’s embattled leader to suspend a controversial extradition bill.  Organizers of Sunday’s march said around 2 million people took part, a substantial increase on the 1.03 million claimed last week and against expectations of lower turnout following violent scenes outside the legislature on Wednesday.