Prison riot leads to 11 deaths
CARACAS — Human rights advocates say 11 people died in a prison riot sparked by inmates who wrestled a gun from jailers, prompting an exchange of gunfire.
A Window on Liberty prisoner rights group reported Friday that two guards and nine inmates died Thursday in the city of Barquisimeto; 28 people were injured. A Window to Freedom’s director Carlos Nieto said jailers took back control of Fenix Penitentiary.
al-Sadr coalition wins election
BAGHDAD — Influential Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr’s political coalition has won the most seats in Iraq’s national parliamentary elections, according to complete results released by Iraq’s electoral commission early Saturday.
The announcement came nearly a week after Iraqis cast their votes on May 12. “Your vote is an honor for us,” al-Sadr said in a statement released on Twitter just moments after the official announcement. “We will not disappoint you.”
Monitor: Blasts kill 11 in Syria
PARIS — Blasts set off by an explosion at a weapons warehouse in central Syria killed 11 people and wounded dozens Friday, a war monitor said, amid soaring tensions between regional archenemies Israel and Iran.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the deaths at the Hama air base included Syrian government troops and allied militiamen, adding it was not clear what triggered the explosions.