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Bombs explode in German mosque, confce centre
Two improvised bombs exploded in the eastern German city of Dresden on Monday evening – one at a mosque and one at an international conference centre – but no one was injured, police said on Tuesday. ‘Even if we so far have no claim of responsibility, we must go on the basis that the motive was xenophobic,’ Horst Kretzschmar, president of Dresden police, said in a statement. He said police believed there was a link to celebrations planned for the coming weekend in the city to mark the anniversary of German reunification on Oct 3, 1990. — Reuters, Berlin

NY launches ad campaign to fight anti-Muslim rhetoric
New York City kicked off a social media advertising campaign on Monday to combat negative perceptions of Muslims and counteract increasing instances of threats and violence, officials said. Showing an array of photographs of Muslim men and women, the campaign reads ‘I am Muslim. I am NYC’, according to the New York City commission on human rights. The campaign is aimed at addressing negative depictions and rhetoric, officials said. — Reuters, New York

Pakistan passes marriage bill protecting Hindu women’s rights
Pakistan’s lower house of parliament has passed a landmark bill giving its small Hindu minority the right to register marriages, the last major hurdle on the way to enacting a law aimed at protecting women’s rights. Activists say that Hindu women have been disproportionately targeted for abduction, forced conversions and rape because their marriages were never officially recognised and therefore not provable in court. The national assembly passed the bill on Monday after 10 months of deliberation. The senate is expected to pass the law without any significant delay.
— Reuters, Islamabad

Suicide attacks in Baghdad kill 17
Separate suicide bombings ripped through busy commercial areas in Shiite-dominated neighborhoods of the Iraqi capital on Tuesday, killing at least 17 civilians, officials said. The deadliest attack took place in the eastern New Baghdad neighborhood, where a bomber approached a gathering of construction workers and set off his explosives-laden vest, killing 11 civilians, a police officer said. Hours later, another suicide bomber blew himself up in an outdoor market in the southwestern neighborhood of Bayaa, killing six shoppers and wounding 21 others, another police officer said. — AP, Baghdad

Brazil’s Lula vows to fight on
Brazilian ex-president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva hinted strongly at seeking a return to power Monday in a fiery speech that dismissed corruption charges against him as persecution. Lula, who was massively popular when he left office in 2010 and remains a giant of the Latin American left, was campaigning in western Rio de Janeiro on behalf of Jandira Feghali, a communist candidate running for mayor in local elections next Sunday. But the appearance before some 1,000 excited activists in front of a brick church was far more about Lula’s own campaign to make a comeback at the 2018 presidential election. — AFP, Rio De Janeiro

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