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Iraq PM vows to fight customs corruption at border with Iran

AFP Mandili Border Crossing, Iraq Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhemi launched a new campaign on Saturday against corruption at the country’s borders, saying millions of dollars were being lost by not properly taxing ..

Iran says cannot shut down economy despite worsening virus outbreak

AFP Tehran Iran said on Saturday that it cannot afford to shut down its sanctions-hit economy, even as the country’s novel coronavirus outbreak worsens with record-high death tolls and rising infections. Iran must continue ..

Erdogan rebuffs criticism over Hagia Sophia conversion to mosque

AFP Istanbul President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday rejected worldwide condemnation over Turkey’s decision to convert the Byzantine-era monument Hagia Sophia back into a mosque, saying it represented his country’s will to ..

AFP Bamako Malian Prime Minister Boubou Cisse on Saturday vowed to rapidly form a government “open to facing the challenges of the day”, adding that the death toll of the country’s worst civil unrest in years had risen to four. “The ..

DPA Damascus Hospitals in the rebel-controlled stronghold of Idlib in north-western Syria have limited their work to emergency cases after the first infection of the novel coronavirus was recorded in the region, a doctor said on ..

AFP Tunis Hundreds of Tunisians demonstrated in the south of the country on Saturday against unemployment and the death of a young man they say was killed by soldiers earlier this week. Protesters in the town of Remada demanded that ..

Lagos A two-storey residential building under renovation collapsed overnight in Nigeria’s commercial hub Lagos, killing two and injuring eight, the emergency services said on Saturday. Building collapses are tragically ..

Ouagadougou Burkina Faso President Roch Marc Christian Kabore on Saturday won his party’s backing to run for a second term, despite struggling to crush a bloody jihadist insurgency. Simon Compaore, president of the People’s ..

AFP Cairo Egyptian police have seized kites from people flying them after a ban by a northern governorate for “safety” reasons and a lawmaker’s warning they posed a “national security threat”. Police seized 369 kites in Cairo on ..

AFP Hong Kong Pro-democracy parties in Hong Kong held primary polls on Saturday to choose candidates for upcoming legislative elections despite warnings from government officials that it may be in breach of a new security law ..

DPA Kabul Civilians in Afghanistan have been caught in the crossfire recently, as several were killed, wounded or taken hostage in at least three Afghan provinces, officials said on Saturday. Unknown gunmen stormed into the house ..

DPA New Delhi A tiger census carried out by India in 2018 has set a Guinness World Record as the world’s largest camera trap wildlife survey. Environment Minister Prakash Javdekar said it was “a great moment” in a Twitter post on ..

AFP Moscow At least 10,000 protesters marched through the eastern Russian city of Khabarovsk Saturday in support of a popular local governor arrested this week for allegedly ordering several murders. A court in Moscow on Friday ..

AFP Moscow Russia’s forest service said there were nearly 300 wildfires blazing across the vast country’s northern wilderness on Saturday, as it attempted to contain them with methods including explosives and cloud seeding. ..

DPA Sydney A 15-year-old boy was killed in a suspected shark attack on Australia’s east coast on Saturday, police said. Witnesses told police that a shark attacked the teenager while he was surfing on Saturday afternoon at Wooli ..

AFP London The family of a Franco-Irish teenager who went missing while on holiday in the Malaysian rainforest said Saturday they hoped an upcoming inquest into her death would finally provide answers. The unclothed body of ..

AFP Mumbai Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan, 77, tested positive for COVID-19 on Saturday and was admitted to hospital in Mumbai, with his actor son Abhishek -- who also announced he had the virus -- saying both cases were mild. “I ..

AFP Geneva The World Health Organization (WHO) has urged countries grappling with coronavirus to step up control measures, saying it is still possible to rein it in, as some nations clamp fresh restrictions on citizens. With case ..