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Iran says Israel, exiled group killed scientist in complex op

AFP Tehran Iran said Israel and an exiled opposition group used new and “complex” methods to assassinate its leading nuclear scientist, as it buried him on Monday in a funeral befitting a top “martyr”. As it laid Mohsen Fakhrizadeh -- ..

Cher welcomes ‘world’s loneliest 
elephant’ to new home in Cambodia

AFP Siem Reap, Cambodia Superstar Cher welcomed “the world’s loneliest elephant” to Cambodia on Monday to begin a new life at a specialised sanctuary after the creature was rescued from grim conditions in a Pakistani zoo. The plight ..

Nigeria returns 3,000 displaced after jihadist violence

AFP Kano, Nigeria Authorities in northeast Nigeria’s Borno state on Monday began returning around 3,000 people to their homes six years after they were displaced by jihadist violence, officials said. The operation came after a ..

AFP Ankara A Turkish research ship at the centre of a row with Greece over potential gas riches in the eastern Mediterranean has returned to port, Turkey’s energy ministry said on Monday. The Oruc Reis seismic survey vessel has become ..

AFP Addis Ababa Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed said on Monday Tigray region’s dissident leaders had fled west of the regional capital after weeks of fighting, but said federal forces were monitoring them closely and would ..

Islamabad: At least 13 people were killed when a passenger van and a bus collided and caught fire in Pakistan’s central Punjab province on Monday, police said. The vehicles were consumed by flames when a gas cylinder fitted in one of ..

Islamabad: Thousands rallied in Pakistan on Monday as the opposition builds momentum to dislodge the government of Prime Minister Imran Khan as the country battles a second wave of Covid-19. The rally in historic city of Multan ..

Taipei: Taiwan on Monday said it would temporarily halt the import of Indonesian migrant workers after detecting a surge of coronavirus cases among arrivals from the country. Of the 24 new coronavirus cases confirmed in Taiwan on ..

AFP Colombo Sri Lankan prison guards shot dead eight inmates and wounded at least 71 others in a riot sparked by anger over rising coronavirus infections, officials said Monday. Sri Lanka’s prisons have seen weeks of unrest as the ..

Washington: The United States on Monday imposed sanctions on a major Chinese electronics and engineering company for assisting Venezuela in curbing dissent on the internet. The US said it was restricting transactions with the ..

AFP Washington US President-elect Joe Biden on Monday formally tapped ex-Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen to lead the Treasury, as he named officials to try to revitalize the world’s largest economy. The United States is ..

AFP Washington US President Donald Trump’s administration wages its last major policy fight before the Supreme Court on Monday as it seeks to exclude undocumented immigrants from the population count used to determine states’ ..

AFP Washington Hopes for a first wave of vaccinations before the end of 2020 received a boost with US firm Moderna saying it was filing on Monday for emergency authorization of its COVID-19 vaccine in the United States and Europe. ..

Geneva: The World Health Organization chief voiced deep concern Monday over a sharp increase in COVID-19 cases and deaths in Brazil in recent weeks. “I think Brazil has to be very, very serious,” WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus ..

Brussels: The EU’s top home affairs official on Monday said putting up borders within Europe was ineffective against terrorism and would only hurt the bloc’s post-covid economic recovery. EU Commissioner Ylva Johansson made her ..