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First shipment of Iranian fuel 
arrives in crisis-hit Lebanon

dpa Beirut The first shipment of Iranian fuel oil for Lebanon arrived in the country Thursday, secured on its journey by Tehran’s main ally Hezbollah. Several fuel tanker trucks carrying Iranian diesel entered eastern Lebanon ..

Tiananmen vigil group to remove all online posts

dpa Hong Kong The Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements in China, the group that for years organized the now-banned Tiananmen Square Massacre commemorative event, will remove all of its online and social media ..

Islamic State leader in Africa ‘neutralized’: Emmanuel Macron

dpa Paris Adnan Abu Walid al-Sahrawi, the leader of Islamic State in the Greater Sahara, has been “neutralized” by French forces, President Emmanuel Macron said early on Thursday. “This is another major success in our fight against ..

dpa New Delhi The government of India on Wednesday approved 3.5 billion dollars of production-linked incentives for the automotive industry to encourage the manufacture of battery-operated electric vehicles, hydrogen ..

dpa Jakarta An Indonesian court on Thursday ordered President Joko Widodo and other top officials to take measures to improve air quality in the capital Jakarta, ruling in favour of a civil lawsuit filed by activists. The court found ..

dpa Beijing Three Chinese astronauts have started their return journey to Earth from the Tiangong space station, which is under construction. The Shenzhou-12 spacecraft (“magic ship”) carrying taikonauts Nie Haisheng, Liu ..

dpa Johannesburg In Africa, only 3.6 percent of the population have been fully vaccinated against the coronavirus, despite parts of the continent being already in the grip of a fourth infection wave. Countries in the north of the ..

dpa Islamabad The Taliban’s acting deputy prime minister, Mullah Baradar Akhund, appeared on state-run TV on Wednesday night to reject speculation he had been wounded or killed by Taliban in-fighting. In the brief interview, ..

dpa Hanoi Education officials in Ho Chi Minh City are seeking help from local authorities to look after 1,517 orphans who have lost one or both parents due to Covid-19. The latest wave of Covid-19 in Vietnam’s biggest city stands out as ..

dpa Beijing/Paris The newly-announced strategic security alliance between the US, Britain and Australia has sparked outrage in China, as well as from ally France. “The countries concerned should abandon the zero-sum mentality ..

dpa Washington The White House rallied on Wednesday around General Mark Milley, chair of the Joint Chiefs, after a prominent Republican called for his resignation following reports of back-channel calls with his Chinese ..

dpa Washington The United States on Wednesday recorded one of the highest daily death tolls in the country this year due to Covid-19. With 2,678 additional casualties reporting, the total number of the pandemic victims in the ..

London Sir Elton John has said it is with “great sadness and a heavy heart” that he has been forced to postpone his upcoming European and British tour dates to 2023 due to injury. The musician, 74, was due to embark on dates around Europe ..

Berlin A Covid-19 booster vaccination with Pfizer/BioNTech for people over 60 years old considerably increases the protective effect, according to a study.  There were more than 10 times as many proven infections and almost 20 ..

dpa Vienna The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has revised upwards its forecast for the global expansion of nuclear energy for the first time in 10 years. The nuclear disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant ..

Paris Around 3,000 health sector workers in France have been temporarily suspended from their jobs for not meeting Wednesday’s deadline for being fully vaccinated against the coronavirus, Health Minister Olivier Veran ..

dpa Hagen, Germany Investigators in western Germany say they have not discovered any bomb components during searches in connection with a suspected planned attack on the synagogue in Hagen. Four suspects were detained after what ..