Saudi Arabia rejects U.S. intelligence report on culpability of Prince Mohammed bin Salman in murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi

Saudi Arabia said it rejected completely “the negative, false and unacceptable” assessment of a U.S. intelligence report released on Friday that found Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman had approved the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Saudi Arabia’s de facto ruler approved an operation to capture or kill the Washington Post columnist in 2018, the U.S.… Read More Saudi Arabia rejects U.S. intelligence report on culpability of Prince Mohammed bin Salman in murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi

U.S. intelligence says Saudi Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman approved operation that resulted in death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi

Saudi Arabia’s de facto ruler approved an operation to capture or kill murdered journalist Jamal Khashoggi in 2018, according to a U.S. intelligence assessment released on Friday as the United States sanctioned some of those involved but not the crown prince himself. Khashoggi, a U.S. resident who wrote opinion columns for the Washington Post critical… Read More U.S. intelligence says Saudi Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman approved operation that resulted in death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi

Syria condemns U.S. airstrikes on Iran-backed militia facilities

Syria said U.S. air strikes against Iranian-backed militias in the east of the country on Friday were a cowardly act and urged President Joe Biden not to follow “the law of the jungle”. An Iraqi militia official close to Iran said the strikes killed one fighter and wounded four. U.S. officials said they were limited… Read More Syria condemns U.S. airstrikes on Iran-backed militia facilities

Eight found dead as Indian coast guard rescues dozens of Rohingya on drifting boat

India’s coast guard found 81 survivors and eight dead on a boat crammed with Muslim Rohingya refugees adrift in the Andaman Sea, and were repairing the vessel so that it can return safely to Bangladesh, Indian officials said on Friday. The Indian government was in discussions with Bangladesh to facilitate the safe return of the… Read More Eight found dead as Indian coast guard rescues dozens of Rohingya on drifting boat

Myanmar police detain Japanese journalist Yuki Kitazumi at anti-coup protest

Myanmar police detained a Japanese freelance journalist at a protest in the commercial capital of Yangon, a colleague said on Friday, in the first detention of a foreign reporter since the military coup on February 1. Yuki Kitazumi, who runs a media production company and used to be a journalist for the Japanese business daily,… Read More Myanmar police detain Japanese journalist Yuki Kitazumi at anti-coup protest

Armed bandits invade school, abduct students in northwest Nigeria

Unidentified gunmen kidnapped 317 schoolgirls from the town of Jangebe in northwest Nigeria on Friday, police said. The mass abduction reportedly occurred on Thursday night with several parents confirming the abductions. The name of the school was given as Government Girls’ Secondary School. A surge in armed militancy has led to a widespread and worsening… Read More Armed bandits invade school, abduct students in northwest Nigeria

Myanmar police launches crackdown on protest district as World Bank halts certain payments

Myanmar police launched a crackdown overnight in a neighbourhood of the main city of Yangon to break up a protest against a military-appointed official, as the World Bank said it would not process requests for funds made after the February 1 coup. The Southeast Asian country has been in crisis since the army seized power… Read More Myanmar police launches crackdown on protest district as World Bank halts certain payments

Facebook signs content deals, restores news services in Australia

Facebook Inc ended a one-week blackout of Australian news on its popular social media site on Friday and announced preliminary commercial agreements with three small local publishers. The moves reflected easing tensions between the U.S. company and the Australian government, a day after the country’s parliament passed a law forcing it and Alphabet Inc’s Google… Read More Facebook signs content deals, restores news services in Australia