Iran's navy commander Rear Admiral Hossein Khanzadi met and held talks with his Qatari counterpart Wednesday night in Doha, the semi-official Fars news agency reported on Thursday. Khanzadi invited the Qatari navy to participate in a joint maritime security exercise in the Indian Ocean later this month, Fars said.
- Egypt Independent
BAGHDAD (AP) - A gunman shot dead six people, including four protesters, on Thursday, provoking some anti-government demonstrators to disarm and hang him in a central Baghdad square, security and health officials said. The incident was condemned by the wider protest movement based in Tahrir Square, the epicenter of the movement, who said the individuals who killed the gunman were not part of their peaceful demonstrations. The officials said the gunman, who was wanted on drug-related charges, was running from security forces and fired live rounds first killing two shop owners and then four protesters near Baghdad's Wathba Square. Enraged, some protesters overpowered the gunman and disarmed him.
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New Zealand's military will embark on a risky dawn mission to retrieve eight bodies from the still-active White Island volcano, officials said on Thursday, as pressure from distraught victims' families mounted. Teams will move in “shortly after first light” on Friday, deputy police commissioner Mike Clement said, despite volcanologists warning that the chances of another significant eruption in the next 24 hours had risen to 50-60 percent. “They will go on to the island and they will make every effort to recover all of the bodies” and transport them to military frigate HMNZS Wellington anchored off the coast, he said. With the help of drone flights and helicopter pilots who were near the volcano
- Egypt Independent
The UEFA has nominated a goal scored by Egyptian football star and Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah against Red Bull Salzburg for the UCL Goal of the Week award. Salah scored the second goal for his team against Salzburg from an “almost impossible” angle, after taking advantage of a mistake made by a defender on the opposing team and the goalkeeper's exit. The goal scored by Salah is currently in competition with French football star Houssem Aouar's goal against RB Leipzig, Dinamo Zagreb player Dani Olmo's goal against Manchester City, and Felipe Augusto's goal for Atletico Madrid against Lokomotiv Moscow. Salah was also recently selected as part of Liverpool's FIFA World Cup Squad. The Egyptian
- Al Jazeera
The police and other anti-narcotics enforcement agencies continue to "get away with murder" in the Philippines, Amnesty International has said on Thursday, as the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte announced its latest performance report in the three-and-a-half year war on drugs. Despite international criticism and threats of prosecution in the international criminal court, "the top leadership still has its marching orders to use killing as the centrepiece, and just letting the police and other law enforcement agencies get away with murder," Wilnor Papa, a human rights officer at Amnesty International in the Philippines, told Al Jazeera. More: 'Free to kill': Duterte to newly appointed
A humanitarian channel to bring food and medicine to Iran could be up and running within months, senior Swiss and US officials told Reuters, helping supply Swiss goods to the struggling population without tripping over US sanctions. Food, medicine and other humanitarian supplies are exempt from sanctions that Washington re-imposed last year after US President Donald Trump walked away from a 2015 international deal over Iran's nuclear program. But the US measures targeting everything from oil sales to shipping and financial activities have deterred several foreign banks from doing business with Iran - including humanitarian deals - just as Iran grapples with major protests. Pascale Baeriswyl,
Saudi Arabia's main index fell in morning trading on Thursday even as Saudi Aramco's stock soared over 9 percent on its second day of trading to hit the $2 trillion mark. TASI - the all share index - was down 0.3 percent as Aramco traded at 38.40 riyals per share, up from its Wednesday closing of 35.20 riyals. Aramco was the top percentage gainer and the most traded stock on the market. “Interest in Aramco is still high as evidenced by the 300 million shares traded as of now,” Vrajesh Bhandari, senior portfolio manager at Al Mal Capital said.