Botswanan diamond firm Debswana has said it unearthed a 1,098-carat stone that it described as the third-largest of its kind in the world. The stone, found on June 1, was shown on Wednesday to President Mokgweetsi Masisi in the capital, Gaborone. “It is believed to be the third-largest gem-quality find[…]
Israeli forces have shot a Palestinian woman dead allegedly for attempting to carry out a car-ramming attack northeast of Jerusalem, according to the Israeli army. Palestinian media, which identified the victim as doctoral student Mai Afanah, 29, from Abu Dis, said she was shot and left bleeding at the scene[…]
China has successfully launched the Shenzhou-12 – its first manned mission in five years – further accelerating its space programme to rival the United States. Shenzhou-12, meaning “Divine Vessel”, lifted off at about 01:22 GMT on Thursday from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwest China, according to the live[…]
Four polio vaccination workers have been killed and three others injured in separate attacks in Afghanistan’s eastern city of Jalalabad, a provincial health department official said, in the latest in a series of attacks against health workers. A wave of assassinations has hit urban centres since peace talks began between[…]
At least 15 army recruits have been killed in a suicide bomb attack at a military training camp in Somalia’s capital Mogadishu. Army officer Mohamed Adan said the bomber behind Tuesday’s attack was disguised among recruits queueing up outside the General Dhegobadan Military Camp when the explosion occurred. “I have[…]
Small clusters of homes dot the hillside near Jerusalem, their sandy bricks standing out amid overgrown vegetation. While their former owners and their descendants continue to live close by, the buildings have remained uninhabited for decades – and now risk disappearing altogether. Located northwest of Jerusalem, the village of Lifta[…]
Iraqi authorities said Sunday the remains of 123 people killed by Islamic State (IS) group militants had been removed from a mass grave in the Nineveh governorate in order to start the process of identifying them. In one of its worst crimes in Iraq, IS carried out a massacre at[…]
A massive fire has destroyed a Rohingya refugee camp in the Indian capital, New Delhi, leaving hundreds of people homeless. The blaze broke out at about 11:30pm on Saturday and quickly spread through the camp, reducing 55 ramshackle shelters to ashes in the Madanpur Khadar area in the capital city’s[…]
Palestinian groups have dismissed the change in Israel’s government, saying new Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett is likely to pursue the same right-wing agenda as his predecessor, Benjamin Netanyahu. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’s office called the Israeli parliamentary vote on Sunday an “internal Israeli affair” while groups in the besieged[…]
Sri Lanka is seeking an interim claim of $40m from the operator of a fire-ravaged cargo ship that sank off the country’s coast to cover part of the cost of fighting the blaze, officials said on Saturday. Sri Lanka’s attorney general has sent the claim to lawyers representing X-Press Feeders,[…]
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